Nawal El Moutawakel
A former Moroccan hurdler who won the inaugural women’s 400 metres hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Nawal became the first female Muslim born on the continent of Africa to become an Olympic Champion. Nawal has previous experience working as Secretary of State to the Minister of Social Affairs, responsible for Youth and Sport (1997-1998), and then working within the Ministry of Youth and Sports (2007-2009) in Morroco. She also has held many positions related to sports administration including Vice-President of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission and Chair of the Moroccan NOC Women and Sport Commission. Nawal is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
New Zealand’s Fitzpatrick is one of the giants of international rugby holding the world record for playing in 63 consecutive Test matches and being the world’s most capped hooker. He was appointed captain of the All Blacks in 1992 and holds the record for most Test matches as an All Blacks captain. In 1997, the Governor General awarded Sean the New Zealand Order of Merit. Sean is still very much involved in rugby, he is currently an author and journalist to various international publications, as well as a pundit on Sky Sports. He is founder of the sport-to-business Leadership Company ‘Front Row Leadership’ offering consultation, leadership and motivational advice to senior global management at companies such as Microsoft, Renaissance Capital, Hewlett Packard, Nestle, General Motors, Heinz and many more. He is also the current Chair of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Guy Sanan has worked for The Richemont Group since 1998 and has reported to The Executive Chairman, Johann Rupert, since 2004. Within The Chairman’s Office, his responsibilities include overseeing various Group sponsorships, events, and CSR/Foundation platforms. For the last 15 years, he has served as a Director of the Joint Venture Board of Laureus World Sports Awards and has been a Trustee of The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (Global) since 2005. He was seconded as CEO of Laureus World Sports Awards from 2004 to 2017. In 1998 he joined the initial team, which wrote the original business plan for Laureus, negotiated the Joint Venture with Daimler, organized the inaugural Laureus Awards, and established the current Global/National Foundation Structure. Prior to this he wrote his doctoral thesis at the University of St Andrews in the Department of International Relations (on Counter Terrorism), and he subsequently worked for the Organizing Committee for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He has also advised a number of organizing and bid committees for the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and earned his MA in business management with international relations at the University of St Andrews in 1991.
Melissa Franklin Johnson
Missy is an American former competition swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medallist. She formerly held the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (long course). As a member of the U.S. national swim team, she also held the world records in the 4×100-meter medley relay (short course and long course). Franklin holds dual American and Canadian citizenship and chose to compete for the U.S. national swim team. In December 2018, she announced her retirement from the sport. During her rise to stardom surrounding the 2012 Olympics, Franklin continued to refuse prize money and endorsements so that she could maintain her amateur status to compete in college. In 2012, she accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley. Franklin announced her retirement from the sport of swimming on December 19, 2018. She is an ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation and is a principal spokesperson for the Saving Lives Is Always in Season national campaign.
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