Neil Narriman

Neil Narriman, Global Head of Intellectual Property, joined PUMA in 2006 and  heads up PUMA’s IP function. In his role he is responsible for all legal aspects of the protection and enforcement of PUMA’s IP worldwide. Neil holds a law degree and is a regular speaker at Intellectual Property events. He is Vice President of  FESI (Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry), chair of FESI’s IPR  Committee and member of several organizations as ASIPI, APM, INTA and REACT.

Thomas Dillon

Thomas Dillon is a member of the English Bar (also admitted in California). Since February 2014 he has held the post of Counsellor at the World Intellectual Property Organization, Building Respect for IP Division, Geneva. Thomas Dillon read Classics and Law at the University of Cambridge, took the Diploma in Intellectual Property and Competition Law at Queen Mary, University of London and did an MBA at Sir John Cass Business School, City of London. From 2001 to 2009 he worked in Brussels for the Motion Picture Association, becoming Vice President and Deputy General Counsel EMEA.

Rafael F. Vazquez

Rafael F. Vazquez is part of the Copyright Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which is responsible to act as Secretariat of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.  The Copyright Law Division of WIPO also administers and promotes the WIPO Treaties in the field.  Besides providing legislative assistance to Member States, it also is responsible for commissioning studies and undertaking different initiatives dealing with copyright and related rights in cooperation with Member States and stakeholders.

Jochen M. Schaefer

Dr. Jochen M. Schaefer has been involved in international business throughout his career. A graduate from Erlangen University in Germany, he has counseled reputed clients with a strong focus on the international sporting goods industry. He started his career as General Counsel of ADIDAS and continued in private practice by providing legal advice to numerous reputable German and foreign companies. J. M. Schaefer serves as Legal Counsel to the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry and to the European Sporting Goods Industry Federation. After more than 20 years as equity partner of major law firms, he is heading up his own law office since 2007.

Christian Platzer

Christian Platzer is Director in the joint cluster computers at the European Patent Office, managing the operational area which deals with applications in the field of business methods and educational appliances. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria, joined the EPO in 1990 in the field of computers and became a director in 2005. Ch. Platzer represented the EPO in co-operation activities with various European countries and in China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, USA and Canada. He lectured at the ETH Zurich on the topic of patentability of business methods and computer implemented inventions at the EPO.

Vlada Musvydaitė

Lithuanian running champion , TV sports news presenter and head of events,  wellness  motivator.

Vlada has tried over 100 different sports. She created a virtual portal “Sports Exchange” for training and personal trainers,  implemented the  first interactive idea of ​​running in the country. She has been introducing sectors of  business, sports and culture  with the latest technologies in organizing mass walking contests.

Huw Watkins

Huw Watkins is the head of the UK Intellectual Property Office intelligence hub. A former police officer, Huw has many years experience in the investigation of serious and organised crime. In addition to covert police work, Huw also worked in the area of child protection and human trafficking. Within the UK, the IPO intelligence hub develops intelligence in relation to counterfeiting and piracy to allow police and trading standards officers to begin criminal investigations

Ieva Lukošiūtė-Stanikūnienė

Director of the Lithuanian Anti-Doping Agency.In 2012–2016, elected to act as a Chairwoman of the Advisory Group on Education and a member of the Coordination Group of the Anti-Doping Convention. In 2009, she defended her Doctor’s degree in the area of the biomedical sciences, field of biology (topic of the doctoral dissertation Adaptation of the Human Motor System to Hyperthermia) in the Lithuanian Sports University. In 2014, acted as an international doping control officer in the Sochi Winter Olympics under an invitation from the Organizing Committee.In 2015, joined the Anti-Doping Information Dissemination Team of the European-Baku Games under an invitation from the World Anti-Doping Agency. In 2016, she was invited to participate in the activities of the Education Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency as an observer.

Vita Balsytė

Head of Olympic Education Programmes at National Olympic Committee of Lithuania. She pursued her Master’s Degree programme „Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of Olympic Events” at the International Olympic Academy and the University of Peloponnese in Greece. She is a lecturer at Sport Administrators  courses organized by Olympic Solidarity and  National Olympic Committee of Lithuania. Vita Balsytė specializes in Olympism, the Olympic movement, the Olympic education and social responsibility in the field of sports.

Edis Urbanavičius

Director General  Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.  2009 -2013 served as President of the Lithuanian Handball Federation.

Vilma Čingienė

Mykolas Romeris University  Institute of Management Professor, Doctor of Social Science (Economics). She has established and coordinates the Master’s Degree programme „Sports Industry Management“. Prof. Čingienė is delegated member by national sports authorities to the EC expert group “Sport Statistics” (2011-2014) and „Economic Dimension of Sport“ (2014-2017)“. She is the secretary General of the international sports organization, The European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE).

Henrikas Paulauskas

PhD student  in Biomedicine of Lithuania Sports University  institute of Sport Science and Innovation. His research fields include thermoregulation in humans; aerobic, anaerobic training; social, thermal stress; and their effects on motor performance, cognition, endocrine function and immunity.

Beáta Krzyzewsky

Between 2000-2005 worked in SBG&K Patent and Law Offices as a lawyer-candidate. Admitted as a qualified lawyer. Member of the Hungarian National Team as a sport shooter since 1994. Participated at the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens. Several times Hungarian Champion and two times European Champion.

Participated in the preparation of the Statutes of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the Rules and Regulations of the Fair Play Committee, and also in the Statutes and Rules and Regulations of the Hungarian Shooting Federation. Edited the Hungarian version of the Statutes of International Shooting Federation.

Member of the “Sportjus” society of attorneys of sports law.

Dave Lowe

He is the Head of Intelligence at the UK Intellectual Property Office and has the strategic role in directing the intelligence work of the organisation and co-ordinating the various structures that engage with law enforcement, regulatory and private sector partners. He has worked at the IPO since April 2011 before which he was a Police Officer for 31 years. Dave completed his service as Head of Economic Crime for South Wales Police responsible for investigating money laundering, fraud and public sector corruption. He served as Head of Serious and Organised Crime and was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service where he was responsible for resources dealing with Counterfeit Currency, Kidnap and Extortion, Serious Sex Offenders, Organised Vehicle Crime, West African fraud and Wildlife Trafficking. He represents the UK on IP enforcement matters at Europol, EU IPO Observatory and other international enforcement agencies.

Andaleeb H. Basunia

Andaleeb was a core member of the incredibly successful Brand Protection Program around the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.  Since then, she has worked within the Legal Department for Team GB and more recently was responsible at IMG for managing the Rugby World Cup 2015 Rights Protection Program.  Andaleeb is currently managing brand protection matters across all IMG businesses, advising on strategies for exploitation and protection of intellectual property and commercial rights and strategies for operational brand protection programs.  Further to her unique experience and insight into various major sporting events, Andaleeb is regularly invited to speak to various audiences across the IP and sports industry by leading authorities.

Kazimieras Saržickas

Kazimieras Saržickas is working at the Anti-Counterfeiting network REACT since 2005. Currently he is the Regional Director responsible for the North East Europe region, which covers Baltic States, Finland, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. In this position he manages the Regional Office of REACT and coordinates anti-counterfeiting actions and strategies in the Region as well as brand protection measures taken by REACT offices and partners, including initiation and follow up of customs and police seizures, civil measures, product examinations and trainings. He also held the position of enforcement coordinator at REACT, he worked at Lithuanian Police Forensic Science Centre and UK Forensic Science Service, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Kristianstad, Sweden, and was involved in projects in China and Ghana.

Nathan Wajsman

Born in Wrocław, Poland, Nathan Wajsman was educated at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and later undertook graduate studies in the USA, earning a PhD in Economics from the University of Florida and an MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia. He was named EUIPO’s Chief Economist in 2011, having been with the Office since 2007. Prior to that, he spent 20 years working in the private sector (utilities, telecoms and finance) in Europe and the USA.