What future for the Olympic Games?

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Date Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time 18:00 - 22:00
Speaker(s) Dr. Thomas Bach, IOC President, Olympic Champion, Fencing, Montreal 1976

Like all global organisations the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Games face constant scrutiny on sustainability. The future of the Games themselves depend on continual adaption to keep them economically, environmentally and socially relevant. IOC President Thomas Bach will tell us about the reform program – Olympic Agenda 2020 - introduced in 2013 and how it is changing the way the Games are organized to respond to a changing global landscape.

A Q&A session will follow with Pierre Ducrey, Olympic Games Associate Director and interface within the IOC for the organizing committees (OCOG) executives.

This event will be an interactive session facilitated by : 

IMD Professor Susan Goldsworthy
Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD
Olympic Finalist, Swimming, Montreal 1976

Dr. Thomas Bach is President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Champion in Fencing. Born 1953 in Würzburg, Germany, he is a lawyer by profession and has had a successful career in sport both on and off the field of play. He became Olympic champion when he won a gold medal in fencing (team foil) at the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal in 1976; on 10 September 2013 he was elected ninth President of the IOC. Thomas Bach was an athletes’ representative at the XI Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden (1981) and a founding member of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. He became an IOC member in 1991, was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in 1996 and served as an IOC Vice-President for more than 10 years. In 2006, he was named as the founding President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). Thomas Bach served in this position for seven years before becoming IOC President.

Pierre Ducrey owns a master degree in international relations and sports management and joined the IOC in 2003 from the office of Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on promotion of peace and development through Sport. Appointed Head of Sport Operations and IF relations in 2007, he joined the Olympic Games Department in 2010 when he was appointed as Head of Olympic Games Coordination. As part of the evolution of the structure of the Olympic Games Department, Pierre was promoted as Olympic Games Associate Director in 2014. In this role, he has responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the IOC in relation to the Olympic Games. 

Pr. Susan Goldsworthy OLY is Affiliate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD. A former Olympic finalist, she is co-author of award-winning books: Care to Dare and Choosing Change. Her most recent book, Where the Wild Things Were, co-authored with her daughter, speaks to biodiversity loss and what we can all do to protect what we still can in this more-than-human world. Susan has more than 20 years of corporate experience in large multinationals, where she held senior management positions. She also ran her own successful business in leadership development, executive coaching and change communications for more than a decade. She is associate director of IMD’s most senior leadership program, CLEAR (Cultivating Leadership Energy through Awareness and Reflection).



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