Michele has worked at all levels of sport and now combines legal academic work with managing SPORTING INTEGRITY Ltd, the international sports consultancy established in 2004, specialising in best practice integrity and governance. An athlete advocate, qualified arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator, Michele has worked with IMMAF leading its anti-doping and integrity work since 2005 developing WADA compliant policies and programmes.
During 20 years at UK Sport as Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping, Michele established the first ISO certified Anti-Doping system, (the foundation for the World Anti-Doping Code standards), devised Illicit/recreational drug programmes incorporating rehabilitation for professional sports, launched the first online Drug Information Database and whistle blowing line as well as securing recognition and funding for the UK’s Sports Dispute Resolutions Service, Child Protection in Sport Unit and British Athletes Commission as well as assisting establishment of several national anti-doping organisations.
Michele led the Medical & Anti-Doping Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation for over 20 years, ensuring effective planning and delivery of medical and anti-doping services at Youth and main Games from Manchester 2002 to Gold Coast 2018. She holds an Honorary Doctorate for her work in Sports integrity, master’s degrees in education and Sports Law as well as further degrees in law, sports governance, sports law, arts and science of movement, quality management, biological sciences, IOC Diplomas in Sports Nutrition and Drugs in Sport.
Alison Burchell is a trustee of Goalball UK, a long-time Executive Committee member of Squash South Africa and currently a member of the World Squash Federation Ethics Commission. She has a long history of involvement in Para-sport having been chef de mission of the South African Paralympic Team which competed in Athens in 2004. She has served on the Development and Sports Committees of the International Paralympic Committee.
Alison’s experience covers mass participation through to high performance sport as well as what may now be called “equality, diversity and inclusion” in sport in South Africa, Africa and internationally with a focus on disability and gender. She has worked in an international federation as Director Operations and managed the anti-doping programme for 4 years. Having worked in multi-cultural settings in Europe, Africa and the Pacific, Alison brings a diverse view to the work that she does.
Alison’s particular interest is good governance and well as integration of marginalised groups. On the social front, she tries to keep fit by cycling, walking and an occasional foray into the gym. Reading and watching movies are also top of the list to relax.
Specialized in International Sports law, with +7 years of experience working with international federations such as FIFA and UEFA, Audrey has comprehensive knowledge of the international sport landscape, particularly in dealing with legal and operational matters.
She handled highly sensitive and visible cases in a broad range of topics, including but not limited to, Disciplinary, Integrity/Ethics, Anti-Doping, eSports, as well as International Arbitration and Litigation, particularly in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
Prem Kumar is the International Affairs Officer for the Malaysia MMA Association since 2019. He is also a sport event manager who organises and manages combat sports events since 2012.
Prem has been contracted to more than 100 amateur and professional MMA events around Asia. He has served as an Event Operations Manager at IMMAF tournaments since 2017 and is a member of the Anti-Doping Committee since 2019.
Recently completed his MSc in Sport Business, Policy & Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, researched on the safety of Amateur MMA competitions.
Veronika Nalbatska is a General Secretary of Bulgarian MMA Federation since 2016. She is also a senior copywriter and author for a Bulgarian sports and health lifestyle website since 2011 and an aqua-aerobics instructor since 2008. She has huge interests in sports nutrition which brought her to educate herself in this field, currently a sports nutrition coach, certified by Dr. John Berardi.
She has a sports experience in strength training in swimming – being a former powerlifter competitor in 84 kg, 7 times national champion and practising swimming at a recreational level.
She is a member of Women Commission and Anti-doping Commission. She has interests in art, strength training, swimming, nutrition, biochemistry. Her education is in mathematics, science, arts and fashion design. She has a huge experience in organizing amateur MMA events in Bulgaria.
Rustam is an Indian qualified lawyer and member of the Sports Law team at Mills & Reeve, specialising in sports disputes and regulation. He has acted across a range of sports: football, athletics, boxing, sailing, canoeing, motorsport and golf and has experience representing athletes, clubs, governing bodies, player associations, agents and administrators in contractual, employment, disciplinary, ethics, anti-doping and selection disputes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and various international and national governing body tribunals. He also advises on a range of regulatory issues across sports.
He is a member of the England Boxing National Disciplinary Panel, the IMMAF’s pool of Arbitrators and is empanelled on the list of pro-bono counsel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Max Shephard is a barrister specialising in sports law at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London. He regularly advises on anti-doping and disciplinary proceedings before sporting panels. He has been instructed by clubs, professional athletes, national and international federations in a variety of matters.
Max’s recent cases include advising on jurisdiction, player contract disputes, and a significant appeal against the Rugby Football Union before the National Anti-Doping Panel. In addition to his sports related work he also advises regulators and registrants on professional misconduct.
Nadia Soghomonian is currently Legal Affairs Director at the United States Anti-Doping Agency. In this role, she is assigned to the UFC and premier sports and is responsible for investigating and prosecuting anti-doping rule violations. She formerly served on USADA’s investigations team where she received and processed incoming tips, conducted investigations and managed target testing efforts.
Prior to joining USADA, Nadia worked at the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. She worked in MLB’s Department of Investigations, primarily supporting performance enhancing drug investigations. In 2010, Nadia commuted weekly to Latin America where she worked on a major restructuring of MLB’s International Operations; establishing and executing a variety of policy initiatives to help mitigate legal exposure for MLB and its Clubs in global markets.
Nadia is on the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches in America and on the Board of the Armenian Sports Hall of Fame.
Nadia is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey. She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration in Finance from Hofstra University in New York.
David Wang MD, MS is a sports medicine physician who has worked with competitive athletes for over 30 years. His experiences have encompassed pediatric to masters athletes from recreational to professional & Olympic levels. He is able to draw upon his extensive experience, both as a physician and as a former collegiate athlete, to provide a deeper understanding of the medical, orthopedic, and psychologic issues that can affect an athlete. Over the years, he has been actively searching for answers to complex medical issues where traditional thinking has not provided a clear diagnosis or treatment.
In addition to his exceptional care of the athlete, he is involved with research of many issues involving athletes, with a special interest in concussions. His concussion research has resulted in numerous publications, and invited lectures locally and internationally. Currently, he serves as the head team physician at a Division I University and as a consultant to two other universities. In addition, he has provided care to the martial arts community including the sports of kickboxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) for more than three decades.
Sophie has recently completed her bachelor’s in International Sports Management and Business from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She has been interning with IMMAF for almost a year within the event department, focusing on safeguarding and anti-doping. During her time with the German Mixed Martial Arts Federation she has organised many regional events and is now focusing on international events with IMMAF. Sophie is also working for Sporting Integrity Ltd, where she has developed a strong interest in anti-doping and integrity work.