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.
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.
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.
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. Gıyasettin Demirhan is working at Hacettepe University Faculty 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.
Prof. Dr. Ming-kai Chin received his BSc from University of Tennessee-Knoxville, MEd from Springfield College-Massachusetts, MBA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1985. Previously he served as the Head of Sports Science at the Hong Kong Sports Institute; Head and Principal Lecturer, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at The Education University of Hong Kong (former Hong Kong Institute of Education) ; and Professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, University of Northern Iowa, USA. Currently, he is the Vice President, Global Affairs and Research, HOPSports, Inc., USA. Prof. Chin’s research interests lie in integrated and holistic approaches in the fields of physical activity, sports, exercise science, leisure, health, and technology to promote active living in school and community. An editor of 8 books and author of over 190 publications in scientific and sports journals in English and Chinese, Prof. Chin has offered over 130 keynote and invited presentations, and over 90 conference paper presentations in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific Region.
A Fellow of AIESEP and Research Consortium of SHAPE America,
he is one of the four Founders and Former President, Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS) and former Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science (AJESS). Prof. Chin is the Senior Co-editor of the book “Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice” in 2014
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.
In 2015 Prof. Chin has been elected as the Founding President, BRICS Council of Exercise and Sports Science (BRICSCESS).
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. 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.
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).
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 2015 he worked as sports physiotherapist with a project school of Turkish Football Federation (Meral-Celal Aras Sports High School)
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.
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.
Dianna Thor is currently an adjunct consultant at the Physical Education and Sports Science academic group in the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the National University of Singapore and Master of Science degree from Nanyang Technological University. Dianna is also an alumni of Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific.
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.
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.
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 is International Instructor in Kineanthropometry Level 3 by the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK), editor of KINANTHREPORT magazine and ISAK executive commitee member (2014-2020).
He was President of the Organizing Committee of the World Conference on Kinanthropometry and Body Composition ISAK-UADY 2016 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
He is member of the Spanish Group of Kineanthropometry (GREC) of the Spanish Society of Sports Medicine (SEMED-FEMEDE) and member of the Scientific Committee of the International Chair in Kineanthropometry of the UCAM, member of The Mexican Federation of Sports Nutrition (FMND) and executive commitee member of Mexican Society of Anthropometry and Body Composition.
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. 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.
Callum BÜHLERBachelor student, Callum Bühler, is currently enrolled in the Program of Sports Science at the University of Vienna. He previously studied mechanical engineering, with the focus on automation, at the HTL in Bregenz, Austria having lived in South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
As Callum’s interests lie in the pursuit of an academic career, he is looking forward, as a member of the Future Leader Volunteer Program (FLV) to conducting and developing research in the fields of biomechanics, kinesiology, and exercise physiology with the intended outcome of enhancing public health.
Having finished his education in Bregenz, Callum worked for a Swiss company, Stadler Rail, as an assistant project manager. After a brief period, he realized his ambitions lay in a different direction. To this end, he combined his life long goal of studying together with his passion for sport and health and subsequently moved to Vienna.
He currently works for Prof Dr Arnold Baca as a research assistant in the Department of Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Computer Science as well as Technical Editor for the International Journal of Computer Science, and in January 2019 Callum will be acting as Event Manager for the World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS).
His first paper, co-authored with Dr Björn Krenn, on the subject of the impact of doping on facial features is currently under review.
In 2015 he started a swimming school for young children at a local public pool. This expanded quite rapidly and has become a yearly event with up to 100 students – including adults and the elderly.
In 2018 he collaborated with two local charities in Switzerland to provide free swimming lessons for refugees to promote health and safety, as well as to encourage social integration.
Up until he attained the position as research assistant he worked as a PE teacher providing gymnastics lessons as an extra-curricular.
He will be participating in BRICSCESS 2019 in Cape Town representing Switzerland.
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.
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. 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.
Ben Kopecky has been a part of the Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) program under the mentorship of Tom Root since October 2016. He has been accepted to Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine to begin August 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is currently an Exercise Science PhD candidate, specializing in Applied Physiology at the University of South Carolina, USA. He received his Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University – Idaho, USA and Master Degree in Health and Human Movement from Utah State University, USA.
Ryan has represented the USA as a Future Leader/Volunteer (FLV) under the mentorship of Professors Ming-kai Chin and J. Larry Durstine at APCESS 2015 India, and GoFPEP 2016 Turkey. He will also be an FLV representative at BRICSCESS 2017 Brazil.
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.