Prof. Dr. J. Hans de Ridder is a full professor and director of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He is currently a C2 rated researcher of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. His current H-Index is 13 (since 2010 H-Index is 10). He was the receiver in 2002 of the Stals Award for Human Movement Sciences from the South African Academy for Science and Art for his exceptional contribution to kinanthropometry. In 2011 he was the receiver of the Albert Strating Award for Preventative Medicine, also from the South African Academy for Science and Art. At the age of 39 years, he was one of the youngest recipients of the Stals award and also the first in the history of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science at the North-West University in South Africa. In 2010 he reached a milestone in his research career, when his 50th post graduate student (M’s and Ph.D.’s) graduated. Currently a total of 63 students have completed their masters or doctoral studies under his guidance. He was the author or co-author of a total of 72 research articles published in subsidised academic journals.
International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK)
He was the President from 2008 – 2014 and is the current Senior Vice-President of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK). He is also an ISAK-accredited Level 4 criterion anthropometrist, one of just a few in the world. He has been involved in the teaching of ISAK courses for many years. Level 4 is the highest international qualification which can be awarded to an anthropometrist and one have to apply for re-accreditation every 4 years. He was honored in 2014 with life membership from ISAK at the ISAK World Conference in Murcia, Spain. He is only the 5th person in the history of ISAK to receive this prestigious award. He is the co-author of the international ISAK manual “International Standards for Anthropometric Assessment”. He is the fourth author with Dr. Arthur Stewart from Scotland, Prof. Mike Marfell Jones from New Zealand and Prof. Tim Olds from Australia the first, second and third authors. This book is currently used worldwide as a text book and a reference manual for teaching and research in anthropometry and kinanthropometry. Since the book was published in 2011, it was already cited more than 1350 times.
He is the founder Secretary-General and the Vice-President (South Africa) of the BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science (BRICSCESS) that was founded in Delhi, India on 17 October 2015. He will also be a keynote speaker at the Inauguration BRICS Conference of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS 2017) which will be in Santos, Brazil in December 2017.
Conferences, Keynotes and Research
For the period 2003 to 2017 (last 15 years), he was an invited and/or keynote speaker on more than 20 occasions at conferences in Thessaloniki, Greece; Gaborone, Botswana; Porto Alegre, Brazil; Delhi, India; Shanghai, China; Velen, Germany; Johannesburg, South Africa, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; Potchefstroom, South Africa; Taipei, Taiwan; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Jakarta, Indonesia; Manila, Philippines; Potchefstroom, South Africa; Merida, Mexico; Kota Bharu, Malaysia; Santos, Brazil. He was the president of GoFPEP 2014 which was presented at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He is currently the Assistant Editor of the African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD). In 2005 he was appointed the conference chair of the very successful South African Sport and Recreation Conference (SASReCon) conference which was held in Potchefstroom, South Africa from 7-9 September 2006. He was co-project director of the international research teams at firstly the 6th All Africa Games in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1995 and secondly at the 8th All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria in 2003. In 1995 he received an award from the organizing committee of the All Africa Games in Harare in appreciation for his contribution on research at the Games and in 2003 I received awards from the Africa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance and the Nigerian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance for his contribution to Sport Science research in Africa.
De Ridder family and motto in life
Hans is married to Elsie, a maths teacher, and they have three children: Elé, De Wet and Maret. They are a very close family and enjoy travelling together. They especially love travelling and camping in Africa. The motto of the family is to make a difference in people’s lives and to always be kind and friendly to other people. They live in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Prof. Dr. Nadhim Al-Wattar was born in Iraq, he was the former Vice Dean of the College of Physical Education, University of Mosul, Iraq.(1999-2003 and the Acting Dean of the College of Physical Education, University of Mosul. Prof. Al-Wattar was elected as an honored professor in Mosul University for scientific and administrative achievements (2002). He received distinction degree in the Central Examination of Iraqi Universities in Sport Psychology for four years (1998-1999), (1999-2000), (2000-2001), (2001-2002). Later, he obtained the Specialty of the patronage of the Iraqi scientific cadres for the years 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. Presently, he is representative of Iraq at the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women IAPESGW, Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP) member at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) and the International Board of Advisors, USA. He published more than 80 scientific researches in scientific journals and conferences, and participated in more than 40 national and international conferences, he participated in three research training fellowships, the first one at the University of Martin Luther in Halla Germany in (2005). The second and the third were at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia in (2006 and 2008). He has a great interest in developing relationships with international universities , he achieved professional relationships between the University of Mosul in Iraq and other universities such as the University of Hachettpe in Turkey Ballarat University and Victoria University in Australia.
PROF. DR. GIYASETTIN DEMIRHAN
President, Turkish Sports Sciences Association
Member of Turkish Olympic Committe
Coordinator, Hacettepe University Communication
Dean, Faculty of Sports Sciences
Head, Physical Education and Sport Teacher Education Department
Prof. Dr. Gıyasettin Demirhan is working at Hacettepe UniversityFaculty of Sport Sciences. He is Dean of the Faculty and Head of Physical Education and Sport Teacher Education Department. He also serves as Coordinator of Hacettepe University Communication Office Hacettepe University continues its activities with 14 Faculties, 14 Graduate Schools and Institutes , 2 Schools, 1 Conservatory, 5 Vocational Schools, and 105 Research and Application Centers. Hacettepe University, as one of the leading universities in the country, keeps contributing to social development and universal values in the fields of science, technology and art. Also, he is president of Turkish Sport Sciences Association. He is a member of some international scientific association like AIESEP, FIEP, ECSS and ISHPES.
Currently his research interests are critical thinking, instructional technology in PE, relationship between physical activity and academic performance and cognitive process, risk perception in outdoor-adventure sports. He published 22 articles in international refereed journals and 43 articles in national referred journals. Also, he has two books and 10 book chapters in physical education and sport pedagogy. He presented more than 100 papers in international and national scientific congresses and completed 12 international and national scientific projects in his own research field. He was as keynote and invited speaker at many national and international scientific meetings. Also, he organized many international and national scientific meetings. He has 118 citations in scientific journals which are indexed in SSCI and SCI and 380 citations in Google Scholar.
Demirhan is known with his sportsman identity beside his academic identity. He interests Outdoor-Adventure Sports but he especially loves mountain climbing. He has climbed several times the mount Arart that the highest mountain in Turkey and it has been perceived as the traditional resting place of Noah's Ark since the 11th century. He also paticipates lots of Outdoor-Adventure Sport, Mountaineering and Climbing Organizations in international-wide. He regularly participates Olimpic Climbing that coordinated by National Olimpic Committee of Turkey and International Erzurum-Uzundere Waterfall Ice climbing coordinated by Erzurum Governorship, Erzurum Uzundere Munipacility. In addition to this Demirhan is an active member of Hacettepe University Photography Community. He likes to take nature and landscape photos. In addition, he gives lectures about Movement and Sport Photograpy.
Stephen L. Kopecky, M.D.
Immediate Past President, American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC)
Prof. Dr. Stephen Kopecky is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. After his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Mayo Clinic, he started in Mayo's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory doing interventional procedures and in the Coronary Care Unit treating myocardial infarctions. He now focuses on cardiovascular disease prevention were he sees patients in the Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Health Clinic. He has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and has received multiple "Teacher of the Year" awards from Mayo's Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and the Department of Internal Medicine, most recently awarded the “Internal Medicine Residents Outstanding Teaching Award for Best Lecturer, 2015”. His research interests include the role of lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and proper nutrition play in risk prediction and the development of cardiovascular disease and statin intolerance, especially as it affects patients with familial hypercholesterolemia. He is a contributing editor of the Mayo Clinic’s "Healthy Heart for Life!" book. Dr. Kopecky is the Past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology and is the 2013 recipient of the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award given by the International Academy of Cardiology for distinguished work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.
Dr. Graber completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, her master’s at Columbia University Teachers College, and her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Her research interests include children’s wellness, legislative policy mandates, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has authored over 70 chapters/articles, presented at more than 100 national and international conferences, edited three monographs and two special features, co-authored three books as a member of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Assessment Task Force, and co-authored a textbook on physical education and physical activity for elementary classroom teachers that was published by McGraw Hill. She wrote the invited chapter for the Handbook of Research on Teaching (4th ed.) and has also published in numerous journals including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Kinesiology Review, Journal of Allied Health, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (JTPE), Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Elementary School Journal. Dr. Graber has been a member of the review boards for JTPE and Quest and is a reviewer for many additional journals. She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America).
Dr. Graber is a former President of the Research Council of SHAPE America and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. She also served as Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Academy. She is a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and has received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Prof. Dr. Fang Zhao is a professor at School of Physical Education of GuangXi Normal University in China. She graduated with honors from Beijing Sport University in China, where she was awarded her Doctor’s Degree in 2002. Now she is a visiting scholar in SUNY Albany in United States from Nov.2014 by Chinese government funding. She will finish her research program on July 2017. While studied for her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at GuangXi Normal University in 1992, she was a member of college basketball team. She got a lot of teaching experience in basketball training as a coach assistant in senior. After graduation from college, she went to Capital Institute of Physical Education in Beijing, China for her Master’s degree in Physical Education. Because good grades , she became a lecture there for three year. Dr. Zhao’s expertise and special interesting in Sports Ceremony of the Ethnic Minorities in West of China and the Comparison of the Sports Management between China and U.S., began in her teaching at GuangXi Normal University in 2002. From 2010 up to now, she is supported by China National Social Science Funding and Guangxi Province Social Science Funding, she has published 1 academic monograph and 3 teaching materials. Almost 60 papers appeared in academic journals. As a Chinese scholar, Dr. Zhao looks forward to communication with other scholars who come from all over the world. She believes “Together Everyone Achieves More”!
ASSOC. PROF. DR. KE ZHOU
Director, Internatioal Exchange & Cooperation Center
Scholars of 40 countries are contributing their chapters on the new direction of physical education and health in their respective country. In April 2015, Prof. Chin was awarded the Medail of Manuel Gomes Tubino by FIEP for his contribution of global work in physical education. Prof. Chin is the Co-Founder of Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP) in 2010 and Founder of Future Leaders/Volunteers (FLV) in 2013.
Dan Isaacson, received bachelor degree from Western Illinois University and Master Degree in Recreation and Park Administration from University of Illinois, USA. Dan has been a leader in the fitness, health and entertainment industry for over 35 years. He is a pioneer, innovator and creative entrepreneur in the personal training movement. He developed the first science-based fitness program for appearance changes needed for stars Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Johnny Depp and Billy Crystal on blockbuster productions including Staying Alive, City Slickers, Karate Kid, Forest Gump, Superman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matrix.
Dan Co-starred with Jane on her first workout for weight training.
Dan has appeared on many television shows and in national magazines and print media including CNN, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Glamour, Shape, People and Time.
Dan with Tony Orlando and Mary Eisenhower granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower who started the President’s Council on Youth Fitness in 1956. Tony Orlando is an internationally recognized entertainer and top selling recording artist. To millions of people worldwide, he is most known as the voice and featured singer in "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, which has been the anthem for returning veterans since New Year’s Day 1973.
PROF. DR. ELENA ISTYAGINA-ELISEEVA
Vice President , BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science)
Director, State Museum of Sports (of the Ministry of Sport of Russian Federation)
Former Head, Department of History and Management of Innovative Youth
Prof. Dr. Elena A. Istyagina-Eliseeva is the Head of the Russian State Museum of Sports in Moscow. The State Museum of Sports is the main Russian sports museum operating on the federal level. It resides in a beautiful historical building of old Moscow – the mansion house of count Alexey Razumovsky. The Museum collection has more than 80,000 exhibits related to the history of Russian physical education and sports from the Imperial Russian period to Soviet and, finally, contemporary one. The State Museum of Sports opens static and travelling exhibitions, conducts both standard and interactive guided tours, and arranges meetings with famous athletes on a regular basis.
Research interests of Prof. Elena include museum pedagogy, state youth policy, innovative management, promotion of healthy lifestyle via Russian sporting historical heritage. Prof. Istyagina-Eliseeva is the author of more than 25 books and papers on the history of sports, promotion of the healthy lifestyle, organizing and hosting of sports events. Prof. Elena is the Editor-in-chief of Vestnik Sportivnoy Istorii (Herald of Sports History) peer-reviewed scientific journal, which publishes Russian and foreign papers in the field of sports history, sociology of sport, etc. The journal is included in the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI) system of the Russian scientific electronic library eLIBRARY.RU.
Prof. Istyagina-Eliseeva serves as a leading expert in the field of sports promotion, taking part in the “Russian Youth” and “Basics of State Youth Policy until 2025” Federal Target Programs. She serves as a Chairperson of the All-Russian Society of Sports Historians and is also a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH).
PROF. ASC. DR. JUEL JARANI
Vice-Rector, Sports University of Tirana
Board Member at Albanian Basketball Federation
Professor of Scientific Research Methods and Sport Science
Prof. Asc. Dr Juel Jarani is the Vice Rector responsible for the scientific research at Sports University of Tirana. Since 2003 he is a lecturer at the same institution. He has finished his Ph.D graduation on 2009- 2013 ”Physical Activity and Health” at IUSM, Roma Italy.
Figure 1 Main gym at Sports University of TiranaDuring 2006- 2008 has finished European Master Degree in “IUSM” Italy (Roma) in cooperation with Southern Denmark University (Odense) and Sport German University (Koln) for Physical Activity and Health. Also has a graduation (2005- 2008) on Master Degree (MPA- Management Public Administration) in “Economic” University, Tirana, in the department of “Public Management Administration” in cooperation with Nebraska University Linkoln (USA);
Figure 2 Students lecture at Sports University of TiranaHe has a vast experience on scientific research and also as a professional sportsmen and coach in the field of basketball. Also, he is actively involved in promoting sports activities, being the board member of the Albanian Basketball.
He is member of FIEP Europe Special Committee for Interinstitutional Cooperation and Partnership (2017-2020) http://fiepeurope.eu/management.php and also National Delegate for Albania to FIEP Europe http://fiepeurope.eu/Albania.php.
Figure 3 Part of Scientific Board on International Conference on Exercise, Sports & Health 2017Prof. Asc. Dr Juel Jarani is board member of the European Journal of Health & Science in Sports "EJHSS" and co founder of Albanian Sports Science Association "ASSA" www.assa.al
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maria Abulkhanova, the former Head of Physical Education and Special Training Department in the Russian Law Academy, currently is Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at Moscow State Academy of Physical Education. Maria Abulkhanova has published more than 40 research papers, abstracts, and book chapters in the most first rated journals and books.
She has organized scientific conferences for students of Moscow and Moscow region. She is running personal research projects, actively contributing to the institution's research profile. Also she organized countrywide competition for students with the purpose of promotion healthy lifestyle among youth. As a former active sportsman nowadays she’s keen on long distance cycling, cross country skiing, and volleyball.
In June 2011 Moscow State Academy of Physical Education celebrated the 80th anniversary. The opening of the department of physical education at the Moscow Regional Pedagogical College in 1931 started the process of numerous transformations which ended up with the formation of the Moscow State Academy of Physical Education. More than 25,000 specialists in physical education have graduated from the Academy. Teachers, students, and graduates have been up the podium for 826 times at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. They have won 158 Olympic, Paralympic and Deaf Olympic gold medals.
Prof. Dr. Erika Zemková is a professor in the Department of Sports Kinanthropology, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (FPE&S), Comenius University in Bratislava. For two and a half years (2012–2015) she was a vice-director of the Hamar Diagnostic Center at the FPE&S. She also works as a senior researcher at the Technological Institute of Sports, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.
She completed her Masters Degree in Professional Coaching in 1994, and a Doctoral Degree in the Sports Kinanthropology in 1999. In 2004, she received advanced IIa Scientific Qualification Degree at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. In 2007, she became associate professor of Sports Kinanthropology and in 2013 full professor of Sports Kinanthropology. In 2008, she graduated at the Institute of International Relations and Law Approximation, Faculty of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava.
Prof. Zemková began her scientific career in the Department of Sports Medicine of the Institute of Sport Sciences under the guidance of prof. Dušan Hamar, MD, Ph.D., where her research centred on issues dealing with the sport-specific exercise testing. Her early interest focused on specifying the limiting factors of sport performance in elite athletes. She then developed research which mainly concentrated on understanding the physiological mechanisms of post-exercise balance impairment. She also explored methods for objectively evaluating sensorimotor performance following exercise programs in various groups. In recent years, she has investigated the power performance under stable and unstable conditions. Currently, she is working on functional assessment of core stability and strength in athletes and individuals with motor control disorders.
She has been a principal investigator and co-investigator of many research projects. So far, projects conducted under her supervision were completed with achievement of excellence results. She has served on the grant review board of the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Sciences (2005–2012). Since 2014 she has been an independent expert for the evaluation of research proposals for the European Commission under Horizon 2020. She is also a member of scientific council of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (2008–present) and a member of various professional societies (1997–present).
Her academic appointments and duties include teaching university courses, advising under- and post-graduate students, co-authoring study programs, supervising coaching specializations, and serving on institutional committees. She has trained several Bachelor, Master, and PhD students. She has been a lecturer at the Post-graduate Academy of Sport Medicine, Coaching Academy and various Sporting Associations. Coventry University Research Committee awarded her a Visiting Professorship in Physical Education and Sport at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University (2012–2015).
During the past 15 years, she has received fellowships for conducting research at foreign universities, including the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professional Development Award (College of Engineering at University of Michigan, 2009), Fulbright Award (NeuroMuscular Research Center at Boston University, 2005–2006), Aktion Österreich – Slowakei Stipendium (Faculty of Sports Science and University Sports at University of Vienna, 2005), NATO Expert Visit Award (College of Life Sciences and Medicine at University of Aberdeen, 2005), CIMO Fellowship (Research Institute for Olympic Sports in Jyväskylä, 2003), as well as for teaching activities through the Erasmus Program (2004–2013) and visits based on bilateral agreements between Universities (2012 and 2013).
The University of South Carolina is the Flag Ship University for the state of South Carolina. It is located in the American South, a region with a complicated history and many current health problems, including some of the world’s highest rates of obesity, type II diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and cancers of various anatomic sites. The Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP), which Dr. Hébert directs, was formed with the goal of eliminating cancer-related health disparities that consistently disfavor African-Americans in relation to do European-American counterparts. The CPCP spans five of the six departments we then the Arnold School of Public Health, including Dr. Hébert’s home academic Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Promotion, Education and Behavior; Exercise Science; Environmental Health Sciences; and Health Services, Policy and Management; and the five other health related Colleges and Schools in USC (Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy and Arts & Sciences). On an academic product per-unit investment basis, the Cancer Prevention and Control Program is the most productive program of its kind in the world.
Dr. Hébert earned an Sc.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard University, an MSPH from the University of Washington in Epidemiology and Environmental Health, a diploma in International Education from the University of California at Berkeley, and an AB in Biology from Boston University. He has published over 630 peer-reviewed scientific papers on subjects ranging from measurement methodology to cancer epidemiology and psychoneuroimmunology. His primary research area is in the area of diet and cancer. However, he also has strong interests in inflammation and immune response, exercise science, maternal and child health, and ethical issues as they pertain to public health and medical research and community service. Dr. Hébert is a world leader in designing and implementing studies to explore the role of diet in relation to a wide variety of health outcomes – from anxiety, depression and cognitive functioning to cancer, heart disease, aging and stroke. These studies have occurred across a vast array of populations on seven continents, and includes a strong connection to African-American communities of faith here in South Carolina. No one in in the history of South Carolina has published more papers on the role of diet in health or on racial disparities.
PROF. DR. VERÓNICA VIOLANT HOLZ
Professor, Infancy, Health and Education
Professor, Creativity and Educational Research
Department of Didactics and Educational Organization.
Faculty of Education. University of Barcelona, Spain
Prof. Dr. Verónica Violant Holz is a doctor in Psychology, graduated in clinical psychology from Comillas Pontificia University and in Teacher training from Ramon Llull University. She is a Professor at the Department of Didactic and Educational Organisation. University of Barcelona
She has been developing her career as a professor and researcher for more than 20 years in the field of Creativity and Health in Hospital Pedagogy and she is the vice-president of ASOCREA-Creativity Association. She has been invited to give conferences about these topics nationally and internationally: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Taiwan, and Venezuela. She won the scholarship for the promotion of professors-UB2015 Internationalisation to work in the field of Hospital Pedagogy in Malaysia and Costa Rica. She is the coordinator of the UNITWIN Network of Hospital Pedagogy-UNESCO.
She is a member of the COMAU (Worldwide Counsel of Academic University Students) and an honorary member of REDLACEH: the Latin-American and Caribbean network for the rights to education of hospitalised or in treatment infants and adolescents. She is the author of several publications about care during childhood and adolescence in illness condition. She has written over 40 books and chapters of books and over 23 indexed articles that are available in databases such as JCR-Social Sciences Citation Index, Scorpus, IN-RECS, Latindex, IRESIE and Resh. Her last publication, under her direction, is a collection of 5 books about Hospital Pedagogy published by Editorial Aljibe-Málaga (Spain). Furthermore, she received the Diamond award in Research, from the World Wide Awards in Science Eureka in 2012 (awarded in Cuba).
Prof. Dr. Luz Amelia Hoyos is a professor and researcher in the field of sciences of physical activity and sports at Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, and the Director of the Postgraduate Program in disability, physical activity and adapted sport at Corporación Universitaria CENDA. She received her MAst and Doctorate title in sciences of physical activity and sport at the University of Leon, Spain. Her major work is on school sport, physical activity and disability, and social studies of sports. Speaker and workshop leader in international academic events in the area of sport and related sciences. Author of books and scientific articles related to school sport and physical activity and disability. Member of the editorial committee and the scientific committee in refereed international journals. Representing the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, she is member in the following international organizations as: Secretary of the Latin American Association of Sociocultural Studies of Sports (ALESDE), member of the steering committee of the American Association of Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports and Dance (ALCIDED), Representative for Colombia in the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW); and scientific evaluator of Colciencias. In 2014, she organized and coordinate the IV congress of the Latin American Association of Sociocultural Studies of Sports (ALESDE) realized in Bogotá, in partnership with the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional.
Prof. Dr. Branislav Antala was born in Slovakia. He was a scholar at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he obtained the Master’s and Doctorate degrees in physical education and sport sciences in the year 1986 and 1994 respectively. Presently he is working in Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. From 2009 he was Visiting professor and from 2014 he is Meritorius professor in Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His area of specialization is Sport and physical education pedagogy, Evaluation in physical education and Sport management. He has been author of about 200 original scientific articles and reports published in 25 countries and 5 edited books. He delivered 28 invited keynote lectures and about 30 presentations in international conferences and congresses. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of 14 international journals egg. Physical Education and Sport (Slovakia), Kinesiology (Croatia), FIEP Bulletin (Brazil), Physical Education and Sport though the Centuries (Serbia), Gymnasium (Romania), SportLogia (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Graduate Journal of Sport Exercise & Physical Education Research (Great Britain), Research in Kinesiology (Macedonia), Asian Journal of Exercice, Sports Science and Medicine (USA) and Theories and Applications The International Edition (Egypt). He is member of Curriculum Council of Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic and of State Commission for Physical and Sport Education on National Institute for Education in Slovakia. In 2013 – 2015 he was chair of Slovak national project “Increasing of Qualification of Physical Education Teachers” supported by European Union in the framework Education. He is World International Vice–president of International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP), FIEP Europe President, Executive Board Member of International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), in 2013 – 2016 chair of International Committee of Sport Pedagogy (ICSP), delegate of Slovakia in International Society of Comparative Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES). He is conferred as Honorary Member (Life time) and Member of the Advisory Board by the Indian Council of Sports Science and Physical Education. He is coordinator of national & international research projects. He is a recipient of many international awards for contribution on development of physical education in the world: FIEP International Gold Cross of Honour (Brazil, 2007); Medalha Sylvio Raso (Brazil, 2009); Zlatni džentleman (Serbia, 2009); Águila de Oro (Mexico, 2009); Pico Bolivar Award (Venezuela, 2009); Diploma of Excellency (Romania, 2010); Medalha Manoel Gomes Tubino (Brazil, 2013), National Sport Academy “Vasily Levski” Award (Bulgaria, 2014), Gold Plaque of Montenegrin Sport Academy (Montenegro, 2015) etc.
He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the e-Journal "International Journal of Computer Science in Sport", is member of the editorial or advisory board of eight international journals and reviewer of numerous national and foreign scientific journals, such as Journal of Biomechanics, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise or European Journal of Applied Physiology. Arnold Baca has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and 7 books. In 2015 he edited the textbook Computer Science in Sport: Research and Practice.
His current research activity focuses on Computer Science Applied to Biomechanics, Ubiquitous Computing in Sports and Exercise, Multimedia and Information Systems in Sports, Biomechanics of Rowing and Game Analysis.
As keynote speaker at 8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science (APCESS 2017) and the 7th International Conference on Sport and Exercise Science (ICSES 2017) ((http://apcess2017.kasetsart.org/index.php) in Bangkok, Thailand with Prof. Dr. Ming-kai Chin, Adviser, Co-Founder and Former President of Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS).
PROF. G. L. Khanna
President, Asian Council of Exercise & Sports Science (ACESS)
Vice President, BRICS council of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS)
Member Governing Body Sports, Physical Education, Fitness & Leisure Skills Council (SPEFL-SC)
Former Senior Scientific Officer ,Sports Authority of India
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science
Manav Rachna International University-Faridabad, India
Prof G L Khanna is a distinguished professor in Faculty of Applied Science at Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, (NAAC A graded and QS 3 star rated ) & Dean, Sports Science at Manav Rachna Sports Science Centre.
Dr. Khanna earned his Ph.D from Punjabi University in the year 1989. He has also worked as Professor (M) in University of Science Malaysia. He is Visiting Professor (Sports Sciences) in Tsukuba University, Japan and UPSI Malaysia. He has presented more than 100 papers in National and International Conferences and published more than 120 research papers in National and International Journals. He has published and edited 6 Books on exercise physiology. He is Editor in Chief of MR International Journal of Applied Health Sciences. He is in Editorial Board member and Reviewer of many International and National Journals. His area of Research interest is high performance Physiology, Hydration, Nutritional Supplements.
Dr G.L. Khanna along with other Task Force members including Ace Shooter Abhinav Bindra and Badminton Great Pulella Gopichand would be preparing a comprehensive action plan for the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028. He has received many Laurels, Oration Awards-S.R Maitra Oration Award, B.B Sarkar Memorial Oration Award and AOK Health Best poster Award-Australia. He was given appreciation award by National Association of Physical Education and Sports Sciences at the conference at Goa. Recently he was awarded Dr B R Ambedkar Award 2016 at Delhi.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. RICARDO UVINHA
Founding Member of BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science)
Leader of the Interdisciplinary Group of Leisure Studies
He holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education from the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP (1997), a PhD in Tourism and Leisure from the University of Sao Paulo – USP (2003), a Postdoctorate in Sports and Leisure Studies from Griffith University, Australia (2004) and a Habilitation in Culture and Leisure Studies from USP (2008). Dr. Uvinha is the author of several articles and books in his country focused on Sports, Physical Education and Leisure.
He is strongly committed to projects that focus on the development of Sports and Leisure Studies in Brazil, mostly in the Sao Paulo region and related to the Sports Megaevents. He has attended academic and professional meetings in more than 50 countries.
“Assoc. Professor Ricardo Uvinha has established himself as a true academic scholar over his academic career and in his career he has clearly demonstrated his competence as an academic, not only in his country Brazil, but also on an international level. He has an advanced theoretical knowledge of the field of Tourism and Leisure and is recognized by the academic community, on national as well as international level, for his excellent scholarship in teaching and learning as well as expertise in research. Ricardo has illustrated his ability as a leader on an international level on several occasions and has very good administration and management skills.” Professor dr. J. Hans DE RIDDER, Secretary-General and Vice-President (South Africa) of BRICSCESS
The University of Sao Paulo (commonly referred to as USP) is the largest institution of higher education and research in Latin America. USP is influential in the area of higher education in the South American continent, having educated countless professors with masters' and doctors' degrees now teaching at private colleges and universities in Brazil. With its numerous accomplishments throughout the years, USP continues to involve in the areas of education, science, technology and the arts.
Magister and doctoral degree obtained at University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport. His main focus can be described as turning back to nature. Trying to rise students (as future physical activity experts) consciousness and people all ages about importance of creating habit of continuous physical activity, first of all walking in nature. Since 2006. organizing field camps for students in national park “Tjentište” Also participate, as associate, practical teaching students Skiing at Olympic mountain Jahorina. Secretary and ski teacher at Ski club Starčevica Banja luka where teach children first steps skiing. Author of several publications about sport, recreation and physical education.
PROF. DR. IAN CULPAN
Director, New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies
Past President, Federation Internationale d’Education Physique (FIEP) (2012-2016)
Director of the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies
Prof. Dr. Ian Culpan is currently the Professor in the School of Health Sciences and the former Head of the School of Sciences and Physical Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has strong research interests in physical education teacher education (PETE), Curriculum Development, Pedagogy, the socio-cultural aspects of Sport and Olympic/Olympism Education. He has a high international profile, led and directed many national initiatives in physical education and has published nationally and internationally.
He was one of two principal writers of the national health and physical education curriculum and chaired the national standards body for senior school qualifications. He is the immediate past president of the New Zealand Olympic Academy: and has served as the president of Federation Internationale d'Education Physique. (FIEP Oceania) where he is currently the NZ delegate. He is the director of the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, a Trustee of International Alpha Upsilon Chi, chair of the FutureSport Trust and is a board member of the Sport Museum of New Zealand and Physical Education New Zealand. He has been awarded the International Olympic Committee Trophy twice (2000 & 2014) for his teaching and research in education and sport; and was the 7th person in the history of physical education in New Zealand to be awarded the prestigious Sir Alexander Gillies Medal for Physical Education.
He has been a visiting Professor at Charles University in the Czech Republic and a visiting Professor at the German Sport University Cologne,University of Peloponnese and the International Olympic Academy, Greece, Kristianstad University Sweden, Nanjing Normal University, China and University of Tsukuba, Japan. He is a National: Fellow for Physical Education New Zealand, has served on an advisory panel for UNESCO and co coordinated the New Zealand All Blacks leadership programme.
In 2017, the University of Liege celebrates its 200th anniversary. The Department of Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences is located in a very green campus and very close to the university hospital, one really interesting characteristic for the students’ curriculum as they have huge opportunities to be in contact with scientists involved in top level research.
The PE program (Bachelor and Master) is mainly focused on the preparation of secondary schools PE teachers but students receive a strong basis on biomedical sciences.
Dr Marc Cloes is Full professor. He has an important teaching load, directly focused on pre- and inservice PE teachers’ education. His research is focused on Sport pedagogy and lays on the Teaching-Learning Process Integrative Model, an ecological approach underlining the relationship between the participants, the educator(s) and the context. On one hand, it aims to improve the the concept of Quality Physical Education in every context of practice. On the other hand, it aims also to improve the quality of the physical educators training. His publications are available on Open Access website. Since 2014, he is the President of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP), an organization aiming to promote research on Sport pedagogy.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. CHEE KEONG CHEN
Past President, Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS)
Past Head of Sports Science Unit, School of Medical Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science Programme, School of Health Sciences,
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chee Keong Chen is an Associate Professor in the Exercise and Sports Science Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He was a health and physical education lecturer in a teacher training college before joining USM as a university lecturer in 2005. He obtained his Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia; Masters in Sports Science (Health & Fitness) from University of Essex, United Kingdom; and PhD in Sports Science from USM. He was awarded a postgraduate prize for his PhD thesis by the Nutrition Society of Malaysia in 2005. His research interests include effects of exercise-induced oxidative stress, antioxidant supplementation on sports performance, health and fitness among sedentary population. His academic work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and has been invited as a speaker in both international and national conferences. He was a former international volleyball referee. He has been the President of the Sports Science Society of Kelantan, Malaysia since 2007. He was the organising chairman of 4 international sports science conferences organised by the Sports Science Unit, USM. He is the immediate past President of the Asian Council of Exercise & Sports Science (ACESS) and Associate Editor cum Section Editor for Exercise Physiology & Sports Nutrition for the Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science (AJESS). He was appointed as a visiting research fellow in the University of Essex, United Kingdom in 2013. He also serves as an editorial board member for international and national journals
Master Degree Student
Senior Future Leader/Volunteer (SFLV)
Department of Movement and Training Sciences
Istanbul University, Turkey
Mesut Karlık graduated from Istanbul University as a Physical Therapist in 2009. As his passion, he worked with disabled children as Pediatric Physiotherapist for 5 years, in a rehabilitation centre. In addition, durnig this working time; he organised/joined many events, which focuses on artistic educations (theatre, dance, song performances etc.) of disabled children.
He started master degree in Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Movement and Training in İstanbul University. He is doing his thesis about “A validation of proprioseption analysis”. In 2013, he started working with Turkish National Youth Football Teams. He worked with national teams for 6 times and still a sports physiotherapist of Turkish Football Federation.
In 2014 he worked with Cirque du Soleil as leader of medical team. For a two months event at Antalya he had roles of first aid team leader and physical therapist.
In 2016 he worked with Basaksehir Football Club as a physiotherapist. Also in 2016 he worked with a software company (Fizyosoft), which produces Virtual Reality Softwares for physical activity, sports and rehabilitation of disabled population. He invited as speaker to many universities and as a guest to a TV programme on National Channel of Turkey.
Now he is working with Galatasaray Football Club (2000 UEFA cup and Super Cup winner). Also still working with Turkish Football Federation and Fizyosoft.
Participations as Future Leader
In 2013, with Prof. Ming Kai Chin’s invite and with Prof. Serap Inal’s advise he participated to Asia Pasific Congress on Exercise and Sports Science (APCESS) 2013 at Taiwan. With his poster presentation he won the “Outstanding Poster Awards” of that conference.
In 2015 he participated to International Congress on Physical Education and Sports Science (ICPESS) 2015 at Indonesia as leader of FLV team.
In 2015 he participated to Asia Pasific Congress on Exercise and Sports Science (APCESS) 2015 at India.
In 2016 he participated to Global Forum of Physical Education and Pedagogy (GOFPEP) 2016 as Future Leader at Turkey.
In 2016 he participated to International Conference on Sport Pedagogy, Health and Wellness (ICSPHW) 2016 as invited FLV speaker. He made an oral presentation about Physiotherapy Services of Turkish National Youth Football Teams.
He invited as FLV by Prof. Ming Kai Chin, for Asia Pasific Congress on Exercise and Sports Science (APCESS) 2017 at Thailand and for BRICS Council Of Exercise and Sport Science (BRICSCESS) 2017 at Brasil.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. OLEKSANDR KRASILSHCHIKOV
Director, Asian Chapter, International Physical Activity Projects
Exercise and Sports Science Program, School of Health Sciences
Dr. Garry Kuan has always believed in serving the communities with passion, sharing knowledge, and to make the world a better place. Currently, Garry works as a full-time lecturer at the Exercise and Sports Science Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Besides being a passionate a lecturer, he is also pioneering in using music as an ergogenic aids for enhancing sports performance (e.g., working with professional and state athletes), using music for enhancing the quality life of the disable populations (e.g., cerebral palsy and autism), and also using music for enhancing academic life and overall health (e.g., founder and resident conductor of USMKK Symphony Orchestra).
In the academic field, Garry was awarded the A-CIPA Young Researcher Award at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris, the Atsushi Fujita Award by the Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP), and the 2013 MASCA-AMBC awarded Garry the Arts and Social Sciences Excellence Award. In addition, he was also selected as the an International Scholars by the International Olympic Committee and International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education to participate at the 2012 ICSEMIS Pre-Olympic Conference in Glasgow, UK. Currently, he also teaches the communities in his specialisation in music and sports. He is the head of the music therapy cluster for cerebral palsy research cluster, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and also teaches music therapy for Kelantan Foundation for the disabled (YOKUK). He also brings the medical and health science students to teach violin to the orphanage, visitation to the paediatric ward, and also teach physical activity using the videos from HOPsports in Kelantan’s primary schools. In his free time, Garry also performed with prestige orchestras such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Melbourne Symphonic Orchestra.
She been part of the Future-Leader Volunteer (FLV) program under the tutelage of Professor Dr. Ming Kai Chin since 2015. As an FLV, she has represented the Philippines in the Global Forum on Physical Education Pedagogy held in Ankara, Turkey in 2016.
She is currently finishing her graduate thesis to obtain her Master’s degree at the Department of Psychology in the University of the Philippines with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. Her current study is on student-athletes and how they make meaning out of their unique experiences performing dual roles.
Mona has a deep interest in Sport Psychology and is part of the pioneering group of Sport And Exercise Psychology practitioners in the Philippines. Part of the initiatives of the Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the Philippines’ is to conduct workshops for Coaches, Physical Therapists and other Sports Science professionals. Mona is part of the team that conducts these workshops all over the Philippines, with the goal of promoting awareness on the importance of Health in Mind as well as in Body.
Mona believes that teaching is a calling and is passionate in reaching out to the younger generation of Sports Science and Physical Education majors who will change the world. She teaches Sport Science subjects to undergraduate student-athletes and enjoys teaching traditional Philippine games as a Physical Education subject.
As a junior faculty, Mona Maghanoy has been fortunate enough to be involved in projects that have a large impact on the profession of Sports Science practitioners and Physical Education teachers. She played a significant role in organising the first National Conference for the profession , attended by 500 participants from all-over the Philippines and continued to do so until 2014. In November 2016, she was again, point-person for the First International Conference on Sport Pedagogy, Health and Wellness attended by over 600 participants with 30 international guest speakers from 18 different countries.
Her role gave her the opportunity to be part of the Future-Leader Volunteer Program through her adviser, Professor Oscar Santelices. Since 2015, she has been actively involved in the activities of the Future-Leader Program. To date, through the FLV Program, she is part of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Foundation of Global Community Health (GCH) and the School Physical Education and Community Health and Wellness (SPECHW) committee under the Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science
THOLUMUSA FAVOURED MLALAZI
National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Dr. Zornitza Mladenova received her Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees in Sport Sciences, Physical Education and Sports Animation from National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski”. She complete her postgraduate education in Economy and Management of Tourism at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria. As a member of the Olympic Club of National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski”, Bulgaria she was a part of the OC of the National Olympic Academy. Member of the Academic Council and Vice President of the Student Council of National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski” , Bulgaria
As a President of the Commission for the development of student sport in the Republic of Bulgaria she was Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Founding member of the First National Student Sumer and Winter Games.
In 2008 she was awarded as a Student if the Year for her contribution for development the sport in the Bulgarian Universities.
In 2014 she was a part of the OC of 9th FIEP European Congress and 7th International Scientific Congress “Sport, Stress, Adaptation”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
From the beginning of 2015 Dr. Mladenova is working on implementation of HOPSports Brain Breaks® in Bulgarian schools and communities. After her collaboration with National Sports Academy and Ministry of Youth and Sport, the system of HOPSports Brain Breaks® Physical Activity Solutions was implemented in the schools in the municipalities of Sofia, Vratza, Mezdra and Kavarna.
She is working as a member of the “Future Leader Program” in ICPESS 2015 – Indonesia, ACPESS 2015 - India, GoFPEP 2016 - Turkey and ICSPHW 2016 – Philippines.
LARISSA CAVALCANTE PIRES
MSc Student in Health Sciences
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Larissa Cavalcante Pires is graduated in Psychology at the Federal University of São Paulo. She is currently a full time master's degree student in Health Sciences, she is also completing a specialization course on elderly health. Her areas of interest are, sports psychology, gerontology, elderly well-being, thanatology and holistic therapies. During her academic life, she participated of an interdisciplinary group that cared for a population of elderly women in situations of social vulnerability, with the objective of promoting physical and mental health, autonomy and independence, as well as improving the quality of life of the participants with consequent increase in their self-esteem and social integration.
Larissa did internships at the psychosocial care center with alcohol and drug users, promoting activities related to substance use and abuse, also participated at the office on the street, an action that provides basic health services for homeless people, as well as accompanying the users of the service to surf classes as part of the therapeutic process.
Her master's thesis deals with coping strategies and quality of life of elderly athletes of a seaside city of São Paulo.
Since the end of 2017 she represents Brazil as a member of the Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) Programme under the leadership of Professor Nara Rejane Cruz de Oliveira. As FVL, she has participated in BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil coordinating the team of volunteers of the Federal University of São Paulo besides presenting two posters.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Biljana Popeska is currently working as Assistant Professor at Faculty of Educational Sciences at Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of Macedonia. She received Bachelor degrees in physical education and pedagogy and Master and PhD degrees at physical education in Faculty of Physical Education, Sport and Recreation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. As a member of Future Leader Program (FLV), starting from 2015 as a FLV supervised by Prof. Ming – kai Chin, she has been representing Macedonia at several globe events related to physical activity and physical education such as GoFPEP 2016 Turkey, ICSPHW 2016 Philippines, and she will also participate in BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil.
Leaded by the idea to promote physical activity among school children using technology, in 2016 she initiated the implementation of Brain Break videos in two schools in two cities in Macedonia, Stip and Strumica. For a period of three months, more than 300 pupils were involved in the second round of HOPSports global project. As a part of this project, more than 150 pupils from third, fourth and fifth grade were using Brain – Break videos three to five minutes every school day in their classrooms. Based on the positive experiences and feedback from the students and teachers, several actions are planned for future implementation of this project in other schools in Republic of Macedonia.
Supported by the University and colleagues, three Brain Break videos with Macedonian traditional dances were created. They represent Macedonian traditional dances, music, costumes and architecture. After the presentation of Brain Break vides at colleagues at Faculty of Educational Sciences, these videos are integral part of many lessons with university students – future teachers
As a Head of University Sport Center at Goce Delcev University and as a part from here teaching activities with students at university courses: Didactics of physical education for pre – school and primary school teachers, Theory and practice of movement games and Sport and recreation, Assist. Prof. Dr. Biljana Popeska initiate different activities and initiatives that involve and bring together university students, kindergartens, schools and community in order to promote physical activity and healthy and active life style.
As a part of the activities in University Sport Center she is actively involved in promotion of healthy and active lifestyle among university students. She is a team leader and coordinator of student’s university teams in many international university competitions promoting far play, cooperation and positive values through sports.
Beside mentioned activities, Dr. Biljana Popeska is a participant in many international conferences and workshops and she is also involved in the work of the Federation of Sport Pedagogues of Macedonia. Her main research interests are physical education in pre – school and primary school education, motor development of children, holistic approach in teaching PE, sport pedagogy, sport activities in leisure time etc.
Considering her main principle of work “teaching by example” she is also active as aerobics instructor promoting active lifestyle in her community.
As a representative of Singapore in the Future Leader Volunteers Program (FLV), Dianna is among the earlier batches of FLVs in the family and has come under the tutelage of Professor Mingkai Chin. She has participated in ICPESS 2015 Indonesia, APCESS 2015 India, GoFPEP 2016 Turkey and ICSPHW 2016 Philippines. She will also participate in APCESS 2017 in Thailand and BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil.
Dianna started out as a physical educator in secondary schools and due to her strong interest in sports science research, became a lecturer at the Physical Education and Sports Science faculty in the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University. In her time as a lecturer in NIE, she has been involved in various researches with local schools. One of it is the BrainBreaks study, which she has worked with Professor Mingkai in the model school set up in Singapore. Since she joined the FLV program, she has proudly contributed two BrainBreaks videos, which feature herself in them.
Dianna’s researches focus on exercise physiology in areas such as sports performance in children and adolescents, health and wellness in adults and genetics related to exercise and sports performances. She has collaborated with various local schools, as well as, private companies from the industries in different research studies. Among many of the researches for the industries, she has researched in areas of external counterpulsation therapy with Renew Group Pte. Ltd. and footwear studies with ASICS Asia Pte. Ltd.
Besides pursuing her interests in academia, Dianna is deeply interested in athletics and has contributed to many international sporting events either as a competitor or volunteer in the organization of them. She was a silver medalist in the 2016 Asian Masters Athletics Championships and has also worked in the inaugural Asian Youth Games in Singapore in 2009. Dianna was the team manager for Team Singapore, Athletics in the 2016 ASEAN University Games (AUG).
Dianna currently works closely with the private industries and is also the director of Xuan Sports, an esteemed Wushu (Chinese martial arts) academy in Singapore. She is working on a project with the Singapore Wushu Dragon and Lion Dance Federation to write a training manual for the coaches in Sanda (the sparring part in the sport of Wushu, also known as Chinese boxing). She intends to pursue her interest in sports through researches on new sports technologies and also spread the goodness of physical activities within her community.
Phoenix Tong earned a Bachelor Degree of Education with major in Physical Education in The Education University of Hong Kong (former Hong Kong Institute of Education). She is now the Panel Head of the Physical Education and Health Subject and the Chairlady of the Health Education Committee in the Baptist (STW) Lui Ming Choi Primary School. She helps to reform the Physical Education curriculum and make use of the information technology in Physical Education teaching in order to make the school become a model school in Hong Kong. Moreover, she was invited by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong as a model teacher for quality teaching in PE and to participate in the Secondment to the School Support Partners Scheme under the School-based Professional Support Programmes. Under the scheme, Phoenix support frontline PE teachers in designing the learning programme in FM curriculum--- the PE curriculum in Key Stage 1 (primary 1-3) by using effective learning and teaching strategies and creative learning activities. In addition to teaching duties, she is the organizer of the District Inter-School Basketball Competition and she acts as the Chief Official helping to organize the District Swimming Gala and Athletic Meet. She is also the Assistance Coach of the Hong Kong basketball team for Mentally Handicapped and the Head Coach of District Basketball Team.
PROF. DR. LARRY DURSTINE
Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Advisor to BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science)
Dr. Durstine earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology/Biochemistry/Medical Physiology from the University of Toledo and The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. He has published 85 referred research manuscripts and has written and edited nine professional books and more than 40 book chapters (Curriculum Vitae). His primary research area is evaluation of regularly practiced exercise and a single exercise session on blood lipid and lipoprotein concentrations. In addition, Dr. Durstine has sought to understand the role of physical activity and exercise in the management of chronic diseases.
For most diseases daily physical activity or prescribed exercise will reduce disease risk while having a tremendous impact on primary and secondary disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Durstine has a strong commitment to daily exercise and continues today to exercise for “the health of it.”
PROF. DR. FATIMA ELFAQUIR
President, National Association of Women Physical Activity & Sport (ANFAPS)
National Institute of Sport and Training Management
Prof. Dr. Fatima El Faquir was the first female Moroccan to win the African championship in 1979. She held several national, African and Arab records in athletics. She was the first Moroccan woman to participate in the Olympic Games in 1972. She was selected to study in High-level University training on Physical Education and sports. She studied at the Bucharest University in Romania, and at Montreal University, and at the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1. As well as her teaching activity, she embarked as a national coach in athletics from 1979 to 1985. She coached Nawal El Moutawakel and other Moroccan athletes who win several titles. In the context of talent detection, she detected Nezha Bidouane who became later a world championship in 400m hurdlers. Dr. El Faquir was in charge of the National Institute of Sport and Management in Morocco from 1986 to 1994 at the National Institute of Sport Moulay Rachid within the Ministry of Youth and Sports. She worked for the Royal Moroccan Federation of Athletics, from 1994 to 2006, taking charge of the training of executives, prospecting and boosting women athletics. Her Supervision and the management of work units included the detection of sporting talents in the rural, as well as underprivileged districts, all in co-ordination with the Moroccan Royal Federation of Athletics from 1994 to January 2001. She made her mark here through setting up a training system which was taken as a model by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). She also was chairs the Northern Region (Maghreb) of the African Confederation of Athletics (CAARN) from 2005 to 2010. During this period, Dr. El Faquir completed several research projects in physical activity and sport, childhood and the woman, motor learning, pedagogy and methodology of coaching, talent identification in several sports, social rehabilitation as well as studies relative to the physical and sporting activity in blind men. She is co-author of the book “Muslim Women and Sport”. She founded in 1993 the National Association of Women Physical Activity and Sport (ANFAPS), with the aim of disseminating physical exercise, as an integral part of women development, and promotion and emancipation. This brilliant history earned her many decorations of merit: by the late HM King Hassan II, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Arab Union of Sports and the Royal Moroccan Federation of Athletics.
University School of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland
Karolina Chlebosz is currently PhD candidate, specializing in Sport Psychology at the University School of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland. She received her master’s degree in physical education from University School of Physical Education and master’s degree in psychology from Adam Mickiewicz University. She is the member of European Network of Young Specialist in Sport Psychology. Her interests lie in integrated approaches in the fields of psychology, physical activity, sports, exercise science and health to promote active living and extend knowledge about mental impact in the sport performance. She has been involved in several projects and many scientific conferences with themes related with sporty psychology & exercise. Since 2014 she is one of the international young scholars participants in Future Leader Volunteer Program. As a Future Leader she participated in APCESS, India 2016, GoFPEP 2016, Turkey and ICSPHW, Philippines, 2016 .
Karolina Chlebosz is also applied sport psychologists. She inspire children to reach their full potential, by exercises involving body & mind . She educates teachers, coaches and collaborate with schools to empower children to become creators. She tries to motivate children and teachers/ coaches to improve their quality of life by sharing and practicing health strategies with others.
Karolina collaborate with publishing houses, magazines and portals writing about psychology, sports psychology and mental training. Her first book will be published in april 2017.
She is also the current ambassador in Kathrine Switzer organization http://kathrineswitzer.com/261-fearless/ which enlisting women who find solace, strength and freedom in running. Her mission is to bring the love of movement to others.
..\Be Fearless. Be free. Be Grateful.wmv
Poram Choi is a PhD student studying adapted physical activity in Mississippi State University (http://www.kinesiology.msstate.edu/ ) from Fall 2016. She earned Master degree in Sports Coaching at the Chinese Culture University(PCCU), Taipei, Taiwan. She worked with College Track team during her study in Taiwan. She majored in special physcial education in bachelor degree in Yongin University, South Korea and studied therapeutic horse riding at the Centenary College, USA. She was a leader of Riding for the Disabled in Yongin University (RDY) and participated in various projects with the Korea Race Association.
As outstanding graduate student in PCCU, she received Taiwan National Scholarship and worked as a volunteer in the all international conference at PCCU. She also participated in Taiwan National Sport Coaching Camp in U.S.
In 2013 Asia Pacific Congress on Exercise and Sports Science (APCESS) 2013 at Taiwan, Prof. Ming Kai Chin invited her as Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV). In the same year, she also worked as volunteer scholar at the 19th International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity. She likes to communicate with other foreign scholars and specialist; thus, she determined to expose herself to various international events related to physical activities after earning Master degree in 2013.
Before she starting her PhD study, she has tried to gain field experiences. She worked at the 2014 International World Wheelchair Basketball Competition Organizing Committee and at 2014 the Incheon Asian Para-Game as an attache of Hong Kong team.
She worked at the Mungyeong Korea 2015 CISM World Games and 2014 &2015 Hyundai world camp for students as an translator. She also worked at the Korea Institute of Sports Science (KISS) as an researcher. She participated in 2016 Rıo Summer Olympic Golden medal projects and 2018 Pyeongchang Wınter Olympic Golden medal projects. Based on various experiences related sports and PA, she decided to study further in PA.
She worked as an assistant teacher at the special school. She also conducted physical activity program for people with intellectual disabilities and the elderly with her husband.
Poram and her husband named Yonjoong(Y.J) study together in adapted physical activities. They have worked very hard to develop their vision together from starting teaching physical activities program for people in need to participate in various PA program in U.S. They want to make the society, which everyone can enjoy PA regardless of disabilities, age and race. They are working with college students with disabilities in MSU and planning to develop PA program for the kids with intellectual disability in Starkville, USA.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. GOVINDASAMY BALASEKARAN
Head of Physical Education & Sports Science
Programme Director of Sport Science and Management
Assoc. Prof. Dr G. Balasekaran is presently an Associate Professor and Head of Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) academic group at National Institute of Education, and Programme Director of Sport Science and Management (SSM). His research projects include physiological responses in exercise and adaptations to health and sports performance, also investigating the influence of genetic factors on exercise related outcomes. He is currently actively involved in investigating physiological predictors of human performance. In addition, he is very well versed in the knowledge of sports science and its application in track & field. Dr Bala obtained his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, USA and has published many research papers, abstracts, proceedings papers and book chapters in mostly first rated journals and books in the area of Sports Science. Dr Bala has graduated 4 PhD and 6 MSc students under his supervision respectively. Currently, he is supervising 3 MSc students and also serves as a thesis advisory committee member for 1 PhD student. In addition, he is also the supervisor for 13 SSM students for their Final Year Project. He is a certified American College of Health Fitness Director and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) which is the most prestigious distinction within the college. Dr Bala sits in many local and international boards (eg Physical Education Sports Training Academy (PESTA) Advisory Council, Ministry of Education (MOE) Physical and Health Education (PHE) Syllabus Curriculum Review Committee, Physical & Sport Education Curriculum Committee, MOE Healthy Youth Committee, MOE Olive Run Organising Committee, Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Sciences, Asian Association of Sports Management, Asian Council of Exercise and Sport Science, Asian Society of Kinesiology, Sigma Xi, Former Assistant Secretary of Singapore Athletics Association (SAA), Asian Masters Athletics Championship Organising Committee, Singapore Open Track and Field Organising Committee, Selection Committee for RIO Olympics 2016 etc) and holds several research project grants. In addition, he was also invited as the keynote speaker/presenter for various renowned conferences. Dr Bala also has a strong interest in coaching and holds the level one and level two International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) coaching certificates. He served as the Team Manager for track & field for major games (eg 2009 and 2015 South East Asia (SEA) Games and 2016 SEA Youth Games) and was newly appointed as the Vice President (Training & Selection) for Singapore Athletics Association. He is also the President of the Cougars Athletics Association which is a non-profit track and field club that helps to groom, develop and nurture young athletes in Singapore. Awards and Sports Achievements Dr Bala won the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Nanyang Award (School) and National Institute of Education (NIE) Commendation of Teaching a number of times. The NTU Healthy Lifestyle committee chaired by him won the Singapore HEALTH Award (Platinum) by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board. The HEALTH Award recognizes NTU for excellence in the many workplace health promotion programs organized by NTU Healthy Lifestyle Committee. As a keen runner he participated in national schools as a youngster and as a former national competitor, Dr Bala had represented Singapore in numerous long distance running events and had won medals in various international and local meets. He had also raced in the various States and Regional College meets in the USA and most notably qualified and raced in the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cross-country championships in USA at Humboldt University. Currently he is a volunteer coach, coaching national long distance athletes – coached athletes to national records.
John Ballantine is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for disruptive software. He has decades of experience building and leading successful ventures in ecommerce, online marketing, and social enterprises. His startups have seen two acquisition exits and an IPO. He is focused on solving some of the most challenging threats to the quality and sustainability of life. He believes everyone has the right to know what’s in their water, air, and soil. When John is not working on Upstream he is supporting his own non-profit, Kids in the Game, which promotes access to physical activity for kids globally.
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Home is where the health is. The truth of this statement lies with children and the development of their brains, bodies, and habits from early home life. Healthy homes could refer to variety of things –mental and physical health, air/water quality, environmental factors–but all contribute to a developing child and follow him or her into adulthood. A healthy family environment could make the difference in graduation rates, behavior, and mental illness in the same way that the home’s physical environment can make the difference in cognitive development, disease and susceptibility to illness or disorders (asthma, for example). Taking action starts with awareness.
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Doctoral Supervisor, The Physical Education University
Health and Sport Science Faculty
Széchenyi University, Hungary
Prof. Dr. Miklos Bánhidi is currently working as professor and coordinator for Recreation and Health Promotion program at the Széchenyi University in Győr/Hungary. His teaching areas are the Theory and Practice of Recreology, Geography of Sport, Tourism and Recreation, Project Development. His research interest is Community development to improve the quality of life of the citizens and visitors. In his work he is focusing on topics, how to design and manage healthy environment and organize powerful activities to achieve positive benefits. He has written numerous books and articles on Recreation, Geography of Sport, Health and Tourism. He used to work as visiting professor at the Karl Franzens University in Austria, at the University of Northern Iowa in the US and gave numerous lectures at several foreign partner universities. He initiated and managed with his partners several student and youth exchange projects supported by European Union. He used to serve as the vice president of the United Games International organizing festivals and workshops on peace and understanding around the world. Since 2009 he is an elected member in the board of the World Leisure Organization. He is committed to help to grow the organization and tries to involve more young people into the organization.
Nick Bedbury is a cofounder and current CEO of Upstream Research, an environmental data analytics company that believes that where you live matters. Whether it is your neighborhood, school, or place of work, Upstream believes that everyone has the right to know what’s in their water, air, and soil.
Nick graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with degrees in Political Science and Geography. After completing his coursework Nick took a job as a Junior Analyst at Veratect Corporation. Before Upstream, Nick served as President of Brandstream, a global brand and business development firm who boasts clients such as Airbnb, Casper Sleep, NASA, and other well-known companies. In 2015, Bedbury co-founded Upstream Research with a small but passionate team of scientists, innovators, and career disruptors. In the summer of 2016, Nick took over as CEO for Upstream Research during the company’s major product pivot to Upstream Reports, an environmental and public health reporting platform geared towards consumers.
Nick has been featured in a variety of publications through his work at Upstream that focus on the innovative and creative nature of the company he now runs. Recently, Nick has been interviewed by global media influencers such as Geekwire, USA Today's Green Living Magazine, and local Pacific Northwest Publications such as Willamette Week. In late March Nick was interviewed by Output PDX at Techfest NW about vision and future of Upstream Reports.
Nick firmly believes in finding creative solutions to the most difficult problems by leading and supporting teams into unknown and exciting places with a bit of vision, empathy and pragmatism. His leadership at Upstream Research has been integral in shaping the company’s current character and vision.
CEO of Brandstream and Co-Founder/Chairman of Upstream Research
Scott Bedbury is an American business consultant. He is CEO of Brandstream, a global firm with offices in the Seattle, WA and Bend, Oregon, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Upstream Research, a disruptive health analytics startup. In the last 20 years Bedbury has spoken in more than 30 countries on brand innovation, business strategy, corporate culture and creative disruption. After his marketing roles at Nike and Starbucks during their formative years, he served as strategic advisor to large corporations like Facebook, Google, Casper Sleep and Coca-Cola as well as to society-changing startups like Airbnb and Upstream Research. In 2002 Bedbury wrote his first book, A New Brand World, which serves as a guideline for anyone building a brands in the 21st century. He is currently working on a second book.
In 2015, Bedbury co-founded Upstream Research – while still maintaining Brandstream – with a small team of scientists, big thinkers and innovators. During the company's major pivot to their consumer product, Upstream Reports (environmental Reports for any address in seconds), Bedbury served as the company's interim CEO before his son Nick took over in the summer of 2016.
Bedbury's work with dozens of the world's top brands has given him an idea of which ones are contributing to the greater good and which ones are not. Among his top are Airbnb and Upstream Research.
Finn Berggren is the president of the oldest sports academy in Denmark, Gerlev Physical Education & Sports Academy. (In Danish: Gerlev Idrætshøjskole). Finn took over the position in 2002 after 20 years as Associate professor and dean of study affairs at Department of Physical Education, Sport and Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark. Gerlev P.E. & Sports Academy is educating coaches/instructors to as well the recreational and leisure field as to the Danish sport for all club-system. Gerlev founded and created Gerlev PlayPark in 1998, the biggest European park for historical play and games. The Gerlev PlayPark is to day the leading institution in promoting play and games in the Danish schools and in the society in general funded by national foundations. The latest project is the Gerlev Playship promoting physical activity in Danish harbors. Finn was working for The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Special Adviser for the South Korean Ministry of Education for a two years period 1978-1980. During the 20 years as associate professor at Department of Physical Education, Sport and Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark he was developing the field of Political strategies for Health Promotion and Physical Activity. Finn became the European member of the working group behind WHO Global Initiative for Active Living in 1998 and he has since been functioning as adviser for WHO. In 2005 Finn were one of the founders and still a board member of HEPA Europe – The European Network for Health Enhancing Physical Activity, which is strongly cooperating with World Health Organization. Finn has been represented HEPA Europe in several experts groups in EU. Since 2015 has Finn been the European board member in the Global organization AGITA MUNDO and he is special adviser for the world biggest Sport for All organization TAFISA. Finn was the TAFISA representative in the final draft Committee for MINEPS VI and as such participated in MINEPS VI in Kazan, Russia, as Special Adviser for TAFISA. Since 2009 Finn has been Chairman for Cross Culture Project Association (CCPA) running Open Fun Football Schools in 21 countries with the objective to use Sport for Peace. The Association has more than 6000 voluntary instructors and more than 1 million school kids have been participating. Due to more than 46 years engagement in physical education and Active Living strategies there have been many keynote speeches in all parts of the world and several articles and educational materials have been published. Further information:
President, Faridabad Navchetna Trust and Dr. O P Bhalla Foundation
Director, Era Foundation
Honorary President BRICSCESS
Dr Prashant Bhalla, President of the Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) – one of the leading Institutions of secondary and higher education in India -- is a young, dynamic leader spearheading the quest for Quality Education. Under his leadership, MREI has evolved into a global-level institution in its 21-year sojourn. Under his dynamic leadership, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) has carved a niche for itself as one of the leading names in higher professional education with a vibrant spectrum of activities. Attracting students from almost all states/ union territories in India and other countries, MREI has evolved as a global level institution following international best practices in education. With a focus on training students in engineering hard skills, technology and soft skills, MREI holds Institutional Memberships of various Industry Associations including CII; FICCI; Quality Council of India; Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM); PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MSME and more. At CII, Dr Bhalla is a member of the CII National Committee on Higher Education and also committee on skills, contributing significantly towards making a major impact on the direction in which CII has been working to increase industry's participation in Higher Education. Dr Bhalla is also a member of the Partnerships Subcommittee under the aegis of the CII National Committee on Higher Education, wherein consistent efforts are being made at finding willing universities and industries to work together under the 100-100 partnership scheme. As a Director of the Era Foundation, Dr. Prashant Bhalla has been driving common entrances, assessments and ratings with QS in the country. Considering the fact that a sports-centric philosophy runs through MREI, it is not surprising that Dr Prashant Bhalla is the Honorary President of BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Sciences. He is also a recipient of the Bhartiya Manav Adhikar Samman 2015 as ‘India’s most eminent visionary mentor’ (Influential Leadership in education) by the All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice. As President of the Faridabad Navchetna Trust, he has contributed immensely towards improving the lives of people and communities through projects that shall remain etched in the history of the country: The Largest Plantation, Adopt a Fruit Tree, Faridabad Marathon 2017, Adoption of 27 Government schools for improvements in infrastructure and learning facilities, ‘Project Panchi’, ‘Food for All’ initiative. As one of the promoter members of Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI), Dr Bhalla’s contribution in the field of Higher Education and School Policy matters remains unparalleled. His voice has been heard by powerful political galleries of MHRD, the Parliamentary Standing Committee and other regulatory bodies. His credentials as a Treasurer of the Society see him actively engaged both in policy matters and decision-making.
PROF. FERNANDO FERREYRO BRAVO
ISAK Executive Commitee member (2014-2020)
Head of the Nutrition Department of the Pachuca Soccer Club in Mexico
Catholic University of Murcia and Anahuac-Mayab University. Mexico
He was born in the city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He studied nutrition degree at the Autonomous University of Yucatan and the master degree in clinical nutrition at the Anahuac-Mayab University, both in the city of Mérida. He is currently studying PhD from the Catholic University of Murcia in Spain. He is Head of the Nutrition Department of the Pachuca Soccer Club in Mexico.
He is professor of the Master degree in Nutrition in Physical Activity and Sport of UCAM in Spain and professor at the School of Medicine of the Anahuac-Mayab University in Merida.
He was Head of Sport Nutrition Department of the Integral Unit of Healthcare (UAIS) of Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY). He has been professor of several universities in Mexico of subjects related to sport nutrition. He has been speaker at international and national conferences, he has taught sports nutrition courses and diplomas and he has realized research projects related in anthropometry and sport nutrition in the last 13 years.
ASSOC. PROF. MICHAL BRONIKOWSKI
Head, Department of Didactics of Physical Activity
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bronikowski’s main research area is Sport Pedagogy where he has investigated the determinants of successful learning/teaching process with the emphasis on movement didactics, teaching sport games and physical education teacher training. He has published 260 publications (publications). He has finished his post graduate doctoral seminar, and is a lecturer at the International Olympic Academy, Greece.
Recently he has become an expert on the board of an obesity and civilization disease prevention program in Region of Opole, Poland, catering for more than 200 hundred thousand school children and their parents. He has published extensively in English on physical and health education concerning experienced-based teaching, most recently in a collection published by Meyer & Meyer Sport in 2011 Contemporary issues in Physical Education (eds. K.Hardman and K.Green) and in Physical Education and Health (eds. M K. Chin and C.R. Edginton). Since 2011 he is a board member of Physical Education Committee in the European Network of Sport Science, Education & Employment.
UNESCO Chair Project Manager “Transforming the lives of People with Disabilities, their families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness” at the Institute of Technology Tralee.
Chair Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities, Physical Activity and Sport Taskforce.
Vice President, Federation Internationale d'Education Physique. (FIEP Western Europe)
MINEPSVI Working Group
Senior Lecturer in Health and Leisure Studies & Physical Education, Institute of Technology Tralee
Catherine Carty is Project Manager for the UNESCO Chair in ‘Transforming the lives of People with Disabilities their Families and Communities in Physical Education, Sport, Fitness & Recreation’ at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland. Catherine is a graduate of University of Limerick, Ireland and Queens University Belfast in Physical Education, Education, Mathematics and Medical Science. Catherine has worked in academia while maintaining active and relevant links at industry and policy levels in Ireland and Internationally. She has diverse experience in the areas of inclusive physical activity, wellness and education through her programme development, lecturing and research experience. As manager of a globally focused research centre Catherine aims to maximize the impact of diverse thinking and interdisciplinary approaches to develop practical sustainable solutions to maximize opportunities for wellbeing for all.
The team Catherine leads are currently from Ireland, UK, US, Canada, Spain, Germany, Peru, Brazil and Sudan. It embraces a pan-disability approach to inclusion with an understanding that quality practice is inclusive practice. Through the Chair Catherine is aiming to ‘mainstream diversity’. The Chair partners globally across public, private, commercial, community, and voluntary sectors. The Chair embraces a strengths based approach to human flourishing and works to create appropriate opportunities for participation aligned with the biopsychosocial needs of the individual, in the context of their family and community lives. Salutogenesis underpins many aspects of the Chairs work.
Catherine supports the UNESCO QPE project. UNESCO (2015) describes quality physical education (QPE) as ‘not only the entry point for lifelong physical activity but also improves health awareness, enhances civic engagement and contributes to social inclusion’. UNESCOs Quality Physical Education Policy outlines that sustainable development begins with healthy, safe, active, well-educated children. UNESCO views inclusion, equality and physical literacy as central tenants of QPE and Catherine is currently working with colleagues to develop ‘iPEPAS’ an online Inclusive Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport resource to support the rollout of QPE internationally.
Between 2013-2015 Catherine led UFIT- Universal Fitness Innovation and Transformation, another EU funded project. UFIT has since launched in the US, Spain, Peru, Ireland, with imminent plans for Canada and onto many other parts of the globe. UFIT has been designed to transform the global fitness industry into an inclusively focused sector that provides effectively for those with and without disabilities.
In 2017 MINEPSVI takes place in Kazan, Russia. Catherine is involved in working Group 1- Universal Access for All as well as contributing to the work of working group 2. MINEPS will bring together Sports Ministers, Senior officials, Intergovernmental committee and the Permanent Consultative Council. Actions towards the realisation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be the core focus of MINEPSVI. Catherine and the Chair team will work to support ongoing actions globally following MINEPSVI. Catherine’s work and that of her team involves Sport for Development. UNESCO Chair IT Tralee has named the picture below “Circle of Friends” as it represents the ethos of the Plan2Inclusivize Sports Inclusion Programme which was piloted in Gambella, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Ethiopia and Togo in October and November 2015. Plan2Inclusivize continues to be delivered by the UNESCO Chair IT Tralee in collaboration with Plan International Ireland. In the context of the photograph, a refugee camp, Plan2Inclusivize represents an exemplification of the UNESCO Charter (2015) in action.
Prof. Stefania Cazzoli is a professor in SUISM School of Physical Exercise and Sport and Department of Philosophy and Education Science (DFE) at University of Torino (Italy) . She received the Sport Science AND Physical education bucherlor‘s and master’s degree at the University of Torino (IT), the Matrise in Sport Science (Education orientation) at University C. Bernard Lion (FR) and doctorate in Sport Humaties at University Comenius, Bratislava (SK). She is Member of the Scientific and Educational Committee, National Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) for primary school national project in partnership with the Minister of Education University and Research (MIUR) and Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP). She is member of committee for Physical Education teacher national certification and Physical Education teacher assessment for national education system (MIUR). She was consultant for management and governance inclusive education for Minister of Education University and research (MIUR) She collaborates for writing, translation and dissemination of UNESCO documents The research topics are sport pedagogy and science of teaching and coaching evidence based, the Physical Education Teacher Education (training , qualification, assessment), the inclusion of persons with special needs and disabilities in physical education and sport, the improving of the active style for healthy life, the denveloping the human rights and equal participation opportunities for woman, child, aging people, person with disabilies and illness. Dr. Cazzoli is President of Adapted Physical Activity section in the Federation International d’Education Fisique (FIEP) from 2008 to 2012 Europe; from 2012 to 2016 and from 2017 Europe and World. In 2007 received Young Researcher Award from the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) at 16th International Symposium for Adapted Physical Activity ISAPA 2007, University Rio Claro, Brazil. She is journalist from 1987 and worked in the national television (RAI) and national neswpaper (La Stampa, Economist gruop) for sport science topics. She is working for university 3rd mission of public engagement, open access and scientific education in the sector of Sport Science. She is author about more one hundred natonal and internazional pubblication (scientific articles, capters in monography and editor of book) printed and on-line. She was invited delegate at Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP, Ankara 2016). She work for in-service training of Physical Education Teacher Training in partnership national and international professional association.
Dr. Gurjeet CHAWLA is working as Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Applied Science, Manav Rachna International University. Additionally, also designated as Associate Dean Student Welfare. She is a certified level two anthropometrist accredited by International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry. Internationally, she is member International consultation on Worksite Health Promotion programme organised by World Health Organisation. She has been nominated for Faculty Exchange programme at Leeds University, UK .Nominated by University of Tsukuba, Japan under the scholarship scheme offered by Japanese Government for collaborative research programme. Also, invited as VIP delegate by Scientific Committee of GoFPEP 2014, at South Africa and member scientific committee GoFPEP 2016 , Turkey for international representation to promote health and wellness of children, youth and community globally. She is also working as coordinator for International project on ‘Global Health and Physical Education School Network (GHPESN) in Partnership with School, Community and University through Technology (Pilot Study)’ - BRAIN BREAKS in association with HOPSports Inc, USA.
Having vast rich teaching and research experience of more than 16 years she had won many awards and laurels .She was Awarded Best Research Proposal award by University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2011 under collaborative research programme sponsored by Japanese Government. Also, honoured by The Hindustan Times Schools Programme for Commitment towards Excellence in Education. Awarded appreciation award by ASSOCHAM for research presentation..Life member of Nutrition Society of India and Indian Dietetics Association, Delhi Chapter she has to her credit many research publications in Journals of high repute nationally and internationally and has guided more than 16 post graduate research dissertation. She has worked in various research projects funded by UNICEF and Directorate of Marketing and Inspection. She has also edited three books on The Science of Human Movement, Sports Psychology and Training and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She has organized and coordinated many National and International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. She was nominated as Coordinator by Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee for XIV Commonwealth International Sports Science Congress 2010 (CISSC), 27th – 30th September’2010, New Delhi
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Carrillo Álvarez is currently working as Associate Professor at the Blanquerna School of Health Science, Universitat Ramon Llull. She received EHEA degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, holds a Master in Social Pedagogy and earned a PhD in Education, all from Universitat Ramon Llull. Part of her Doctorate was conducted as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston (USA), under the direction of Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, head of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department.
She has been representing Spain as a member of the Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) Program under Prof. Mingkai Chin advisory. As FVL, she has participated in GoFPEP 2016 Turkey and ICSPHW 2016, Manila, and she will also participate in APCESS 2017, Thailand and BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil. In November 2016, she was appointed as a Team Leader.
She is member of the PSITIC research group on Pedagogy Society and Innovation with ICT support and performs research around a variety of topics mainly related to how socio-educational features can leverage health and socio-educational inequalities. More specifically, her research focuses on (1) social determinants of health and eating, with an interest on social capital, and (2) the promotion of food security in vulnerable groups. In this context, she has been domain coordinator for the development of reference budgets for the food basket in a EU Commission funded project involving institutions from the 28-member state countries and lead by the Antwerp University. At the community level, she is working with ADAMA, a Barcelona-based NGO to promote healthy lifestyles in socially-deprived people and she also collaborates with the Citizen Agreement for an Inclusive Barcelona, a shared space for public-private cooperation and joint action between institutions and organizations in the city Barcelona working to build a more inclusive and better quality of life for all people. She is an associate professor at the FCS Blanquerna, teaching Sports Nutrition, Sociology of food and nutrition, and Nutrition in Social Exclusion, where she has collaborated to promote an active teaching style through the implementation of HOPSports’ Brain Break sessions.
From 2010-2012 she was part of the Organizing Committee of the Childen’s Congress on the Prevention of Childhood obesity held at the Blanquerna School of Health Science, an activity in which, in each edition, three hundred primary school’ students participated in different activities related to the healthy nutrition and movement and were invited to present their proposals to promote these behaviors among their peers.
She has obtained several grants and recognition to her work, including grants from the Spanish Government, awards to several presentations made in international conferences and also to the development of teaching material to promote healthy eating habits in teenagers.
DR. MARIANA TUDOR
Senior Team Leader & Senior Future Leader/Volunteer (SFLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Lecturer, Department of Medical Assistance and Physical Therapy
Dr. Mariana Tudor is Physiotherapist and Lecturer at Department of Medical Assistance and Physical Therapy, University of Pitesti – Romania. She has a Master Degree in Physical therapy for people with disabilities and in September 2013 she obtained her PhD Degree in the field of Human Motricity Science. He teaches full time disciplines like Evaluation in Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy in Cardio-Respiratory Diseases and Health Education. She is passionate about working with students and beyond transmitting them knowledge, she likes to involve them in different activities and help them to explore their opportunities at the fullest. Her major research interest is on health, therapeutic or health education, rehabilitation, active lifestyle promotion, both at individual and community level. She has been involved in several projects and many scientific conferences with themes related with rehabilitation in different settings and age groups, adapted physical activities, injury prevention and social inclusion for people with disabilities (children and adults). Since 2013 she is actively engaged as Team Leader and Future Leader in coordination of the international young scholars participants in Future Leader Volunteer Program (APCESS, Taiwan 2013, GoFPEP 2014, South Africa, GoFPEP 2016, Turkey).
She considers her participation in the Future Leader/Volunteer Program an amazing, exciting and enriching journey, the best place to provide conditions to learn, gain experience, a chance to personal and professional expression, innovation and development for the young researchers.
Also, Dr. Mariana Tudor has experience in working in community projects to promote health and physical activity. She is a member of the Romanian team to promote Brain Breaks in schools, she involves students to create Brain Breaks with Romanian cultural specificity and she was an implementing member of the HOPSports on-line streaming brain breaks international study.
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Ph.D. student in Kinanthropology
PE and teacher and trainer
Co-owner, Co-founder Kindergarten HOUSENKA and IMAGO school
Author and director of Music-based P.E. Program in Kindergarten HOUSENKA, PE, Music and French language teacher in IMAGO school.
Faculty of Physical education and Sports, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Antonín Kubaň is a Ph.D. student of Kinanthropology at the Department of Gymnastics at Faculty of Physical education and Sports at Charles University in Prague since 2010, after finishing his Master degree in pedagogy. His research is focused mostly on pedagogy in physical education. In 2009 he started his pilot study of his educational program for pre-school children, focused on global pedagogy and all-round personal development using music and sport as a tool. His research interests include: pedagogy, sport psychology, motor and physical development, physical and musical intervention for pre-school age children. In 2013 he co-founded with his two sisters Kindergarten HOUSENKA and Individual learning school IMAGO with author global pedagogy educational program which includes his author Music-based physical educational program.
He has been representing Czech Republic as a member of Future Leader Volunteer (FLV) program under Prof. Ming-kai Chin’s leadership since 2013. As a FLV he participated in APCESS 2013 Taiwan and GoFPEP 2016 Turkey
Antonín is preparing DVD with movement compositions and author songs for kids. For first batch of movement compositions and songs every single continent on Earth was selected as the main topic of the lyrics and the songs melodies. Lyrics are prepared on the basis of the pre-defined notion field with which children should be acquainted in connection with the specific continent. Most of lyrics include parts of folk melodies, including the specific language of the country. We would like to follow this model and create more songs and movement compositions and create new DVD which could be distributed in kindergartens or for parents. Next step is to translate and record songs in English to spread our movement compositions and songs also in foreign countries.
Asssit. Prof. Dr. Saçlı Uzunöz is currently working as Assistant Professor at Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University. She received Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees in Sport Sciences and Technology from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She has been representing Turkey as a member of the Future Leader Program (FLV) under Prof. Ming-kai Chin advisory. As FVL, she participated in ICPESS 2015 Indonesia, GoFPEP 2016 Turkey, and she will also participate in BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil.
She has been conducting collaborative projects for promoting physical activity using technology since 2014 in Cappadocia region of Turkey. At the beginning, she started with two schools and 300 students by participating in HOPSports global project to promote physical activity. All students from third to fifth grade involved in using Brain-Break videos three to five minutes in every school day for four months in their classrooms.
In a short time, she collaborated with administrators of the city, university, and the other primary and secondary schools all over the city. So, she expanded the study throughout the Cappadocia region with participation of 150 schools, 150 principals, 289 teachers from different disciplines, 384 classrooms from kindergarten to eighth grade, and 6931 students.
It has been begun an active life culture by Dr. Saçlı Uzunöz even at her formal meetings, although she faced a strong resistance in the beginning. She was insistent too.
Not only that, but also she encouraged student teachers at department of physical education and sports education at her university to create 30 HOPSPORTs Brain-break videos representing Turkish culture and succeeded that. She has also been using regularly brain-break videos while teaching her classes to promote health and wellness of university students.
Dr. Saçlı Uzunöz brought all the stakeholders together in a short time and she has been still working on to expand her cooperation areas. Besides all these initiatives she is also teaching creative drama, teaching methods, teaching practice, school experience, and material design in physical education. She has been always using outdoor sports opportunities of Cappadocia region to make students and community more active and healthy.
YEW CHEO NG
Bachelor Student in Sports and Physical Education
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
National Insititute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Yew Cheo Ng is currently pursuing her Bachelor in Sports and Physical Education, working full-time and concurrently running and training competitively at national level under her supervisor and coach, Dr. Balasekaran. She also does research that focuses on human performance and physical education.
She has been running competitively since she was 10 years old and is very passionate about the sport. She represented Singapore at the Western Australian Little Athletics (WALA) in 2000 and Singapore Open 2017 clinching bronze in 4x400m relay and 10,000m respectively. In addition, she has also participated in several local races/marathons and many of which she has come in top 3 placings. She is also an IAAF Youth level 1 certified coach and coaches voluntarily. She has also often gone beyond her time to help coach many young children and motivate their interest in running. She has also conducted workshops, developed videos and CDs on running tactics and prevention of injuries from running. She has also worked on the Brain Breaks study in Singapore and is helping Fuhua Primary School efforts to make it the UNSGD lab of the future.
Cheo also had opportunities to present her posters and presentations at international conferences such as American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Asian Association for Sport Management etc.
She also helped to organize the IAAF Chief Coach Youth Academy for international elite track and field coaches that was held in Singapore from 9 – 14 October 2017.
She is also one of the authors for a chapter in the book on “Effects of Self-regulating Exercise Intensity using the OMNI Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale on Youths and Pedagogical Methods for Youths during Physical Education in Singapore. In Popoviæ, S., Antala, B., Bjelica, D., & Gardaeviæ, J. (Eds.), Physical Education in Secondary School: Researches - Best Practices – Situation (PP. 129-143). Bratislava: Faculty of Sport and Physical Education of University of Montenegro, Montenegrin Sports Academy and Fédération Internationale D´Éducation Physique (FIEP Europe).
Dr. Kat A. Donnelly, Ph.D., P.E. is a nationally recognized behavior change, technology, and strategy expert with 25 years of professional experience in the energy efficiency and clean energy industries. She is the Founder and Co-CEO of AZENTIVE, a woman-owned consulting firm that uses behavioral science approaches and emerging technologies to resolve wellness, productivity, and sustainability challenges in communities and businesses. AZENTIVE orchestrates the participation of diverse stakeholders to find powerful points of leadership and leverage to inspire whole communities to take action. AZENTIVE also offers new technologies that disrupt the current status quo to accelerate behavior and culture change initiatives.
Kat served as program co-designer and evaluator for a $4.2 million Department of Energy (DOE) project: Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. She co-led the marketing, strategy, and engagement design for Duke Energy’s Smart Energy Now® commercial behavior program, which later became part of Envision Charlotte. Kat recently led two large-scale behavior change programs for a California Investor Owned Utility, engaging citizens, community groups, businesses, and institutions in three medium-sized cities for community residents and two large cities for the commercial building sector. Each of these programs incorporated Community-Based Social Marketing strategies and tactics and surpassed their goals for engagement and culture change.
Kat is a valued advisor to various organizations on energy and behavior change-related topics, including the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), Behavior Energy and Climate Change conference (BECC), US Department of Energy (DOE), Public Utility Commissions, IBM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Stanford University, numerous businesses and non-profits, etc. A licensed engineer, Kat holds a PhD and two Masters of Science degrees from MIT with a focus on behavior change and sustainability. An experienced entrepreneur, she is also the Founder and CEO of Empower Efficiency, LLC.
Kat and her teams have designed, implemented, evaluated, and improved large-scale community-based energy efficiency culture change programs in 21 cities across the US and more than 100 schools in California. These pictures depict the “Step Up and Power Down” initiative to save energy at work and at home in five cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
PROF.DR. NARA DE OLIVEIRA
Board of Director, BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science)
Prof. Dr. Nara de Oliveira is a Professor in the Human Movement Science Department, at Federal University of Sao Paulo. She works at the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Health area. She holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education from the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP (in 2003), and a PhD in Education from the University of Sao Paulo – USP (in 2010). Dr. Oliveira is member of Executive Committee of BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science), since 2015. She is currently leader of the Research Centre on Sport Policy and Leisure at Sao Paulo State, funded by Brazilian Ministry of Sport, whose research focuses on the Olympic Legacy in the context of sport and leisure policies in Brazil. Her research interests include: physical education and health; health education; childhood education; sports,leisure and health; education higher. She has written articles and book chapters, attending international conferences and congresses, as well as developed interdisciplinary research projects (Curriculum Vitae).
Prof. Dr. Grace Otinwa is a Professor of Physical Education and Exercise Physiology. She is the immediate past Head of Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education of the University of Lagos. She was a visiting professor at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, USA and a visiting research professor at Suzhou University, Suzhou, China. She has a career that spans about three decades, she is highly productive and has contributed to scholarship in the numerous books she has published and research findings she has presented both at national and international levels some of which have honored her with awards at the University of Lagos Annual Research and Conference Fair as one of the best researchers in the Faculty of Education. She was a resource person for Federal Ministry of Health; World Health Organization, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is also a facilitator on health issues in workshops and seminars for institutions, faith-based organizations and the general community. She is a member of some professional organizations such as Nigeria Association of Sports Science and Medicine (NASSM) and the U.S-based International Council for Health Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER-SD) where she served as the African Regional Secretary and presently the Regional Vice- President. She is a Fellow of the Nigeria Association of Sports Science and Medicine and Nigeria Institute of Security. She is a Consultant on the issues that relate to exercise prescription, fitness and wellness. She is involved in community services both within and outside the university. She was a member of the Governing Council of BOWEN University, Iwo, Osun State and Board Member of some schools.
Christina Lykke Oergaard has been a part of the Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) program since June 2017. She is studying at Harvard University as a part of her Master’s studies at Roskilde University in Denmark. When returning, Oergaard will start an internship with a EU-funded Ph.D. project researching solidarity economy within 120 European communities. Further, Christina is an Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at her BA studies in Global Nutrition and Health at PH Metropolitan University College.
Oergaard earned her professional BA degree in Global Nutrition and Health specializing in Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy at PH Metropolitan University College in 2015, furthering a half a year of business studies before she continued with her Master’s degree within the field of (social) Management.
Being ambitious by nature, in between her BA and MA, Oergaard lived as a professional performance artist—a gymnast, dancer and acrobat—for 1,5 year with the goal to makes it to Cirque Du Soleil auditioning. After auditioning as an aerial acrobat, she realized that she really wanted to pursue her academic, and not spent three years on contract in a cirque, although this does sound appealing. Continuously, she has been a dedicated ambassador for Gerlev Sports Academy since 2014, and taught several workshop and performed several performances globally as a dancer with Gerlev Performance Team—latest at the World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Oergaard has volunteered for a social innovation organization with the focus of how to improve our society to increase the life of quality for people living in a particular community or using a specific service with the Danish Social Innovation Club (DANSIC). Thus, her sport career includes several National and Nordic championships, including 10 World championships representing Denmark in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics; she has also travelled around the World promoting Healthy Living and Sport For Fun with the National Danish Performance Team in 2010-2011.
Visiting schools and universities was a great intercultural experience, and since the visits included interactions in form of workshops and/or classroom presentations with the children this gave a firm insight to how different cultures perceive movement and physical activity, and thereby, what challenge that lies ahead. Oergaard has always been passionate and dedicated about moving and passing her knowledge on to younger generations. Amongst others, this is expressed through her engagement in teaching gymnastics and acrobatics since 2001.
Living by Doing: “To make the change, we have to be the change. That is the best advocating tool in creating a better and healthier future for all.”
DR. SUNDAY ONAGBIYE
Dr. Sunday Onagbiye
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Data Analyst
Dept of Sport Recreation & Exercise Science/School of Public Health
Dr Sunday Onagbiye obtained his B.Ed. (Physical and Health Education), MA (Physical Education-Exercise Physiology option) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and PhD (Human Movement Science) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. He also obtained a Certificate in Prevention Strategies for NCDs at the University of Oxford (UK).
He is a member of South African Sport Medicine Association (SASMA), Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), African Physical Activity Network (AFPAN), and WHO GCMPC of NCD Community of Practice. His research interest focused on health promotion & wellbeing: PA intervention and NCDs risk factors prevention, Health-Related Quality of life, Cardio-metabolic Disease, Energy expenditure, Obesity, Health risks behaviour, Mental & Musculoskeletal Health, and PA and Climate Change. He is also a specialist reviewer to both local and international journal. He also have a strong interest in health promotion & wellbeing and how South African citizen’s health can improve and Africa at large, especially in a low resourced community. Dr. Sunday Onagbiye is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Senior Tutor for both undergraduate and postgraduate modules at the department of Sport Recreation & Exercise Science, and Researcher/Data Analyst at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town. He is currently involve in quite number of projects and is a principal investigator of Organisation Wellness Project (OWS) which deals with Health Risk Assessment (HRA) in University staff.
He also joined a project known as WesternCape on Wellness (WOW) Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Project in 2017. WoW! is a Healthy Lifestyles partnership initiative of the Western Cape Government and its valued partners. It aims to enable people to make Healthy Lifestyle choices throughout our life course - from planning Pregnancy and Birth to Youth, Adult and Senior Years. Choices we make today about how we live (LIVE!), the types of food we eat and drink (EAT!), and how often we do physical activities (PLAY!), affect our future health (https://www.westerncape.gov.za/westerncape-on-wellness/).
Dr. Sunday recently joined a project known as Self-Management Approach and Reciprocal Learning for Type 2 Diabetes (SMART2D) on a full time contract as a researcher, at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. SMART2D is aimed at developing and testing new ways of reducing Type 2 diabetes in lower-, middle- and higher-income countries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj8cCk6Cq_E&t=594s He received a grant from National Research Foundation (NRF) known as a Knowledge Interchange & Collaboration grant which help him to attend a conference in New York and visit University of Tampa as an invited Guest Lecturer in 2018, coupled with the British Heart Foundation grant to attend a short course on the NCDs prevention strategies at the University of Oxford, UK in 2017.
Dr. Hrvoje Podnar is passionate about promoting health and holistic development and motivating children to engage in physical activity. He is currently working as Postdoctoral Fellow at Faculty of Kinesiology at University of Zagreb, Croatia.a He received his PhD degree researching the effects of classroom-based active breaks on physical activity and on-task behavior. In his professional career, he had developed and implemented program curricula and facilitated a variety of health and fitness programs for young children. He is continuously conducting projects aimed at promoting holistic development of children in collaboration with universities, schools, public health institutions, teachers, parents and media. Throughout the course of his academic career, he has researched the positive, holistic effects of physical activity, fascinated by research that confirmed the positive effects of introducing children to multi-media exercise spurts in a classroom setting. Fueled by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and an innate passion for inspiring healthy lifestyle habits in the lives of families around the world, he regularly participates in scientific conferences presenting his research findings.
He has been representing Croatia as a member of Future Leader Volunteer (FLV) program under Prof. Ming-kai Chin’s leadership since 2013. As a FLV he participated in APCESS 2013 Taiwan, ICPESS 2015 Indonesia and he was a FLV Leader at APCESS 2015 in India.
He also trains and educates university students to become Physical Education teachers, providing ongoing mentorship as many continue under his tutorage, developing research projects and publications.
As a licensed, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Course Director, and recipient of the PADI Elite Instructor Award for 3 consecutive years, he has mentored a number of dive professionals pursuing their instructor level certificates, many of which have successfully opened their own dive centers. The health and fitness industry is an evolving, complex, high-growth market with multi-faceted challenges arising daily. Back by scientific research, Dr. Podnar looks forward to developing, implementing, and promoting “interactive” fitness programs, seamlessly integrating technology, multimedia, and video games with physical activity that will motivate future generations to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
Future Leader/Volunteer in Global Community Health
DO student at Marian University, Indiana, USA
MSc in Clinical Anatomy at Creighton University, Nebraska, USA
He earned his Masters degree in Clinical Anatomy with an emphasis on teaching from Creighton University in 2015 and taught as Associate Professor of Human Anatomy & Physiology at Minnesota School of Business in 2016. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at DePauw University in Biology and Spanish in 2014. Ben’s journey to medicine has been guided by his passion for teaching, community service, and discovery. His teaching experiences as an assistant in the medical school gross anatomy lab and professor at a small college have given him a love for teaching and inspired him to become a patient educator in the future. As an active member of his community, Ben finds joy in creatively motivating people for a worthwhile cause- he has served as a mentor at a homeless shelter and philanthropy chair for his fraternity, efforts for which he earned the Community Service Member of the Year in 2013 at DePauw University.
His future career in medicine will allow him to further express his vigorous curiosity through clinical research. Ben has experience as a laboratory assistant at Mayo Clinic and DePauw University using zebrafish as models to study nicotine addiction and has also helped publish a poster titled Zebrafish Assay for Tobacco Cessation Drug Repurposing. Ben is a dedicated athlete having earned All-American Honors in Tennis at the Division III level. As a physician, he hopes to practice preventive medicine and teach his patients how to do what they love as a way live a healthy lifestyle.
Prof. Dr. Li-wei Zhang got his master degree in pedagogy and first doctoral degree in physical education in Beijing Sport University
and his second doctoral degree in psychology in Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 1989 to 2016, he published 205 journal papers in the national and international journals and 196 conference papers. He also authored 20 books and 36 book chapters. His academic interests are related to self-concept, self-control and burnout (mental fatigue).
His consultation work has been involved in mental training programs of China table tennis team, rhythmic gymnastics team, tennis team and trampoline team for Olympic Summer Games and China short-track skating team and freestyle aerial team for Olympic Winter Games. He was a professional table tennis player and coach for 14 years in 1970’s and 1980’s.
Now he is a fan of tennis and police films.
Founder, TV Host, International Wellness Speaker, Media Health Advocate - LotusLifeTV
Award-Winning Journalist, Holistic Wellness Consultant, Yoga Teacher & Raw Food Chef
Adjunct University Lecturer
Board of Director, BRICS Council of Exercise & Sports Science (BRICSCESS)
Scientifid Advisor, The Foundation of Global Community Health (GCH)
Teressa Siu is an international wellness speaker, award-winning journalist, TV host and a health advocate on and off camera. Her TV news reports on health issues and epidemics won her applause from the journalism community, including awards from international organizations and CNN World Report. Combining her two passions - health and journalism, she founded LotusLifeTV. Bringing two decades of experience in journalism, media, education and health, Teressa's mission is to connect people through the lenses and support wellness practitioners to bring their visions to life. When she's not working in front of the camera, Teressa travels around Asia to spread knowledge in her most passionate subjects – holistic vegetarian nutrition, integrative food therapy, yoga and healing - at wellness retreats, workshops and seminars. Her comittment to promoting health journalism and advocating health in the media were recognized by Asia’s World Brand Congress which granted Ms. Siu the 2016 Women’s Leadership Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Teressa supports a holistic and sustainable lifestyle through permaculture and plant-based foods. She also believes in raising awareness by integrating holistic education to schools. Her other passion is to empower women and the younger generation to go after their dreams and live life with a passion.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Skarzinskaja works in Moscow State Academy of Physical Education she is responsible for of Master's degree program of MSAPE.
She has strong research interests in intellectual and cybersports. She has a high international profile, led and directed many national projects such as interactive advanced training courses for the Olympic sports coaches and intellectual sports in the system of capital education for Moscow Department of Education.
She has published more than 40 research papers, abstracts, and book chapters in the most first rated journals and books.
In June 2011 Moscow State Academy of Physical Education celebrated the 80th anniversary. Technical and material base of the MSAPE guarantees all kinds of statutory activity of the Academy. Facilities of the Academy are widely used by the child and youth sports schools, fitness clubs, and pre-University training of schoolchildren. Training is provided either by the teaching stuff or by the students.
FRANCO SOLDI Is an expert in creative thought, innovation, effective communication and entrepreneurship inside and outside the business world — Franco Soldi is the CEO & Founder of organizations like Young Potential Development (YPD) and the producer of Next Stage. He has worked for FORTUNE 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, GSK and HP and has empowered thousands of people throughout America and Europe. He has shared the stage with Al Gore, Martin Luther King III, Rudy Giuliani, Chris Gardner, Mikhail Gorbachev and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú among others. Franco Soldi has dedicated his life to helping people discover and their true potential and develop their talent. As an expert in 21st century skills and innovation in education, through YPD he has now helped more than 35,000 young people develop their leadership skills, creativity, and ability to communicate. Father of 3 kids, his passion is his family. An active athlete, Franco Soldi shares his message with the world from Houston, TX and Madrid, Spain, where he currently manages his various projects.
DR. NURSYUHADA MOHD SUKRI has always believed that regular exercise and physical activity, healthy eating habits and a balanced lifestyle are major contributor to a healthy lifestyle. By taking steps toward healthy lifestyle, it can help to reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious diseases.
She is a former undergraduate student in Exercise and Sports Science Program at the University Science Malaysia. After finished her bachelor degree in 2009, she pursued her study in Master of Science (Sports Science) at the same institution. Her master research focusing on effects of glucose and antioxidant during exercise in the heat. In 2013, she jumped out from her comfort zone, spread her wing and fly to United Kingdom to pursue her PhD specialized in Exercise Physiology at University of Bath.
Nursyuhada just finished her PhD in May 2018 and currently works as a full-time lecturer at the Academy of Defense Fitness, National Defence University of Malaysia. Her research area mostly focus on antioxidant and heat stress exercise. Besides being a passionate a lecturer, she is also active in Zumba, conducting Zumba class for university staff.
During her student life, she actively involved as organizing committee for a few sports science conference such as 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports & 8th International Sports Science Conference in 2009 and International 6th Sports Science Conference in 2006.
She has a deep interest in health education and active lifestyle promotion as well as improving the quality of life, both at individual and community level.
She also actively involved in university’s program such as ‘Bakti Siswa’. This program is an interactive program between university students and the community in particular the rural community not only promoted the spirit of volunteerism amongst students, but also establish a personal development through such activity. The program was participated by university students with various activities done among them included cleaning, repairing and painting of mosque, school and house especially poor families, medical check-up and blood donation, aerobics and football match with the community.
As this is her first time to joined international community service, she believe that FLV is the best platform for her to contribute her skill and experience to the success of the program as well as spreading health awareness among community to make the world a healthier place.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. GINGER JINGZHEN YANG
Principal Investigator, Center for Injury Research and Policy
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Prof Dr. Jingzhen (Ginger) Yang is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, and Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University.
Dr. Miranda Chin is the artistic director of Miranda Chin Dance Company and the principal of Danceland School. Chin was listed as a modern dance choreographer of the first generation in Hong Kong by a book entitled Dance History of Hong Kong in 2001. There were over 100 pieces of creative dance work choreographed by Chin and tour performed over 10 countries. She was a Vice-president of Hong Kong Dance Federation. Chin won the dancer of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Artists" Guild in 1989. She was listed in teh Who's Who of Centemporary Achievement and received the World Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Biographical Institute. Since 2001, she has created a series of contemporary Chinese cultural dance "Martial Arts and " which embodied chinese philosophy, martial arts and the harmony with the nature. She was a senior Visiting Scholar at the Beijing Sport University since 2004. Chin wrote a book to share with readers the process and experience of her exploration, realization and experimentation during the creation of the dances for Wuji in 2001-2008. in 2011, Chin gave touring lectures at unversities of China, HK and Taiwan. Her recent artistic development is on mergering Chinese culture into simplifed dances for promoting Chinese culture and health and is now has over 56 countries applying it.
Zhaoxia DING Zhaoxia DING, Founder and Technical Director of the Association “Marianne.Yi”. She devotes her life to help to promote Taichi, Chi Gong and Chinese traditional healing knowledge to the world. Her various activities cover the fields of education, medicine stress management, body art expression, music and leisure.
She was born in Henan, the cradle of Chinese culture. She learned Chinese Gongfu from her very young age and when competing, she won 7 gold national medals for Sword, Spear and Taekwondo. She was one of leading members of the First Chinese National Taekwondo team. She has been honoured as one of 100 hundred most famous Taichi masters of the world in 2016.
Educated and Nurtured with both cultures of the East (Beijing Sports University http://en.bsu.edu.cn/) and the West (French National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance; http://www.insep.fr/, University of Lyon1, France; University Catholic of Louvain, Belgian for Sport Management)
With her passion, energy and skills, she spent almost 20 years as a qualified teacher and been involved in the organisation of the most important international events of the past years: demonstration of ten thousand people practising Taichi in Tian An Men in 1998; World Championship 2007; 2008 Beijing Olympics as a technical official as well as Universiade Shenzhen 2011, Youth Olympics 2014, 2010 Asian Games as a Deputy Manager etc. She also regularly teaches in international schools and academies, retreat centres.
As an international ambassador for Chinese culture, she was the first one on the cover of one of most famous Gong Fu magazine in Europe on April, 2016 as a professional athletes and technical official for two sports: Gong Fu and Taekwondo.
She is also a respected artist who performs and demonstrates her art on the international stages: such as a unique representation for the 2016 Asian French cultural festival in Singapore.
Furthermore, she also write articles for several martial arts or health magazines (Chinese, French), and has been interviewed in several occasions by Chinese national French, Spanish TV channels.
In the year 2016-2017, DING zhaoxia was selected by international olympic commite solitarity as the unique representative from China to join the worldwide training program in“Sport Management" that they sponsor.
Prof. Dr. Gudrun Doll-Tepper is a professor in the Department of Education and Psychology at Freie Universitaet Berlin. She received her master’s degree and doctorate at Freie Universitaet Berlin and her postdoctorate degree (”Habilitation”) at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt/Main. Her research interests include the inclusion of persons with disabilities in physical education and sport, the role of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, equal opportunity and participation of girls and women in physical education and sport, and different approaches to talent identification and development in sport. She has written numerous articles on adapted physical activity and sport for persons with disabilities, physical education and sport pedagogy as well as on issues related to women in leadership positions. Dr. Doll-Tepper was President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) from 1997 to 2008. Since 2009 she is honorary member and special adviser of ICSSPE and in 2016 she was elected Honorary President of ICSSPE. In 2006 she was elected Vice-President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and since 2007 she is Chairperson of the German Olympic Academy. In 2005 she received a doctor of laws honoris causa from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) and in 2008 a doctor h.c. from KU Leuven (Belgium). She was awarded with several prestigious international and national awards, including the FIEP Gold Cross of Honor of Physical Education, the Paralympic Order of the International Paralympic Committee and the European Olympic Laurel award.
He has great international experience in wildwater canoeing. He was national champion and balkan champion in canoe slalom and downriver many times and as a member of national team he took a part in many european and world championships. He was trained younger athletes in same period of time. Now at the beginning of his scientific career, his main interest in the long-term impact that professional sport has on athletes. On the one hand, aims at a comprehensive approach to improving the canoe sport, starting with talent identification, the methodology of training and development of sports techniques, improvement of equipment and venues. It advocates a multidisciplinary scientific approach in a kayak canoe sport, where in addition to sports results main objectives are safety, health and, most of all, the happiness of athletes. On the other hand, aims to take full advantage of canoeing and water sports in general for the purpose of recreational sports and physical education, especially when it comes to the inclusion of persons with disabilities and respiratory problems, especially in large urban areas, as well as the educational nature to develop positive habits and environmental awareness of children. He has written several articles about sport, recreation and physical education. He is ICF Judge, ILS lifeguard for open water and C.M.A.S. scuba diver. Also participate, as associate, practical teaching students Skiing at Olympic mountain Jahorina. ski teacher at Ski club Starčevica Banja Luka where teach children first steps skiing.
Dr. Milan Pašić is principal at Elementary School “Ivo Andrić“ in Belgrade since 2011. Before being named principal at School, he served as a professor of physical education at the school for six years.
He enrolled at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Belgrade, where he in 2009 acquired the master degree of PE and 2016. he earned his PhD Degree at the same Faculty. He was an award-winning professor of PE in the city of Belgrade and also was honored in the field of education and he published a few papers. He work as performance analyst at FC Partizan Belgrade, Serbia national futsal team and Serbia national Beach Soccer team.
He was a member of the working group and the Commission he was given a significant contribution to the improvement of the teaching of PE. He was involved in the projects about physical activity, sport.... Pašić continues to look forward to working with staff and the school community in efforts to uphold the high expectations set forth at School and to prepare students for a high school and career ready. Also, in the school has improved the work in the field of ethos and participation in projects.
Joey Paul Jensen is an award winning Casting Director, Movie Producer, Acting Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Peak Performance coach. She has been a driving force working with talent in Hollywood for over 20 years. She is a BFA graduate of Disney’s Cal ARTS. Joey has appeared as a speaker on Dr. Phil, E Entertainment, TLC Network, Access Hollywood, and The Biography Channel as an expert on self image, acting and pursuing show business. Joey is an American entrepreneur. She is president of Omnia Entertainment, part of Omnia Global with offices in Switzerland and Los Angeles. She is also the president of JP Casting, a movie and television casting company in Hollywood for over 20 years. Most notably, Joey co-produced and cast, the award winning SONY release of “Soul Surfer”. It is the famous story about how Bethany Hamilton overcame the struggle of losing her arm to a great white shark. Joey received the prestigious Artios Award for Casting Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” along with 12 other nominations which also includes the movie “Soul Surfer”. JP Casting is a casting company with over 70 feature film credits and more than 16 television series. Since 1994, Joey has cast live action and animated movies and series for Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, Hallmark, Fox, CBS, ABC, PBS, Lifetime, Syfy, Universal, and Sony. Joey is an inspiring and energetic speaker working with kids/teens and professionals about their impact on others, social and emotional awareness, and what motivates our behavior! What is driving us? Joey likes to make small thinkers or big thinkers into even greater thinkers and inspire them to grow in exciting and creative ways.
Dr. Mario Imson is a practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon with a subspecialty in Sports Medicine. Dr. Imson graduated from the University of the Philippines with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and subsequently obtained his medical degree from the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Centre. He is currently a fellow of the Philippine College of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Sports Medicine Association of the Philippines. Dr. Imson is a Professor at the University of the Cordilleras and also the section head of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic of the Baguio Medical Centre. Dr. Imson has worked as a sports physician of the University of the Philippines and likewise in the professional basketball league of the Philippines. He is responsible for the setting up of the sports injury clinics at the University of the Philippines and the University of Baguio. Academically, Dr. Imson was the Dean of the College of Physical Therapy of the De La Salle University and later the University of Baguio. He has given lectures in sports medicine in many local and international conferences. Dr. Imson is one of the Founding Members of the Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS). He served as President of ACESS in 2009 to 2011 and has been a member of the Executive Board since 1999.
Prof. Dr. Ivana Milanović is a professor at Department of Physical Education on Faculty of Sport and Physical Education University of Belgrade, Serbia. She worked on Faculty of sport and physical education as trainee assistant, from 2001 until 2006. During that period she participated in the project “Revitalisation of school sport in Belgrade” as the project secretary and subsequently was elected the representative of the Faculty in the Organization Board of the school system sport of the city of Belgrade. From 2006 until 2012 she worked as teaching assistant and in that period she executed exercises and pedagogic practice in elementary schools (junior grades) for 3rd year students. In this period she participated in realization of the program for PE teachers within the professional improvement “Programs of physical education – basis for development of physical abilities of pupils by individual exercising“, which was approved by the Institute for improvement of education for 2009/2010. She defended doctoral dissertation entitled „Monitoring of students’ physical fitness in physical education classes“ in 2011. Since 2012 she has been working as teacher of Theory and teaching methods of physical education. She was the author and realizer of the program for PE teachers within professional improvement „Physical fitness monitoring of students for aims and tasks of physical education classes“, which was approved by the Institute for improvement of education for the years 2011/2012, 2012/2014 and 2014/2016.Also, she was one of the coordinators of the research projects „Establishment of the system of physical fitness monitoring of students in physical education classes“ implemented by the Faculty of sport and physical education in collaboration with the Institute for assessment of education quality in Serbia from 2011-2014. She is also involved in the following projects approved by the Ministry of Education and Science: „Improving the quality and accessibility of education in modernization processes in Serbia” No 47008 (2011-2014), financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia and „The effects of physical activity application to locomotor, metabolic, psychosocial and educational status with population of the Republic of Serbia“ No III47015 (2011-2014) financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia. She is a member of the Faculty Board. Also, she is FIEP national delegate and also was awarded the FIEP Europe Thulin Young Scholar Award for 2013 – 2014. She published a few papers, in journals of national and international importance as well as in Conference proceedings of national and international meetings. Prof. Milanović is also one of the authors of the textbooks of physical education for schoolchildren (junior grades) in elementary schools. From 2015 she is working as contributor at the Center for Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences (CHESS) in Belgrade. CHESS is an educational and research institution that focuses on creating society of knowledge through supreme science and research training structured around core principles of Excellence, Integrity, Innovation and Inquisitiveness. The main aspects of our work are research and evaluation in the discipline of health, exercise science and medicine; education and professional development of the premier quality in the field; and dissemination and application of knowledge for healthy active lifestyles.During past year we implemented a few projects about healthy food and physical activity in elementary,high schools and some companies in Serbia. In collaboration with Serbian Institute of Sport and Sport Medicine, during 2016, we implemented the project “Active youth for a healthier life: Health, lifestyles and physical fitness of young people” and we published Guide for physical activity and nutrition of young. Prof Dr. Ivana Milanović supports the project HOPSports Global Model School from its beginning.
ASSIST. PROF. DR. MIROSLAV PETR
Vice-Dean for Internal Issues and Development
Deputy Director, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry
Assist. Prof. Dr. Miroslav Petr finished his Ph.D. in 2008. Currently, he is a vice-dean for internal issues and development and deputy director at department of physiology and biochemistry of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at the Charles University in Prague, which is the largest university of the Czech Republic. He is also a member of the Czech Sport Science Society and the International society for Sport Nutrition (ISSN). He collaborates with the NuGO Association in the project Nutrition Researcher Cohort (NRC) in nutrigenomics and with the Athlome Consortium in exercise genomics. His major includes a sport nutrition, nutrigenomics, and exercise genomics. Beyond the teaching of exercise physiology, nutrition, and sport nutrition at the University, he also educates coaches of different sport associations and sport clubs in the Czech Republic in above and related topics.
Sharon has published internationally and in 2014, her peer-reviewed book, titled Dance in Ireland: Steps, Stages and Stories was published by Cambridge Scholars Press. Currently, she is completing another book based on all-inclusive approaches to the teaching of dance. She danced professionally with Siamsa Tíre (National Folk Theatre of Ireland) and she worked as Physical Education teacher with the Department of Education and Skills. She completed the first dance syllabus in second level education for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.
Currently, Sharon is developing on-line MA modules in Irish dance at IT Tralee; they will be delivered internationally. She is secretary of the Irish Society for Theatre Research and she is also a member of "Dance Research Forum Ireland" and the "Physical Education Association of Ireland". She is also National Facilitator in dance with the Second Level Support Service.
Mr. Kia Wang Phua is Principal of Fuhua Primary School, Singapore SMART School of the Future, located at Jurong Gateway of Singapore’s new development, the Jurong Lakeside District. With a 76 year history with humble beginnings, the school is the West Zone Centre of Excellence for Info-Comm Technology (ICT) in Teaching and Learning. The school is collaborating closely with National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in researching pedagogies in various subjects, including Physical Education. Mr. Phua started his career in education as a teacher in 1986, joining his Alma Mater, St Andrew’s School, after graduating from National University of Singapore with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. He has served in various appointments as Subject Head, Head of Department and Vice-Principal before becoming a Principal. Mr Phua was also conferred a Master of Arts (Educational Administration) by Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education in 2000. Mr. Phua was conferred the Public Administration Medal twice in 2007 (Bronze) and 2015 (Silver) by the President of the Republic of Singapore. Mr. Phua has presented papers at several International Conferences and was invited as Distinguished Speaker at the Global Forum on Physical Health Pedagogy at USA, Germany and South Africa. Mr Phua has co-published a paper on School and Community-Based Physical Education and Healthy Active Living Programs, Holistic Practices in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States together with Ming-Kai Chin, Christopher R. Edginton (Northern Iowa University, USA), Mei-Sin Tang (Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School, Hong Kong, China) and Jing-Zhen Yang (University of Iowa, USA) and also a joint paper in the Winter 2015 issue of the Journal of Applied Measurement (V16, N4) on Psychometric Properties of the Attitudes toward Physical Activity Scale: A Rasch Analysis Based on Data from 5 Locations with Magdalena Mo Ching Mok, Ming Kai Chin, Shihui Chen, Arunas Emeljanovas, Brigita Mieziene, Michal Bronikowski, Ida Laudanska-Krzeminska, Ivana Milanovic, Milan Pasic, G. Balasekaran and Daga Makaza.
PROF.DR. ANITA PIENAAR
Immediate Past-President, South African Professional Institute of Kinderkinetics (SAPIK)
Professor of Human Movement Science / Kinderkinetics
School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science
Prof. Anita Pienaar holds a Ph.D. in Human Movement Science with specialisation in pediatric exercise science (Kinderkinetics). She is a Professor in the School for Biokinetics, Rrecreation and Sport Science at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) where she also acts as the academic program leader for the Kinderkinetics program with teaching duties to post graduate students in Sport Science and Kinderkinetics. She is an active researcher holding a National Research Foundation Rating (NRF) since 2005. She was selected as the most productive researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences, but also in the Focus Area of PhasRec on various occasions since 2008. She has 130 publications in accredited journals, has written three chapters in peer reviewed books and have produced various textbooks for students in her field of expertise, Sixty masters and PhD students have already completed their studies under her supervision. Her most valuable research outputs in the last 10 years relates to the determining of the status of growth, health and motor development of children residing in South Africa, the effects of diversity of our population on the development of children in different areas, and the testing and developing of physical activity intervention programs for different special conditions such as childhood obesity, physical inactivity and motor deficiencies among children. She is the principle investigator of 2 longitudinal studies, the NW-child study investigating the health growth and motor development of primary school children, and a longitudinal analyses of growth and development during the mid-adolescence period and the relationships that it has with sport performance. Cuurently her focus is on identifying early developmental risk factors among childrenborn in low SES environments and creating good health care practices at primary health care level for children using a Kinderkinetics approach.
She was invited to write a Blog for BioMed Central for World Health Day on 7th April 2015, based on her research : Prevalence of overweight and obesity among primary school children in a developing country: NW-CHILD longitudinal data of 6–9-yr-old children in South Africa BMC Obesity 2015, 2:2 doi:10.1186/s40608-014-0030-4 http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2015/04/07/world-health-day-blog/
She has trained many child care workers, day care mothers, preschool and primary school teachers to optimise the motor development of children, gave invited talks and workshops and were an invited keynote speaker at different occasions.
Prof. Dr Putha Chinnappa Reddy was born in 1943 from an agriculture family in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India. He obtained Doctoral degree in Physical Education apart from his Masters degree in Arts and Physical Education. He has a distinguished service for 36 years in University education as Professor and Director and has his superannuation from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapuram in 2003. He acted as the advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India on Physical Education and Sports from 2006 to 2009. His area of specialization is Biomechanics in sports, Research methodology and Sports management. He has presented 150 scientific articles in national and international seminars and conferences. He is an author for 6 books and under his supervision 24 Ph.D’s were awarded. He was an official representative for 4 Olympics and 2 World Universiade held at Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo and Bangkok respectively. He delivered key note address around 50 conferences. He is the chairman and member of the committees constituted by University Grants commission (UGC), University Board of Studies (USB), Sports Board and National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). He has trained many physical educationists, who are now working in prestigious schools, colleges and Universities. He was the first Convener for the common entrance examination for admission into physical education courses. He was the convener for the World Military Games and vision 2020 and acted as organizing secretary for Pre Military Olympic scientific conference held at Hyderabad, India in 2007. He was the observer and selection committee member for the Indian University teams which participated in the World University Games. Basing on his outstanding accomplishment he was presented with “Man of the Year 2001” award by the American Biographical Institute. He is a wholesome personality representing the university and state as a player, captain, manager, administrator, selector, examiner, teacher, evaluator and researcher. He is the President of National Association of Physical Education and Sports Sciences (NAPESS) since 2004 to till date.
Bo Rinaldi is an American agent for change. He is CEO of ONE08, Inc. http://one08.net/ a global mobile apps and new tech sustainability firm with offices in the Sydney, Taiwan and Portland, Oregon. He is the Co-Founder of The Founders Way www.thefoundersways.com dedicated to using technology to transform culture, and President of Amplified Intelligence, www.amplifiendintel.com, a next generation talent management firm. In the last 50 years Bo is credited with helping found the Organic Food movement from the Southern California sixties, launching the PC Revolution as VP Marketing for Computer Land from 1980-1984, to assisting in transforming the technical talent industry as the Jerry Maguire of Silicon Valley from 1984-2000. In the past 17 years Bo has had diverse roles in masterminding with heads of countries and industry to help advance investor and market interest in next generation solutions for our planet and our humanity. He has worked with the Founders of Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Quntiles, Medtronics, Ebay and Netflix. After selling his company in 2000 he has dedicated his life to helping amplify the message of Thought Leaders, Idea Creators, Taste Makers and Founders worldwide. He has strategic advisory roles with many society changing leaders, assisted them using his unique brand of intuition, enthusiasm and gained wisdom. In 2004, going back to his roots, Bo co-authored Vegan World Fusion Cuisine, which won 9 awards and served as a practical work for uniting humanity through food, culture and ancient wisdom. Now the author of over 10 books, he assists many with their messages, including don Miguel Ruiz of The Four Agreements.
Published in 2005 with a Foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall, and winner of 9 major awards, it is considered a landmark work in helping unite humanity through its concepts of a plant based life style helping to bring more peace to our planet, animals and humanity. Bo has also funded, created, and help start many organic restaurants, most recently The Blossoming Lotus in Kauai, HI and Portland, OR. Winner of over 50 awards, it serves over a million customers a year, and supports over 300 organic farmers in the local area.
In 2016, Bo became the CEO of ONE08, a truly transformative company with patented water technology and unique and special health apps for the mobile marketplace. With its inventor Robert Williams, who was once a Beach Boy, the Heart+ app has been clinically shown to lower stress just by having it on. This technology has been researched by dozens of leading Universities worldwide, and is said to have Nobel Prize level possibilities and resuls.
The technology for the Heart+ app has been used by Olympic athletes, trainers, a winner of Wimbleton, entertainers and literally millions of people worldwide.
ONE08’s patented water devices, the H2Optimizers, created by another one of its inventors Rob Gourlay from Australia, who has applied the last 40 years of his life to creating a product line to help charge, structure and vitalize the world’s water. With patents that supports eradicating pathogens in water, adding a permanent negative charge to the water, and vitalizing the water to increase organic food crop yields over 2X, Bo and ONE08 are working with many organizations and individuals around the world to help bring Water To Life, while lowering the amount of water it takes to produce the same amount of food by over 50%. There are a total of seven H2Optimizer units, from Bottle Top to Commercial size devices for industrial applications. To date one of its most popular devices, its H2Optimizer Ag for agricultural applications has demonstrated 2X crop yields, better taste, color and nutrition for its farmers that are using the devices worldwide.
Prof. Dr. Ciria Salazar received her PhD and Master in Physical Education and Arts from the University of Extremadura. She is now a full-time Professor and Researcher in the School of Educational Sciences at the University of Colima. Prof. Salazar is also a member in the National System of Researchers; Director of the Research Network of Sport, Physical Education, Leisure and Recreation. As Co-author of 12 books, Prof. Salazar has published 41 research papers in refereed and indexed journals. She has lectured 67 papers in national and international issues related to the physical Congress and directed 25 bachelor's and master's thesis. She is the Founder member of COMACAF and a consultant in several programs of Physical Activity in state governments, municipal and university. She is currently in the Technical Team of the Mexico Unesco Project for the review of the policy of providing a quality physical education. Prof. Salazar has been honored by the Congress of Colima for her scientific contribution at Colima´s community. She is currently the President of the Graduates Federation of the University of Colima.
PROF. OSCAR SANTELICES
Head Coach, UP Varsity Table Tennis Team (9 time –UAAP Champions)
Board Member, Asian Council of Exercise & Sports Science (ACESS)
Vice-President, Sport Management Council of the Philippines ( SportPhil)
Vice-President, Sport Science and Physical Educators of the Philippines (SSPEDPHIL)
Chairman, U.P. Diliman Varsity Sports Office
College of Human Kinetics
University of the Philippines-Diliman, Philippines
Prof. Oscar Santelices is presently a faculty of the College of Human Kinetics,University of the Philippines. He is also the Chairman of the University of the Philippines Diliman Varsity Sports Office in charge of managing 32 sports events and competing in the most prestigious inter-collegiate competition, which is the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). He is also the Head Coach of the U.P. Table Tennis Team with numerous titles under his tutelage. His area of expertise in teaching include Principles of Coaching, Research Methods, Test and Measurements and Sport Management. He is a regular Radio Host in a weekly radio program entitled “Sports and Science”. He is also a corresponding member of the International Table Tennis Federation Sport Science Committee. A national ranked no.1 athlete, he has competed in various international table tennis competitions which includes the Southeast Asian Games, Asian and World Table Tennis Championships. He also coached the national table tennis team. One of the highlights in his coaching career is when he coached the Philippine Team during the 2013 World Championship of Ping Pong in London winning the bronze medal He has attended various international conference presenting research papers. His other area of expertise includes event management where he organized sporting events and conferences such as the 2016 International Conference on Sport Pedagogy, Health, and Wellness (ICSPHW).
Asst. Prof. Dr. Siriporn Sasimontonkul earned a Ph.D. in Biomechanics from Oregon State University and a M.Sc. in Exercise Physiology from Mahidol University. She established the faculty of Sports Science, Kasetsart University and served as the first dean since 2006. Asst.Prof. Siriporn has also established graduate curriculums in Sports Science, Athletic Training and Movement Science. She has interested in the impact of loads on bone health and bone injuries. In addition, she has also conducted many researches to explore the effect of exercise to prevent NCD and inflammatory disease. Currently, Asst.Prof. Siriporn has been the Dean of the faculty of Sports Science at Kasetsart University, Bangkok.
Asst.Prof. Siriporn has conducted many activities to promote healthy living of people of all age group. She hosted several workshops related to risk assessment and occupational health for the ministry of health. She also evaluated the injury risks of farmers and workers to establish the guideline for reducing the risks. Moreover, she has also been one of the committee who established physical activity guideline for people of all age and specific career such as the farmer.
She hosted many workshops related to exercise for disease prevention and rehabilitation especially cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. Currently, she runs the healthy village project to educate community using exercise as a tool for disease prevention and rehabilitation.
Asst. Prof. Siriporn hosted and has been speakers of many international conferences. Recently, she was the organizing chair of the 8th Asia – Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017 and the 7th International Conference on Sports and Exercise Science, Bangkok. Over 250 participants from 25 countries shared their research findings and ideas for implementation of healthy living and sustainability for people and communities. http://apcess2017.kasetsart.org/
Founder and CEO of Media Tenor Ltd
Founder, Global Sustainability Index Institute Foundation, UNGSII
Roland Schatz is 5th Generation Journalist and Founder and CEO of Media Tenor Ltd., the Research Institute of InnoVatio Verlags AG, www.mediatenor.com. With offices in Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S., Media Tenor is the leading provider of ongoing international media content analysis, including in-depth analysis of new and traditional global media content
Mr. Schatz is married and has 2 daughters He holds a Masters in philosophy, economics, history and political science from the University of Fribourg and Bonn. Aside from a background in journalism and numerous entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Schatz has served as trustee for the Education Africa Foundation in Johannesburg, the Innovation Institute in Pretoria and the Board of E-Standards in New York. Together with Ulrik Haagerup he is driving the Constructive Journalism concept: www.constructiveinstitute.org
In 2008 the UN High Advisor President Sampaio appointed Roland Schatz as Global Media Expert. Since 2009 he hosts together with UN Academic Impact the Unlearning Intolerance Masterclasses. Together with Prince Ghazi of Jordan he founded the C1WorldDialogue Foundation in 2009 www.c1worlddialogue.org publishing the Annual Dialog Report on Religions and Values. In 2010 Schatz launched the Global Media Impact Center in Boston, enabling PhD students to write their thesis based on the more then 100 Mio datasets of ongoing Media Analysis. In 2012 he published the first Integration Index together with UN Academic Impact. 2013 he was appointed Senior advisor to the UN General Director developing and implementing the perception change program at the UN. In Feb 2016 he founded the Global Sustainability Index Institute Foundation, UNGSII, www.ungsii.org
He is teaching strategic communication management and perception change since 1990. At XUniversity Berlin he is creating the Constructive Disruption Institute.
Prof. Dr. Peter Schantz is a multidisciplinary researcher at The Swedish School of Sports and Health Sciences, GIH in Stockholm, the oldest school in the world in the field of human movement sciences. He was originally trained in physical education and exercise physiology at GIH, and in physiology and biochemistry at the medical school of the Karolinska Institute. He was thereafter a research student at the Karolinska Institute and presented his thesis about the plasticity of human skeletal muscle in 1986. After that the UN World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987 presented its report “Our Common Future” about sustainable development, he broadened his competence and added environment and public health to his research perspectives. In the 1990s he was involved in action research leading to the Swedish Parliament´s unanimous decision on establishing a National Urban Park in Greater Stockholm, Sweden. For these studies he was in 2016 awarded the prize of the Association of St Erik for outstanding research. In 2003-4 he was the principal investigator of education and research in outdoor life recreation in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and presented the first investigation on these issues in Sweden in 2004. He was also involved in the research project ”Space, Nature and Culture in the City”, financed by the Academy of Finland. It resulted 2006 in the book: The European City and Green Space; London, Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg, 1850-2000 (Ashgate). Thereafter he participated in the “COST ACTION E39. Forests, Trees and Human Health and Wellbeing”, financed by the European Science Foundation. It resulted in 2011 in the book Forests, Trees and Human Health, (Springer Verlag). After establishing integrative research on active transportation, health and environment, he became advisor to WHO in the development of the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) of Cycling and Walking in 2007, 2010 and 2012. He was also scientific expert for The Swedish National Public Health Institute in 2009-2013. At Mid Sweden University in Östersund, he became in 2008 the first professor of physical activity and health in Sweden. Dr Schantz has written more than 200 texts, articles, book chapters and books, and is a frequently invited speaker both nationally and internationally.
Dr Schantz is professor at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, in Stockholm, Sweden. It was formerly named “The Royal Gymnastic Central Institute”, and was founded by Per-Henrik Ling in 1813.
One of my teachers was professor Per-Olof Åstrand who had written Textbook of Work Physiology. It changed my life, as did the fact that he recruited me as a research student. We became life-long friends thereafter. Endless was he a source of inspiration, knowledge and reflections. Here we met in 2009 after a guest lecture at Mid Sweden University in Östersund where I was professor at the time.
Dr Schantz was involved in action research studies on the formation and implementation of the law for national urban parks in Sweden. This law was formed to protect the most used green areas for recreation and physical activity in Sweden. The park in Greater Stockholm involves 27 square km green and blue areas.
Prof. Dr. Gurmeet Singh is a Professor in the Department of Physical Education, Panjab University-Chandigarh and he was also a Director of Sports in Panjab University. He completed his graduation in arts in 1993 and then did his diploma in sports coaching in Athletics in 1995 from very famous National institutes of sports, Patiala, and then he did his master’s in physical education with gold medal from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1997. He joined as a lecturer in physical education in Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1998. He completed his doctoral in philosophy in 2004; he is teaching sports training, Athletics specialization and kinesiology & biomechanics to master level students. At present he is an associate professor at Panjab University, Chandigarh. And his area of research is sports training and positive psychology. Under his supervision many Ph.D. thesis has been completed and he also guided so many master level theses. There are around 50 publications of Dr. Singh in national and international journals. He has been a keynote and invited speaker at many national and International conferences and workshops and also member of many international physical education and sports sciences bodies.
He is also a fitness trainer of Mr. Rajpal Singh, Arjuna Awardee, and former Captain of Indian hockey team. He was also imparted fitness training to Mr. Dinesh Mongia (International Cricketer) from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Deepak Thakur, Hockey player (Olympian) from 2008 to 2010. At present Prof.Gurmeet is working on Aadil Bedi a 15 year old, 6 feet tall Stylish teenager Golfer, from city Beautiful, Chandigarh, who is student of class X, of Vivek High School Chandigarh made the city proud by finishing runner up in the World Cup at Las Vegas USA 2016. Aadil started playing golf at the age of 4 and so far won 153 medals/ trophies so far in 230 national and international events across the Globe. His mission is to play the Masters 2020 and Olympic 2020. He has already practiced for over 8700 hours. He has been topped the country junior merit list at the age of 11, 13 and last year at age 15. He is going through special fitness training with Dr Gurmeet Singh at Panjab University Chandigarh. Keeping in Olympic 2020 We are working on Athletics, Kinaesthetic senses, motor qualities and speed training to improve Aadil’s golf swing.
ASSIST PROF. DR. BROJO SUSILO
Faculty of Sports Science State University of Jakarta
Assist. Prof. Dr. Susilo completed his Master Degree in Physical Education in 2001 at State University of Surabaya, and a Doctoral Degree in Physical Education and Training in 2013 at Central China Normal University. Presently he is working as senior lecturer in Department of Physical Education Faculty of Sports Science State University of Jakarta, and foreign affair staff. Since 2011, his is also as Executive Board Member ACESS. Currently he is assistance secretary General APCES. He is now developing Sport in sport science faculty state University of Jakarta to be international standard and concern for Physical Education. On May 2015 He is as a host International Conference of Physical Education and Sport (ICPESS ) as Organizing Committee. He is strongly committed to projects that focus on Physical Education in Indonesia. He has attended academic and professional meetings in more than 25 countries.
Assist. Professor Susilo has established himself as a true academic scholar over his academic career and in his career he has clearly demonstrated his competence as an academic, not only in his country Indonesia, but also on an international level. He is multi-talented all sport he can do.
State University of Jakarta (commonly referred to as Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ) ) is the largest institution of higher education and research in Indonesia. UNJ is influential in the area of higher education in Jakarta continent, having educated countless professors with masters' and doctors' degrees now teaching at private colleges and universities in Indonesia. With its numerous accomplishments throughout the years, UNJ continues to involve in the areas of education, science, technology, arts and sport science.
Prof. Dr. Bin Wang received bachelor degree from Wuhan Institute of Physical Education and Master Degree in General Psychology from Central China Normal University, China. Wang Bin earned his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Beijing Sports University in P.R. of China. He completed his Postdoctor in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a Visiting Scholar of Organizational Behavior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in the United States .Dr. Wang' research interests lie in the field of leadership. He has made a thorough research on coach’s leadership behavior and youth leadership development in sport. Dr. Wang’s research has been supported by the National natural Science Foundation, National Social Science Foundation, China Ministry of Education, China Sport General Administration and Chinese Postdoctoral Science Foundation. He has published 4 academic monographs, compiled 7 teaching materials and translated 4 books. Almost 120 papers were published in professional journals (English and Chinese).Also, Dr. Wang has given over 30 invited presentations at conferences which were organized bythe International Congress of Psychology, Chinese Psychological of Society, China Sport Science Society, International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, and Asian South Pacifica Association of Sports Psychology. Dr. Wang is the invited expert of advisory committee of Hubei province government, serving as one of Executive Board members of Asian Council of Exercise and Sport Science, Committee Member of Sports Psychology, Chinese Society of Sports Science, Director of Hubei Society of Psychology and Vice-President of Sports Psychology Committee.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. SHI-HUI CHEN
Former Secretary General, ACESS
Former President, Asian Society of Adapted Physical Education and Exercises
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shihui Chen earned his first MS in Pedagogy of Physical Education from Beijing Sports University, China, second M.S. Degree in Adapted Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and the PhD Degree in Adapted Physical Education (Exercise Therapy for Elderly) from the University of New Mexico, USA. Dr. Chen was a tenure associate professor and a graduate faculty member at the University of Texas Pan American before he came to Hong Kong Institute Education in 2002. He is currently the adjunct professor at Education University of Hong Kong, and the associate professor of department of Kinesiology at TAMUT. He is the former president of Asian Society of Adapted Physical Education (ASAPE), and the former Secretary General of Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS). Dr. Chen is the Research Fellow of the Research Consortium under the AAHPERD, and is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE). Dr. Chen’s research interests are in adapted physical education, health-related physical fitness assessment and evaluation, and exercise therapy for middle age and elderly people, information technology in education, biomechanics of Paralympics sports. Dr. Chen has successful received more than 20 research, TDG and Knowledge transfer grants, and has published more than 70 research articles in referred journals since year of 2000.
PROF. DR. MYRIAM GUERRA-BALIC
Principal Investigator of the Research Group on Health, Physical Activity and Sport
Prof. Dr. Myriam Guerra-Balic, is a professor in the Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences – Blanquerna, University Ramon Llull (URL). She is a Medical Doctor specialized in Sport Medicine, with a Doctoral Degree that was developed on Exercise Physiology and Down Syndrome. She became a full professor of Exercise Physiology since 2001. She was the International Relations Vice-Dean at the URL for 9 years coordinating national and international exchange programs, cooperation programs and research mobilities for students and professors of her institution, as well as international research programs.
She has taught as international visitor professor in several countries from Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. She has been developing her career as a professor and researcher for more than 25 years in the field of Health, Adapted Physical Activity and Adapted Sport, especially focused in children, elderly and persons with Intellectual Disabilities, being the leader of the research group. At present she is a member of the SITLESS project team, which has received European finaciation (H2020-PHC-2014; nº 634270-2), and she is also involved in the ENPARID network, focused in physical activity research in persons with intellectual disabilities.
She is member of the International Relations Committee of the ACSM since 2011. She has received the ACSM Student Award (2000) and the ACSM Dr. Lisa Stroud Krivickas Clinician Scholar Award. She collaborates with the Health Agency of the City Council of Barcelona developing the POIBA project, which works for the prevention of children’s obesity in Barcelona city. She has been invited to collaborate with the Down21 website, where she will be in charge of the information about physical activity and Down Syndrome, and its regular updating. She has been collaborating since 1992 with the School Jeroni de Moragas, for children and adolescents with special needs.
Through this collaboration, she is also involved in the project Hockey+, focused in the inlcusion of Hockey+ for persons with Intellectual Disabilities in regular league competition.
She has been an invited delegate of GOFPEP twice: GoFPEP2014-Pochefstroom 2014 (South-Africa) and GoFPEP 2016-Ankara 2016 (Turkey) . She will also participate in BRICSCESS 2017 in Santos (Brazil).
Martin GUIGUI is an award winning filmmaker and Grammy nominated Music Producer/Engineer. Guigui has directed 10 feature Films, a handful documentaries, written 16 screenplays, Executive Produced over a dozen movies, composed music for over 20 films, TV shows, Children’s programs, and produced over 30 music albums while touring extensively. Guigui has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Dennis Quaid, Robin Williams, Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Franco among others.
Born in Buenos Aires Argentina, son of Famed Symphony Orchestra Conductor Maestro Efrain Guigui, Martin had an eclectic upbringing in New York, Puerto Rico and Vermont, a music prodigy playing Violin at age four, his concert debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony at age 12, performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in D Major.
Accomplished Pianist, music director, record producer Guigui has worked with music icons Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Daryl Hall, Sheila E, Steve Earle, James Cotton, Jimmie Vaughan, Tedeschi/Trucks, Warren Haynes, Lucinda Williams, Grace Potter, John Popper, Robert Randolph, Phish, Jose Feliciano, Smokey Robinson, David Byrne, Lenny Kilmister, Haley Reinhart, ZZ Ward, Orianthi, and many others.
Guigui, a Grammy voting member has received songwriting Billboard Awards, ASCAP Performance Awards, Caesar Award, Golden Spirit Award, Conquistador Award, Estabrook Award, “Best Director” awards in the Festival circuit, twice honored by City Of Los Angeles for artistic contributions to music education. Martin is Co-Founder/President of Sunset Pictures, Head of A&R at Pacific Records, performs charity concerts for Prevention Of Child Abuse, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Wall Street Rocks, National Guard Foundation. Guigui was a High School standout basketball player and played in the Entertainment League with the likes of Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Kevin Hart. Guigui is a member of the DGA, WGA, NARAS, SAG, ASCAP.
Prof. Dr. Maria Guinto-Adviento is a professor, research director, and sport psychologist at the Department of Sport Science of the College of Human Kinetics, University of the Philippines. She completed her undergraduate, master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University. As one of the pioneer sport psychologists in the Philippines, she is a founding member of the Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the Philippines (ASEPP), and the first chairperson of the Special Interest Group for Sport and Exercise Psychology (SIG-SEP) of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP). She is also an elected member of the Managing Council of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP). Her extensive experience in providing psychological skills training and counselling to recreational and competitive athletes for more than two decades has made her a valuable resource person to a variety of teams, schools, and organizations. Her professional practice in the field of performance enhancement has further expanded her reach from the sporting arena to the corporate world where she mentors leaders and managers in the cultivation of the champion mindset in the work place. Her research on the champion mindset has also earned her the recognition of “Champion Scientist” and one of the Philippine’s “Heroes of Health and Fitness” in 2014. Her research and practice also includes the use of sport in humanitarian work. As a scholar of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education’s (ICSSPE) program on “Communities and Crisis – Inclusive Development through Sport,” she spearheaded the use of sport as psychosocial intervention in disaster in her country and collaborated with other sport scientists in the development of the 3Rs Program: Re-Play, Re-Live, Re-Create – Community Resilience through Sports.
The University of the Philippines - Diliman is a coeducational, research state university. It is the flagship campus and seat of administration of the University of the Philippines System, the national university of the Philippines. The “Oblation” is the most iconic figure of the U.P. System. It depicts a man facing upward with arms outstretched, symbolizing selfless offering of oneself to his country.
Guinto-Adviento, M. L. (2014). The Filipino invasion of pool: Setting new standards in the game. In P. C. Terry, L. Zhang, Y. Kim, T. Morris, & S. Hanrahan (Eds.), Secrets of Asian sport psychology. 1-19. doi: 10.1080/1359813042000314781 Guinto-Adviento, M. L. & Orbeta, N. (2014). Boxing in the Philippines: The fight for survival. In P. C. Terry, L. Zhang, Y. Kim, T. Morris, & S. Hanrahan (Eds.), Secrets of Asian sport psychology. 1-23. doi: 10.1080/1359813042000314781 Websites: https://up-diliman.academia.edu/MariaLuisaGuintoAdviento https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maria_Luisa_Adviento
PROF. DR. IVO JIRÁSEK
Vice-President, International Society for the Social Sciences of Sport
Member of executive committee, European Association for the Philosophy of Sport
He specializes in philosophical aspects of movement culture (game and play, experience, body, movement), is interested in experiential and outdoor education, and topic of spirituality and spiritual health. He delivered 32 keynote and invited speaker lectures and 82 presentations in other conferences and congresses.
He has written 4 monographs, 22 chapters in books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, some of his papers are available at ResearchGate, or Academia
He used to cooperate for 20 years as an instructor and lector in the Vacation school of Lipnice - Outward Bound Czech Republic. Although he finished his active membership, he still continues in cooperation as a team member of preparation and realization some courses (especially winter mountaineering and camping) and a lecturer at new instructors’ training courses.
Prof. Dr. Gregor Jurak is full professor at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and a researcher in Laboratory for the Diagnostics of Somatic and Motor Development. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education, master’s degree and PhD in kinesiology and master’s degree in economics from University of Ljubljana. In youth, he was a top athlete, member of a national swimming team. In his sports carrier he broke several national records and he has affirmed himself internationally. He was the best junior swimmer at the Yugoslav national championships (1986, 1987, 1988), the most successful junior swimmer at the Balkan Championships (1988) and third on European Junior Championships (1989). He is respected in his local community as well; three times (1987, 1988, and 1989) he was awarded a title of sports personality of Town of Celje. After graduate, he worked as PE teacher, coach, university asistent and professor, project manager of several national sport projects, director of Sport Foundation and vice-dean. He has been working in several professional national boards and expert groups on different areas of sport such as: expert group for swimming pool constructing in Slovenia, school sports competitions board, experts groups for national sports programmes Golden Sun and Krpan, expert council of Slovenian swimming association, national exam office, commission for renovation of PE curriculums, expert group for categorisation of sports achievements in Republic of Slovenia, committee for organisational and law issues of Slovenian Olympic Committee, council for top sport of Slovenian Olympic Committee, expert group for designing national sports programme for 2-5 years old children, board for informatics of Slovenian sport. His main research interests include Physical Fitness, Physical Activity, Motor Development, Didactics of PE and Sports management. He has published more than 70 research papers. He is member of editorial board in few scientific journals and he was president of organisational committee of two international congresses Youth Sport (2008, 2010). Additionally, he is or he was a head of few national project teams in EU projects CrowdHEALTH, SportGO, Sport in 3D, and Sustainable management of sport facilities. He has experience in setting up national programs in the field of health enhanced physical activity (he is the first author of current National Programme for Sport; co-author of few national promotional sport programs). He has also experience in setting up national IT projects in sport and physical activity (SLOfit, national sport facilities database, public financed sport programs database) and physical fitness intervention programs (enhanced PE, Healthy lifestyle program). He is national delegate in few international organizations and forums (FIEP, EUPEA, GoFPEP, CEREPS) as well as in EU member state groups in EU XGs Economic Dimension and Human Resource Management in Sport.
DR. GERDA JOUBERT
Past President, Biokinetic Association of Southern Africa (BASA)
Dr Gerda Joubert is an HPCSA registered Biokineticist. Her career started as a Biokineticist in the SAPS (South African Police Service), focussing on the maintenance and improvement of the health and wellness of top management. For the last 26 years she has been practicing as a private Biokineticist. Her focus is on the maintenance and optimization of the functional abilities of all ages, especially after injury, disease or surgery. She has a special interest is hydrotherapy as treating modality. She is a guest lecturer at various universities, addressing Practice Management with the focus on ethics and allocation of ICD-10 coding via the training of students in clinical reasoning. She also provides theoretical and practical training in hydrotherapy. In 2012 she formed part of the organizing committee of the LTMIC (Life through Movement International and Student Conference). In 2014 and 2016 she acted as the chairperson of the LTMIC organizing committee. Dr Joubert also took part in GoFPEP 2015 (South Africa) and GofPEP2016 (Turkey). She also organized the Biokinetics track at the SASMA Conferences (South African Sports and Medicine Association) of 2013 and 2015. She has been involved with BASA (Biokinetic Association of Southern Africa) activities since 1995. First serving on the committee of the BASA-Gauteng region, followed by the Vice-Presidency and then as BASA President. She is currently involved with BASA in an advisory capacity as past-president.
America’s Leading Health Expert and Lifestyle Advisor
Michael Torchia is the definitive, cutting-edge fitness leader and founder of Operation Fitness.
Michael has created a multi-disciplined lifestyle conglomerate, the first in its category that focuses on every phase of the lifestyle process, including physical fitness and nutritional solutions. He now introduces a fresh, effective approach to fitness that helps the entire family create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Torchia’s innovative programs are interactive and help both children and adults achieve optimal fitness levels through age-appropriate exercise and nutritious eating. This culminated into the profession of personal trainer to celebrities in Los Angeles with such luminaries as Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Kim Cattrall, Ralph Lauren and John Galliano. His background in the world of bodybuilding has given him a unique understanding of what the body is capable of when supplied with the right fuels, the right motivation, and the right exercise program. Never losing sight of his goal of fitness for the entire family, Michael has embarked on programs for children and young adults called “Operation Fitness™”, designed to teach people of all ages how to properly work out and eat right, culminating in a healthier lifestyle. The all-around effect is an equal balance of feeling good mentally, emotionally and physically.
Michael works with some of the most influential health organizations in the world including the current U.S. Surgeon General, and The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to promote proper nutrition and daily exercise across the nation. Michael has established alliances with powerful politicians to fight for more stringent regulations for food manufacturers and distributors. He is currently utilizing the star power of his elite clientele for fund raising events to finance his mission to eradicate the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and around the world. Michael truly believes the key to success is to properly educate, motivate and inspire both children and adults to make healthier food choices and be more physically active.
Veronica García TORRENT graduated as an Elementary School teacher, Technician in Tourism and Art Technician. She finished her postgraduate degree in NGOs Management and Social Economy. She also studied Social Sciences at “SIGEN- Sindicatura General”- http://iser.gob.ar/ , and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in “Emotional Education” from Barcelona University. http://www.ub.edu/web/ub/ca/ .Veronica is also a qualified Trainer in rural, social, and hospital pedagogy. She has been a speaker in various international conferences in Cuba, Venezuela, Chile and Spain.
In 2009 she became the Founder of “Corriente por los Niños” Foundation-NGO, in Corrientes, Argentina.
She is the creator of the Art Exhibition “Through the eyes of the Soul you can touch and see” http://www.ellitoral.com.ar/333077/veronica-garcia-torrent-con-los-ojos-del-alma-se-toca-y-se-ve As a consequence, the state passed a law by which all local museums should allot an area for the display of works of art for the visually-impaired. Veronica is also very proud of being a member of the Rotary Club where she usually puts into practice all her knowledge and makes a great deal of effort so as to provide better opportunities for local people.
Producer of entertainment-rich content, curriculum and associated human capital acceleration related to education, mental health, entrepreneurship and economic development via transmedia engagements
David C. Traub David has enjoyed 35+ years of global experience as a ‘soft power’ digital and entertainment-centric mental health educator, an award-winning ‘soft power’ social impact media producer (movies, games, VR/AR, etc.), and an advisor to numerous startups, institutions, multi-national and government entities. His current activities include Co-Executive Director of the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute’s (UNGSII) pending Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) MBA program in Geneva; and Co-Founder of the social impact Epiphany Film Fund. David’s first movies were
Current development includes UNGSII ‘s GLOBAL GOALS TV AWARD SHOW and the movies AMERICAN KING, GEORGE BENSON and RISE. David has been lecturing globally for 30 years+; has contributed to founding numerous startups, many educational; has been published numerous times (most recently for Davos/WEF); has co-founded multiple non-profits; and is independently developing educational patents and a ‘life purpose’ platform. David earned an Ed. M (Education Tech.) from Harvard, with class-work at MIT Media Lab and Harvard Business School. He earned BA’s with honors (rhetoric/film) from UC Berkeley. His: mission: the deployment of the UN’s SDGs, with focus on bio, psycho, social mental health and economic development education via behavior-changing media and technology.
ROBERT C. KARCH
Executive Director & Founder
National Center for Health and Fitness (1980)
International Institute for Health Promotion (1996)
Prof. Dr. Bob Karch has been a member of The American University Faculty since 1969. His first decade of responsibilities included providing instruction in Exercise Science, Sport Psychology, and teaching an array of lecture and physical activity classes. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, from 1975-1979, he served as the Associate Chair of the University’s Department of Physical Education, Athletics, Recreation, and Dance. Aside from his teaching and administrative responsibilities, Bob also was the University’s Head Wrestling Coach from 1969-1979. During Fall of 1979, at the request of the University leadership, Bob stepped away from his teaching, administrative, and coaching responsibilities to form an innovative 48 credit hour Masters of Science Degree Program in Health and Fitness Management (now Health Promotion Management) that combined 24 credit hours of business management related course work from the University’s School of Business Administration and 24 credit hours of science and programmatic related course work from the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Over the past 37 years (with now more than 450 graduates), the academic course of study for the MS Program was and continues to be adjusted so as to be responsive to industry best practices. As a logical extension to the MS program in 1992, Bob and his staff developed and the University established a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion.
To provide a laboratory for the Master’s Program in 1980, Bob founded the University’s National Center for Health Fitness (NCHF). Over the past many years the Center, through its contracting with numerous U.S. Defense and other federal agencies has secured and undertaken more than thirty million dollars in externally funded health promotion related research and programmatic activities. Over Bob’s many years at American University, he has had the opportunity to travel to several dozen countries to speak, present his research, and collaborate with others on research and publications of mutual interest. His extensive international travel, collaborative activities, and sharing information about American University’s innovative MS Programs in Health Promotion has led to not only meeting and developing deep personal and professional friendships throughout world with “like minded” professionals, but also attracting many outstanding students from the international community who have successfully pursued their graduate studies and research at American University . Those personal meetings lead to the formation, in 1996, of the International Institution for Health Promotion (IIHP), a cooperative comprised of outstanding Health Promotion Professionals from many countries throughout the world. And finally, most recently Bob and his faculty colleagues were asked to form a new academic unit –The Department of Health Studies - within the College of Arts and Sciences that combines the graduate and undergraduate academic programs in Health Promotion and a new Bachelor’s Degree program in Public Health.
Aside from his academic responsibilities at American University, Bob currently serves as the University’s Faculty Representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the University’s Faculty Representative for the Patriot League Athletic Conference, The Cassell Hall of Fame Selection committee, and the Faculty Representative for the American University’s wrestling team. And most recently, Bob was instrumental in American University acquiring the Historic Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. External to the University, Bob serves on numerous Professional and Non-Profit Boards such as The Clifton Institute (a 1000 acre environmental educational center) and the International Association for Workplace Health Promotion (IAWHP). And finally, Bob currently serves as Executive Director of the Healthcare Performance Management Institute (HPM Institute), a think-tank that provides a forum for discussions on progressive approaches for the advancement of Health Promotion and quality Healthcare Services.
PROF. DR. EID KANAN
Former Regional Coordinator for Asia / Member of Executive Board of International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
Executive Advisory Board for Asian Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport ASCPES.
Executive Board for International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport (ISCPES)
Prof. Dr. Eid Kanaan is a professor in Faculty of Education - Department of Curriculum and Instructions at Yarmouk University in Jordan.
Dr. Kanaan received his BSc, and MBA from University of Yarmouk- Jordan, and his Ph.D. in Teaching Styles and Curriculum of Physical Education from University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom in 2002. He has made his career at Yarmouk University, beginning as a teaching assistant, working his way through the professorial rank, and serving as Head of the Elementary Education Department, Assistant Dean of Students Affairs for two years, vice Dean of students affairs for two years and three months as Dean of Students Affairs. During his term of work in students’ affairs from 2011 until 2015, Professor Kanan gave him a broad spectrum of experience with youth activities and sport from all different nationalities and situations. Prof. Eid also is a member of some international scientific association like ICSSPE, ISPES, ASCPES, and he has participated in many conferences, seminars, and workshops in support of improving education.
ASSOC. PROF. DR. ARUNAS EMELJANOVAS
Department of Health, Physical and Social Education
Prof. Dr. Arunas Emeljanovas an author of over 40 publications in international scientific journals (about 20 on Web of Science (Thompson Reuters) data base with Impact Factor), has offered several keynotes and invited presentations, and over 80 conference paper presentations. He is an expert in the field of physical education for Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science and in the field of youth physical activity and physical fitness for the Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of Republic of Lithuania. Prof. Dr. Arunas Emeljanovas actively participate in scientific activities at the international level: was an opponent in PhD thesis defense in Latvia and Estonia; member of Scientific Expert Commission of Latvian Council of Science; member of several international scientific institutions: FIEP, ENSSEE, INSHS, CEREPS. He was a leader and member in a number of scientific, study and experimental development projects at national and international levels. Among them: 2016 Grant for the International Project “Development of Physical Fitness Testing and Assessment Methodology for Preschool and Primary School Children and Integration into the Physical Education Process” funded by Program Norway Grants (European Economic Area). 2013 - 2015 Grant for scientific research project Health Related Physical Fitness, its Variation and Determinants, funded by Lithuanian Council of Science.
Assoc.Prof. Dr. Esra Erturan-Ogut is a is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management in Gazi University, Turkey. She earned her PhD from Gazi University in 2010. In her research, she followed an integrated design for shedding light on the issues of sport management and used various methodologies. Her recent research area covers a wide scope of sport management including sport organizations, sports policies, politics and media in sport, as well as the sociological extensions as youth participation, volunteering and gender in sport. Her dissertation thesis, which was on transnational comparison of sport clubs, was completed in Germany with association of scholars of Deutsche Sporthochschule. In 2011, she was in Georgia States University as a visiting scholar, completed her research on comparative analysis of university sports. Some of her research appeared in distinguished journals as the European Sport Management Quarterly and the Journal of Public Administration. Currently, she lives in the Middle East, carrying out her research project on Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Dr. Erturan-Ogut contributed by being in organizing and scientific committees of several scientific events, congress, symposiums and conferences, both in national and international levels. Recently, she has been the congress secretary of 2nd International Congress for Social Sciences in Physical Education and Sport, 2012 and conference secretary of Global Forum for Physical Education- GOFPEP, 2016, Ankara.
Dr. Erturan- Ogut has been an invited member of several governmental committees for planning sport policies, (i.e. National Sport Council - 2008 and Ministry of Development’s 10th Development Plan of Turkey- 2012). She contributed with scientific and professional opinions for the national papers of sport management. She led student organizations which in time gained reputation for changing some of the government policies of employing sport management degreed graduates.
Michiko Aseron has always believed that teaching is her calling. She had been handling dance and fitness classes in different studios since the age of 20, and had been in the education industry for 12 years now, starting of as a Physical Education (P.E.) Elementary and High School Teacher in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. Currently, she works full-time at the University of the Philippines Diliman as a member of the Dance Faculty, handling dance-based Physical Education, Fundamental Rhythm Course and Internship classes for Student P.E. Teachers. She finished Bachelor in Physical Education and Masters of Science in Human Movement Science in the same University where she is currently affiliated in. She is also a licensed Professional Secondary Teacher granted by the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission with MAPEH (Music, Arts, PE and Health) as the nature of her specialization. Michiko was very honored to be given a great opportunity to be one of the Future Leader Volunteer (FLV) during the much celebrated 1st International Conference on Sport Pedagogy, Health and Wellness (ICSPHW 2016) last November 2016 by Dr. Ming Kai Chin, as endorsed by her adviser, Prof. Oscar Yoshihiro Santelices. This opportunity excites her very much because it is aligned to the projects she handle in the Ayta Community in Porac, Pampanga where she helps in the quest of preserving their indigenous arts, particularly their Indigenous Dances and Games. Together with the chieftains and elders of this particular indigenous community, they put up research and documentation activities to help the Ayta preserve their culture, and create a framework for the Indigenous Peoples Education in teaching Health and Physical Education to their next generation. The community are lobbying to include their traditional games in the current PE curriculum of the younger generation Aytas, so that their indigenous knowledge will never be forgotten.
Aside from her advocacy in the preservation of culture of indigenous communities, she is also very much involved in teaching Physical Activities to children and Senior Citizens of the country. She loves giving her service to Philippine Department of Health to lecture and give activities on Health and Wellness for Senior Citizens and older adults. She also gives service to the different wellness programs of the University of the Philippines, designing activities to encourage sedentary staff and faculty to engage in movement. Her innate need of being around children made her a volunteer teacher of Awesome Kids Ministry, a Catholic Children's Sunday School, and a Baby Ballet Dance Teacher of UP-CHK Extension Program. As she wants to continue her quest in instilling the value of fitness and activities to the young, she applied for and became eligible to the Professional Advancement Grant, a scholarship given by the Commission on Higher Education where she would be taking a year of Diploma Course in Childhood Development that will start in August 2017.
Michiko had been an active part in the organizing of different conferences launched by the UP College of Human Kinetics. During the 1st International Conference in Sport Pedagogy, Health and Wellness last November 2016, she volunteered to lead two movement breaks in front of 600+ participants.
She had also took part in Promoting Physical Activity Participation in a number of different exercise videos that circulated publicly. All materials are used to promote lifestyle approach to physical activity that can be safely done by different groups with varied physical condition. As of the moment, she is working on a series of Ballet-based Exercise videos that can be accessed by everyone for free of cost.
Aside from her passion to promote physical activity in the school setting and in the community, and working as an advocate in the preservation of Philippine Indigenous Arts, she also gives time to disseminate proper information on attachment parenting, particularly the importance and rights of women to breastfeed, baby wearing and giving only of natural food to babies and children.
PROF. CARLA ANAUATE
Professor of Neuropsychopedagogy at CENSUPEG
Founder and Owner – CINAPSI – Centro Integrado de Neuropsicologia e Psicologia
Consultive President of AMEE – Asociación Mundial de Educación Especial
Member, Executive Committee of ISAN – International Society of Applied Neuropsychology
Prof. Carla Anauate is a Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. She is a Professor of Neuropsychopedagogy on post-graduation courses at CENSUPEG all around Brazil.
She received her Master degree in Educational Psychology and Child Development from University of São Paulo – USP in 2008. At the moment she is at PUC – Pontifícia Universidade Católica doing her PHD in Clinical Psychology. Prof. Anauate the owner of CINAPSI - a Center of Developmental Neuropsychology which works with all developmental stages of life. www.cinapsi.com.br
She has studied and done internships in Moscow at the Luria Moscow Research Center of Developmental Neuropsychology using Alexander Luria´s principles. This practical work involves habilitation of motor, cognitive and affective skills a theme which she lectures all around the world.
Prof. Anauate is post graduated on Neuropsychology, Psychopedagogy, Clinical Social Historical Psychology, Rorschach´s Test and Domestic Violence. She is a member of the Executive Committee of ISAN – International Society of Applied Neuropsychology.
Prof. Dr. Serap Inal is full professor in the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (Turkish-English) in Bahcesehir University.
She is mainly focusing in sports and exercise biomechanics, posture and disability sports. She is an author of scientific publications, invited and conference paper presentations nationally and internationally. She is also author of chapters in international books printed by the prestigious publishers. They are in physical features of youngsters with intellectual disability (ID), adapted physical education, geriatric rehabilitation, and assessment of proprioception sense. She was also a leader and member in a number of scientific projects both at national and international level. Among them, health related physical fitness of children with ID, job coaching for people with ID, combi dance for people with neuromuscular diseases, TREAT- Neuromuscular Diseases are the ones that she has spent most of her effort on to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and them to have a better life style. She worked as pioneer to initiate The Adapted Physical Activity Certificate Programs in The School of Physical Education and Sports in two different universities as in Marmara University (2002) and in Istanbul University (2007) in Istanbul, Turkey. She was a part of the European University Diploma in Adapted Physical Activity (EUDAPA) between 2010-2016; and is a member of ICHPER-SD (life member), Turkish Neuromuscular Disorders Society and Turkish Physical Therapy Association.
ASSIST. PROF. DR. IDA LAUDANSKA-KRZEMINSKA
Department of Physical Activity Study and Health Promotion
Faculty of Physical Education, Sport and Rehabilitation
University School of Physical Education-Poznan, Poland
Dr Ida Laudańska-Krzemińska is currently senior lecturer at Department of Physical Activity Study and Health Promotion on Faculty of Physical Education, Sport and Rehabilitation at The University School of Physical Education in Poznań, Poland. She is specializes in the health education and health promotion. Since 1993 she has been actively involved in research programs providing analysis on changing in health behavior patterns among children, youth, adults, disables people.
She has been involved as expert in projects funding by European Union e.g. internal evaluator, implementer in the project Health(a)ware an experienced-based learning and teaching approach for physical and health education, national coordinator in the project – HELLP - Health as a Longlife Learning Process, expert – trainer in Trainers Programme for Sports and Physical Education Teachers in Kosovo, expert in DEDIPAC - Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity. She is a member of regional program board of Health Promoting Schools Network. Since 2003 she has been a tennis trainer and she has coached children at School Club.
Through her lecturing, her written works (around 60 of e.g. peer-reviewed original research, book chapters, topical reviews of the literature), her research, and her involvement with professional societies she has sought to improve health education programs in different settings and groups.
Prof. José LORENZO is the President of the State Institute for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (IPRODICH, in Spanish) appointed by the Executive of the Province of Chaco from December 10, 2011 to date. Lorenzo is the President of the Executive Committee on Disability of the Argentine Republic since 2015. He is the Vice-President of the Federal Disability Council of Argentina; and he is also the President of the Disability Advisory Council of the Province of Chaco. He is the Representative of the Province of Chaco at the Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Federal Disability Council. He has been the President of the Scientific and the Organizing Committees of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th International Conference on Disability.
Lorenzo is a Full-tenured Professor of Kinephilaxis Part II and Sports Kinesiology. He is the Director of the 5-year-Bachellor Degree in Kinesiology and Physiotherapy Program of the School of Medicine of the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste University. He is also the Director of the First Post-Course and Continuous Training Programs in the Specialization in Sports Rehabilitation, Respiratory, Neurology, Autism, etc. He is the Coordinator of the Extension Project in Support Tasks. He is Former Director of the Chamber of Kinesiology of Gastón Dachary University, Resistencia-Chaco 2013-2016.
His teaching and professional experience has been the basis for many of the lectures he presented in different parts of Argentina. He has been awarded several national prizes for different scientific research work.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suzanne Lundvall is a researcher at The Swedish School of Sports and Health Sciences (GIH) in Stockholm, the oldest school in the world in the field of human movement sciences. Lundvall was originally trained in physical education and sport pedagogy at GIH, and was thereafter a research student in Social Sciences at Stockholm University and the former Stockholm Institute of Teacher Education (Lärarhögskolan i Stockholm). Her thesis; A Subject in Motion, investigates movement traditions and physical cultures during the 1900s with a special focus on physical education teacher education (PETE). Her continued research has embraced the school subject physical education, curriculum development as well as a multidisciplinary longitudinal project; School-Sport-Health, investigating children’s and adolescent’s physical and health status, motor skills and attitudes towards physical activity, aspects of meaning making and learning. The latest study from this project will be presented for the Ministry of Education respectively the Ministry of Social Affairs in May 2017. She has also been the coordinator for two PhD schools in Sport Science and in Physical Education, established a special group for the development of outdoor studies and practice based studies in outdoors at GIH. Recently, in co-operation, with universities in Norway and Denmark, external funding has been granted to develop an international master in outdoor studies, starting in 2018. Dr Lundvall has had a special assignment in producing a mapping material in physical education for newly arrived (immigrant) children and youth.For the Swedish National Agency of Education (Skolverket). The aim of this material has been to support teachers in terms of recognizing skills and knowledge that incoming children and youth have, but also to present subject matter content, and Swedish school culture. The latter includes norms and ways of teaching and learning PE and health, where democracy, equity and critical thinking are important parts in the Swedish curriculum. She has since 2013 been a board member of the Swedish Confederation of Sports and vice chairman in the Swedish Gymnastics Confederation. Dr Lundvall has taken initiatives to and been part of several projects around coaching cultures and early specialization within sport. Lundvall has written more than 90 texts, articles, book chapters and books, and is a frequently invited speaker both nationally and internationally.
PROF. DR. JIANHUI DAI
Professor of Physical Education and Sports Science
Her academic interests are related to physical activity policy，recreation and sport management,sociocultural issues of sport .Her research has been supported by the National Social Science Foundation, China Ministry of Education, China Sport General Administration, Jiangsu Province Sports Bureau and suzhou Municipal Sports Bureau. She has published over 60 journal articles, book chapters authored and edited books in the areas of Sports Management and Sports Sociology . She offered over 30 invited presentations at national and international scientific conferences.She is also serving as one of Executive Board members of Asian Council of Exercise and Sport Science ,Member of China Sport Science Society.
Interim President, Zimbabwe Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. (ZAHPERD)
Daga Makaza is currently a lecturer in the Department of Sports Science and Coaching at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. He has research interests in Curriculum Development, ICT pedagogy, Kinanthropomery. He was the project leader for two major national surveys on youth and children (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Survey: Olympism in Zimbabwe, 2012 and the Zimbabwe Nestle Healthy Kids Survey, 2015). He is the Zimbabwean contact person for the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) and is a Level 3 anthropometrist. He has pioneered the piloting of brain breaks in the teaching of physical education in Zimbabwe. He is a co-leader of Active Healthy Kids Zimbabwe which produced the first report card on the physical activity for Zimbabwean children and youth. The group is affiliated to Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance.
He attended the Creating Shared Value (CSV) Forum which was sponsored by Nestle Zimbabwe in Cote’Ivoire in 2016 as recognition for his contribution towards the research component of the Nestle Healthy Kids program.
DR. BRIGITA MIEZIENE
Lithuanian Sports University
Department of Health, Physical and Social Education
Dr. Brigita Mieziene is Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Health Psychology, Doctor of Social Sciences (Psychology). She is currently working as a lecturer in Lithuanian Sports University. Her research area covers health behavior, health behavior models and theories, psychosocial determinants of health behavior across age: children, adolescents, adults as well as people with chronic diseases. Physical activity and physical fitness in children is among priorities. Together with co-authors she shares almost 20 research publications in the peer reviewed journals in international databases. She also was a leader and member in a number of scientific, study and experimental development projects at national and international levels. Brigita Mieziene actively collaborates with researchers and other professionals in the field of physical activity, motor skills, their correlates and physical activity policy makers from the College of Health and Human Services at the California State University, HOPSports organization, USA, University College of Southeast Norway, University of Luxembourg, University of Tartu, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, University of Zagreb.
She is actively involved into the several “Brain Breaks” projects for physical activity promotion during class breaks in primary schools in Lithuania. Brigita Mieziene also collaborates with Public Health Bureau of Kaunas Region Municipality in creating health enhancing community network within the projects: “Relationships between physical activity and self-rated health, physical fitness and psychosocial factors”, “Health related factors and physical fitness evaluation”.
PROF. DR. HANLIE MOSS
Editor, South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation
Director of Research, Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (PhASRec)
As a Biokineticists she is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and serves on the board of Directors of the Biokinetics Association of Southern Africa in the portfolio for Academic. Before Prof Moss joined the North-West University in 2003, she was the owner and independent practitioner of Moss Biokinetics. She has international standing in her field of physical activity as modality for the prevention and treatment of risk factors of chronic diseases of lifestyle and in special populations. She has published in this area in international peer review journals and presented scientific papers at various international conferences. She has also contributed to chapters in scientific books in the field of exercise and chronic diseases and special populations such a pregnancy. Prof Moss has supervised more than 30 post-graduate students and published more than 40 ISI articles. She has received both national and international awards for her research in the role of physical activity on risk factors for no-communicable diseases. She has presented guest lectures in the United States of America, Australia, Poland and Mozambique. She served as the Scientific chair for the first Life Through Movement Conference, 2012 and for GOFPEP 2014 hosted by North-West University in Potchefstroom.
DR. ANDANJE MWISUKHA
Acting Registrar (Academic Affairs)
Former Dean, School of Applied Human Sciences
Department of Recreation Management and Exercise Science,
Dr. Andanje Mwisukha holds a Doctoral Degree in Physical Education). He has specialized in the areas of Sports Pedagogy and Management. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Recreation Management and Exercise Science, Kenyatta University in Kenya. He is currently Acting Registrar in charge of Academic Affairs after having served as Dean of the School of Applied Human Sciences at the same University. Before his engagement at Kenyatta University, Dr. Andanje had worked as a high school teacher, Physical Education tutor in several Teachers’ Training Colleges and subsequently as an Assistant Director of Sports in the Public sector. He has successfully supervised more than 25 Masters and PhD students. He has published more than 50 papers in refereed journals and published 6 books and book chapters. He has more than 100 research paper presentations at local and international conferences to his credit. He is a reviewer and member of editorial boards of several journals and other academic publications. He has served on Committees and Boards of various national and international professional organizations Dr. Andanje has won research grants from various renowned research funding agencies that include: Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme (2015/2016), The FIFA Joao Havalenge Research Grant Award (2013), Research Consultancy at the Institute of Economic Affairs on Youth Sports, Recreation and Entertainment (2010) and Organization of Social Sciences Research in Eastern and Southern Africa.
PROF. DR. XIAO ZAN WANG
Former President, International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health (ICSPAH)
Andrea Lane Edde is currently working as Clinical and Educational Psychologist in two ONGs and in two Clinics attending children with learning disabilities. She Received a Master in Developmental, Disorders and Clinical Practice from University of York – England. She is a new member of the (FLV) representing Brazil under Prof. Carla Anaute advisory. Her first participation will be in the APCESS 2017 in Thailand and she is helping organize the BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil. Her work has been supervised by Prof. Carla Anaute since the beginning of 2016 when she had just returned to Brazil from her masters degree. Prof. Carla Anaute has taught her a new technique to help children develop motor and emotional skills and rents her clinic so she can attend to private patients.
CINAPSI - a Center of Developmental Neuropsychology, which works with all developmental stages of life. www.cinapsi.com.br She is also working in partnership with Gradual, a clinic specialized in Autism to create an innovative Social Abilities group with young children to help the socialize and essentially gain the skills required in order to play collective sports.
On volunteer bases, she has been collaborating with the Atopic Dermatitis Association Support Group (AADA) since 2012. She began as an intern and quickly changed her role as the coordinator of the children’s group, in charge of research, material development and facebook page administrator. Children with this illness suffer from prejudice because of their skin illness, therefore having poor self-image making them wanting to hide from other people. One of the most affected areas of this disease is the ability to do sports activities, because sweat makes the rash worst, but with the appropriate education and care they can do sports like any other children and we demonstrate it during the group sessions.
Once a week she works in another city called Campinas in a ONG called PAICA (integrated program for children and adolescents). There she attends children with developmental disorder in an individual and group setting.
Her FLV project is one she is developing to bring the educational and health fields closer together in order to help children be more healthy and thrive academically. It is part of a project in partner with an educational psychologist called “Hayat Psicoeducational Project”. They will give free lectures to schools in São Paulo with themes such as why physical activities makes student learn better, an introduction to learning disabilities, among others.
Future Leader/ Volunteer (FLV)
Department of Sports Science
College of Human Kinetics
University of the Philippines-Diliman, Philippines
Nana Espina is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Education specializing in Educational Psychology at the College of Education in the University of the Philippines. She graduated from the same University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from the College of Human Kinetics, with latin honors, and top of her batch. She has been working as a full-time faculty member of the Department of Sports Science at UP CHK ever since she graduated and is also a licensed professional teacher in the Philippines. She is working on her Master’s thesis focusing on student-athletes, academic achievement, and role conflict as she is passionate in helping her University’s student-athletes by providing the necessary and much needed programs they need to aid them in their academics. This is a topic she is truly passionate about because she was also a part of this special community in the University and has experienced first hand how difficult it is to be a student-athlete. She was in the University’s womens basketball team when she came in the University.
Nana is also the team captain of the Philippine Netball team (Siklab Pilipinas), which will take part in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.
She has successfully put up the first University-based Netball club (UP Netball Club est. August 2015) in the University of the Philippines with almost fifty girls willing to learn and appreciate the new sport in the country. With the help of her girls and other volunteer student-athletes, they have been conducting outreach programs to rural communities with the aim to promote netball or other sports in the country and to induce sport appreciation to children.
She was also one of the organizers and volunteer teachers in a sports relief and community recreation project for the Filipinos in Bohol who were devastated by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 2013. The earthquake destroyed a number of heritage churches, roads, and private homes and left families in tents and children in disrupted classes. The focus of this initiative was to uplift the spirits of these survivors and strengthen their communities post-disaster through sport and dance.
Ever since her involvement with the community in Bohol, she found a new passion in helping others through fitness, especially her career as a Zumba Instructor. Most of her Zumba classes now are not in gyms or fitness centers but events that have genuine causes where in she could help.
DR. AGATA GLAPA
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
Post- Doctoral Fellow
Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) of Global Community Health (GCH)
School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science (BRS)
Dr. Agata Glapa is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the North West University in Potchefstroom (South Africa). Permanently she works as a junior lecturer in the Department of Didactic of Physical Activity at University School of Physical Education in Poznan (Poland), where she received Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Physical Education on the Faculty of Physical Education, Sport and Rehabilitation. In the meantime, she attended the International Seminar on Olympic Studies for Postgraduate Students at International Olympic Academy in Olympia (Greece). She is also a member of the National Olympic Academy of Poland. Her research interests focus on didactics of physical education (process and quality of physical education, effective teaching in physical education, Olympic education at schools), determinants of physical activity, mental health and well-being. She is particularly focused on children and adolescents. For the very first time, she will be representing Poland (under the supervision of Prof. Michal Bronikowski) as a member of the Future Leader Program (FLV) at the BRICSCESS 2017 conference in Brazil. For many years she was associated with the Sports Rehabilitation Association “START” (2007-2013) where she gained amazing experience during work with disabled children and adults as a staff member on summer camps and others sport events.
In years 2005-2009 she worked as a research assistant in the Comenius Regio Project “Olympic and youth integration through education”. The aim of this project, in both its partner regions (Poland and Bulgaria), was to use the Olympism for the social integration of both the able-bodied and physically and mentally disabled youth, as well as to improve the general health of the youth through physical activity.
Dr. Agata Glapa has experience in organizing international, national and local workshops and events. For example, she organized two conferences combined with workshops with world-renowned yoga teachers. The first one with Dr. Mukund V. Bhole from India (2013) entitled: “The importance of working with the breath and breathing movements in traditional yoga in the light of modern neuro-psycho-physiology”. The second one with Dr. Norman E. Sjoman from Canada (2014) entitled „An overview of over 40 years of research and practice in the field of yoga”.
In 2015 she took a part in the Grant project of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the Academic Centre of the Creativity - “Active not only on-line” led by Prof. Michal Bronikowski, where Dr. Glapa was working as a research assistant and coordinator of the workshops and training. On 2015 she co-organized the International IT Workshop “Physical Education and modern technologies” where Prof. Dr. Ming-kai Chin (President and Founder of the Foundation of Global Community Health (GCH)) and Prof. Dr. Elke Knisel (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg) were invited as keynote presenters.
Fitness, Polish and foreign traditional plays and games, working at schools with children and with disabled people is also something Dr. Agata Glapa is passionate about. During her work in Department of Didactics of Physical Activity, she was involved in different events for children and adolescents from the city of Poznan and other areas.
ASSIST. PROF. DR. BIJEN FİLİZ
Assist. Prof. Dr. Bijen FİLİZ
Future Leader/ Volunteer (FLV)
Department of Trainer Education, University of Kocatepe, Afyon
Assist. Prof. Dr. Bijen Filiz is currently working as Assistance Professor at the School of Physical Education and Sports, University of Kocatepe. Bijen Filiz is graduated in physical education ve sport teacher at the University of Uludag. She completed her master's education with hidden program study in physical education at the University of Inonu. And she received her PhD degree by studying personal and social responsibility model in physical education at the University of Hacettepe. She was found as a visiting scholar at the Northern Illinois University/Chicago for 4 months to learn personal and social responsibility model and complete doctoral education. Her areas of interest are instructional, curriculum and hidden programs on physical education, physical education teacher education and sport education, adapted physical activities, and sports sociology.
In order to be implemented in physical education classes of TPSR model in Turkey, Bijen made the translation editor of the book titled “Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity” and translated four chapters of book into the Turkish language in 2014. She presented her works related this model at the FIEP Congress in 2015/Rabat and 2018/Istanbul, and various international congress in Turkey.
She has applied the teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR) model with middle and high school students in Turkey; has aimed that have been provided of responsibility values and leadership behaviors the students through physical activity and with family cooperation. She has academic studies on this model.
Bijen is member of the Young People’s Leisure Network and join various camp and World Leisure Congress in project scope. At the end of these camps, it has been written chapter’s book related the leisure. She joined the third camp and World Leisure Congress in Mobile/Alabama-2014 for the first book. They completed to write the book titled “Youth Leisure around the World” in 2015. She joined the first camp and World Leisure Congress in Sao Paulo/Brazil-2018 for the second book. They will write the book titled “Safety and Leisure”. Nowadays, they work on this topic. The book will be completed at the end of the third camp. Through this program, she knows new cultures and people, gains new experiences, and improves relationships.
She joined the International Cultural Festival organized on behalf of the World Leisure Organization by World Leisure Expo and Young People’s Leisure Network with young folk dancers from Turkey as a Turkey co-ordinator in China/Hangzou-2017. She provided that the young people communicated and socialized with people in other cultures.
Bijen is a volleyball coach. While she is training with students, she applies the TPSR model and wants that the students gain some responsibility behaviors.
Gerry Gunawan Saputra is currently studying as a undergraduate student at Sports Recreation Department of Sport Science Faculty in Jakarta State University, Indonesia. Beside studying, he also working as a personal trainer and badminton coach. He has been started as personal trainer at Gantarvelocity since November 2016. He is coaching badminton for private group and student at Binus Simprug School for grade 11. Now, he is focusing on academic career and still pursuing his coaching career.
He has been representing Indonesia at several global events related to physical activity and physical education as a member of the Future Leader Program (“FLV”) under Prof. Ming-kai Chin advisory. As FLV, he has participated in GoFPEP 2016 (Turkey), ICSPHW 2016 (Philippines), and he will also participate in APCESS 2017 (Thailand) and BRICSCESS 2017 (Brazil).
In July 2016, he has been chosen by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Republic of Indonesia to represent Indonesia at The 1st ASEAN-China Youth Summer Camp at Tianjin, China. This event was initiated by the Office of ASEAN Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs. Through this event, he not only learnt about Chinese culture but also several cultures from another ASEAN countries student who participate in this event.
He is actively involved in numerous events and activities in his University. In one major event called World Walking Day during Tafisa 2016 in Jakarta, he acted as a Coordinator of Liaison Officer. He coordinated around 160 Liaison Officer on that event. Around 8,000 people were participate in the event.
He also help the University on international relation with other countries. He helps the university to host and have collaborations in both academic and sport activities. He has helped to host several guest such as from Denmark, United Kingdom, Philippines, China and USA.
He believes through sport can connecting people not matter your gender, race, religion or skin color because sport is for everyone! He also help to conduct an activity called “Sport Activator” (“Penggerak Olahraga”). Penggerak Olahraga is an activity to serve community with sport. The goal is to make everyone in the community can work out well and properly. They serve the community with sport recreation, kids-athletic, fitness test, and sport introduction.
Ryan’s education and research focus on the physiological and metabolic changes that occur in response to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. He has been involved in teaching a verity of courses at the university level since 2009 and is currently teaching Clinical Exercise Physiology. As president of his church’s Young Men organization, Ryan enjoys promoting healthy living and physical activity at the weekly youth activities. He is also highly involved in the Boy Scouts of America where he has assisted scouts in earning Personal Fitness, Swimming, Cycling, Hiking, and other health related merit badges.
Future Leader/ Volunteer (FLV)
Research Group on Health, Physical Activity and Sport
Faculty of Psycology, Education and Sports Science
Oriol Sansano-Nadal is a PhD student at Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University (Barcelona). He is a former undergraduate student in Physical Activity and Sport at the same institution. He took a year to study English in the United States in Towson University, Maryland. When he came back from the US, he finished his degree in Sport Science and one year later he studied a Master's Degree on Physical Activity and Health, following the research specialty at the National Physical Education Institute of Catalonia (INEFC). Nowadays, he is representing Spain as a member of the Future Leader Program (FLV) under Prof. Ming-Kai Chin advisory. He will participate in the BRICSCESS 2017 in Brazil. The first time in a meeting as a member of this global program.
During his student career, they ran a project under Dra. Myriam Guerra-Balic supervision, to evaluate the benefits of a physical activity program in breast cancer survivor’s' during/post systemic treatment.
Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE) has been the only sports higher education and scientific institution in the country for 95 years. It guarantees the unity of study and scientific research in sport science and health care in sport. The Academy has experience in research implementation into practice, which improves public health through physical activity promotion for people of different age.
Prof. Dr. Luminita GEORGESCU MD, PhD is a highly appreciated professor at the University of Pitesti, Romania, a scientific adviser for doctoral studies in Sport Science and Physical Education and also physician of Sport Medicine at the Emergency County Hospital in Pitesti. Having a multidisciplinary background in medicine, kinesiology, exercise and health science, physical therapy and rehabilitation, Prof. Georgescu’s academic and research activity reflects an increased interest in developing new cross-disciplinary programs and projects in these areas. Her sustained professional work resulted in: coordinating or being a member in many national and international research projects for promoting health, wellness, quality of life, physical activity and sport; being invited speaker/keynote speaker/member of the scientific committee/participant at important international and national conferences in the field of sport science, sports medicine and health; and many articles and studies published in reference scientific journals.
Besides being involved in activities promoted by prestigious international organizations like ICSSPE – as member of the Executive Board and IASK – as Vice-President, the professional experience of Prof. Georgescu includes also: Regional Expert Assessor for the National Council for Adult Vocational Training and the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education; former member of Board of Directors of the World Leisure Organization (WLO); former Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Exercise and Sport Science (AJESS); Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Pitesti (2007-2011), President of the Medical and Anti-doping Commission at Judo World Cup, Bucharest (2005-2008), Sports Medicine Physician of the Judo Male Olympic Team (2002-2008); Director of the International Relations Department of the University of Pitesti (2004-2005). Prof. Luminita Georgescu serves in different advisory boards, she is scientific reviewer/collaborator for: The International Leisure Review (Taiwan), Pedagogical Psychological and Medicobiological problems of Physical Culture and Sports - Electronical Journal of Povolzhskaya State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism (Russia), UNESCO-EOLSS (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems), The Journal of Romanian Sport Medicine Society, Romanian Journal of Physiotherapy and her accomplishments count in as well national and international awards and distinctions.
Prof Maya van Gent is an Associate Professor in the Human Movement Science Departmnet University of Fort Hare, South Africa. She received her master’s degree and doctorate at the North-West University, South Africa and her Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. Her reserach interest include anthropometrics, ergonomics, talent identification and development and exercise science. She has presented various reserach projects, chaired several session and key note address at national and international conferences. She is a Level 3 ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinantropometry) anthropometrist. She has supervised numorouse post grdaute students in terms of research projects and she is currently the Sub-Editor for the South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation (SAJRSPER). She is also holds the position of Assistant Secretary General, BRICSCESS (BRICS Council of Exrecise and Sport Science). She has been also been a visiting Prof at Worcester University, England in 2012 and Gdansk University in Poland in 2013. She was also and Invited VIP and member to the scientific committee to the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP 2014 and 2016). She has extensive experience in curriculum and program design and was also awarded the Teaching Excellence Award at the Universiry of Fort Hare in 2015. The most recent research project involved collecting anthropometrical data from South African National Defence Force to update national database in 2016. In 2015 she was also involved with the evaluation of the national school nutrition programme and the Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast programme in the Lady Frere and Qumbu district of the Eastern Cape, South Africa”. This study was a joined project between Tiger Brands Foundation, the Centre for Social Development in Africa at University of Johannesburg and the University of Fort Hare, South Africa.
Peter Twist’s mission is creating positive life change via innovative integrated brain-movement-muscle training methods shared with expert knowledge, inspiration, emotional and spiritual engagement, and action-based physical motivation. Twist’s start was fueled by introducing new contrarian exercise paradigms to the sport and fitness industries. Known in USA as a pioneer of modern functional training, Twist is a performance training guru whose exercise methodologies redefined how to train for sport and life, fundamentally changing how the fitness industry programs workouts and shifted how strength coaches prep athletes.
The subsequent top trend fitness tools have adopted his theories and language in their product certifications and advertising. His students and converts are the spectrum from gym trainer to Olympic coach who receive an epiphany exercise experience, mentoring on the art of coaching, and messaging to inspire mind shift to the habits and lifestyle for health and happiness.
A gifted, passionate educator, Twist has published over 500 papers in magazines and journals, authored 16 books, 22 DVDs, 14 certifications and delivered over 1,000 lectures on athlete development. His methods have been packaged into teaching systems that certify trainers in 30 countries, specializing in youth physical literacy, functional training and sport performance.
A leader of leaders, Twist's corporate keynotes address CEO's, managers and sales staff with powerful memorable messaging on overcoming obstacles and unlocking their potential, referenced in ways that align with each corporations' vision, core values and short term business mandate. Clients include Celebrity Fitness chain in Indonesia, Virgin in UK, IMG in Florida and Under Armour USA. He was honored with the 2001 National Strength and Conditioning Association's President’s Award; 2003 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year; 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year and CanFitPro's 2012 Canadian Presenter of the Year. Twist was also recognized with the 2013 IDEA World Fitness Inspiration award, joining past winners Rick Hansen, Dick Hoyt and Mike Huckabee. In 2015 Coach Twist was inducted into the USA Fitness Hall of Fame.
An exercise physiologist with a Masters in Coaching Science, he is pursuing his PhD at Henan University in China researching neural exercise. Twist coached pro hockey NHL for 11 years and with his camps trained over 700 professional athletes, including four major league MVP's from three sports. He is partnered with the China government leading Performance Training & Rehabilitation for China’s summer and winter Olympic athletes and teams. After personal health crisis and now a stage IV cancer crusher, he designed Twist Performance + Wellness franchises, a forward thinking integrated facility with coaches of functional exercise, doctors of naturopathic medicine, holistic nutritionists, physiotherapists and massage therapists to cure, repair, restore, rebuild, and elevate people to their best self with passion and purpose.
Personally, Peter Twist lives with his daughters Zoe and Mackenzie and their rescue Husky Bruno in North Vancouver, British Columbia, making the rainforest and mountains his preferred environment for sport and recreation. Twist shares his time between his city home in Vancouver and a boat access cabin up an inlet on Pacific Ocean called Indian Arm fjord, a spiritual church where much of his intellectual IP is created.
Dr. Kilbourne has devoted nearly all of his adult life to helping individuals and communities understand the deeper meanings of play, games, sport, dance, and creativity. His Bachelors degree is in Creative Drama and Movement from California State University Long Beach. His Masters Degree is from the University of California at Los Angeles in Dance Education with an emphasis in Dance and Sport. While at UCLA he served as Graduate Assistant (Dance/Basketball Conditioning) to then head coach Larry Brown.
His Ph.D. is from The Ohio State University where he continued his work in exploring the relationships between sport and performance. His dissertation is titled, Building A Bridge Between Athletics and Academics. In 1982 John became the first full-time Conditioning Coach (Dance) in the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers.He helped them in the pursuit of their 1983 World Championship.
Dr. Kilbourne is leader at the university and primary school levels in the creation of, and research on/about, Activity Permissible classrooms. In addition, he is active in exploring the lessons that can be learned from traditional Arctic games, i.e., Inuit and Sami to promote sustainability and peace in the North. John has won numerous awards including, Grand Valley State University (GVSU)’s 2009 and 2011 Sustainability Champion Award, GVSU’s 2010 PEW Excellence in Teaching Award, and GVSU’s 2009 Distinguished Professor of the Year. Dr. Kilbourne is a productive scholar with numerous articles and one book. The title of his book is, Running With Zoe: A Conversation on the Meaning of Play, Games and Sport; Including A Journey to the Canadian Arctic.
Prof. Dr. Elke Knisel is a full professor at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg in Germany. She is head of the Department of Sport Pedagogy and Sport Sociology and the committee of teacher education in the Faculty of Human Sciences. She is also board member of the Center for Teacher Education at the University. She is teaching sport pedagogy and sport sociology, and sport didactics and sport psychology. Her research in the field of school health and Physical Education includes health education and health promotion, health didactics and methodology, sport motivation, autonomy-support and self-determination, new technology in PE, and school health management.
She recently published the book “Health Promotion at School – Pedagogical Aspects and Practical Implications” which describes a new approach to enhance students’ health awareness through experimental learning settings in PE class, cross-subject teaching, and project work. To improve students’ health knowledge, health competencies, and health behavior a new teaching structure with several teaching examples is presented in the book. https://www.degruyter.com