A newly graduated participant of the MESGO V edition have been appointed new senior position.
We are delighted to report that Robert Barczi has stepped into the role of Sports Director at the Hungarian Football Federation, after previously serving at the organisation as competition director.
He has been working as a sports manager for more than 10 years, honing his skills occupying such positions as managing director of Nyíregyháza Spartacus, as well as director and secretary-general of the regional football league of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg.
On behalf of all the MESGO community we would like to wish him the best of success in his new position.
The Asian Football Confederation has appointed Andrew Mercer – MESGO IV graduate, as Acting General Counsel and Legal Director.
Andrew began his
career at the AFC as Deputy Legal Director almost 3 years ago, after spending
many years at UEFA. He has an exceptional knowledge of sport law and significant professional experience
within the football sector.
promotion for Andrew, who will continue to
apply his outstanding legal skills to the development of Asian football.
All the MESGO
community wishes him the best of success in his new position.
days, on 16 and 17 April 2020, 21 participants of the fifth edition of the
Executive Master in Global Sport Governance (MESGO) defended their thesis
This year, the MESGO Viva Voce was organised under the most challenging circumstances due to the current health situation. Therefore, we would like to say a big thanks to all our partners for their contributions to the MESGO programme and also to congratulate the participants for having successfully completed the 18-month course and especially for their hard work and commitment shown through these difficult times.
Congratulations to the new graduates
of MESGO V: Didier Andrist, Irena Bakrevska Miloshevska, Robert Barczi,
Yashwanth Biyyala, Katarzyna Biniaszczyk, Michal Buchel, Dimitrios Davakis,
Ciska Du Plessis-Austin, Nerijus Dunauskas, Stuart Dykes, Alvaro Garcia Alaman
De La Calle, Gurvan Kervadec, Giel Kirkels, Pierre Locht, Anton Maliutin,
Jonathan Martinez, Nuno Moura, Joanna Poulton, Jovan Šurbatović, Lisa Wiederer and
The two days’
viva voce was completed with an online celebration!
In anticipation of the time
when we can all meet to celebrate in person.
Ciska Du Plessis-Austin becomes the first female President of the Federation.
Ciska presented her proposed strategy for the next four years, which will focus on seven key business and development units. The proposed strategy includes a focus on a clearer talent development pathway within a stronger-positioned sporting structure. The vision of the Cycling South Africa new president is to better align all the parties involved in the sport and create a united front.
The MESGO Team wishes Ciska every success in her new position!
After seven sessions in Europe, the MESGO team was in New York from 2 to 6 December 2019 to learn more about the North American model of sport.
Organised by Francesc
Solanellas, professor in sports management at the National Institute of
Physical Education (INEFC) and Didier Primault, general manager at the Center
for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES), this eighth session was aimed at
presenting the organisation of sport in North America from a legal, economic,
sociologic and media perspective.
Over the five-day
session, the MESGO group was hosted at key locations such as the Major League
Soccer (MLS), St John’s University, the National Football League (NFL), the
Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), the National Basketball
Association (NBA) and R/GA (International innovation consultancy).
The next and final
MESGO session will take place in Beijing (China) from 9 to 13 March 2019 and
will be dedicated to the future of sport.
It is with great
sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr Dirk-Reiner Martens on November
Dr Martens was one
of the most influential and renowned lawyers in the sports movement: and one of
the pioneers in sports law in Germany and Worldwide.
Due to his
extraordinary expertise in commercial and sports arbitration, at national and
international level, he has acted in more than 250 arbitration proceedings
relating to commercial law and to sports law either as an arbitrator, President
of the tribunal or party representative. In addition to the CAS, Dr Martens was
also listed as an arbitrator at the AAA, JAMS, CRCIA (Cairo, Egypt), FIA
(Formula 1) and ICDR.
A strong advocate
of alternative sports dispute resolution mechanisms, Dr Martens was one of the
original creators of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), which today is the
second largest sports arbitral tribunal in the world.
Dr Martens also
worked with numerous Olympic and non-Olympic Sports Federations, advising on
and implementing new systems of governance.
For MESGO, it has
been an honour and a privilege to have Dr Martens among our high-profile
speakers for each of our legal seminars. His presentations and sharing his
experience as CAS arbitrator in particular, were always highly appreciated by
the MESGO participants.
Both as a leading
sports lawyer and CAS arbitrator, but also as a constantly enthusiastic,
passionate and caring person, Dr Martens will be deeply missed. All the MESGO
team convey their sincere condolences to Mrs Martens, to Mr and Mrs Martens’
families and friends, and to Mr Martens’ colleagues at Martens Rechtsanwälte. Our
thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.
Three participants of the MESGO V edition were appointed to new senior positions.
Rea Walshe has stepped into the role of interim chief executive at the Football Association of Ireland. Rea Walshe was previously corporate affairs and licensing director at the organisation. Last month she became chief operating officer and took on overall responsibility for FAI governance. Rea Walshe previously worked at Dublin’s Greene Solicitors and at Liberty Insurance. She joined the Football Association of Ireland in May 2014 as head of legal and licensing.
The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) has announced the appointment of Joanna Poulton as its new Chair. Joanna has joined the Board of the national governing body for the British winter sports of skeleton and bobsleigh with immediate effect, with confirmation of her position as Chair expected at the upcoming Board meeting in April. Her most recent positions were as non-Executive Director with GB Snowsport (the governing body of British Skiing and Snowboarding) and the Royal Yachting Association (the governing body for British Sailing).
Ciska Austin Du Plessis was recently appointed as Vice President of Cycling South Africa. In her role as Vice President and executive board member, Ciska had been tasked to update and maintain the federation’s sporting and governance policies and to play a supportive role to the President, Executive Committee and the various Commissions. She will work closely with staff and all the board members to ensure enhanced performance in all areas by providing training and guidance.