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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.

Washington Institute Global Sports Council

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Jimmy Lynn

Head of Sports Council


Lucas Kello, PhD

Sports Council Delegate


Emanuel Medeiros

Sports Council Delegate

Chris Curtin

Sports Council Delegate

Hon. Tom McMillen

Sports Council Delegate


Shellie Pfohl

Sports Council Delegate

Pedro Pinto

Sports Council Delegate

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Global Sports Conference


September 14th, 2022

One of Washington Institute’s marquee events in 2022 will be to host a global sports conference on September 14th. 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.  

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2021 Global Sports Conference

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Introduction from Patrick Ewing, Head Coach of Georgetown Men's Basketball and Former NBA All-Star


Preparations for Qatar World Cup

Hon.James P. Moore, Jr. (moderator), Founder and CEO of the Washington Institute and H.E. Hassan Al  Thawadi (Distinguished Speaker), Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy


Sports the Unifying Force

Michele Uva (panelist), UEFA Football & Social Responsibility Director, Takayuki Hioki (panelist), Deputy Chief Ceremony Officer and Executive Producer at The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Pedro Pinto (moderator) Founder and CEO of Empower Sports 


Gender Equity Panel

Arianna Criscione (moderator), Director of Women's Football at N3XT SPORTS, Karina LeBlanc (panelist), Head of Women's Football at CONCACAF and Former Olympic Soccer Player, Sarah Oliphant Crennan (panelist), VP & Head of Content at Yahoo Sports and Thayer Lavielle (panelist), Executive Vice-President at the Collective Wasserman.


Diversity and Inclusion Panel

Danita Johnson (panelist), President of Business Operations at D.C. United, Eddie Pope (panelist), Co-Managing Director of Octagon Soccer, Andrew Parsons (panelist) President of the International Paralympic Committee and Jimmy Lynn (moderator), Professor of Sports Management at Georgetown University.


Esports Panel

Paul J. Foster (panelist), CEO of Global Esports Federation, Stefy Bau (panelist), Co-Founder and CEO at InIt Esports and Former Motocross World Champion, Hakan Ozsancak (Moderator), Executive Vice President of the Washington Institute.


The Next Frontier: Paris 2024 and United 2026

Matt Winkler (moderator), Professor and Program Director of Masters in Sports Analytics & Management at American University, Marie Barsacq  (panelist), Director of Impact and Legacy for the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Gregory A. O’Dell (panelist), President and Chief Executive Officer at Events DC and Terry Hasseltine (panelist), Executive Director of Maryland Sports.

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Fireside Chats with Sports Executives


Coming up: The Washington Institute Impact Report 2022

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Washington Institute and Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

Co-founder of the Washington Institute, Carlos Rosales, recently visited Qatar to tour the stadiums for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and learn more about Qatar's sustainability strategy, technology and infrastructure capabilities. Please check out his trip report here.

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