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The Challenges for International Sports in a Changing World by former International Olympic Committee Director François Carrard


May 31 OF 2018 from 06:45 PM to 09:15 PM

The ESADE Alumni Lausanne Chapter would like to invite you to their next event in Lausanne, a talk by former director of the International Olympic Committee, top sports lawyer and arbitrator, François Carrard: The Challenges facing International Sports in a Changing World.

As a former director of the International Olympic Committee, top sports lawyer and arbitrator François Carrard knows the world of sport better than most. On May 31st he will share with all the attendees his views about the last 50 years and the future 50 years of international sport. This event is part of Executives International (EI)’s Golden Jubilee celebration to which ESADE Alumni are invited to participate thanks to the ESADE Alumni Lausanne Chapter-EI's exclusive collaboration agreement.

Mr Carrard will ask some fundamental questions about what a sport entails (and does not) and what this means for players, spectators, sponsors, managers and regulators. He will consider the rise of elite sport and the impact on the grassroots of sport. He will reflect on the future of the Olympics and the considerable investments involved in staging this event. The threat posed by drugs, the politicization of sport, the role of big sponsors, the importance of broadcasting and much more will be covered in a wide-ranging and potentially thought-provoking presentation. Above all, he will help us make sense of the many challenges - social, scientific, political and financial - that face the world of international sport and will highlight the implications and opportunities for all of us today.




Registration and aperitif: 18:45
Buffet cocktail: 19:15
Presentation and Q&A: 20:00
Coffee and networking: 21:15



Members: €43 euros (50 CHF)
Guest members: €43 (50 CHF)
Non members: €69 (80 CHF)




Francois Carrard

Francois Carrard earned a PhD in Law from the University of Lausanne. He spent two years at a law firm in Stockholm before being admitted to the bar in 1967, when he joined the firm of Carrard & Associés, which was subsequently transformed and enlarged to become Kellerhals and Carrard, a law firm with offices in Bern, Basel, Zurich, Lausanne, Lugano and Sion.

He specialized in sports law and was the director general of the International Olympic Committee from 1989 to 2003. He is currently involved on a regular basis in international arbitration proceedings, amongst others, before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and several chambers of commerce.

François Carrard is a board member and chairman of several companies in Switzerland and elsewhere, particularly the Beau-Rivage Palace (chairman), Compagnie Financière Tradition (deputy chairman), Banque Landolt & Cie S.A (deputy chairman), Olympic Broadcasting Services, IOC Television and Marketing Services, Tupperware Suisse S.A. and the Fondation Montreux Jazz Festival (chairman). He is also a member of the International Bar Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats and the Swiss Arbitration Association.


We look forward to seeing you there!

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