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SPORTS CONNECTS - the China Sports Forum - announces initial speaker line-up

By Branded 14 Nov 2018

Sports Connects - the China Sports Forum - will feature a 2-day international summit in English and Mandarin to connect 300+ senior industry executives from the global and Chinese sports industry. The programme will include a cross-section of speakers representing stakeholders from the global and Chinese sports fraternity. Currently confirmed to speak at Sports Connects 2018 are:

Andrew Collins, CEO Mailman Group

Arjun Chowdri, Senior Director, Global and Corporate Strategy PGA of America 

Caroline Darcy, Group Head - Advertising, Social Media and Sponsorship APAC UBS 

Catherine Gibbs, Head of Sponsorship AIA Group

Chris Robb, Founder & CEO Mass Participation Asia

Danielle Jin, Vice President, Head of Marketing of Greater China Visa

David Yang, CEO Wanda Sports China

Derek Chang, CEO NBA China

Edmund Chu, Founder and Executive Director/Managing Director Kosmos/SECA 

Eric Geng Hui, Senior Director Strategic Business Development China Sports Media 

Helen Soulsby, Managing Partner, APAC Sports Recruitment International

Ian McGibbon, Global Marketing Lead, Brand Partnerships & Sponsorships Bose Corporation

Jason Fung, Global eSports Director Alisports, Alibaba Group

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive The R&A

Michael Patent, CEO Culture Group

Richard Young, Managing Director NFL China

Robbie McRobbie, CEO Hong Kong Rugby Union 

Scott Dinsdale, Managing Director, FutureNext Pty Ltd Steve Tew, CEO New Zealand Rugby

Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman Mission Hills Group

Tianyi Zhou, Operations Director Weibo Sports

Victor Cui, CEO International ONE Championship

Said Branded CEO Jasper Donat: “China has addressed its need to modernise in its continuing journey to commercialise a sustainable sports infrastructure. There is a discernible difference in today’s China sports industry and it is largely due to the contribution, expertise and calibre of the speakers we feature at Sports Connects.”

Jason Fung, Alisports, Alibaba Group stated: “To build competition IP, we are looking to build our international presence - one of the programme tenets at Sports Connects.”

Tianyi Zhou, Weibo Sports added: “With the development of the Internet and new technologies, how Chinese audiences consume information has completely changed. More and more sports fans are checking news on the Weibo platform during their fragmented time, with short form videos around events and tournaments, to engage with sports in every way. China’s sports industry is undergoing earth-shattering change."

Event scheduled for 26th – 28th November 2018, at Mission Hills, China

About Weibo

Weibo is a leading social media for people to create, share, and discover Chinese content. Weibo provides individuals and organizations with public opinions in real time, interacts with others, and maintains contact with the world in an unprecedented and simple and convenient manner. Any user can create and publish microblogging and attach multimedia or long content. The user's relationship on Weibo may be asymmetric, and each user can follow any other user, comment on any one Weibo and forward it. The simplicity, asymmetry, and fragmentation of

Weibo make it possible for the original Weibo to evolve into a real-time viral communication flow.

About Branded

Founded in 2002 and recognised as a top 10 Event Marketing Agency by Marketing Magazine, Branded produces live media that matters, connecting businesses, brands, celebrities and fans through large and small scale events, specialising in the media, entertainment and sports industries.

Branded owns and operates the award winning “Matters” series including Sports, Online, Marketing, Gaming and Music Matters. We are Global Partners with Google on the YouTube FanFest, the world’s largest touring live celebration of online content and recently created It’s a Girl Thing, a festival designed to empower teenage girls.We excel in the conceptualisation, programming, organisation, and production of dynamic conferences, live music festivals, educational academies, and fan events globally. We are an independent company staffed by passionate multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-talented individuals with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore and affiliations that reach all corners of the world. Most importantly, we really enjoy making it matter for everyone we work with.

About Mission Hills Group

Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills resorts in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and on the tropical island of Hainan, is synonymous with leisure, wellness, entertainment and luxury.

Founded in 1992, Mission Hills is recognised as one of the world’s leading golf brands and a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry. The world-class integrated leisure and wellness resort destinations have been accredited by the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Largest Golf Club” and the “World’s Largest Mineral Springs and Spa Resort”.

Mission Hills’ properties sprawl over 40 square kilometres, including 22 championship courses, five-star resorts, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, international convention centres, state-of-the-art golf academies, a 20-pitch football training base, Asia’s largest basketball school and Asia’s biggest tennis facility. Mission Hills is also the official training headquarters for China’s Tennis, Football and Golf Associations.

The Group’s ‘golf and more’ leisure philosophy has seen its tourism-related business expand into shopping, recreational, business, education, entertainment, leisure and cultural experiences. Mission Hills has also extended its foray into the hospitality industry by partnering with world-renowned hotel brands Hard Rock, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton

Other significant projects include Movie Town, China’s first Wet’n’Wild water park and ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona and the NBA.

For more information and latest updates, visit us at or follow Mission Hills China on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

About ONE Championship

ONE Championship is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts and is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more.

About Mailman

Established in 1999, Mailman is China's leading sports digital marketing agency. Mailman helps professional sports organizations build a successful business in China through digital strategy, social media, PR & brand activation, content production, sponsorship, ecommerce and merchandising. Mailman clients include Man Utd, Bundesliga, UFC, Kobe Bryant, NHL, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus, NFL, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Laureus and more.

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