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FIBA World Basketball Summit announces high-powered speaker lineup

September 01, 2018

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Switzerland (FIBA World Basketball Summit) - The inaugural FIBA World Basketball Summit will feature a high-powered line-up of A-list speakers from the worlds of basketball, sports business and media.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Craig Zanon, Global Head of Basketball at Nike, and Caitlyn Chen, Vice-President at Chinese digital media giant Tencent, are among the keynote speakers that were announced on Wednesday for the ground-breaking Summit taking place in Xi'an, China, on October 3-4, 

The roster also includes Casey Wasserman, Founder and CEO of the Wasserman Media Group, Philippe Blatter, Infront President & CEO and President & Vice Chairman of Wanda Sports Group, and Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and FIBA Executive Committee Member.

Players will also be represented in the shape of 3x3 world champion Rae Lin D’Alie, who won hearts and minds as she inspired Italy to victory at the FIBA 3x3 Women's World Cup 2018 in the Philippines last June.

As host and organizer of this first of its kind gathering of basketball stakeholders from across the globe, FIBA will be represented by its Secretary General and International Committee (IOC) Member, Patrick Baumann.

The FIBA World Basketball Summit is defined by the experience, authority and influence of its speakers, each of whom has made a significant contribution to developing the sport worldwide.

The Summit will focus on many of the key opportunities and issues facing the sport and is structured around a series of key themes, each of which will focus on identifying opportunities and strategies for improvement and growth.

Each strand will consist of a keynote address from an acknowledged global expert on the subject, followed by a discussion by panels chosen to reflect the experience and interests of relevant stakeholder groups. 

Day 1 (October 3)

Speaker

Title

Topic

Patrick Baumann

FIBA - Secretary General
  IOC - Member

Opening keynote on role played by National   Federations and FIBA in fuelling basketball's global growth

Craig Zanon

Nike - Global Head of Basketball

Win-win of partnerships as drivers of brand   building and engagement

Mark Tatum

NBA - Deputy Commissioner
  FIBA - Executive Committee Member

Keynote focusing on clubs and leagues

Casey Wasserman

Wasserman Media Group - Founder and CEO

Opportunities for basketball in fast-changing   world of sports and entertainment

Day 2 (October 4)

Adam Silver
  Patrick Baumann

NBA - Commissioner
  FIBA - Secretary General
  IOC - Member

Interactive interview with Q&A session

Caitlyn Chen

Tencent - Vice-President 

Role of digital media in engaging with fans

Rae Lin D'Allie 

FIBA 3x3 women's player 

A player's perspective on 3x3 and its role in   basketball's future

Philippe Blatter

Infront - President & CEO
  Wanda Sports Group - President & Vice Chairman

A perspective on China's continuing emergence as   a major force in world sport and the country's legacy of hosting FIBA's   Basketball World Cup


In addition to representatives of the national federations that make up FIBA, participants will include leagues and clubs, players' organizations, educational bodies, media and technology companies and the brands which forge strong and mutually profitable relationships with the sport.The FIBA World Basketball Summit has been designed for the whole basketball family and the businesses which work in and around it. It provides an opportunity to meet, share information and learn. Every session is designed to deliver maximum value to delegates who will come from all over the world and represent every stakeholder group.

There will be a strong presence from the host city and nation among the speakers and panellists as well as delegates.

Patrick Baumann said: "The FIBA World Basketball Summit is a ground-breaking event for our sport and I'm delighted by the quality of the speakers who have agreed to take part, as well as share their experience and insight. By bringing together all the major stakeholders for two days of insightful discussion and debate on key issues, we aim to equip everybody with the insight and knowledge they will need to play a part in building the future of basketball together."

Further information about the program, speakers and host city can be found at worldsummit.basketball.

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