Last updated on April 17, 2014 at 21:23 EDT

Doha GOALS Launches Student Ambassador Programme

November 15, 2012

DOHA, Qatar, November 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

400 students from leading schools and universities around the world will

join the debate on sport for social good in December in Qatar

Gathering of All Leaders in Sports – Forum is passing the baton to the next generation
of leaders with the launch of the Student Ambassadors Programme.

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120731/552194 )

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121115/574149 )

As part of the programme, the Forum will host the best 400 students from top high
schools and universities around the world so they can participate in the debates and
brainstorming taskforces at the conference, as well as interact with world leaders and
some of their sporting role models.

Doha GOALS was created under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al
Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and has been designed by the Aspire Zone Foundation and Richard
Attias & Associates.

Sheikh Faisal Al Thani, Executive Director of Doha GOALS, said: “The cornerstone of
discussions in December is looking at how sport can have a positive impact on social and
economic development, and it is imperative that we include the next generation in these
discussions to ensure we work towards the future.”

The group of 400 students comes from more than 40 academic institutions in 30
countries, including China, Turkey, India, Kenya, Brazil, USA, France, and the UK. They
also include two Young Ambassadors from the UK’s Youth Sport Trust, selected to work in
their schools to promote the values of the Olympic legacy.

Each student was put forward by their principal or dean for consideration after
displaying outstanding academic, athletic and leadership skills, and acting as role models
to their class or community.

Professor Bertrand Moingeon, Deputy Dean of Executive Education and Academic
Development at HEC Paris, said: “HEC Paris is honoured to be represented at Doha GOALS by
our 15 talented students. The forum is an ideal platform for them to be able to express
their passion and commitment to sports.”

Some of the students are medal winning-athletes themselves, balancing studies, sport
and community engagement. Fan Ye, former world gymnastics champion at the balance beam and
now a student at the Peking University journalism school said: “My dream was to win a
golden medal when I was a little girl and I am so glad that the dream came true; but I
realized I had to leave the stadium one day no matter how much I loved the game.

“So I applied for university because I wanted to learn more. I am thrilled to
participate in this forum as a student ambassador. I’d like to communicate with people
from all over the world about the life and career track after athletes’ retirement.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring young sports professionals to come
together and discuss sport’s use as a development tool,” said Steven Bruch, a second-year
MBA student from Harvard Business School. “We are really excited to take participate in
this unique initiative and to witness the impressive Qatar is making in sport.”

Richard Attias, co-founder of Doha GOALS, said: “I aim to create and produce platforms
that inspire the next generation. These students are the future leaders who will shape the
societies they live in and their role in Doha GOALS is indispensable.

“We are delighted to be able to give them a voice, and to put their hopes and concerns
to world leaders, heads of business and policymakers in sport. Further, we are delighted
many will be meeting their personal role models, as we gather together some of the great
sporting champions of the last two decades.”

Some of those champions who will be present include: athletics legend and
multi-Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis; Oscar Pistorius, who will become the first ever
double amputee to compete at an Olympic Games; multiple Olympic gold medallist, swimmer
Mark Spitz; Rugby World Cup-winning captain, and the inspiration for the film Invictus,
Francois Pienaar.

The Student Ambassadors will also create initiatives projects to address social and
economic problems through sport and will deliver video presentations to promote the Doha
GOALS values in their communities. The most active young men and women will have the
chance to be on stage and address questions to the speakers.


About Aspire Zone Foundation

Having been established in 2003 as a Sports City project, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF)
today works to develop sports champions, promote healthy lifestyles, provide sports
medicine services, and galvanise the sports economy of today and of the future. Aspire
Zone Foundation (AZF) is a pioneering international sport project, thanks to its member
organisation which embraces Aspire Academy, Aspetar and Aspire logistics. All these
corporate entities were unified by Emiri decree in 2008.

Located in Doha, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) boasts international-standard services
and hosts global sports events; all of which contribute to the vibrant sports economy of
Qatar. Aspire Zone is home to some of the world’s finest sport amenities and services
offering an impressive integration of sport, sports medicine and research, and sport
education. It is a perfect setting to combine sport and leisure.

Moreover, AZF was voted the World’s Leading Sports Tourism Development Project for the
World Travel Awards 2011; an award that is deserved indeed. In 2011 alone, Aspire Zone was
honoured with the successful hosting of high profile events, such as the opening ceremony
of the AFC Asian Cup 2011, some of the tournament games, and some competitions of the
regionally-renowned Arab Games.

About Richard Attias & Associates

Richard Attias & Associates is a strategic communications firm that provides private
consultancy and idea initiatives. Our mission is to help leaders, corporations and nations
build their global influence, catalyze innovation and lead the global exchange of ideas.
Using our strategic and operational expertise, we create interactive platforms, living
laboratories of human capital, and historic cultural exchanges that help foster positive
change for the global community.

Some of the work that RAA has created or produced in the last year includes: New York
Forum(R) and New York Forum(R) AFRICA; APEC CEO Summit in Hawaii; The New York Times
Schools for Tomorrow, Energy for Tomorrow and Opportunities for Tomorrow conferences;
Global Food Security Forum in Morocco; Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia; Qatar
- US Business Forum in New York; Conference of Nobel Laureates; and African Securities
Exchange Association Summit.

Richard Attias is a global influencer and was the exclusive producer of the World
Economic Forum meetings, including the Davos Forum for 14 years and the co-founder of the
Clinton Global Initiative. With offices in New York, Paris, Doha, Rabat and Beijing, the
RAA mission is a “call to action” to all global leaders, by creating borderless
communities, and facilitating business opportunities for growth recovery through the New
York Forum Institute, a not-for-profit Foundation.

richardattiasassociates.com [http://www.richardattiasassociates.com ]

For media enquiries, contact:

        For media enquiries, contact Tom Rubashow, Pitch, tom.rubashow@pitch.co.uk,
         telephone +44(0)207-494-1616.
        For all other enquiries, email dohagoals@richardattiasassociates.com. 






Source: PR Newswire