Marta Lazaro Soler is a Senior consultant and researcher at KEA. Marta holds a Law degree from Deusto University (Spain) and a MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin Campus, Poland). She has 7 years of interdisciplinary experience working on culture and sport in Mexico, Brussels and Spain across the non-profit, public and private sectors. Since 2022, Marta has been the coordinator of the SHARE initiative (SportHub: Alliance for Regional development in Europe) supported by the European Commission DG EAC. She has been conducting capacity building activities in different European regions to raise awareness and build capacity among regional stakeholders from the sport sector and public administration on how to access EU Structural Funds for sport projects to contribute to regional economic and social development. Marta has also worked on the development of a guidance document for sport clubs to become greener and of a guide on how to unlock EU Structural funds for the sport sector, as part of the SHARE initiative. She speaks Spanish, English, French and Basque.
Martino is the Co-founder and Director of International Mixed Ability Sports (IMAS). He holds a degree in History from the University of Turin, and a MA in Disability Studies from the University of Leeds. Professionally, his background is rooted in education, sport, and co-production, having worked as a specialist tutor since 2009. In 2012 he was the recipient of a Grundtvig Assistantship which enabled him to spend a year in England teaching adults with learning disabilities. Here, his passion for non-formal education, social justice, and international cooperation, combined with a 20-year-long career in playing and coaching rugby, led to creation of IMAS and the Mixed Ability movement.
Over the years, Martino has worked with an extensive range of stakeholders to implement inclusive policies and programmes. The most recent example is the Mixed Ability Week 2022 in Cork – Ireland – which saw the participation of over 1100 athletes of all abilities from 15 different countries. The event was endorsed by UNESCO and co-funded by the European Commission.
Effective July 2016, Olivier Niggli assumed the role of Director General.
Olivier possesses extensive international experience in the anti-doping industry; particularly, in the areas of legal, finance and governance. He started his legal career with Carrard & Associés in Lausanne (Switzerland), where WADA was his client.
In 2002, Oliver first joined WADA as the Agency’s Legal Director to which he added the title of Finance Director in 2004. In 2011, Olivier returned to Carrard & Associés as partner, where his practice focused on sport, arbitration and
commercial law. In 2014, Olivier returned to WADA as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of WADA.
Olivier holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics (England) and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University, in Montreal (Canada).