Conference Day One: Monday, 22 May 2017

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

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM Opening remarks by IQPC

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM Opening remarks from the conference host

Angus Scott, Presenter, beIN Sports

Angus Scott

beIN Sports

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome remarks from the host sponsor

Hamad Al-Thani, Director of Sales – Enterprise, Vodafone

Hamad Al-Thani

Director of Sales – Enterprise

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

Datuk Dell, Former Head of Police of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, AFC Match Commissioner and FIFA Security Officer

Datuk Dell

Former Head of Police of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
AFC Match Commissioner and FIFA Security Officer

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 Bringing the Smart Stadium to life

Mohammed Serieh, Head of Enterprise Marketing, Vodafone Qatar

Mohammed Serieh

Head of Enterprise Marketing
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

Reserved for Comba

Hazim Al-Rawi

General Manager - Middle East
Comba Telecom

Paulo Rodrigues

General Manager of CNS, Brazil
Comba Telecom

Sponsored by: Comba Telecom

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Networking lunch

1:30 PM - 1:50 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.

1:30 PM - 1:50 PM Designing The GREEN and Energy-Saving HVAC Solution For T3 Hot Climate Region (Solar VRF & Solar Centrifugal Chillers)

Jones Wu, CAC Regional Manager – MENA, GREE
Presented by GREE

Jones Wu

CAC Regional Manager – MENA

1:50 PM - 2:10 PM LED Sports Lighting – The Future Has Arrived

Michael Lorenz, President, Eaton’s – Ephesus Sports Light
Presented by EATON

Michael Lorenz

Eaton’s – Ephesus Sports Light

Sponsored by: Eaton

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM Stadium security: Integration challenges

Dr. Ioannis Mertzanis, CEO, Space Hellas
  • Seamless interworking: Bringing together the best of bread
  • Maximising ROI
  • Collaborations, references
  • Case studies and lessons learned

Dr. Ioannis Mertzanis

Space Hellas

2:30 PM - 3:00 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.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM La Liga case study: Preparing for game day

Alfredo Lorenzo, Security Director, La Liga
The following presentation will hear how La Liga prepares for game day and creates safe experiences for the fans and players

Alfredo Lorenzo

Security Director
La Liga

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Case study: Venue – VIP and IPP (internationally protected people) visits and Security of IPP’s

David Storr, Head of Safety and Security, Bristol Sport
Through the use of case studies, David will talk us through the strategies, requirements a precautions for managing and securing VIPs and IPPs on and before game day. Learn how to successfully manage and implement security plans without disrupting regular operations

David Storr

Head of Safety and Security
Bristol Sport
The following panel discussion will look at different stages of the life cycle of a stadium, from design to operation, and discuss the essential elements that contribute to experience. Attend this session to learn how to secure your venue, provide memorable experiences and learn about global initiatives that are helping to drive venue usage.


Chris Dite

Associate Director - Sport Venue Design and Major Events

Damian Bush

Senior Director of Venues & Events
Singapore Sports Hub

David Storr

Head of Safety and Security
Bristol Sport

Alfredo Lorenzo

Security Director
La Liga

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Half time

5:00 PM - 5:05 PM End of conference day one

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