PROF. ANNELIESE E. GOSLIN
Anneliese Goslin holds degrees in BA(PE); BA(PE)Honours, MA(PE) cum laude, D Phil(PE)cum laude, MBA and a Higher Education Diploma. Her research and professional career focus mainly on Sport and Recreation Management and Leadership Development in Sport and Recreation.
She has been instrumental in undergraduate and graduate sport management curriculum development on national and continental level. On continental level she has lead the process to develop and implement accredited university certificates in Sport Business Management offered via distance education in Africa. Her work in sport management research also included investigating global social policies such as the Brighton Declaration through a quality management process lens, evaluating the effectiveness of Sport Business Management programs on sport leadership and effective business models for soccer in Africa. She currently co-authors an academic book on international sport business management. She is also a co-editor of the Sport Perspectives series on International Sport Management of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).
To date she has published 53 articles in accredited scientific journals, and has supervised 15 doctoral students and 21 Masters students She regularly presents scientific papers at national and international scholarly conferences and delivered a key note presentation at the 2016 ICSEMIS congress in Santos, Brazil. She currently serves on the executive Board of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), is Vice President of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) and servers on the Editorial Board of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport.
She has received many professional national and international awards in her professional career and has recently been included in the List of 100 most influential People in South African Sport and also received the distinguished South African State President’s Award for service to the South African sport and recreation industry. She is currently a full-professor in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa a university that is ranked amongst the top 500 universities in the world. From 2012 – 2015 she was appointed as Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Recreation for the South African government.
PROF. DONGFENG LIU
Dr. Liu is a professor of sport management and Co-Dean of the School of Economics and Management at Shanghai University of Sport. He is a member of China Sports Strategy Society, a think tank of China’s Sports Ministry. He is also international professor or guest professor with INSEEC Business School, University College Dublin, Kufstein University, Austria, and EM Lyon Business School. He has over 40 publications including books, refereed journals articles, and conference articles. Professor Liu has presented on various topics in sport management and sport events at conferences across the world.
Born 40 years ago in a small town in the middle of Lithuania, Eimontas studied economics to begin his career in the banking industry. However his professional life took a different turn after being offered to work as the head projects department of the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF).
After helping the organization rebuild its finances, create licensing structure, reinvigorate infrastructure development and restart grassroots football, he earned valuable practical experience in various sports management areas and made his way up in the organization, getting appointed as the general secretary in 2012.
During his tenure as the LFF general secretary, he oversaw the organization of the largest tournament the LFF hosted in history – the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2013 – which exceeded expectations and was described by UEFA as “fantastic”.
Striving to improve further, Eimontas took the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Education programme, earning Certificate and Diploma in Football Management (CFM and DFM), and then taking the third step to complete the Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO).
For the last few years he has been sharing his expertise as a lecturer in the Lithuanian Sports University Sports industry programme and the business-law orientated Kazimieras Simonavičius university Creative Society and Economics Institute. Eimontas areas of interest include model of good governance and specifics of managing small organisations.
This year Eimontas was elected as president of the LFF for a four-year term. At international level, he is a former member of the UEFA Media Committee and the current member of the UEFA HatTrick Committee, which oversees development of infrastructure projects within the UEFA member associations and education programmes for football administrators.