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).
Pâquerette Girard Zappelli has been the IOC Ethics and Compliance Officer since September 2002. She is in charge of updating the IOC Code of Ethics, as well as implementing provisions, including the rules regarding manipulation of competition at the Olympic Games. Pâquerette also investigates and submits the cases related to possible breach of ethical principles to the IOC Ethics Commission with a view to recommend sanctions to the IOC Executive Board.
She supports the Olympic Movement regarding the fight against attempts to harm the integrity of sport and the prevention of risks of corruption through the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS). Finally, she also leads the IOC Compliance, Risk and Internal Control Unit. Furthermore, Pâquerette was a judge in France from 1983 to 2002. She was also President of the International Association of Judges (IAJ) from September 1998 to October 2000 and President of the European Association of Judges (EAJ) in September 1994, a mandate which was renewed in September 1996. She has written a number of publications in the field of French law and the international judiciary.