Doha GOALS Partners With Wharton Sports Business Initiative for December Forum
DOHA, Qatar, November 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
WSBI students join Doha GOALS’ Student Ambassador programme while business school
faculty members will power taskforces at the conference
Doha GOALS – Gathering of All Leaders in Sports – has partnered with the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania in advance of its December Forum. Four faculty
members from the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI) will lead taskforces at the
Forum, while WSBI students will join the Doha GOALS Student Ambassador Programme.
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: “Doha GOALS was
created to bring together leaders from corporations, from government, from NGOs and from
academia. We’re delighted to be working with Wharton to incorporate global research and
cutting-edge business theories as the Doha GOALS community works together to find new
solutions through sports for some of the biggest social challenges.”
Kenneth Shropshire, the Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative said:
“Working with the Forum is an extension of the work we have been doing with WSBI over the
past several years, and am looking forward to working with the taskforce on federations
and sporting governing bodies.”
Shropshire has been involved with sports federations since he served as an executive
with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and on the International Boxing
Association (AIBA); he is also on the board of USA Volleyball.
Mori Taheripour, faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at
the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will be leading the taskforce on
women and girls. She is also a faculty member in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
Initiative, a partnership between the Wharton School and the American University in Cairo,
and serves as senior advisor for Sport for Development in the US Agency for International
She said: “Sport provides a unique and compelling platform for social change. For
young women, participation in sports can bring numerous social benefits and challenge
gender stereotypes. Having worked to maximise the power of sport for social good
throughout my career, I am excited to lead discussions at Doha GOALS that will focus on
increasing access to sports for young girls to promote their social, emotional, physical
and educational evolution.”
Derrick Heggans, Managing Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, will be
leading a taskforce on sport as a tool to alleviate social challenges in children and
young adults. He said: “WSBI is constantly examining the issue of using sport to address
social challenges for children and young adults across the globe, as well as contributing
strategic resources to the issue.”
Heggans was named to Sports Business Journal 2009 “Forty Under 40″ list of most
dynamic young executives in the business of sports; he previously served as General
Manager of AOL’s Sports Channel and served as an in-house attorney for the National
Scott Rosner is an Affiliated Faculty Member and one of the founders of the Wharton
Sports Business Initiative. He teaches courses in The Sports Industry, Sports Law and
Introduction to Law and the Legal Process to undergraduate students, Sports Business
Management to MBA students, and Sports Law at Penn Law School. He was the Faculty Mentor
to the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s basketball team from 2003 – 2008.
He will be leading a taskforce on the balance sheet for sport and said: “As someone
who has spent considerable time throughout my career looking at the business of
professional and amateur sports organisations, I am particularly looking forward to
working with the Doha Goals Forum on this topic.”
The four members of the Wharton faculty will moderate the taskforce conversations.
They will be joined by Wharton students, who write session summaries from the taskforces,
which will then be turned into white papers and policy recommendations.
Doha GOALS – Gathering of All Leaders in Sport – was created as a call to action that
will bring together hundreds of key influencers from all spheres of life to assess the
role of sport as a tool for social progress and economic development.
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.
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