Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial is a Professor of Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett University in the UK and the Vice-President for Strategy and Development for the International Council for Coaching Excellence and Sport Coaching Europe.
He has published widely on a variety of sport-related topics including youth sport and coach development. Sergio is also the co-founder of ICOACHKIDS, a global movement helping coaches put kids first in sport by developing free resources for coaches, parents and sport organisations.
Sergio is recognised globally and consults for multiple high-level organisations such as the IOC, Nike, UEFA and FIBA. He is also a former international basketball coach for Great Britain and has coached national league for over 25 years winning 18 National Titles with both male and female teams.
Stefan Bergh is the President of the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation, ENGSO. He has more than 25 years of experience in sport policy, leadership and in the work for the development of grassroots sport.
Since 2016 Mr Bergh is also the Secretary General of the Swedish Sports Confederation. He has a great passion for sports and is especially committed to issues related to international sports development and the societal role of sport.
Between 1995 and 2015 Mr. Bergh was involved in Executive Committee of the International University Sports Federation, FISU, where he fulfilled the positions of Vice-President and Assessor. His input and advices, most specifically in the fields of development and strategic review, contributed to establishing the federations basis and its relations with its national and continental members.
Between 2011 and 2016, Mr Bergh also served as the Secretary General in the Swedish Cancer Society, Sweden’s largest fund-raising organisation. Mr Bergh has a bachelor in pedagogy from Uppsala University.
Dr Tadhg E. MacIntyre is an associate professor in environmental psychology and course director of the new MSc. in environmental psychology at the Dept. of Psychology, Maynooth University. He is affiliated with the All-Institute (Assisted Living and Learning Institute) , Insight Centre for Data Analytics and is a visiting professor at Inland University of Applied Sciences in Norway. He studied psychology in University College Dublin where he graduated with a BA, a first class honours research Masters (1996) and subsequently a PhD in 2007. A practitioner psychologist, registered in the UK (HCPC) and Ireland, he has co-edited two books, Physical Activity in Natural Settings in 2019, and most-recently The Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sport (2023). In recent years, his research activity has focused upon nature-based solutions for urban health and sustainability. He is the coordinator of the Horizon 2020 GoGreenRoutes project a €10.5 m. four-year project on urban health which targets six European cities and has global outreach with its 40 partners. In the past, he has received Erasmus + Sport funding for research on sporting integrity (Fix the Fixing) and psychological resilience in youth sport (Be Like An Athlete). In 2022, he was a keynote speaker at 2022 FEPSAC Congress held in Padova, Italy.