SIGA Sport Integrity Forum to address latest sport scandals

IMMAF CEO Densign White is among the stellar line-up of global sport experts announced by Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) today for its upcoming SIGA Sport Integrity Forum in Lisbon, Portugal on 26 July.

The second edition of the Forum will bring together more than 100 leaders from the world of sport, government, finance, business and civil society to address the most pressing governance and integrity issues facing the sports industry, in SIGA’s charge against corruption in sport.

IMMAF is no stranger to opaque processes and decision making within the sporting establishment, and IMMAF CEO Densign White can be expected to discuss some of the governance obstacles MMA has experienced in its quest for recognition to protect the sport and its participants.

Following the huge success of the first ever Sport Integrity Forum in London earlier this year, this edition will feature lively, interactive and highly-informed panel discussions from the following influencers and experts:

  • Cindy McCain – Founder, the McCain Institute
  • Michael Robichaud – Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorships, MasterCard
  • David Luna – Senior Director, US State Department / Chairman, OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade
  • Hans Erik Tuijt – Director, Global Sponsorships, Heineken
  • Michael Hershman – Group CEO, ICSS
  • AG Burnett – Chairman, Nevada Gaming Authority
  • Brian Lewis – President, Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC)
  • Pedro Machado – Partner, PwC
  • Joao Paulo Almeida – Director General, National Olympic Committee of Portugal
  • Densign White – CEO, International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF)
  • Ian Smith – Commissioner, eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC)

The SIGA Council said: “Following our first ever Forum earlier this year, it is clear that urgent reform and collaboration is needed more than ever to tackle the serious governance and integrity issues facing sport. There is a huge amount of work to be done. And it is for this very reason that we are again bringing together high-profile, leading experts to collaborate and share intelligence, new innovations and solutions to benefit the entire global sports movement.”

Additional panellists and keynote speakers are yet to be added to the highly influential line-up that will highlight the issues and challenges ahead, sparking lively cutting-edge discussions on the following five big themes:

  • Good Governance in Sport: From Rhetoric to Effective Reforms;
  • Following the Money! The Pathway into Financial Integrity in Sport;
  • Sports Betting Integrity: Global Solutions to Global Threats;
  • Youth Development and Protection of Minors in Sport; and
  • Sports Business, Brand Value and Reputation

The SIGA General Assembly will take place the day after the Forum at Palacio Foz, Lisbon, Portugal on 27 July.

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 About SIGA

SIGA is an independent and neutral coalition of more than 80 international multi-industry supporters. It is the only organisation to bring together sport, governments, academia, international organisations, sponsors, business, rights holders, NGOs and professional services companies, from every region in the world, around a common cause of fostering greater integrity throughout sport.

SIGA’s members and supporters include, amongst others, Mastercard, Deloitte, the European Professional Football Leagues, Dow Jones, PwC, the World Bank, the International Centre for Sport Security, the Basel Institute on Good Governance, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees, Special Olympics, the Spanish Football League, the Portuguese Olympic Committee, esports, World Taekwondo, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, World Snooker and European Aquatics.


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