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#SAS23 First speakers & panelists announced

Venue, Design & Business leaders from across the region only at #SAS23

Venue, Design & Business leaders from across the region only at #SAS23

In our first teaser for the programme to TheStadiumBusiness ASIA 2023, today we’re unveiling a selection of speakers and panelists joining us on 19-20 October as we bring the region’s venues, projects and business leaders together.

Lifting the lid on one of the most exciting venue destinations in the region, we’ll be joined by both Darren Burden, Executive Director, and James Irvine Director (Commercial) for Kai Tak Sports Park.

Exploring the league’s development, related arena projects and the growth of Asia’s basketball ’super fans’, we welcome Matt Beyer, CEO & Co-Founder, East Asia Super League.

Renowned sports administrator, business leader and Olympian, Jin Teik OON, Managing Director, disrupTEIK Consultancy will draw on his decades of experience in the region – not least in his former role as CEO of Singapore Sports Hub – to share insights into the convergence of fans, venues and digital.

Leading the design of Kai Tak Sports Park, Richard Breslin, Senior Principal & Director, Populous will be on stage, with his colleague Dr Kavita Gonsalves, Sustainability Design Lead APAC, Populous exploring new ways to think about venue design, fan engagement and more operationally sustainable venues.

Custodians of one of Asia’s most high-profile and longest-established international sporting fixtures, Robbie McRobbie, MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong China Rugby will be on hand with insights into the strategy for rugby development and the future of the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tournament.

Will Rayner, Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Showground joins the panels with insights from the big shows of Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA and where the society’s diversified events offer goes next. Will’s also President and Chair of the South Australian Cricket Association, and a Director of the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA). Attracting events – and diversifying revenues – will surely be the focus of his thoughts.

From Japan, we welcome co-presenters Keiichi Kubota, Principal – Sports & Entertainment and Kazuto Sawai, Manager – Sports & Entertainment of ABeam Consulting. ABeam is the pre-eminent management consultancy for sports and entertainment venues in the country. Our speakers will explore the direction of future stadium and arena developments in the nation.

Steering the debates and extracting insights will be roles for Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheStadiumBusiness and Tim Chambers, Managing Director, TJChambers Consultancy. Envisioning the changing nature of venues, Ian launched Stadia magazine back in 1999 and has established TheStadiumBusiness.com and its related  events as the benchmark for the sector.

Tim draws on four decades of experience – starting as a local promoter (in Manchester) and then live music venue GM (in London) through to his role as European-wide dealmaker across M&As and client wins for a certain very large, global ticketing business.

There’s your teaser for now – with many more experts to follow – as TheStadiumBusiness ASIA 2023 brings the region’s sports and entertainment leaders together for its first meangingful, fully-focused venue business meeting ever.

Meet us all in Hong Kong on 19-20 October as we explore the future of design, operations and technology for Asia’s sports and entertainment venues – only at TheStadiumBusiness ASIA 2023 (#SAS23).