Women and Leadership: Networking for Change-makers

Extending from the morning session on “Empowering Women: Sports and Leadership”, this working session will explore the purpose and value of networking, as well as highlight the importance of building confidence as a skill needed for maintaining effective relationships and networking.


  • Rym Abdullah Alfalasy, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Board Member of the Gender Balance Council of Abu Dhabi.
  • Emma Lax, former Head of Women's Sport and Lifestyle for CSM Sport and Entertainment

50 Years: The Evolution of the Special Olympics

On the occasion of Abu Dhabi being chosen as host-city for the 2019 Special Olympic Games, the workshop will explore how a once small-scale American summer camp sought to change perceptions of intellectual disability and sports and, in doing so, transformed itself into a global movement with over four million athletes across 170 countries.


  • Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics gold medallist and global speaker
  • Michelle Kwan, two-time Olympic medalist, five-time World and nine-time U.S. figure skating champion

Sports Photography by Getty

World-renowned photography agency, Getty Images, the Official Photography Partner of ICSW 2017, has been at the forefront of sports photography for over 22 years. The exceptional Getty sports photographer, Maddie Meyer, takes us on a journey through the art of sports photography and leads an exclusive workshop to delve into what it takes to be a world class sports photographer. With Maddie’s work continually published in major metropolitan daily newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide, including ESPN, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post, she shares with us the theoretical, practical and technical tips, needed to achieve success.


Department of Health Workshop - Modern Physical Education: From Teacher to Role-Model

With a particular focus on youth psychology, this session will consider methods for today’s educators to create an engaging and pro-active sporting environment through physical activity programs within the education sector, in order to change perceptions of health, fitness and sport amongst young people, and to encourage further participation in sports beyond higher education.


  • Alan Pascoe MBE, former President of CSM Sport and Entertainment and former Olympic Athlete
  • Apollo Perelini, former Samoan international rugby union and rugby league professional, former Director of Sports for Repton School Dubai and current UAERF High Performance Manager 

UAE Success Stories: The Secrets to Establishing a Successful Sports Business

This session celebrates Emirati sports businesses, projects and initiatives which have created a positive impact on the UAE community. The workshop will see local sporting organizations talk about their own inspirational journeys, and showcasing their influence and achievements in the region.

Disney’s Healthy Living Commitment: Inspiring Healthy Living Through Storytelling and Characters

As part of The Walt Disney Company's long-standing commitment to healthy living, Reem Maziq,  from Disney Healthy Living EMEA, will share insight into how the Company is inspiring life-long healthier behaviors in families by working with like-minded organizations to help parents and children make positive lifestyle choices. Disney believes it can use the special connection children and families have with the brand, stories and characters to have a real influence in this area. Reem will show how this is brought to life by discussing various physical activity initiatives it has developed with several sports and public health organizations across Europe.


  • Reem Maziq, Senior Manager, Healthy Living EMEA at The Walt Disney Company

Inspiring Behavioral Change: A Dual Perspective

Kate Bosomworth, Board Lead for Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign and Tricia Thompson, former Director at Sky Cycling, take to the stage to provide two perspectives on the development of successful behavioral change programs. We hear how public and private sector entities approach a worldwide inactivity issue, and how they can have a significant impact in changing public behavior towards sport and fitness, across a nation.


  • Kate Bosomworth, Board Member, Sport England and Board Lead for the ground breaking women’s campaign This Girl Can
  • Tricia Thompson, former Director of Sky Cycling, Sky TV