Academic Bridges Across Disciplines

Olympism For Humanity Alliance, Inc. (O4HA) is an academic consortium of prominent experts from premier institutions that uses Olympism to address local and international issues. We combine sport, education, and culture to support societal change and the improvement of human welfare.

O4H Alliance embraces the relationship between the ancient Olympic idea and the modern world by cultivating international collaborations, to educate youth and people of all ages through life-long learning, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.

We work with a variety of groups and individuals, from non-governmental organizations, humanitarian agencies and academics, to researchers, teachers, and universities, among others.

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Olympism For Humanity Alliance Board of Directors

Dr. Alexis Lyras:  Dr. Alexis Lyras is the founder and President of the Olympism For Humanity Alliance, Inc. and holds a faculty position at the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) the academic arm of Sport for TomorrowTokyo 2020 Games Project.

He is an International Olympic Committee scholar with the Olympic Solidarity, and has a distinguished record in the field of Applied Olympism, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development. Dr. Lyras is also a Conflict Resolution Fellow at Georgetown University’s Department of Government.

Dr. Lyras is one of only a few scholars in the field whose Olympic Values-based Education and the concept of Olympism in Society bridges theory and sport practice. Over the last 20 years Dr. Lyras have established Olympism for Humanity in Action Theory and programming (known as Sport for Development Theory, SFD Theory), the first and most widely used Applied Olympic Education interdisciplinary theory. SFDT provides sound theoretical foundations and practical recommendations that are being utilized for the design, delivery and evaluation of Olympic values-based interventions, educational programs, curriculum design, professional/vocational training, academic courses and student engagement initiatives. Lyras’s SFDT is being used by various scholars and youth humanitarian programs across the globe and was validated in various settings such as (a) inter-group conflict and peacebuilding interventions, (b) inclusion and integration of homeless youth and refugees, (b) HIV and Health Prevention interventions, (c) Gender roles and inclusion policy evaluation, (d) at risk youth non-formal education, and (e) youth and student engagement ventures. More information about his work can be found at

Mr. Lucian Wagner. Lucian has a truly global outlook with an extensive set of contacts in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently a General Partner at EuroUS Ventures LLC, Chairman & Co-founder of Launch in US Alliance, LLC and EuroUS Accelerator, Inc. and his main focus now is helping European companies gain traction in the US. In this function, he lectures frequently at events throughout Europe and the US and helps organize study trips and visits to Boston and Silicon Valley. Before joining EuroUS Ventures in 2005, he was a co-founder of several US tech business. He is a current and past member of the Board of several European ICT companies and advises them on Marketing, Financing and General Strategy issues. Previously, Lucian spent more than 20 years in the semiconductor equipment industry, holding a series of positions in Sales and Marketing, based out of Switzerland and then Boston, MA. Lucian was born in Germany, educated in the French school system, and went on to earn a B.Sc. in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (with a minor in Russian) and an MBA from INSEAD in 1981. He met Dr. Lyras at a Georgetown Alumni event in late 2013 and attended the O4H Praxis Summit in 2014 in Olympia. Since that time, he has been actively involved in growing the O4H Alliance.

Dr. Laurence Chalip: Dr. Laurence Chalip is the Brightbill/Sapora Professor at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where he serves as Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. He earned his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the University of Chicago. Prior to taking his current position, he served as Professor and Coordinator of the Sport Management Program at the University of Texas (Austin). He has been a visiting faculty member at universities in Australia, China, Korea, New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela. He has co-authored or co-edited three books, four monographs, over a dozen book chapters, and over one hundred peer reviewed articles. He was the founding Editor of Sport Management Review, and also served as Editor for Journal of Sport Management. He is an Associate Editor for Journal of Sport & Tourism, as well as North American Editor for the International Journal of Event and Festival Management. He serves on the Editorial Boards of nine other scholarly journals. In addition to research, he consults widely to industry. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management, from which he has also won the Earle F. Zeigler Award, which is their highest award for scholarly contribution to the field. He was a founding board member of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand, and has also won their Distinguished Service Award. In 2000, he was named to the International Chair of Olympism by the International Olympic Committee and the Centre for Olympic Studies.

Olympism For Humanity Alliance Advisory Board  Members and Mentors

Dr. John Sugden: John Sugden, Ph.D. is an emeritus professor of the sociology of sport at the University of Brighton. He established the University of Brighton’s pioneering undergraduate program in sport journalism, and he is co-founder and director of Football 4 Peace International, a multi-dimensional research, education, and social engagement platform at the University of Brighton that uses sport to promote peaceful coexistence. An award-winning author, Dr. Sugden has researched, taught, and written extensively in the area of sport and peace-building in divided societies and is widely considered to be one of the subject area’s founding figures and leading authorities. His most recent book, Sport and Peace-Building in Divided Societies: Playing with the Enemy, was published in 2017. He is also very well-known for his work on the sociology of boxing. His book, Boxing and Society: An International Analysis, is based on the research he undertook while pursuing his Ph.D. in the sociology of sport at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Sugden is also acclaimed for his critical investigative work on FIFA, which helped uncover the corrupt regime of Sepp Blatter, the organization’s former president. He is co-author of Football, Corruption and Lies: Revisiting ‘Badfellas,’ a book FIFA tried to ban. “I draw from my own extensive portfolio of research and fieldwork to animate my teaching and, in so doing, inspire my students to draw upon their own experiences and bring them into the classroom to contribute to lively, evidence-based debates with fellow students.

Dr. Andrew Yiannakis: Andrew Yiannakis is Research Professor in the Sport Administration Program and an Adjunct Professor (part time) in Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining UNM he served as Director of the Laboratory for Leisure, Tourism & Sport at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Clemson International Institute for Tourism Research & Development at Clemson University, South Carolina. His research areas include the effects of sports and exercise on socio-psychological growth and development, statistical forecasting in sport,  the ancient Olympic Games, international tourism, and travel and exploration in the ancient world. His work has appeared in publications including the Sociology of Sport Journal, the Annals of Tourism Research, the Journal of Sport Management and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. He is also senior editor of Applied Sociology of Sport and Contemporary Issues in Sociology of Sport.  Currently, he is working on a history of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and on a paper about the Leonidas Expeditions to Thermopylae.  Prof. Yiannakis has taught courses on the Ancient Olympic Games and in 2004 led a guided tour to Olympia, Athens, Delphi, Corinth, Sparta and Rhodes. Prof. Yiannakis is the senior founder and 1st president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and a recipient of the society’s 2002 NASSS Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Tassos C. Kyriakides (Ph.D., Yale University, 1999): Tassos is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist/Biostatistician. Born and raised in Cyprus, he received a Fulbright Scholarship and completed his B.Sc in Biochemistry at UCLA in 1993. He has worked as a biostatistician on numerous national and international medical research projects. He is a statistical consultant/analyst on numerous research protocols, has served on US and Canadian scientific evaluation committees and is a statistical reviewer for the Lancet Infectious Diseases. He is an Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine (Internal Medicine-AIDS Program) and Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (Yale School of Public Health); he is also a Biostatistician at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Cooperative Studies Program, West Haven. His primary research focus is in the area of infectious diseases with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS and its prevention and treatment. He also has an interest in the history of medicine, social determinants of health and the socio-cultural dimension of the benefits of Greek/Mediterranean nutrition. He is a fellow at Saybrook College, Yale University.

Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas: Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas is co-founder and Executive Director of CARDET – Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (, a non-profit research and development centre based in Cyprus with partners around the world. He is also Associate Professor of Learning Technologies and Innovation and Associate Dean for elearning at the University of Nicosia. He held positions at academic institutions and research and development centers including Western Illinois University, Arizona State University, Satellite Education Network, and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies, in Illinois. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Council for Educational Media, an UNESCO affiliated organization, focusing on Educational Media design, distribution, standardization, and use. A former school teacher and Fulbright scholar, he holds a Bachelors in Photography and Film, an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications and a PhD from Arizona State University in Educational Media and Computers with emphasis on instructional design and evaluation for e-learning. He has received grants to design, develop, implement, and evaluate research and development projects from major funding agencies and corporations including the National Science Foundation, USAID, Europe Aid, European Solidarity Funds, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, United Nations, Microsoft, the US Department of Education, and the European Commission. He has developed and evaluated innovative social justice project, technology projects and e-learning initiatives for various contexts and has consulted with private companies, and Ministries and Departments of Education in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has published 6 books and more than 100 articles in international journals and edited volumes. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Educational Media International, and on the editorial board of journals like Quarterly Review of Distance Education and International Journal of Learning Technologies. A well-known speaker, he has presented more than 200 papers at national and international events. (

Dr. Evangelos Albanidis, Associate Professor, Democritus University of Thrace, Teaching Sports History in ancient times, History of modern Olympic Games, as well as Philosophy and Sociology of Sports in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of Democritus University of Thrace. Teaching also Sports History in Greek antiquity in the International Post Graduate program of the University of Peloponnese and the International Olympic Academy.  He is the President of the European Committee of the History of Sports and co-editor of the Journal “European Studies for Sports History”.  He was one of the main educators in the implementation of Olympic Education in Greece (2001-2006) and co- author in the relevant book for the Primary and Secondary schools. He has published 30 papers in international and 36 articles in national scientific journals. He has also published two books on the history of sport in Greek language.  His main focus of research is the athletics in Greek antiquity as well as the political and cultural dimension of modern Olympic Games.  More specifically he focused on the study of history of sports in northern areas of Greece such as Macedonia, Thrace, Black Sea as well as in the ancient iso-Olympic Games which were held in places apart from Olympia in Peloponnese.  Furthermore, he also studied the social origin of ancient Olympic victors and the coexistence of “barbarians” and Greeks in ancient Greek Gymnasium and in the Pan-Hellenic sacred Games.

Pratik Kumar: PRATIK KUMAR has a career spanning over two and a half decades in the UN, International NGOs, Indian Government and the private sector. In September 2016 he moved on from his role as the Executive Director at Magic Bus Global after seven years with the organisation to pursue his passion in the social sector as an independent consultant. He was responsible for taking the Magic Bus Sport for Development and Peace program across four countries and Asia and two in Africa. Earlier he was the CEO of Magic Bus India Foundation and responsible for scaling the organisation from a small programme in Mumbai to 23 states in India, reaching out to 400000 children and youth. A substantial part of his career was spent as a civil servant with the Indian government. This was followed by a three year stint in the United Nations handling programmes across six South Asian Countries. He has worked very closely with bilateral donors, UN agencies, international NGOs, corporate industry and foundations, print and electronic media. He has vast experience of programme management, leadership development, change management, setting up systems and processes for large scale delivery, M&E, etc. He has developed policies and led advocacy efforts on various issues and has extensive experience in the areas of Sport for Development, Education, Health, Gender, Nutrition, Water & Sanitation, Youth Development and Livelihood. He firmly believe that sports has the power to change the world and intends to dedicate himself to contribute to this space. He has B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and from the 1992 batch of the Indian Civil Services.

Dr. Kyriaki Ouatzi. Dr Oudatzi has studied architecture at the Department of Architecture, School of Polytechnics, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She had her Master of Science in Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven (Belgium) and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Democritus University of Thrace, both in the field of “Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Monuments” and rated in great distinction. Since 2004, she teaches as an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the area of ”Architectural Design and Architectural Technology”. She has served as Scientific and Technical Consultant at the Municipality of Kozani, at the University of Macedonia, at the Sports Museum of Thessaloniki, at the Prefecture of Central Macedonia in N. Greece, at the Cultural Centre of Adjusted Sports and at the Thessaloniki Port Authority. She was the Project Manager of the new building of „‟Sports Museum‟‟ – Olympic Project built for the Olympic Games “Athens 2004”, Consultant and Project Manager of the „‟Centre of Culture and Special Athletics‟‟ – Project for the ParaOlympic Games “Athens 2004”. She has participated in architectural best projects exhibitions (4th & 5th exhibition of significantly Architectural Projects, 6th BIENNALE of Young Greek Architects) in national and international conferences with papers and as invited speaker, as well as adjudicator in architectural competitions. Finally, she has taken part in international conferences, symposiums and architectural exhibitions, she has published books, concerning sports and she has writing articles in proceedings, architectural and technical issues. Since 2005, she is the director of the Thessaloniki Olympic museum and a foundation member of the worldwide Olympic Museums Network, located in the Headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, in Lausanne.

Barbara M. Burns, Ph.D. Santa Clara University, Santa, Clara, CA  USA. Barbara M. Burns is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Liberal Studies (PreTeaching and Child Studies) from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Burns has a passion to promote family resilience and increase school readiness especially in children from families experiencing poverty and extreme stress.  Burns’s research has been focused on children’s risk and resilience and the complex relations among child temperament, attention skills and motivation. Her research has shown that family factors, such as parent-child interactions, maternal temperament and mental health, impact young children’s attention and self-control skills related to school readiness. Burns’s research has underscored the need for effective science-based early intervention in at-risk families. Specifically, she has suggested that effective resilience-strengthening programs should focus on strengthening children’s attention skills and executive functioning, parents-child attachment, and skills to manage child and family stress. Together with a large team of students and colleagues, Burns has established the Resilient Families Project, a series of 6 workshops for high-risk families which focus on increasing young children’s resilience through mindful parenting.  The Resilient Families project has been tested across years of previous work with families experiencing homelessness at the Wayside Christian Mission at Hotel Louisville in Louisville, KY USA, and with orphanage staff at the Hope Mission Orphanage in Botswana, Africa. Dr. Burns and her team appreciate the opportunity to share our resilience-strengthening intervention with faculty and students at Olympism4Humanity.

Wolfgang Dietrich: Wolfgang Dietrich holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck/Austria and he is program director of the MA Program for Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation at the same University. He is member of the Austrian UNESCO Commission and visiting professor at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Vienna, at the Centre for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Castellón/Spain and at the United Nation’s Peace University in Ciudad Colón/Costa Rica. Born in Innsbruck in 1956 and Austrian citizen, Wolfgang Dietrich was educated in Austria and England, received a Ph.D. in history and literature at the University of Innsbruck in 1980 and a D.S.J. at the same University in 1984. In 1990 he was promoted to the degree of “Universitätsdozent” in Political Science according to the Austrian Law of Higher Education (UOG). Wolfgang Dietrich has spent most of the eighties in Central America. He was president of the Austrian section of amnesty international from 1989 to 1991. In the nineties he did field research in Latin America and the Caribbean, India, Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia. He was director of the European Peace University from 1995 to 1998 and academic director of the Austrian Institute for Latin America from 1995 to 2007. He speaks, writes and reads German, English and Spanish. He understands some French, Italian and Maya-Kakchiqel. He has taught in departments for political science, history and law at universities in Europe, USA, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Dr. B. Christine Green is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois, USA, where she directs the Sport&Development Lab. The main focus of her research is sport and development.  She brings expertise in marketing, program design and evaluation, volunteer recruitment and retention, positive youth development, and the use of sport and recreation for community development through her research, consulting, community engagement, and mentoring activities. She is currently the President of the North American Society for Sport Management, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Sport Management and the Journal of Sport & Tourism.  Her research has been published widely, and she speaks at conferences throughout the world. Her recent work explores the effects of context on development through sport.

Ms. Jay Mafukidze: Jay has a strong background in international development through sport. She has lived and worked in a variety of countries with her main focus being Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.  She has extensive field experience in the area of sport and development and combined her practical experience and academic background to design the world’s first undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sport for Development. She has designed curriculum for, and taught at, universities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.  Jay is currently teaching at the University Regina in Canada, and completing her PhD entitled An Interpretive-Theoretical Model for Development through Sport in Sub-Saharan Africa.  She continues to work with partners around the globe designing alternative systems of education for sport for development that combine theory and practice.

Mr. Gary Bernstein: Gary Bernstein: In his 30 years of outstanding professional service to the nonprofit sector, Gary Bernstein has earned an impressive reputation for leadership and management. He is an O4H Charter leader and mentor. His current activities in the social service sector include his role as President and consultant of Bernstein Group & Associates, LLC assisting a number of nonprofit agencies nationwide. Gary’s many skills encompass executive management and consulting, strategic planning, Board, volunteer and donor development, capital fundraising, and event management. Mr. Bernstein currently serves on the faculty at the University of Louisville. His many duties include teaching and advising, and functions as the department’s executive director of community engagement and alumni relations while working with the community in creating partnerships and collaborative efforts. Mr. Bernstein has a textbook with Sagamore Publishers in press titled, Advanced Sports Marketing.

Dr. Fathali M. MoghaddamFathali M. Moghaddam is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the director of the Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Government at Georgetown University. Dr. Moghaddam was born in Iran, educated from an early age in England, and worked for the United Nations and for McGill University before joining Georgetown University in 1990. He returned to Iran in the spring of revolution in 1979 and was researching there during the hostage-taking crisis and the early years of the Iran–Iraq War. He has conducted experimental and field research in numerous cultural contexts and published extensively on radicalization, intergroup conflict, human rights and duties, and the psychology of globalization. His most recent books include The Psychology of Dictatorship (2013), Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations (2008); How Globalization Spurs Terrorism (2008); The New Global Insecurity (2010); Words of Conflict, Words of War (2010, with Rom Harré); and Psychology for the Third Millennium (2012, with Rom Harré). Dr. Moghaddam is the next editor of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, and he has received a number of recognitions for his scholarly contributions, the most recent being the Outstanding International Psychologist Award for 2012 from the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology.More about his research can be found on his website:

Dr. Craig Zelizer: Dr. Zelizer is the Associate Director of the MA in Conflict Resolution within the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include working with youth from violent conflict regions, civil society development and capacity building in transitional societies, program evaluation and design, conflict sensitivity and conflict mainstreaming, the connection between trauma and conflict, the role of the private sector in peacebuilding, and arts and peacebuilding. He has published several articles, and co-edited the book Building Peace, Practical Reflections from the Field (Kumarian Press, 2009). His most recent publication is an edited volume Integrated Peacebuilding: Innovative Approaches to Transforming Conflict (Westview Press, 2013). Dr. Zelizer is also the founder of the Peace and Collaborative Network ( the leading online platform connecting over 30,000 peacebuilders and organizations worldwide. PCDN. He was one of the co-founders and a senior partner in the Alliance for Conflict Transformation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to building peace through innovative research and practice. He has worked for or served as a consultant with many leading development and peacebuilding organizations including the United States Institute of Peace, Rotary International, and USAID. He has received a number of fellowships and awards, including serving as a Fulbright Junior Scholar in Hungary for two years and as a National Security Education Program Fellow in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the African Peace and Conflict Journal, Journal of Conflictology and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several organizations including: Masterpeace, TechChange, International Peace and Security Institute, The Amani Institute, and Move this World.

Olympism For Humanity Allies & Supporters in Alphabetical Order

Vaggelis Alexandrakis: Vagelis is a sports lawyer, working with the European Lotteries Association in Lausanne, Switzerland since 2012.  Upholding the principles of Olympism as his way of life and holding the conviction that sport can make this world a better place, Vaggelis always enjoys offering his services for the promotion and the dissemination of the Olympic values.

Dr. Jeffrey Pratt Beedy: Dr. Beedy is a global leader in the field of sport-based teaching and learning. Jeff has committed his life to understanding how children learn and develop and how to create learning environments where people are known, needed, cared for, and have an opportunity to shape their environments. After skiing professionally and playing in rock bands, Jeff found success teaching and coaching at a small boarding school in New England. Jeff’s success with teaching adolescents led him to Harvard University where he studied with moral psychologists Carol Gilligan, Lawrence Kohlberg, Robert Selman, and taught with Pulitzer prize winner Dr. Robert Coles. Dr. Beedy’s research at Harvard on Understanding the Interpersonal world of Youth Sports was pioneering and helped shape the current field of sport-based teaching and learning. Jeff’s original thesis was groundbreaking and it charted the cartography of a new domain – the domain of sports as moral pedagogy, built on a foundation of research and experience. In 2000, Dr. Beedy teamed up with youth sport pioneers Brenda Bredemeier and David Shields and conducted an ethnographic study of the role of competition in building character in elite basketball players in a New England Basketball team. In 2003, Dr. Beedy conducted groundbreaking research on the impact of sports on children’s development. The research resulted in the creation of a new domain, sport-based learning and a new book Sports PLUS: The New Science of Sport-based Teaching and Learning. Jeff’s PLUS Method is used throughout the world including the Olympic Doves project that seeks to establish peace between the Greek and Turkish children on the island of Cyprus. In 2006, Jeff teamed with Harvard’s Programs in Afterschool Education and Research (PEAR) to analyze the best practices of after-school youth development programs resulting in the shaping the field of sport-based youth development. In 2010, Jeff became the founding headmaster of the Korea International School on Jeju Island, which is a part of Korea’s 2 billion dollar Global Education City. Along with his wife Karyn, Jeff recruited 50 faculty from around the globe, enrolled 370 students, and created the Total Human Development Approach to Global Education. Jeff implemented both the PLUS Global and Learn to Lead Service program in Cambodia, Thailand, China, and South Korea.

Karyn Szahun Beedy: Professional musician, educator, founder of Music PLUS, and co-founder of PLUS Global, Karyn and her husband Jeff have launched PLUS programs at schools around the world, from New Orleans to South Korea, and many schools in between. Karyn has performed musically around the world with musicians such as Jimmy Buffet, Eek-a-Mouse, Peter Yarrow, and many more. She is also a certified English as a Second Language specialist. “As an educator, I believe that all students should have the opportunity to follow their passion, and through that, to learn the skills that will allow them to reach their potential.”Music PLUS uses the Total Human Development Approach to Global Education by encompassing all aspects of playing music through two key objectives. The first key objective is to teach life skills through working together, with respect and compassion, to accomplish personal and group goals. The second key objective is to develop, through this process, the students’ ability to grow and to lead through communication. While working with grades 1-8 in South Korea, Karyn was able to integrate Music PLUS with ESL to accomplish her student’s goals. In New Orleans, after hurricane Katrina, Karyn’s high school students were able to bring Music PLUS into other schools in the area using music as the medium to address and help with social skills such as listening, self-expression, concentration, and trust.

Serena Borsani: Serena Borsani, a former triathlete, is the founder with Matteo Sametti, and President of the organization Sport2build which aim is to utilize sport as educational tool. She earned her Master degree in Economics from the University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy, and her Master of Art in Human Rights and Conflict Management from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. She developed international experience in using sport as a tool for social change in different contexts: in Kenya to speed up the process of reconciliation and in Zambia to give a contribution in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, always following a community participatory approach.  She collaborates with International University of Monaco, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa (Italy) and Open University of Catalonia (Spain) delivering Sport for development and peace lectures.

Dikaia Chatziefstathiou: Dikaia Chatziefstathiou is a Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Analysis of Sport at the Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure and a member of the Centre of Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR) in Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is an expert in Olympic Studies and her work on the ideology of Olympism and values has been widely published and cited in peer-reviewed academic journals nationally and internationally. She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin’s writings and speeches. She acts as an International Research Expert for the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research at Loughborough University, UK and is a Member of the Executive Board of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. She was the Guest Editor for the Special Olympic Issue of the European Sport Management Quarterly (jointly with Professor Ian Henry). She is the author of the book ‘Discourses of Olympism: From the Sorbonne 1894 to London 2012’ published by Palgrave (2012, also jointly with Professor Ian Henry).

Dr. Simon M. Pack. Simon is an adjunct professor for several universities across the United States and teaches seminars to professionals around the world on topics related to sport management. His emphasis is on the programmatic, logistical and operational aspects of sport management. Simon has worked in both the public and private sectors spending several years in collegiate athletic administration in the United States and in government and municipal sport departments in Israel. He has been instrumental in helping to development sport associations in Israel including the Israel Curling Federation for which he current serves as the Secretary General. After starting a non-profit of his own called Blue, White, and Gold he works to promote sport for development programs in Israel by assisting athletes, funding programs, and working with the under-served Jewish and Arab populations. These programs have received funding from both domestic and international agencies, governmental agencies, and private/corporate sponsors. Simon also designs corporate and employee wellness programs. In this capacity he has advised universities, corporations, and small businesses on implementing bike share programs to improve employee health, increase productivity and morale, and decrease absenteeism.

Constantine Psimopoulos. Constantine Psimopoulos or Professor ‘Ψ’ Psi as his students call him is a dual citizen (Greece & USA). Psimopoulos is the Olympism4Humanity Alliance MA chapter coordinator and serves as the President-elect of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). His day job is within Harvard Athletics, where he directs fitness at the Hemenway Gymnasium, which is at the Law School campus and teaches classes for the Harvard community. He is also affiliated with the Prevention Research Center for Physical Activity policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Coming from an academic background (PhD studies and research at OSU and Democritus) and having taught as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Physical Education, and Sport Science in Ohio, NY and then MIT respectively, Constantine or Coach ‘Ψ’ Psi as his athletes know him, has travelled the equivalent to 5 times the earth’s circumference on his bicycle as a former Olympic level cycling champion.

Dr. Guy Smoot, Harvard Ph.D. (2015). Dr. Smoot is currently a Lecturer in the History Department at Northeastern University. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to an American father and French mother. An ex Mormon who grew up in a bilingual environment, his childhood religion first influenced his interest in genealogy: from the origin of people, Guy became interested in the origin of language and the origin of cultures. This has led Guy to pursue a Master’s in Classics at Rutgers University and a PhD in Comparative Literature at Harvard. Guy has developed a keen interest in ancient Greek epic: he has just completed his doctoral dissertation on ethnicity and ancestry in Homer’s Iliad. One of Guy’s original and innovative arguments is that the historical background of the Trojan War, combined with linguistic and historiographical evidence, suggest that we should re-define and broaden the formative origins of Hellenism and the rise of Greek identity in the early Archaic Greek period: Guy argues that the early Phrygians (think of King Midas and the golden touch), the early Macedonians and even elements among the early Armenians should also be included in a broader proto-Greek family, which Guy refers to as ‘Hellanic’ and that a systematic, comparative analysis of their respective languages and cultures can improve one’s understanding of the origins of Hellenism, including, surprisingly the origins of the Olympic Games.

Professor Bruno Roberto Padovano is an architect and urban designer and a professor in these fields in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lives since 1969. He holds his professional degree from USP – University of Sao Paulo’s Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (1973), two Master’s degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design (1975 and 1977) and a Ph.D from USP (1987), where he is currently Associate Professor, teaching at this school from 1978 onwards, being a candidate for the Full Professorship Title in 2014. Academically, he is the Scientific Coordinator at NUTAU/USP – Nucleus of Reseach in Technology of Architecture and Urbanism from the same university, having begun his coordination in 2007. He is currently organizing the 10th International Seminar NUTAU 2014 on “Megaevents and Sustainability: Technological legacies in Architecture, Urbanism and Design. Since 2008 he has coordinated joint research program with LERI – London East Research Institute at UEL – University of East London in the field of legacies of Megaevents and is currently coordinating publications on the urban regeneration legacies of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the participation of urban design specialists from the 12 host cities.He was recently a particupant of the panel on “The role of Sports in Urban Regeneration” at Doha’s Goals Forum (2013). Institutionally he was director of the Brazilian Institute of Architects, São Paulo’s Department and National Direction, the AsBEA – Association of Brazilian Offices, and is the creator and founder of the Institute for Advanced Design IDEA in Sao Paulo, in 1992, having directed the Institute from its inception to 2006. He was the Cultural Curator of the 8th International Biannual of Sao Paulo, in 2009. Professionally he has designed several sport facilities,such as those of SESC – Social Service of Commerce’s Sport and Cultural Center in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro 1985-1993), and UNIFIEO University Campus in Osasco (1989 onwards), both in Brazil. He has won eleven national architectural and urban design competitions in Brazil and received twenty other prizes, honorable mentions and awards, such as the Gold Prize from IDSA – Industrial Design Society of America, in 2010. Prof. Padovano has also published extensively, being one of the authors of the book “Sao Paulo: em busca da sustentabilidade” (Sao Paulo: in serach of sustainability)  published in 2012, and two new books to be launched in 2014, on his design experiences in China, “Arquitetura e Globalização” (Architecture and Globalization) and a critical vision of contemporary urbanization, “Além da Cidade Tricolor” (Beyond the three-coloured city).

 Dr. Charis Psaltis: Charis Psaltis was born in Cyprus. He is an Assistant Professor of Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cyprus. He studied at the Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus (Teacher’s Diploma, 1993), at the University of Cyprus (Degree in Primary Education, 1999), and at Panteion University, Athens (Degree in Psychology, 2000). He followed graduate studies at the University of Cambridge (MPhil, 2001 and PhD, 2005, in Social and Developmental Psychology). He also worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at the Oxford Center for the Study of Intergroup Conflict, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. His research interests fall in the areas of Social interaction, learning and cognitive development, co-operative learning, Genetic social psychology, social representations of gender, intergroup contact and intergroup relations, intercultural education and integrated schools, development of national identities and history teaching and collective memory. He published papers in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Culture & Psychology, Papers on Social Representations and Human Development. In 2014 he was invited and joined the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology. He is a founding member and president of the Cyprus Association of Social Psychology. He is also a founding member and served as research director from 2003 to 2011 of the Intercommunal NGO Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus.  He is, finally, a founding member of the Home for Co-operation on the UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Claudia Solanes: Claudia Solanes is currently the coordinator of the Master in Sport for Social Coexistence and Conflict Resolution that the UNESCO- UOC Chair is offering online through the Open University of Catalonia UOC. The Chair provides procedures, attitudes and skills so that students can analyse and apply the possibilities for using sport as a tool for educational intervention and transmission of values in contexts with low levels of social coexistence and high levels of conflict. Claudia did attend the Law and the Human Science University and after working in journalism and consulting, she decided to take a Master in International Relations and Cooperation and discovered her passion for sports for development and peace.

Dr. Jimoh Shehu: Professor Shehu teaches Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Botswana, where he has worked since 2004. He has been Head of Department since 2008. He received his B.Ed. from Ahmadu Bello University in 1988, and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Benin in 1990 and 1997 respectively. He has previously worked at the University of Benin, Kenyatta University, University of Dar es Salaam, and Centre for Advanced Social Science in Port Harcourt. His research interests are in physical education and sport pedagogy as well as sociology of sport and development. He has authored/co-authored over fifty papers in scholarly journals. He is editor of Gender, Sport and Development in Africa (CODESRIA, 2010).

Mr. Dimitri Kyriakides, M.Sc. Mr. Kyriakides was born in Greece in 1944, the son of marathoner and national hero Stylianos Kyriakides, who represented Greece in the international sports arena between 1933 and 1948. Mr. Kyriakides has a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland. He is a Goodwill Ambassador of the city of Marathon, and represents the city’s mayor in a multitude of events around the world. Mr. Kyriakides has created and assisted with memorials, exhibits, and literature about his father, including his book “Running With Phidippides”(2007); statues of Stylianos in Pafos, Marathon and Boston; exhibits about the marathoner at the Boston Athletic Museum, Deree College in Athens, the Marine Club in Piraeus, and Anatolia College in Salonika; and NBC’s 2004 Emmy Award-winning documentary “Stylianos Kyriakides: Journey of a Warrior” which aired during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Mr. Kyriakides’ partnership with former Marathon Mayor Spyros Zagaris helped form the Marathon Museum, to which Mr. Kyriakides loaned many of his father’s marathon memorabilia; the establishment of the Marathon Flame, which represents freedom, democracy, equality, peace among all peoples, good will, and fair competition; the 2500th anniversary celebrations of the first marathon; and the twin city relationships of Marathon with Hopkinton, MA and Siamen, China.

Dr. Jon Welty Peachey: Jon Welty Peachey (PhD, The University of Connecticut) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. His research centers upon sport for development and social change, particularly examining inclusive leadership strategies, program design modalities, and program impact, for the purpose of designing and implementing sport programs and services that can be most beneficial to all stakeholders and society. He has over 12 years of experience working in the international sport sector and in sport for development, including serving as Vice President of International Operations with the Institute for International Sport, a world-wide non-profit organization using sport to effect positive social change. Dr. Welty Peachey is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on sport for development, leadership, and change, as well as nine book chapters on sport for social change, development, and leadership. He serves on the editorial board of Sport Management Education Journal and Event Management Journal, and has given over 85 presentations at academic and practitioner based conferences, symposiums, and workshops around the world.

Robert White is the Founder of PR Matters and Fight Spin, a nonprofit activist group launched in December 2015. He has worked in PR and communications for over 20 years, working with a variety of organizations, from global brands to startups and nonprofits. He advises Olympism For Humanity Alliance, Inc. on its communications and content. Robert is committed to PR as the process of helping organizations and individuals to manage, protect and grow their reputations through building credible relationships with those that matters most to them. Such relationships must be predicated on integrity, transparency and compelling, evidence-based content. Robert cares deeply about ethical communications and is a member – and abides by the codes of conduct – of the UK professional associations, the National Union of Journalists and the Public Relations Consultants Association.

Dr. Gregor Wolbring: Dr Wolbring is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Medicine, Community Health Sciences, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Further titles of Dr. Wolbring include a fellow with the Institute for Science, Policy and Society at the University of Ottawa, Canada; an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Critical Disability Studies, York University, Canada; a part time Professor Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada; and the founding member and affiliated scholar with the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, USA. Dr. Wolbring is also the past president of Canadian Disability Studies Association and member of the board of the Society for Disability Studies (USA). His interests are ability governance, Social, ethical, legal, economic, cultural and governance issues of new, emerging and converging sciences and technologies (S&T) such as nanoscale S&T, molecular manufacturing, aging, longevity and immortality research, cognitive sciences, neuromorphic engineering, genetics, synthetic biology, bodily enhancement S&T, in vitro meat, artificial intelligence and robotics;  Impact of S&T on: marginalized populations especially disabled people, Sports; human security, human right, personhood, concept of  disability impairment, ableism, rehabilitation and models and determinants of health; global health, tele-health, health- (technology assessment, law, care and policies);  medical anthropology; history and foresight studies, bioethics issues, biochemistry, role of different stakeholders and evaluation of existing S&T discourses, professional identity, energy and water ethics.

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