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1st FINA World Water Polo Conference - Programme & Presentations

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Day 1 - February 27, 2014  
Opening session: welcome and programme overview
- Welcome - Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA President
- Programme Overview - Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director
Insights from the Big Leagues
moderator: Rick Burton

- Rick Fuson - NBA - COO, Indiana Pacers
- Ambassador James P. Cain - NHL - Former President + COO NC Hurricanes -
- Ben Kavenagh - ICC Americas - Regional Development Manager
- Pete Ward - NFL - COO Indianapolis Colts
Insights from newly popular team sports
How to break through the crowded market?
moderator: Lars Haue-Pedersen

- Nigel Melville - Rugby 7s - CEO USA Rugby
- Bobby Clarke - Beach Volleyball - Senior Director Beach
- Mike MIllay - ESPN/Disney - Director Sports Development
A view from the sponsors' perspective
How to use sponsors' expertise to increase Water Polo popularity?
moderator: Rick Burton

- Giuseppe Musciacchio - Head of the Brand Development Team of Arena
- Jonty Perry - Dentsu International Sports Division
- AJ Maestas - President of Navigate Research
- Keld Strudahl - Founder of BrandActivators
Views and insight from great Water Polo players
How can we make our sport stronger and more attractive?
moderator: Peter Montgomery

- Brenda Villa - Water Polo Athlete, United States -
- Johanne Begin - Water Polo former Athlete, Canada -
- Slobodan Nikic - Water Polo Athlete, Serbia -
- Alessandro Campagna - Water Polo former Athlete, Italy -
Day 2 - February 28, 2014
Opening session: recap Day 1 & overview Day 2
- Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director
A view from the media perspective
What are team sports fan looking for and what does it mean for Water Polo?
moderator: Manolo Romero

- Claude Ruibal - Global Head of Sports Content at Google/Youtube
- Peter Diamond - Senior Vice President, Programming, NBC Olympics -
- Koji Sato - Deputy General Manager, Sports Division, TV Asahi
- Gianni Merlo - AIPS President and IOC Press Commission Member
A view from the Water Polo leaders
Should rules changes be considered to make Water Polo more attractive?
moderator: Dale Neuburger

- Manuel Ibern, Spain
- Erik Van Heijningen, Netherlands
- Denes Kemeny, Hungary -
- Adam Krikorian, United States
If it is to be, it is up to me
A testimony to the power of individual commitment

- Kiril Todorov - President of the Mexican Swimming Federation -
- The World loves Water Polo - statements from great supporters of Water Polo -
Conclusions of the conference
- Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director
Closing speech
- Dr. Julio C. Maglione, FINA President

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