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Please download the detailed programme here!

It includes descriptions of the Break-Out sessions as well.

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Arrivals and accreditations at the hotel

Game-Changers and Mentors: The Mentoring Programme

Welcome reception at the National Museum
Fresh Finnish bites, dress code business smart


Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Place: Helsinki City Hall (Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13) and Sofia Future Farm (Sofiankatu 4C)
Forum will be moderated by André Noël Chaker and the New Leaders participants,
the Game-Changers, will be present throughout the programme.


9:00 Grand Opening at the Helsinki City Hall
President of the Finnish Olympic Committee, Mr Timo Ritakallio and Game-Changer Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (Finland)


09:15-9:30 Opening words by President of the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Champion and #HeForShe Champion, Mr Thomas Bach


9:30-9:45 Opening Dialogue Between IOC Women and Sport World Trophy Winner Ms Birgitta Kervinen and
Deputy Mayor of Helsinki for Culture and Leisure Ms Nasima Razmyar
The dialogue between Ms Birgitta Kervinen and Ms Nasima Razmyar will look back the road travelled thus far to promote gender equality within the world of sport. Examing why the same questions are still asked, why the same topics remains unsolved, and why now really is the time to walk the talk.


9:30-9:45 How to Change the Game: Four Action Plans by Game-Changers:
Mr Daniele Facchinetti (Italy) with his Mentor Ms Maria Grazia di Valerio, World Skate
Ms Marieke van der Plas (the Netherlands)
Ms Stephanie Wheeler (Cyprus)
Mr Pedro Dias (Portugal)
Four of the Game-Changers, who have participated in the New Leaders Programme throughout the year, will show how goal setting, sharing your vision with the right people and a concrete action plan can make miracles happen. If these Game-Changers can change the game, anyone can if they really want to.

10:15-10:45 Coffee break


10:45-11:00 Keynote: Understanding the Business Case for Gender Equality
Ms Kristy Ingram, Global Lead, Athlete Programs, Women Athletes Business Network (Ernst Young)


11:00-11:40 European Sports: 2020 and Beyond
Mr Janez Kocijancic, President of the European Olympic Committees
Ms Sarah Keane, Chair, EOC Gender Equality Commission, President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland
Game-Changer Mr Mikkel Kidmose Risager (Denmark) will assist in moderating the session


11:40-12:15 PANEL: Affecting Change: A Team Effort, Good Practices to Address the Gender Gap
Ms Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of FIS
Ms Katie Sadleir, World Rugby, General Manager of Women’s Rugby
Mr Antti Pihlakoski, IAAF and European Athletics Board Member
Game-Changer Ms Ivana Pranjic (Croatia)
Panellists will discuss the benefits of Gender Equality in Sport and share their own experiences affecting change in their organisations, including the challenges they have faced. Additionally, the interplay between gender equality, inclusivity and good governance will be explored, as well as the necessity to include diversity of age, sexes and abilities in decision-making roles.


12:15-12:30 KEYNOTE: Game Plan for the Future
Ms Lydia Nsekera, IOC Member, Chair of the IOC Women in Sport Commission


The programme will continue at Sofia Future Farm (Sofiankatu 4 C). Participants will be guided from Helsinki City Hall to the destination.

12:30-14:00 Lunch Club – Active Networking Lunch


14:00-15:30 Break-Out Sessions (described more in detail on the PDF brochure)

Session 1.
Prevention of harassment and abuse in sport: How to Develop Policies and Procedures

Session 2.
Balanced Leadership, Better Leadership, Better Governance

Session 3.
Tackling Gender Bias in the Portrayal of Athletes

Session 4.
Overcoming bias to build an Inclusive Organisation


15:30-16:00 Coffee break


16:00-16:45 Conclusions from the day 1: We All Need to Start Acting Now!
The presentation will draw together the promises, opportunities and new openings that equal and responsible actions offer for the sport movement


19:00 Evening Reception
Dinner at the Hotel Scandic Park


Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Place: Sofia Future Farm, Sofiankatu 4 C

9:00-9:20 Opening of the Second Day: Looking Beyond 2020
Mr Niels Nygaard, EOC Vice-President
Ms Sari Essayah, IOC Member
Mr Tuomo Puumala, Secretary of State
Opening discussions will address the importance of the sport political and EU level
cooperation. Many of the sport related policies are drafted and adopted by both
sectors, allowing different decision makers to work together. Both EU’s Strategic Actions on Gender Equality in Sport and Olympic Agenda 2020 come to an end in 2020. What can be done to ensure that the political level in Europe is committed to enchanging sport equality work from 2020 onwards.
Game-Changer Maris Lindmäe (Estonia) will assist in moderating the session


9:20-9:55 PANEL: Mentoring and Sponsoring as a Tool for Positive Change
Game-Changer Ms Anunciata Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein) with her Mentor HRH Feisal Al Hussein
Game-Changer Pedro Dias with his mentor Filipa Cavalleri, NOC Portugal
Tomorrow’s sports culture is defined by the leaders of sport. By connecting potential future leaders with experienced leader champions, experience will be shared, and new ideas will be unleashed – shaping the future of sport. The mentor-mentee pairs will tell their sides

of the mentoring journey. What were the benefits of mentoring? What were the concrete actions done together? Why mentoring is worth trying and why no new leader should be left without a support from a champion?


9:55-10:20 PANEL: Youth Perspective: The Change We Want
Ms Virginie Faivre, President, Winter Youth Olympics (YOG) Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee
Ms Jenni Sundqvist, United Nations Youth Delegate of Finland
Ms Ugne Chmeliauskaite, Engso Youth Chair
Mr Panu Autio, Finnish NOC Athletes Commission
In the world we live in, the pace of change is faster than ever before. The younger generation is often more adept at adapting to these new changes quickly, and this allows them to see the world through different eyes. What is it that the new generation thinks about equality and diversity, good governance and responsibility? The future they want is worth hearing about; in this session the spotlight will be given to young key influencers, Game-Changers and future leaders in Europe and the world.
Game-Changer Marianna Sikorowska (UK) will assist in moderating the session


10:20-10:45 KEYNOTE: Reshaping the Future of Leadership
Mr Sami Itani, PhD, Reshaping the future of work at The Adecco Group, President of the Finnish Athletics Federation
Old occupations are vanishing, and it is evident that the way we work and lead will change. How is the sports sector keeping up with the rapidly changing world? How does the leadership look like in the future? What kind leaders do we need? In the future, will sport continue to play a big role in societies? What will be the key values and actions in the future? Based on research and current trends, the speech will guide through how the future leaders will be like.
Game-Changer Floriane Poncet (France) will assist in moderating this session.


10:45-11:15 Coffee Break


11:15-11:45 PANEL: The Power of Networks
Ms Marisol Casado, IOC Member and ITF President
Mr Niels Nygaard, EOC Vice-President
Mr Karl-Erik Nilsson UEFA Vice-President
Mr LAurent Petrynka, President, International School Sport Federation (SSF)
Over the years, the sport movement has published several declarations, recommendations and policies globally and in Europe. Progress has been made, but not as fast as many have wished. The session will share lessons learned and put together actions on how to move to the next level – together.


11:45-12:15 Ready, Steady, Action!
Game-Changers Lauyrynas Zibolis (Lithuania) and Ivana Pranjic (Austria)
The floor will be given to the Game-Changers who will summarise the journey of the New Leaders Programme. What will happen now, since when after the destinations have been reached? The presentation will demonstrate how one can take the lead and motivate others behind the shared goal. Examples will highlight how one idea can be turned into an action plan and to concrete actions.


12:15-12:45 Closing Remarks: Legacy of the New Leaders Forum
HRH Feisal Al Hussein, Chair of the ANOC Gender Equity Commission, IOC Member
Ms Sarah Keane, Chair of the EOC Gender Equality Commission, President of the Irish Olympic Committee
Mr Mikko Salonen, Secretary General and CEO of the Finnish Olympic Committee


12:45-13:45 Lunch



This Forum is by invitation only event and seats are limited. The registration link will be sent to the invited guests.