SportAccord Convention has a new team in place in Lausanne, headed up by new Managing Director Nis Hatt.

Nis takes the helm of SportAccord Convention after more than 14 years of managing global meetings and events for some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, most recently as global head of events for F. Hoffmann-la Roche Inc. Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry, he honed his leadership skills as a long-serving officer in the Danish Army.

"During the past ten years SportAccord Convention has established itself as the pre-eminent gathering of the leaders of international sport," said Nis Hatt. "In establishing itself as an annual event over the last decade, SportAccord Convention has opened up new possibilities for bringing together all the various organisations and people whose interaction makes sport possible and successful. During the coming decade, there is likely to be ever more communication and collaboration across all the many businesses and organisations involved in sport. And SportAccord Convention will seek to play an equally important role in facilitating this communication and collaboration, keeping sport responsive and vibrant in a fast-changing world."

Joining Nis Hatt, to help develop SportAccord Convention as a platform serving sport and the people who make sport happen, is a team of three people including:

John Hewitt, Event Operations Manager, Communications

Prior to completing his Master of Sports Administration and technology (MSA) at the AISTS in Lausanne, Switzerland, John owned an indoor sports facility in Toronto, Canada for eight years. After graduating from AISTS, he worked for the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in a communications and project management role. He joined SportAccord Convention in April, as the Event Operations Manager, Communications responsible for the core communication functions of the Convention. In his spare time, John can be found on the volleyball courts and golf courses of Lausanne.

Nicolet de Zwart, Event Operations Manager, Logistics

Over the past 12 years, Nicolet has worked at various sporting events such as Euro 2000, X-adventure Raid Series & the Raid World Championships (multi-sport adventure races) and at the International Cycling Union. After developing a passion for sailing, she participated in two legs of the Clipper round the world race.

She joined SportAccord Convention in February as the Event Operations Manager, Logistics, and is responsible for the core logistical functions of the Convention. In her spare time, Nicolet can be found in the mountains, in the snow, ski touring or climbing, hiking and biking.

Christina Bouziouri, Event Operations Executive 

Christina is the most recent addition to the SportAccord Convention team, joining in time to take an active role at the Convention in Québec City. She works on the operational and logistical side of all SportAccord Convention events, including the IF Forum in Lausanne.

She recently arrived back in Europe from Qatar, where she had roles with the Local Organising Committee of the 2011 Asian Cup and the Qatar Olympic Committee during the 2011 Arab games. She also worked on the Athens 2004 Olympic Summer Games in her native Greece.

The SportAccord Convention commercial team, based in London, remains the same.