Richard E. Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport” - Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar and author. He brought his commitment to equality and his belief that sport can be an effective instrument of positive social change to University of Central Florida where he accepted an endowed chair in August 2001, and led the program to be named the #1 MBA program in the US for volunteer service in 2009. He is a regular columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal, and has spoken in the United States Congress, at the United Nations and in the European Parliament. He also helped found Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS). He also helped create National Student-Athlete Day and the Hope for Stanley Foundation, which helped Hurricane victims.
The humanitarian awards he received includes the Lifetime Achievement Award for Work in Civil Rights from the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow/Push Coalition (2009), and he has won the Arthur Ashe Voice of Conscience Award, the Women’s Sports Foundation President’s Award, Ralph Bunche International Peace Award, the Wendell Scott Pioneer Award (2004), and the NASCAR Diversity Award (2008). He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of the Commonwealth Nations in the category of Humanitarian along with Arthur Ashe and Nelson Mandela.
Lapchick also received numerous prestigious awards: honored by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida at its annual Dinner of Tribute (2012); received the Champions Award from the Alliance of Women’s Coaches, the Distinguished Service Award from the Black Coaches Association, the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, and the Pioneer Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (2013). Lapchick was also named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports for six years, one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America etc. Lapchick was one of 200 guests personally invited by Nelson Mandela to his inauguration after leading the American sports boycott of South Africa from 1975 until the end of Apartheid.
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Senior FSR manager
UEFA – Football and Social Responsibility (FSR) Unit
Patrick Gasser heads UEFA’s Football and Social Responsibility (FSR) Unit. He joined UEFA in 1999, when he began working in the National Associations Division, supporting football development in Eastern Europe. Before coming to UEFA, Patrick worked for thirteen years at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), both in the field and in the Human Resources Department at the headquarters in Geneva. He worked in areas affected by conflict in Africa, Asia and Europe where he had a broad range of responsibilities that included directing relief and protection operations and managing media contacts. Patrick graduated from the School of Economics and Business Administration in Lucerne and also earned a post-graduate degree in Human Resources there. He earned a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Geneva and a diploma in Sociology, Politics and Management of Sports from the University of Lausanne. He graduated in Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Geneva, class of 2010. He has married and has two children.
Founder and CEO of streetfootballworld/ Ashoka Fellow
Jürgen Griesbeck is responsible for strategic planning, exploring innovative new fields of activity and developing selected partnerships for streetfootballworld. Jürgen has been interested in the social potential of football since Colombian international Andrés Escobar was murdered for scoring an own goal. This tragedy inspired him to initiate a number of successful projects in Colombia (“Fútbol por la Paz”) and in Germany (“Straßenfußball für Toleranz”). With the launch of streetfootballworld in 2002, Jürgen took his experiences to a global level by connecting a network of community organisations working in the field of “Social change through Football.” He won the Laureus Sport for Good Award in 2006, and has been an Ashoka fellow since 2007 and a Synergos fellow since 2012. In 2011, he was named European Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.
Honorary Chairperson of Special Olympics Nippon
Representative Director of "Wings of Courage"
Kayoko Hosokawa founded Special Olympics Nippon (SON) in 1994 with the basic goal of establishing activities to empower people with intellectual disabilities through sport. Mrs. Hosokawa also took the preeminent role in inviting and organizing the Special Olympics Winter Games in Nagano in February in 2005, leading to the great success of the first-ever Special Olympics World Games in Asia. While she currently serves as the Honorary Chairperson of SON, she founded the Japan Floor Hockey Federation to promote floor hockey as a universal sport, and serves as its Representative Director. Her aim is to create a society where people with and without disabilities care for each other beyond inhibiting social boundaries. In 2007 she founded “NPO Yuki-no Tsubasa (Wings of Courage) Inclusion 2015,” declaring the goal of realizing an inclusive society without any discrimination and prejudice by 2015, to actively work on the education of inclusion and assistance for the employment of the disabled. other social service leadership roles of the wife of former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, include being the chair- person of “able Association”, a documentary movie production team whose films depict the “ability” of the disabled. The titles released to date include “able,” “Host Town,” “Believe,” and "Japanese Drums Create Sounds of Happiness - Inclusion -." In addition, Mrs. Hosokawa serves as the President of “Japan Committee Vaccines for the World's Children”, which distributes vaccines to the kids of developing countries.
Chairperson of Japan Association for UNHCR/ Professor, Graduate School of Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin University
Born in Nagano Prefecture, Professor Takizawa studied at Saitama University to graduate in 1972 and at Tokyo Metropolitan University to earn Master’s degree. After serving for Ministry of Justice he earned an MBA from University of California at Barclay (Haas), and upon graduation he passed the CPA examination. His career with the United Nations started in 1981 with UNOG (United Nations Office at Geneva), followed by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency; 1993-), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization/ Vienna, Amman and Beirut offices; 1991-), UNHCR (Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Sep. 2009- ), and he had served as the Head of Japan Office since 2007. He has served as a Guest Professor at the United Nations University since 2008 and as a Professor at the Graduate School of Toyo Eiwa University in Tokyo since 2009.
Director, Inclusive Sports Initiative, Institute for Human Centered Design/Director, Sport and Development Project, Brown University
Eli is the director of the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design and also directs the Sport and Development Project at Brown University. From 2003 to 2006, Eli led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and continues to work on the CRPD and inclusive sport, human rights and development. Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Brown University and is currently pursuing his PhD in sport and human rights through the German Sport University of Cologne.
President and CEO of Homeless World Cup
Mel Young is recognised as one of the world's leading social entrepreneurs by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Previously he worked as a journalist; co-founded The Big Issue in Scotland in 1993; co-founded Senscot (Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland); former President and Honorary President of INSP (International Network of Street Papers); also set up City Lynx magazine and New Consumer Magazine; worked on a community newspaper in Wester Hailes in Edinburgh in 1990's. Currently President and CEO of the Homeless World Cup which he co-founded in 2003. Also a non-executive director on two boards: Sportscotland and Glasgow Culture and Sport; member of the World Economic Forum Sports Agenda Council. He is a lifelong supporter of Hibernian FC and is the author of Goal: the story of the Homeless World Cup.
Director, CSR Asia Japan
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Nippon Foundation CANPAN project
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Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University
Chiaki Okada is Associate Professor of the Department of Global Human Sciences in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University. Graduating from Waseda University, School of Human Sciences, Okada worked in Zimbabwe as a member of JICA volunteers. After returning to Japan, she earned her Master of Education degree from the Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation at Hiroshima University, as she started her NGO activities in Cambodia and African countries. She has research experiences in Cambodia, East Timoｒ, Kosovo, and Bosnia etc. She is Japan’s leading expert in the field of Sport and Development, and has attended many conferences of the topic. Okada has written a number of papers which including “Life-stories Tell on How to Work as an International Volunteer“in 2007, and “Sport and Social Development: Promise and Caution from an Incipient Cambodian Football League” (will be published in 2011).
Peace Field Japan
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Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Social Sciences
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Representative Director and CEO
Born in Itami-city of Hyogo prefecture, Taro Tamura traveled Asia, Europe, Africa and South-America upon graduation from high school. His working experience with a rental video shop for Filipinos exposed him to the reality of foreign workers in Japan, and on the occasion of the Hanshin earthquake he helped create the Foreigners’ Earthquake Information Center in 2005. Before that he created the Center for Multicultural Information and Assistance in April 1997 and had led the organization with successful progress and growth until March 2004. Since April 2004 he has served as a research editor for the International Institute for Human, Organization and the Earth (IIHOE) with focus on the support of the capacity building of NPOs and the collaboration with local governments. In particular he has contributed to the establishment of optimal framework and systems for social changes in local communities in capacity of non-profit and private sectors. Mr. Tamura also founded the NPO "edge" (Entrance for Designing Global Entrepreneurship) in 2004 utilizing his own social entrepreneurial experience to help the efforts by other young social entrepreneurs, and in January, 2007, he founded and became the representative of Diversity Japan. Mr. Tamura has been very active in SR research and regularly offers training and advises on the diversity strategies to communities facing new diversity-related challenges. Since March 2011he has served as a Planning Officer of the Cabinet Secretariat’s Volunteer Coordination Office to help affected areas as well.