> Thursday 16 January

Herman Ram

Herman Ram is the President of Doping Authority Netherlands, which is the National Anti-Doping Organization of the country. 

After working twelve years as a librarian, Herman Ram started his career in sports management in 1992, when he became Secretary general of the Royal Netherlands Chess Federation.

In 1994, he moved on to the same position at the Netherlands Badminton Federation. He was founder and first secretary of the Foundation for the Promotion of Elite Badminton that was instrumental in the advancement of Dutch badminton.

In 2000 he was appointed Secretary general of the Netherlands Ski Federation, where he focused, among other things, on the organization of large snowsports events in the Netherlands.

Herman Ram has special interest in Employer’s policies and Conflict management, and he has contributed to these fields in several ways, including publications and lectures on these and related subjects. Since his appointment at Doping Authority Netherlands, he has developed a special interest in legal, ethical and managerial aspects of anti-doping policies, on which he has delivered numerous presentations and lectures. On top of that, he acts as Spokesperson for Doping Authority Netherlands.

Herman Ram holds two Master’s degrees, in Law and in Sports Management.

Bruno Bruins

Bruno Bruins began his career in 1990 as assistant executive secretary at Westnederland, a district transport company. He then became traffic and transport adviser to The Hague municipal executive. He went on to hold various posts, including human resources manager, at HTM, the city’s public transport company, until 2000, when he joined the municipal executive of The Hague as deputy mayor and portfolio holder for traffic, transport and spatial planning.

In 2006 Bruno Bruins was appointed State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the third Balkenende government. He then held successive appointments as acting mayor of Leidschendam-Voorburg and as the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management’s ‘special envoy’ for Randstad issues. In 2008 he returned to the private sector as a member of the executive board of the transport company ConnexxioN. In 2012 he became chairman of the executive board of the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).

On 26 October 2017 Bruno Bruins was appointed Minister for Healthcare in the third Rutte government.

Tony Cunningham

Senior Education Manager, World Anti-Doping Agency
Eva Erfle World Anti-Doping Agency

Lars Mortsiefer

Dr . Lars Mortsiefer _Mindre

Lars Mortsiefer started his career at the National Anti-Doping Agency of Germany (NADA Germany) in 2008 as a Legal Advisor and Data Protection Coordinator. He was appointed to the Executive Board in 2010 and became thereafter the Legal Director. He is an active member at international fora: he has been the Head of the Advisory Group on Legal Issues at the Council of Europe (CoE) where he is a member in a few other expert groups. He has also supported iNADO as Head of its Legal Experts Group. He is a lecturer at the universities of Cologne and Giessen, Germany.

His vision is to build strong and reliable alliances for a doping-free sport by creating dynamic and effective processes based on harmonized rules, scientific and intelligence-led testing and valued-based education.

Akira Kataoka
Akira Kataoka is the General Manager and in Results Management and Intelligence Department at the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA). He joined JADA in 2015 after spending several years in other areas. Since then he has lead his team in charge of Results Management and Intelligence & Investigations(I&I). In addition to those duties, his team has also been dealing with ABP, Science and Code Compliance matters in JADA.

Kazuki Shishido

Kazuki Shishido is a practicing lawyer admitted in Japan. Since 2007 he has been serving as a panel member (Vice-Chair) of Japan Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, and served as a member of Committee regarding Enlightenment Activities for Research on Sport-related Arbitration Law, a member of Working Group regarding Doping-related Arbitration Award Case Law Study, and an Expert staff in charge of the public understanding programme for Sports Dispute Resolution (from 2011 to 2012, dispatched to The Sports Dispute Resolution Panel Limited in London), of Japan Sports Arbitration Agency.

He is also a member of Life-Science Ethics Review Committee at Nikon Corporation, and an external director (Audit and Supervisory Committee member) at GMO Pepabo, Inc.

Colin Allen

Colin is the Education Programme Manager at UKAD overseeing the Education Delivery Network, and development of education programmes training courses, resources and content to support athletes and athlete support personnel. The key focus over the next 12 months is preparing/developing educational content/resources to align to the WAD Code 2021 and supporting key partners with setting up and evaluating the Education Plan.

He commenced work as a National Trainer for UKAD in November 2011 helping athletes to understand their anti-doping responsibilities. In 2012 He began delivering training to Governing Body/ partner organisation staff who wish to develop their facilitation skills to educate athletes and their support staff. Currently Colin is a member of the ERASMUS + RESPECT project looking into athlete experiences and complex decisions and trajectories that are at the centre of anti–doping debate and policy–making. 

Gobinathan Nair
Director General, South East Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization
Matthew Johnson

Matthew is responsible for leading on all of UKAD’s legal and regulatory matters, including  managing Anti-Doping Rule Violation cases in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules and World-Anti Doping Code.

Matthew is a barrister and has worked in sports regulation, including anti-doping, since 2004. Prior to that he had worked in both the public and private sector in criminal and regulatory law.

Michiel van Dijk

As lawyer/partner, Michiel van Dijk specialises in sport matters and employment law. In his sport practice, Michiel mostly advises sports organisations, sports associations and (international) top athletes on a wide variety of sports issues. Michiel specialises in dopingprocedures, selection issues and sports related issues.

Michiel is active in the world of sports, both as committee member and as an active sporter. Michiel is secretary to the 'Vereniging voor Sport en Recht' and editorial member of the 'Tijdschrift voor Sport en Recht'. Michiel was president of the Audit Committee Doping for eight years and has been president of the Disciplinary Committee of the Nederlandse Rugby Bond (Dutch Rugby Association) for many years. Furthermore, he is a member of the Disciplinary Committe 'Betaald Voetbal' with the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association) and Michiel has several advisory positions with NOC*NSF.

Michiel is ex-rugby international, ran 25 marathons and became 'De Snelste Advocaat' (the fastest lawyer) in 2012.

Ben Sandford
WADA & former athlete
Jorge Leyva
CEO iNADO (starting December 2019)
Chiel Warners
Member of WADA's Athlete Committee
Ulrich Haas
Ulrich Haas is a Professor of Procedural and Private Law at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). As an expert researcher and practitioner in the field of sports law, he regularly acts as arbitrator with, among others, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In 2018 he was appointed President of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT). He also served as a member of the WADA Code project team that drafted the WADC 2009, WADC 2015 and WADC 2021 and, more recently, he chaired the WADA working group on governance. In 2014-2015 Ulrich Haas was part of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) that conducted an investigation into doping allegations in international cycling. In 2010 and 2016 he acted for the CAS ad hoc Divisions at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. From 2002-2004 he chaired the advisory group on legal issues of the monitoring group of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention.
Benjamin Cohen

Born in 1983 in Lausanne (Switzerland), Benjamin has dedicated his entire professional career to sport. Before being unanimously appointed as Director General of the International Testing Agency (ITA) by the Board of ITA in February 2018, Benjamin held the position of Director of the European Office & International Federation Relations at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). 

Prior to joining WADA, Benjamin held various roles in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), in the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace in New York, the Council of Europe and within the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He is regularly appointed as guest speaker and legal and governance expert in task forces and commissions at the United Nations, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the IOC and International Federations. Benjamin teaches dispute resolution and international sport governance in various universities worldwide and is also President of the Legal Commission for the International League against Racism in Switzerland. Benjamin holds a Bachelor and a Masters of Law with a specialization in arbitration and sports law as well as a Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration & Technology.

Tom May

On 1 January 2019, Tom assumed the role of Director, Program Development and NADO/RADO Relations.

Tom joined WADA in January 2004 as Manager, Doping Control Policy and Development. He was subsequently promoted to the position of Senior Manager, Program Development in 2010, and then to Deputy Director, NADO/RADO Relations in 2014.

Prior to joining WADA, Tom spent five years at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), where he served in various roles related to national and international activities. In total, Tom has over 20 years’ experience across all areas of anti-doping.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Administration from Concordia University.

> Friday 17 January

Margarita Pakhnotskaya

Margarita Pakhnotskaya is Deputy Director General of RUSADA, PhD in Pedagogics and Associate Professor. She has worked many years in the public sector in the fields of human resources, project and organisational management, international cooperation and scientific collaboration. She led the headquarters for the Russia Summit EU – 2007 preparation and organized the international project INTERVOLGA. Ms Pakhnotskaya is the author of more than 30 scientific works and a book for children “The Dream To Win”. Jointly with MGIMO School of Business and International Proficiency Ms Pakhnotskaya developed a professional Post Graduation Program “Ethics in sport: key aspects of antidoping activities”. Finally, she was appointed as the Chair of the Ad Hoc Group on Protection of Whistleblowers in anti-doping (T-DO WbP) of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention.

Iwan Spekenbrink 
Founder & CEO bij Team Sunweb                     
Sebastian Thormann

I am a medical doctor, currently working in Lucerne Switzerland as a Senior Consultant of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery. Specialized  in Sports-Trauma and with special interest in the field of knee injuries. After studying Medicine in Germany (Essen/Münster) and Great Britain (Cambridge) and beside that competing in the sport of rowing for Germany successfully I ended my sporting career in 2006. 

In 2007 I was appointed by the German NADO to join the board of directors representing the athletes and being the chairman of the Medical Commission. 

Since 2018 I am also appointed member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Expert Group of WADA

Detlef Thieme
Director, Institute of Doping Analysis and Sports Biochemistry (IDAS)-Dresden
Francesca Rossi
Fahmy Galant South African Institute for Drug-Free Sports
Olivier de Hon
Olivier de Hon is Chief Operating Officer at the official National Anti-Doping Organisation of the Netherlands, ‘Dopingautoriteit’. He successfully defended his PhD-thesis called ‘Striking the Right Balance – Effectiveness of Anti-Doping Policies’ at Utrecht University, the Netherlands in 2016. He is a member of WADA’s Working Group on the Prevalence of Doping. In his private time he is a volunteer guide of the Olympic Stadium in his hometown Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Peter van Eenoo
Emily Wisnosky
Swiss National Science Fund Researcher - Doctoral Candidate in Sports and Anti-Doping Law, University of Neuchatel

Joseph de Pencier

Joseph de Pencier is a Canadian lawyer and the founding CEO of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations.

He began his anti-doping career as junior counsel representing the Government of Canada at the 1989-1990 Dubin Inquiry into the Ben Johnson positive at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. On loan from the Department of Justice in 1991-1992, he was Legal Counsel to the Canadian Centre for Drug-free Sport, and from 2002-2007, General Counsel to the Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport and Director of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

Joseph has been a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Anti-Doping Committee since 2006 (and has attended eight Paralympic Games), and a member of the Anti-Doping Judicial Panel of World Rugby starting in 2012. He served the anti-doping programmes of the international federations for cycling (UCI) and for baseball (IBAF).  He has served on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Legal Committee, and has been Chair of the Advisory Group on Legal Issues for the Monitoring Group of the Council of Europe’s Anti-Doping Convention. He has been a member of five WADA Independent Observer missions (the chair of four of them).

Annemarie Haahr Kristensen
Senior Consultant, Anti-Doping Denmark
Rob Koehler
Director General, Global Athlete
Jude Ellis
Programme Director - Testing and Investigations, Drug Free Sport New Zealand
Marc Vouillamoz
Head of Anti-Doping & Medical bij UEFA