Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara is the founder and Executive Director of the Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS). She holds a Ph.D.
in Sport Management from the Ohio State University. Currently, she is a professor of sport management at Juntendo University in Japan.
In addition, she is one of founders and an executive board member, and also chair of the committee of international affairs of the Japanese
Association for Sport Management (JASM).
She was elected as the President of Asian Association for Sport Management in 2018 for two years term (2018-2021). She has published many research papers on swimming, job satisfaction in coaching, and women and sport issues. In addition, she has made numerous presentations on her research at conferences across Japan and internationally.
Dr. Ogasawara was appointed as the first executive director of the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) that was newly established at the Juntendo University on September 1st, 2014. In addition, Dr. Ogasawara was awarded the 2018 JOC (Japanese Olympic Committee) Sport Award (Women and Sport Award) on June 14th, 2019. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she was an assistant professor at the National Institute of Fitness and Sport in Kanoya, Japan, and a head coach of the swim team. At the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, she joined the Japanese national swimming team as a coaching staff.
Research Assistant (PhD student) & Lecturer at the department of Marketing & Services at the University of Bayreuth; visiting Lecturer for Sport Management at the University of Regensburg; lecturer for Sport Management at Campus Academy – University of Bayreuth; visiting Lecturer for Sport Management at Sport Management Academy Bayreuth GmbH Sport, Business, & Law, University of Bayreuth (Bachelor of Science); Sport, Business, & Law, University of Bayreuth (Master of Science) Specialisation: Marketing & Services and Sport Governance & Event Management
Dr. James J. Zhang is a professor of sport management at the University of Georgia (UGA). His primary research interests are applied measurement and/or applied studies examining sport consumer and organizational behaviors. Dr. Zhang has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at international and national conferences. He has served the profession in various leadership roles, such as the Editor of the International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship, Sport Management Section Editor of the Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science journal, President of North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and Chair of the Measurement and Evaluation Council of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). He has received such prestigious recognitions as Fellow of National Academy of Kinesiology, Fellow of NASSM, Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award, Fellow of the Sport Marketing Association, J.B. Nash Scholar from the AAHPERD, University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, Measurement and Evaluation Council Honor Award of the AAHPERD, Southern District Scholar of the AAHPERD, and the Richard Reiff Internationalization Award at the University of Georgia. He was a Distinguished Oriental Scholar named by the City of Shanghai and has served as the Honorary Dean of the College of Sport Economics and Management by Shanghai University of Sport since 2014
Vassil Girginov is Reader in Sport Management/Development. He is also Programme Director of the joint Sport-Business degree.
Vassil’s current research projects include: ‘Intangible Olympic Legacy: Concept and Measurement’ commissioned by the
International Olympic Committee and ‘Do Anti-Doping Interventions Work? An Investigation of Anti-Doping Interventions in the
UK, Austria, Russia and South Africa’ commissioned by WADA.
Dr Girginov research interests, publications and industry experience are in the field of Olympic movement, sport development, comparative management and policy analysis. His most recent books include Rethinking Olympic Legacy (Routledge, 2019), Olympic Studies – 4 volume collection (Routledge, 2015), Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games (Vol. 1 & 2 - 2012-3), The Olympics: A Critical Reader (Routledge, 2010), Sport Management Cultures (Routledge, 2011), Management of Sports Development, (Elsevier, 2008), and The Olympic Games Explained (Routledge, 2005, the book has been translated in 5 languages).
Dr Vassil Girginov is President of the European Association for Sport Management and Visiting Professor at the Russian International Olympic University and at the University of Johannesburg. Vassil sits on the Editorial Boards of the European Sport Management Quarterly, Journal of Global Sport Management and Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.