(WFI) World Football INSIDER rounds up the latest news on upcoming football business conferences.

Soccerex Confirms 2013 African Forum

The Forum will run on October 1st-2nd, in Durban South Africa. The forum brings the leading decision-makers in African football together with businesses from across the continent and the world for “two days of unrivalled learning, networking and business opportunities with the aim of building football’s legacy in Africa”.

The African Forum joins the European Forum, the Lagos Seminar, and the Global Convention to complete Soccerex’s 2013 program.

For more information on the African Forum, click here.

The European Forum will take place in Manchester on April 10-11.

New to the speaker line-up this week are Scotland coach Gordon Strachan and Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan. They will take part in a session discussing the Scottish FA’s modernisation plans and outline their vision for the future, relating to the recently published strategic plan, Scotland United.

Roy Hodgson, Bryan Robson and Kevin Keegan will speak at the special “Three Lions Panel,” at Soccerex’s European Forum.
The panel will discuss English Football, past and present in honour of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Football Association.

To find out more about the European Forum click here, or contact +44 (0)208 742 7100.

The 2nd annual Lagos Seminar will take place on July 11-12th, with the focus on promoting the growth of football in West Africa. 750 “key global industry stakeholders” will be in attendance to discuss “football’s most lucrative emerging market.”

Information on the Seminar will be posted shortly here.

Soccerex’s Global Convention will take place on November 23rd-27th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The convention will feature over 4,500 of football’s “most senior decision makers,” and “will be the culmination of four years of business development ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.”

To register for Soccerex’s Global Convention click here, or call +44 (0)208 987 5522 for more information.

Securing Sport 2013

Media Accreditation for the 2013 Securing Sport Conference in Doha, Qatar is now open.

The conference will take place on March 18-19, with this year’s theme being “Advancing the security and integrity of sport to safeguard the future.”

Confirmed speakers include: Denis Oswald, President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, Bill Bock, General Counsel, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord, and more.

Topics for discussion at the 2013 conference include:

• Should Police Always Lead Sports Investigations?
• Is Sport Protecting its Elite at the Expense of its Integrity?
• The Role of Sport – Advancing the International Community to Safeguard the Future
• How Much is Your Security Worth?

Click here for information on media accreditation, and here for conference info.

SportAccord Convention

New Speakers have been added to the 2013 SportAccord Convention in St. Petersburg Russia.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games CEO David Grevemberg and Vasily Kiknadze, the CEO of Russia’s ANO Sports Broadcasting are now confirmed to speak at the event.

Grevemberg and Kiknadze will join Andrew Zimbalist, Mihir Bose, Don Shumacher, and Dr. Beatriz Garcia as the newest speakers for the Convention.

Click here for registration details.

Leaders Sport Summit

The date and venue for the Leaders Sport Summit, which includes Leaders in Football, are Oct. 8-10 at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.

It’s expected around 1,800 delegates will take part in this year’s five-conference frenzy, with more than half of travelling from outside the U.K.

“Leaders in Football” is the topic of one of the five conferences that will run during the summit.

“After an extensive consultation period with all delegates, we are delighted to confirm a three-day program for the Leaders Sports Summit from 8-10 October in 2013,” said James Worrall, CEO.

“It will enable us to incorporate even more content into the program and thereby provide additional value for delegates while also ensuring people have the time to attend what is important to them. We have also identified a number of exciting changes to keep Leaders fresh, relevant and of value to our clients which is what we strive to achieve each year.”

For information about the Leaders Sport Summit and other questions, click here, call +44 (0) 207 042 8666 or email [email protected]

By INSIDER’s Aaron Bauer

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