Global Sports

At the Washington Institute, we believe that sports create global and national unity at challenging times, such as the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and economic repercussions. Our mission is to promote youth sports and athletic participation through our various engagements with athletes, leaders, international and civil society organizations to advance ways to strengthen the interaction between the public-private sectors towards that end and to emphasize community values development through sports. We invite you to join our mission to shape the world of sports together.

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Global Sports Conference


September 15th, 2021

One of Washington Institute’s marquee events in 2021 will be to host a global sports conference on September 15th. The conference encompasses the Institute’s three pillars of technology and

innovation, corporate social responsibility, and the global economy. It intends to highlight ethics, security, and infrastructure in global sports, particularly the Olympics and the World Cup, and how they influence the dynamics of business, government, and society through live and virtual events. In 2020, WI had been quite proud of the world famous speakers, panelists and

sponsors it had lined up for the WI global sports conference that was postponed due to the pandemic. The conference was to bring together such diverse leaders from business, government, and society as former First Lady Michelle Obama; Ivanka Trump, Hassan Al Thawadi, the head of Qatar 2022, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, senior Tokyo 2020 officials, Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States-, various Fortune 500 CEOs, global athletes, and dozens of sports ministers around the world.

WI Global Sports Conference 2021 Updated



Jimmy Lynn

Head of Sports Council

Jimmy Lynn, a veteran of 30 years in the Sports and Entertainment sectors, is one of the pioneers of the Digital Sports space and is regarded as one of the leading relationship brokers and connectors in the global sports industry. He is a co-founder and Vice- President of Kiswe Mobile, the world’s most advanced cloud-based social gamified mobile video platform. Previously, Lynn was the managing partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused
on sports-related digital media,marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses. Lynn is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and with the Sports Industry Management program in the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). Lynn received the “SCS Dean’s Outstanding Service” award in 2010 and the “SCS Faculty Service” award in 2014. He has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University.

Lucas Kello, PhD

Sports Council Delegate

Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of
International Relations at Oxford
University. He serves as Senior
Lecturer/Director of the Centre for
Technology and Global Affairs, a major
research initiative exploring the
impact of modern technology on
international relations, government,
and society. He is also co-Director of
the interdisciplinary Centre for
Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at
the Department of Computer Science. His
publications include The Virtual Weapon and International
Order (Yale University Press), “The Meaning of the Cyber
Revolution: Perils to Theory and Statecraft” in
International Security, and “Security” in The Oxford
Companion to International Relations (Oxford University


Emanuel Medeiros

Sports Council Delegate

Emanuel was elected as the first CEO of
SIGA on 31 January 2018 after having
spearheaded the inception and development
of SIGA since November 2015, as
Coordinator. Having commenced his career
as a lawyer in 1993, he played a leading
role in several national and
international sports organizations. After
six years as Secretary General of the
Portuguese Football League, he cofounded
and led the Association of European
Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) as
CEO for a decade. He was also one of the
driving forces behind the creation of the
World League Association, having been
elected its CEO on February 2012. Emanuel
also holds a seat at the European Union’s Expert Group on
Good Governance in Sport, since 2011, and, on March 2012,
was appointed Ambassador for Sports Ethics by the
Government of Portugal. In June 2014, Emanuel was appointed
CEO of ICSS EUROPE, currently ICSS INSIGHT. In addition,
Emanuel is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport
in Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum / PACI’s
Advisory Committee, the Consultative Committee of
EPAS/Council of Europe and the OECD’s Task Force on
Countering Illicit Trade.”

Pedro Pinto

Sports Council Delegate

Pedro Mendonça Pinto is a Portuguese
journalist. Pedro has an extensive
career in media and sports, having
spent over a decade as a sports anchor
for CNN International based in Atlanta
and London, and then taking the role of
managing director of communications at
UEFA in Switzerland. He is currently
founder and CEO of a sports
communications agency called Empower
Sports. From 2006 through 2013, Pinto
covered all of Europe’s major sporting
events and interviewed the world’s top
athletes as a sports anchor in London
with CNN. Over his career into has interviewed many huge
international sports personalities such as Ronaldo, Kaká,
Robinho, José Mourinho, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Alex
Ferguson, Pelé, and Novak Djokovic. He continued to anchor
the CNN World Sport show and later also hosted a new
football program called CNN FC. Pinto left CNN after 15
years to take the job of Chief of Press at UEFA, working
directly with President Michel Platini. He occasionally
appears on the popular Guardian football podcast Football

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Dame Heather Rabbatts, DBE

Sports Council Delegate

Heather Rabbatts trained as a barrister
but made her name as the youngest local
authority chief executive and went on to
run the London boroughs of Lambeth,
Merton, and Hammersmith and Fulham. She was Executive Deputy Chair of Millwall F.C. from 2006 until 2010 and in 2012 she
became the first female board member of
the Football Association, serving on the
Remuneration Committee. Heather has held
challenging positions in both the private
and public sector. She made headlines
when she took over at Lambeth, seen as
the worst council in London, and again at
Millwall FC. In each case she succeeded
in regenerating embattled organizations. She is currently a
trustee of the Royal Opera House and is on the boards of
Crossrail and the UK Film Council. She has held a number of
senior positions including governor of the LSE and the BBC,
and trustee of the British Council.

Hon. Tom McMillen

Sports Council Delegate

Tom McMillen—Olympian, Rhodes Scholar, professional basketball player,
Congressman, author, businessman— first received acclaim in high school when he was named the best basketball player in
the US, featured on the cover of Sports
Illustrated. A graduate of the University
of Maryland, McMillen was a Rhodes
Scholar, played eleven years in the NBA,
was a member of the 1972 Olympic team,
served three terms in the US House of
Representatives and was co-chair of the
President’s Council on Fitness and
Sports. McMillen currently serves as CEO
and President of the LEAD1, comprising
130 of the premier college athletic
programs representing over $8 billion in
revenue. During his career, McMillen has
been an active investor, principal, and board member in
many companies, including ten public companies. He was
formerly a member of the board of regents of the University
of Maryland System and was the Founding Chairman of the
National Foundation on Physical Fitness, Sports, and
Nutrition (where he currently serves as Treasurer). His
book, Out of Bounds, examines the conflicts between sports
and ethics.

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