Alexandra (Aly) Criscuolo, a GreenBiz 30 Under 30 recipient, is determined to make sports and organizations more sustainable. She was appointed as the first Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Director at New York Road Runners (a UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Signatory), where she develops and implements sustainability strategy for the world’s largest marathon, 50+ annual races, and multiple facilities. Previously, she worked at Kickstarter as the organization’s in-house Environmental Impact Consultant and General Electric in the environmental risk and energy project finance space. Alexandra has an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College and a BS degree in Finance from Fairfield University with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish. She was a Division I swimmer and enjoys competing in road races and triathlons.
Qasa Alom is a presenter, investigative journalist & director with credits on documentaries, current affairs and radio. He has been with the BBC since 2010. In November 2020 Qasa was awarded with Best Radio Presenter at the Asian Media Awards.
Qasa freelance presents for BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio London and presents a weekend show for BBC WM. Qasa further presents shows for Radio 4 that include Costing The Earth and From Our Own Correspondent.
Qasa hosted an event for the UN at COP26 and is passionate about preventing climate change because of how he has seen it affect his family and ancestral home in Bangladesh.
This year Qasa has reported for BBC Sport at Wimbledon and The Commonwealth Games on sustainability in sport. Qasa has reported on the whole of the Commonwealth Games 2022 that included the athletes parade on the opening day.
Qasa loves sport, particularly cricket and tennis. 2021 Qasa launched @realtennispod with @dominglot. 2021 also saw Qasa host @thehundred @Edgbaston . He also presented the 2019 ATP World Tour Finals for BBC 5 Live Sports Xtra, the season ending tennis tournament between the top 8 men’s players in the world, from London’s 02 Arena.
Jamie Farndale is a current international rugby captain, leading Scotland Sevens on the HSBC World Sevens Series. He has played professionally for eleven years. Jamie was awarded the University Medal for highest grades in Business Management at Edinburgh Napier where he studied alongside playing. He focussed on Business Sustainability Strategies and has recently begun a Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University.
Jamie has spent the last year delving into Sustainability in Sport. He co-wrote an open letter signed by hundreds of professional players urging World Rugby to take a leadership role in sustainability. He has since had involvement with World Rugby who since unveiled their ambitious 2030 Environmental Sustainability Plan. He was also involved as an athlete ambassador with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games whose aim was to be the most sustainable games ever. He is working on other projects within sport looking at a strategic approach to achieving sustainability.
Melissa is a three-time World Championships A finalist, and co-founded Athletes of the World with Double Olympic Champion Hannah Mills last year. Since 2020 she’s brought over 500 elite athletes together across various campaigns: a letter to the UK government with 320 GB Olympian and Paralympian signatories, a video to World Leaders ahead of COP26 involving flag bearers from 35 different countries and a letter to World Rugby signed by 200 professional players. Her work focuses on building athlete-led campaigns for climate action, and removing the barriers to further athlete engagement through climate education and wider support.
Sander van Stiphout is program manager innovation and director of the consultancy branch of the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
What drives Sander is to contribute to a well-managed, safe stadium with great fan engagement that makes profit and simultaneously create true value to society. To achieve concrete goals for the stadium and its main stakeholders Ajax, KNVB and the City of Amsterdam he drives innovation among ecosystem partners such as KPN, KPMG, Microsoft, Signify, Heineken, Coca Cola, ABN Amro, research institutes such as TNO, universities, SME’s, start-ups and Governmental institutions using the stadium as a fieldlab.
Sander has worked on stadium projects worldwide and was involved in projects related to all recent major tournaments, such as the Russia and Brazil World Cups. Sander was special stadium operations consultant to the Qatar Supreme Committee in relation to the FIFA World Cup 2022 preparations.
Following a degree in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews, and after 12 years working in the golf sustainability sector, Philip joined Bluewater in 2022 to drive forward the company’s innovative portfolio of sustainable hydrations solutions for events and venues. With first-hand experience of major sporting events, with a particular emphasis on delivering sustainability and legacy strategies, Philip is focused on realising the unique opportunities that are open to the sport sector globally to drive meaningful and proactive change on the sustainable development agenda.
Anne is passionate about sustainability. She has an educational and professional background in creating strategy for and implementing sustainability initiatives in the non-profit, chemical, and energy sectors. Anne’s other big passion is sport. By pursuing her Ph.D. in sport and sustainability at Texas A&M University, she combines her two loves with the goal of helping sport organizations and events make strategic decisions for sustainable development. Anne is part of the Sustainability in Sport Lab at Texas A&M University, Sport Ecology Group, and the German think tank sportainable.
Brian McCullough, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sport Management and the Director of the Center for Sport Management Research and Education at Texas A&M University.
His research focuses on the environmental impacts of sport, organizational strategy and decision making, and stakeholder engagement campaigns.
He has written over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, edited two books, authored one book, and presented his research over 130 times to national and international audiences. In addition, Dr. McCullough assisted in the United Nation’s Sport for Climate Action Framework and is the Director of the Sustainability in Sport Lab at Texas A&M and the Co-Director of the Sport Ecology Group.
Mark joined The FA in March 2016. Prior to joining The FA, Mark held senior finance roles with BSkyB, Virgin Mobile, the Iglo Group and most recently he was the Group CFO for Virgin Active. Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC.