January 28, 2019

The Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport of the NYU School of Professional Studies and Sport & Démocratie to Host “The Power of Sport and Diplomacy” on February 5 at NYU

Supported by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London, the Event Will Convene the Best Minds in Sports and Diplomacy to Discuss the Global Power and Influence of Sport

NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2019 — In today’s increasingly global environment, the intersection between sport and diplomacy has become an everyday phenomenon—a way to bring people together and to break down the barriers that often stand in the way of peace and understanding. To focus on this topic and to allow professionals in sports, the media, and diplomatic circles the opportunity to share their views, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport and Sport & Démocratie will host The Power of Sport and Diplomacy on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Grand Hall, 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and doors open at 8:00 a.m.

Supported by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London, the event will feature two informative roundtables anchored by enlightening opening remarks from co-hosts Vince Gennaro, associate dean of the NYUSPS Tisch Institute for Global Sport, and Sylvère-Henry Cissé, chairman, Sport & Démocratie. The roundtables will be moderated by Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, author and consultant, Sport & Démocratie and SOAS University of London; Dr. Hakim Zermouni, author, Sport & Démocratie; and Youcef Ouidyassi, founder and CEO of YOUNOMA Prod, Sport & Démocratie.

In addition to hosting this professional event, the NYUSPS Tisch Institute for Global Sport recently launched the new MS in Global Sport to help meet the growing worldwide demand for business professionals with the management, economic, analytical, marketing, and legal skills required to lead in the global sport marketplace. Applications are currently being accepted for the inaugural Fall 2019 class.

For media inquiries regarding The Power of Sport and Diplomacy event, the new master’s degree program in Global Sport, or to speak with one of our experts on a related topic, please contact Michael DeMeo at michael.demeo@nyu.edu or at 212-992-9103.



8:30-8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Vince Gennaro, Associate Dean and Clinical Associate Professor, NYUSPS Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport
  • Sylvère-Henry Cissé, Chairman, Sport & Démocratie

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Roundtable 1: The Power of Communications in Global Sport 

As the 21st Century sports world continues to globalize, the role of communications has taken an ever-more powerful role in helping to bridge cultural divides, unifying fans, players, and/or officials in new ways across geographic boundaries thanks to the Internet and social media.


  • Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, Consultant and Author, The Making of Les Bleus; Sport & Démocratie; Research Associate, Centre for International Studies, SOAS University of London


  • Chris Dial, Founding President, The Basketball Academy
  • Sam Marchiano, Award-Winning Sports Journalist; Adjunct Instructor, NYUSPS Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport
  • Grant Wahl, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated; Host, Planet Fútbol Podcast, Planet Fútbol TV Show on SI TV; Fox Sports TV Contributor
  • Stevy Worah Ozimo, United Nations Global Compact Stakeholder; Former Professional Basketball Player; CEO of Youthsports Academy, Strategic Partnership and Development at SEED Project

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Roundtable 2: Sports and the Future of Diplomacy

Mega events such as the Olympic Games and World Cup present unique opportunities for sports diplomacy on a global stage. This roundtable will explore how sport, high-profile athletes and institutions function as non-state actors in diplomacy. It will also explore how sport plays a major role in attracting visitors, showcasing the country’s international outreach, and achieving what diplomacy has not.


  • Dr. Hakim Zermouni, Author, Smart Power in Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy; Sport & Démocratie
  • Youcef Ouidyassia, Founder and CEO of YOUNOMA Prod; Former Professional Basketball Player; Producer-Director, TV Journalist/Consultant on an NBA Show; Sport & Démocratie


  • Jérémie Bréchet, Former French International Football Player; Sport & Démocratie
  • Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice President and Managing Director, Africa, National Basketball Association
  • Cameron Myler, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYUSPS Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport; Arbitrator; Lawyer, and Four-Time Olympian
  • Dr. J. Simon Rofe, Global Diplomacy Programme Director and Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:  Sport and the Service of Humanity: Do More

  • Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Chairman & Founding Director, Sport and Sustainability International

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Discussion and Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, Author, The Making of Les Bleus, and Consultant, Sport & Démocratie, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport

Through interdisciplinary curricula, field internships, alumni-student mentorship, applied research, individualized degree advisement, a dedicated and accomplished advisory board, and faculty members who are experts in their fields, the NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport provides the pathway to help students meet their professional goals in the sports business industry. The Tisch Institute's graduate and undergraduate programs provide a top-notch education and the opportunity to meet and to network with industry leaders. Its location in New York City, home to more sports teams, leagues, and media outlets than any other metro area in the country, offers the perfect setting for gaining a comprehensive overview of the complexities of the business. The Institute’s renowned, highly attended professional conferences and events provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields. For more information, visit  sps.nyu.edu/tisch.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for industry focused education and applied research that is related to key knowledge-based fields where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Economic and Urban Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Humanities; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Business; and Translation.

More than 80 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates nearly 5,400 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by over 18,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by nearly 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.

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