Conference Day One: Monday, 22 May 2017

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Registration and refreshments

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Welcoming remarks from the host

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Hosting a world-class international tournament: How to deliver a successful sporting event

Senior representative, Asian Football Confederation

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Keynote addess: The journey to 2022 - a look at how far Qatar has come on the road to 2022

Eng. Thani Al Zarraa, Project Manager (Al-Wakrah Stadium), Competition Venues, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
The time is now. The following presentation will provide an illustration of the journey towards 2022. Get the latest updates on the progress of stadia and the road map to 2022


Eng. Thani Al Zarraa

Project Manager (Al-Wakrah Stadium), Competition Venues
Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

9:35 AM - 9:55 AM Creating a secure and safe tournament for citizens, visitors and athletes: A Euro 2016 case study

Commissaire Antoine Boutonnet, Chief, French Police - National Division against Hooliganism, Euro 2016
The influx of people attending a tournament has its own challenges. Euro 2016 highlighted the fact that hooliganism is still a problem and the most experienced security services cannot be 100% successful in their attempts to stop violence. This session will look at Euro 2016 to understand where the fracture points were and how future security services can learn from the experiences in France.


Commissaire Antoine Boutonnet

French Police - National Division against Hooliganism, Euro 2016

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM Discussing the best practices in project management to ensure successful delivery of a world-class tournament

Ali Al Khalifa, CEO, Astad Project Management
The preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ have been progressing very well and there are a number of lessons that can be learned from how this tournament is being delivered. This presentation will highlight the best practices being employed in Qatar for the successful delivery of the world’s greatest sporting event.


Ali Al Khalifa

Astad Project Management

10:15 AM - 10:35 AM Keynote presentation and welcome from Vodafone Qatar

Senior Representative, Vodafone Qatar

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM Networking break and exhibition opening

11:05 AM - 11:25 AM Rugby World Cup case study: Assessing the success of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and discussing the key learnings for Japan 2019

Ross Aitken, Venues and Cities Manager, Rugby World Cup
Hear about the experiences and lessons learnt from the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the innovations and expectations for the 2019 tournament in Japan, plus an inside track on the bidding process for the 2023 tournament.


Ross Aitken

Venues and Cities Manager
Rugby World Cup

11:25 AM - 11:45 AM How to prepare a winning bid? Discussing FIFA’s requirements and recommendations to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Philipp Herpel, Managing Director, HFP
June 2017 will mark the start of the bid preparation phase of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Understanding the difference between FIFA’s requirements and recommendations will enable you to prepare a bid that will give you the best chance of success.


Philipp Herpel

Managing Director
3 dragons, 2 presenters and only the best solutions! In this session, 2 leading innovators will present a new technology or solution that has the potential to change the way we see, feel and experience stadia and events. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to present and the dragons will have 5 minutes to ask questions. Following this session, the audience will vote for the best presented technology.


Matthew Kitson

Regional Director - Qatar
Hilson Moran

Dimitri Huygen

Project Director / Managing Director,
Euro 2020 / ESSMA

Damian Bush

Senior Director of Venues & Events
Singapore Sports Hub


Michael Lussier

Global Sales & Market Manager
SHEERFILL® Architectural Membranes

Sponsored by: SHEERFILL® Architectural Membranes

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM Pitch 2

Reserved for Comba

Sponsored by: Comba Telecom

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Networking lunch

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM specification sessions

Looking for the best-in-class solutions to deliver world-class sporting venues and tournaments? Look no further and attend the specification sessions where three leading solutions providers will showcase their solutions to meet strict specifications and help you to deliver your projects.

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM Meeting the requirements for HVAC

Presented by GREE

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM Meeting the demand for power and energy

Presented by EATON

Sponsored by: Eaton

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM IT and network solutions for match day requirements

Presented by SPACE MicroTech

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Refreshments and prayer break

FOR THE FAN: From the English Premier League to the Singapore Sports Hub, these sessions will explore global stadium management insight, best practice in design and new technologies that are creating better fan experiences, more sustainable venues and achieving commercial success.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Creating the best fan experience: How stadium design and technology will work in tandem to deliver an exceptional atmosphere

Alastair Richardson, Director, Cox Architecture
Success of a tournament is judged by the attendance at the games as well as the atmosphere that is generated within the stadia and translated through the TV to the rest of the world. The fans from the competing nations add to the vibrancy of the venue, but the stadium design is instrumental in creating this atmosphere. Technology will also play its part - whether it be instant replays on your mobile device, apps that give you statistics about the game or in-stadium commentary to help convey the excitement - all these will significantly add to the stadium atmosphere and help deliver a successful tournament.


Alastair Richardson

Cox Architecture

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Improving stadium accessibility to make them inclusive spaces for all members of the society

Joanna Deagle, Managing Director, Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)
In recent months, there has been a focus on accessibility issues for English Premier League clubs to the extent that it has been discussed in the UK Parliament. In light of this, these clubs are now discussing a league-wide initiative to improve accessibility for disabled visitors. Furthermore, the appointment of former Managing Director of Centre for Accessible Football in Europe (CAFE), Joyce Cook, as FIFA Chief Member Association Officer will put equality and inclusion in sports high on FIFA’s agenda.


Joanna Deagle

Managing Director
Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)
In the past too, often stadia have been built for the sole use of a particular sporting event. The sporting authorities have however put greater emphasis on creating a long-term legacy plan for the infrastructure that is being built. Key to this, is the development of the commercial aspect of the facilities to generate revenue during non-match days. This session will detail the best practices in increasing the commercial appeal of your stadium and creating a sustainable precinct around it.


Alastair Richardson

Cox Architecture

Chris Dite

Associate Director - Sport Venue Design and Major Events

Damian Bush

Senior Director of Venues & Events
Singapore Sports Hub

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM Half time

5:30 PM - 5:35 PM End of conference day one

7:55 PM - 8:55 PM World Stadium Congress Awards and Gala Dinner