General Assembly Meeting

27 July 2017, 09.00-14.00

Palacio Foz, Lisbon, Portugal

In attendance:

For full list of attendees, please refer to Annex 2

Draft Minutes taken by Eddie Marshbaum, QUEST

1. Welcome and Introduction  

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros (EMM), SIGA Coordinator, welcomed all attendees and thanked the contributions from the Portuguese Olympic Committee, the Palacio Foz, PwC and the SIGA operations team for helping to make this meeting happen.  EMM acknowledged the hard work that had gone on in the last 6 months in setting up the various democratic structures of SIGA including the General Assembly, the ad interim Council and the task forces, to drive SIGA’s operational capacity and various other committees.  He reminded attendees that the General Assembly is the supreme body of SIGA, entrusted to make the most important decisions which should drive the future direction of SIGA.  He also explained to attendees that SIGA is an entirely independent organisation, with no political and commercial motivating factors, but an alliance of like-minded organisations, committed to providing leadership for the integrity of sport for the future.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and the agenda for the meeting was approved as presented.

EMM gave the floor to Lord John Stevens (LJS), who presented an update from the SIGA Nominations Committee (NC), charged to propose the nomination of candidates to the positions of Chair and CEO of SIGA.  LJS explained that the initial focus is to nominate a Chair and that he/she should be involved in the process for nominating candidates for CEO.  He then read the pertinent rules from the SIGA statutes which govern nominations, candidature, elections and ratification of the positions of Chair and CEO.  In their search for a Chair, LJS explained that an ample and inclusive process had been developed and around 20 candidates had been considered, with one preferred candidate emerging, which would be presented later in the General Assembly Meeting.

EMM then gave the floor to Javier Tebas to provide some introductory remarks on the context of the discussion in view of LaLiga’s priorities.  He made reference to recent scandals in the Spanish FA relating to corruption charges against Ángel María Villar (long time Vice President of FIFA and UEFA and the Spanish Football Association), saying that the ongoing priority of LaLiga is to fight corruption at all levels, which puts the onus on clubs and leagues to comply and to lead by example.  He advocated an inclusive environment to foster transparency and open governance in clubs, and for LaLiga to take the lead and provide a best in class model for the rest of Europe to admire.

EMM thanked JT and introduced the UEFA Executive Manager Communications Pedro Pinto (PP), complimenting the strides that UEFA has made in the first year of Aleksander Ceferin’s presidency, having conducted a thorough governance review process, with meaningful results.  PP thanked the invitation and gave an overview of UEFA’s stance on the issues being discussed at the SIGA General Assembly.  PP explained that governance issues in sport were particularly pertinent on this day when he was dealing with the media spill-out of issues surrounding the resignation of Ángel María Villar from his positions within UEFA pending corruption allegations.  PP then went on to explain some of the reforms brought in by Aleksander Ceferin since taking post as President of UEFA, including 3 lots of 4-year term limits for positions on the Executive Committee, transparent bidding processes for electing hosts of Champions League finals for the years of 2018-2021 and the incorporation of all relevant stakeholders in the decisions-making process within UEFA.  He expressed unanimity within the European football community on the priorities of preserving good governance and, on this note, looked forward to future discussions with SIGA to see how both organisations can work together.

2. Report from the SIGA Coordinator (EMM)

2.1    Institutional Relations and Stakeholder Outreach

EMM provided an update on institutional relations from the last 6 months.  The highlights include the establishment of multiple cooperation agreements.  EMM thanked Brian Lewis and CANOC for their pioneering spirit for governance reform, and Cindy McCain for helping SIGA have the vision to branch out into work on Youth Development.  He mentioned the speaker platform given to SIGA at the recent MINEPS VI meeting of sports ministers in Kazan, Russia and the upcoming contribution to the next meeting of the CPLP (community of Lusophone countries) ministers.

EMM announced the formation of a sponsorship and media standing committee, spearheaded by Michael Robichaud of Mastercard. He also thanked David Luna for his support and for bringing in his expertise from U.S. government as well as the OECD.

EMM gave an overview of concerted stakeholder outreach that has taken place with each of the five SIGA stakeholder groups – sporting organisations, government, sports business, international organisations and government.

2.2   Structure, Governance, Administration, Funding

EMM said that SIGA is leading by example in terms of establishment of its governance model.  EMM thanked JTA for their work in supporting the communications objectives of SIGA, highlighted the development of SIGA as an independent voice, and congratulated the SIGA operational team on a job well done.  In terms of structure and development of operational objectives, EMM thanked the SIGA NC for their work in searching for nominations for Chair and CEO of SIGA and also thanked the IMMAF for seconding Isobel Carnwath to the SIGA team to assist with operations.  He also mentioned that the job description for SIGA operations manager is published on the SIGA website and numerous candidates are being considered.

EMM showed pictures of two pre-identified office spaces for SIGA in Geneva, adding that the Maison du Sport in Lausanne was full until 2018.  In the meantime, the bank account for SIGA

is set up and 99% of bills have been paid, with Pedro Machado and EMM the signatories to the bank account.

At the funding level, SIGA is still looking for more founding members to pledge funds in order to support SIGA operations. Information on who had paid and who had not paid yet financial contributions was disclosed. In the meantime, the sport integrity fund concept continues to be canvassed and supported by key stakeholders.

2.3   Upcoming priorities

EMM then presented the structural priorities for SIGA for the next 6 months, which is to elect Chair, CEO, Vice-Chairs and the SIGA Council, as well as the members of all SIGA internal organs.  In terms of conferences for the coming months, SIGA will participate at the ACAMS World Congress, the International Lawyers Association conference and the OECD Task Force on Counter-Illicit Trade, and separately will go to WADA headquarters for presentation of concept.

For SIGA, a Sport Integrity Forum and General Assembly is envisaged for the first quarter of 2018, in principle on 30 and 31 of January.

3. Admission of New Members and Committed Supporters

EMM introduced various organsations who had submitted application for membership and associate membership.

Eugene Minogue, interim CEO of Parkour Earth, presented his newly established international federation, citing various governance challenges they have experienced since their inception due to perceived issues of encroachment of their sport into the remit of gymnastics.  Misha Sher, Vice President, Sport & Entertainment, on behalf of MediaCom Worldwide, reflected previous comments about the important role of media in the sports integrity debate.  David Luna commended the leadership of SIGA for taking on such a challenging issue, and stressed the importance of tackling criminal infiltration of sport, something which will be continuously addressed by the OECD and US authorities.  Shellie Pfohl then took the floor on behalf of Safe Sport USA, commenting that she was happy to be in an organisation which shares the same values as SIGA.

EMM then presented Shellie Pfohl with a silver salver to mark Shellie’s contribution in the development of SIGA in her former capacity as Executive Director of the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. EMM confirmed that all the new SIGA Members and Committed Supporters would sign the Application for SIGA Membership at the of the GA.

All applications were approved by unanimity (Annex 1).

4.   SIGA Internal Governance Model

Michael Pederson (MP) introduced the various codes forming part of the SIGA Internal Governance model, giving special thanks to Katie Simmonds, Ian Smith, Eddie Marshbaum and Chip Cottrell for their leading role in the drafting process.  He explained that SIGA intends to lead by example and that the consultation process was multi-sectoral.  It is intended to convene a workshop in the autumn to revisit the provisions to test that they are fit for purpose.  EMM reiterated MP’s words that the documents were living, thanked Gemma Aiolfi for her contributions too, and suggested the autumn workshop possibly to be hosted by the Greek government in Athens, as proposed by the Minister of Sport of Greece.

4.1    SIGA Code of Ethics

MP explained that the Code of Ethics exemplifies industry best practice, and adheres to 10 key principles which he read out.

4.2    SIGA Gift & Entertainment Policy

MP gave an overview of the SIGA Gifts & Entertainment Policy, which he said was an example of SIGA leading by example and setting a high bar.  He gave the example of maintaining a publicly available register of gifts as a leading practice.

4.3    SIGA Conflicts of Interest Policy

MP explained that conflicts of interest are not necessarily a bad thing; they just have to be managed.  This is the spirit that is reflected in the SIGA Conflicts of Interest Policy.  The measure should be that any potential conflict of interest cannot have the risk of bringing SIGA into disrepute.

4.4    SIGA Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy

MP presented the SIGA Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy which strictly prohibits and outlaws any form of bribery or corruption.  Like the other policies, it is an exemplary policy drawing from best practice from multiple sectors.

4.5   SIGA Audit & Compliance Committee Charter

Eddie Marshbaum (EM) provided an overview of the drafting process for the SIGA Audit & Compliance Committee Charter.  He explained that the document draws from best international practice and from the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  He thanked the members of the drafting sub-committee for their contributions and welcomed further feedback from the SIGA GA.

4.6  SIGA Electoral Regulations

Ian Smith (IS) gave an overview of the SIGA Electoral Regulations.  He explained that the regulations cover all the different posts to SIGA, whether administrative, leadership or committee positions.  In the meantime, temporary regulations are in place to take the organisation through until the next General Assembly.  All candidates for leadership positions in the organisation will be subject to rigorous integrity checks and no proxy voting is accepted within SIGA organs.

Richard Caborn (RC) asked clarity on term limits for the role of Chair to which IS explained that it reflected best practice to have a maximum of two 4-year terms, without the possibility of serving consecutive terms.

Dr Jan Dauman, Head of Strategy Consultancy Practice of CET (attending in an observer capacity) asked if there were vetting checks on external organisation wishing to become members of SIGA, to which IS responded that there are specific membership criteria and therefore, at this stage, no due diligence per se on organisations wishing to attend a General Assembly, but rather only on individuals proposing to serve on SIGA committees or in the leadership or administration.

4.7  Terms of Reference for the SIGA Standing Committees

EMM gave an overview of the terms of reference for the SIGA Standing Committees which would cover SIGA’s areas of expertise, being good governance, financial integrity and sports betting integrity.  He requested the General Assembly to come forward with names for suggested members of the committees.

The proposed SIGA Regulations and Policies were approved by unanimity. EMM thanked the General Assembly, the Task Force members and KS for her hard work in coordinating the output of all the working groups.

5. Update by the Chairman of the SIGA Nominations Committee (NC)

LJS announced the unanimous decision of the SIGA NC to nominate Franco Frattini as Chair of SIGA.  He then displayed a video from Franco Frattini explaining his dedication to the SIGA mission.  LJS explained that the nomination had been presented to the SIGA a.i. Council and EMM reported that the nomination had been accepted and unanimously approved by the a.i. Council.  He then tabled this for consideration to the General Assembly, which was ratified by unanimity by show of hands.

Having elected a Chair, LJS explained that the next steps were to build out the membership group of SIGA and to involve the Chairman in the nomination of candidates for CEO of SIGA.  EMM reminded that there were provisions in the SIGA statutes for five Vice-Chairs, to be appointed once elections for the Council had been conducted.

6.   SIGA Training, Education and Capacity Building Task Force

KS provided an overview of the developments achieved by the SIGA Training, Education and Capacity Building Task Force.  Six early adopters of the SIGA Universal Standards have been identified – ESIC, EPFL, CANOC, LEN, IMMAF and Special Olympics and she welcomed the last two as the newest agreed early adopters and thanked each of the organisations for their commitment, both in time and resources.  KS outlined the composition of the Task Force and reported that real and demonstrable progress has been made with visible results. KS explained, for example, that ESIC is committed to a programme which should see the organisation achieve bronze standard by the end of the year. The Trinidad and Tobago National Olympic Committee is going to be the first NOC member to adopt the standards in the Caribbean region. KS then explained to the General Assembly the framework and the practical process that each early adopter will go through in order to adopt the SIGA Universal Standards, including electing their ambition level (in the first instance bronze standard) timeframe, completing a questionnaire to identify the gaps and the development of a customised implementation plan. KS explained next steps in 2018 and left the members of the General Assembly with a challenge, asking them to consider whether their organisation would benefit from getting involved with the Task Force.

7.   SIGA Independent Assessment and Rating System

Ty Francis (TF) presented the mission, purpose and scope of the SIGA Independent Rating and Verification System (SIRVS), focussing on the importance of having SIGA itself as the body to provide the functionality of the system, as the arbiter of the SIGA Universal Standards.  He explained the advantage of SIGA performing this function since it would provide consistency and intuitive understanding of the SIGA standards.  He then took the delegates through the SIRVS assessment process, which involves first filling out a questionnaire related to the SIGA Universal Standards, then SIGA independently verifying the answers to these questions and finally an independent assessment of the level of compliance with the standards.   He expressed that the resourcing implications of performing this function are major and proposed the launch of service for July 2018.

Dr Jan Dauman, Head of Strategy Consultancy Practice of CET (attending in an observer capacity) asked how SIGA could take into account local cultures and standards when performing the assessment, to which TF answered that organisations would be assessed against the standards only, and so the assessment would be objective and transparent.

Ivi-Triin Odrats (ITO) made a brief presentation on the issue of independence and presented an ecosystem whereby an independent organisation would perform the assessment process.  She said the service could be expanded to encapsulate rating around CSR compliance and cultural change and other issues.  Furthermore, by use of an algorithm, the service could be digitised and hence made more efficient.

EMM thanked TF and ITO for their contributions and reiterated the importance of independence in the rating process, whoever carries it out.

8.   Communications Update

Jon Tibbs (JT) started by providing some context for the SIGA General Assembly and Sport Integrity Forum.  While the delegates were sitting here this morning, police were at the Maison du Sport in Geneva intervening in an attempted palace coup at the AIBA.  Whilst this was going on, SIGA elected as independent Chair a mafia-busting judge.  JT commended Michael Payne’s contribution, stressed the importance of his role and influence within the industry and highlighted his positive views about the role of SIGA and support to our reform agenda.He presented the continually impressive figures regarding SIGA’s social media following and called on all organisations present to continue to support SIGA.

9.   Financial Matters

Pedro Machado (PM) presented the spreadsheet that was circulated in advance of the meeting covering SIGA’s accounts for the first half of 2017, the interim budget for the second half of 2017 and the 2018 budget forecast.  He explained the breakdown of the figures in the spreadsheet, taking delegates through the various assumptions made, and the distinction between direct and indirect costs.

The SIGA accounts related to the first semester of 2017 were unanimously approved by the General Assembly, as well as the interim budget for the second semester of 2017, including the proposed membership fees, and the 2018 financial outlook.

10.  AOB

EMM thanked all participants for their attention and time, the hosts for their generosity, Rosa Mota for her presence and everyone involved for their commitment to SIGA.  David Evangelista thanked the SIGA team for allowing the Special Olympics to have a voice at the drinks function the night before the SIGA General Assembly.

No other business was raised and the meeting concluded at 2:00pm.


(General Assembly – 27.July.2017)


–         Alliance of European Football Coaches Associations (Walter Gagg, President)

–         Mediacom (Misha Sher, Vice-President, Sport & Entertainment)

–         Parkour Earth (Eugene Minogue, interim CEO)

–         U.S. Center for SafeSport (Shellie Pfohl, CEO)


–         CNID (Artur Madeira, Vice-President)

–         JCIC International (Jeannie Cameron, Managing Director)

–         Luna Global Networks & Convergence (David Luna, President and CEO)


Attendance list

SIGA Members & Committed Supporters

–         AGUILAR, Teresa – CEO, Pivot Sport

–         ALMEIDA, João Paulo – Director General, National Olympic Committee of Portugal

–         BAGANHA, Augusto – Director, Institute of Sport and Youth of Portugal

–         BERNAL – QUIROS, Esperanza – Compliance Manager, La Liga

–         CABORN, Richard – Senior Advisor, QUEST

–         CAMERON, Jeannie –Managing Director, JCIC

–         CHOLEVAS, Alexadros – Legal Counselor, Ministry of Culture and Sport of Greece

–         COLOMBO, Alberto – Deputy Secretary General, EPFL

–         CONSTANTINO, José Manuel – President, National Olympic Committee of Portugal

–         EVANGELISTA, David – President, Special Olympics

–         FRANCIS, Ty – Executive Vice President & Group Publisher, Ethisphere

–         GAGG, Walter – President, Alliance of European Football Coaches Association

–         GEORGIADES, Kleanthis – Chairman, Cyprus Sport Organisation

–         GUIA, Diogo – Director, ICSS INSIGHT

–         HANZAB, Mohammed – Chairman, ICSS & ICSS INSIGHT

–         HASANOV, Ramil – Secretary General, Turkic Council

–         HERSHMAN, Michael – Group CEO, ICSS

–         KOUTSIOUNDAS, Vassos – Head of Finance, Cyprus Sport Organisation

–         KRANSIKI, Memli – First Vice President, Kosovo Olympic Committee

–         LEWIS, Brian – President, CANOC and President, Trinidad & Tobago National Olympic Committee

–         LIMA, José Carlos – Coordinator, National Plan for Ethics in Sport of Portugal

–         LORENZO, Alfredo – Integrity and Security Director, La Liga

–         LUNA, David – President and CEO, Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies, LLC; Departing Chair of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade

–         MACEDO DE MEDEIROS, Emanuel – SIGA, Coordinator / CEO, ICSS INSIGHT

–         MACHADO, Pedro – Partner, PwC

–         MADEIRA, Artur – Vice-President, CNID

–         MARSHBAUM, Eddie – Director, QUEST

–         MINOGUE, Eugene – Interim CEO, Parkour Earth

–         MOTA, Rosa – Olympic Gold Medallist/SIGA Ambassador

–         NESSI, Giulio – Junior Policy Analyst, Public Sector Integrity, OECD

–         PEDERSEN, Michael – Founder, M INC – CHANGE THE GAME

–         PFOHL, Shellie – CEO, U.S. Center for SafeSport

–         ROBICHAUD, Michael – Senior Vice President, MasterCard

–         SHER, Misha – Vice-President Sport & Entertainment, Mediacom

–         SIMMONDS, Katie, Director of Sports Governance and Financial Integrity, ICSS INSIGHT

–         SMITH, Ian – Founder and Commissioner, ESIC

–         STEVENS, Lord John – Chairman, QUEST

–         TEBAS, Javier – President, La Liga

–         TIBBS, Jon – Chairman, JTA

–         VASSILIADIS George, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport of Greece

–         VIDAL, Laurent – Professor, Sorbonne

–         WHITE, Densign – CEO, IMMAF

–         YURDAKUL Emre – Chief of Protocol, Turkic Council

–         ҪIVILER, Ali – Project Director, Turkic Council

Guests/ Observers

–         CHICAN, Philippe – Representative in France, Standard in Ethics

–         DAUMAN, Jan – Head of CET’s Strategy Consultancy Practice, CET

–         HINZAB, Nasser Hamad – Legal Adviser, Qatari Delegation to UNESCO

–         HOPLEY, John – CFO, ICSS

–         LICHTENHEIN, Mark – Chairman, Sports Rights Owners Coalition

–         MCCARTHY, Shaun – CEO, ICSS Enterprise

–         O’LAOIRE, Ronan – Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC

–         ODRATS, Ivi-Triin – Secretary to the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media, Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe

–         PINTO, Pedro – Managing Director of Communications, UEFA

–         REBORADO, Luis – Founder & Director, Responsible Gambling

–         SOTO, Daniel – Euroleague Basketball

–         TUOHEY, Brendan – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Peaceplayers International

–         WEBB-MOSS Karen – Executive Director Communications, ICSS


SIGA General Assembly 

31 January 2017, 9.00-13.00

Chartered Accountants’ Hall, London, UK

In attendance:

For full list of attendees, please refer to Annex 1

1. Welcome and Introduction  

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros (“EMM”), SIGA Coordinator, welcomed all attendees and thanked ICAEW for hosting the General Assembly, as well as their continuous support to the development of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (“SIGA”).

EMM referred to SIGA’s key milestones, commencing from the initial meeting held in the margins of the Securing Sport conference in November 2015 in New York to the current General Assembly, which he described as “a historical moment”. During that time, EMM also presented the main activities carried out since the last General Assembly on 13 September in Cascais. EMM finally briefly explained the SIGA ad interim Council’s proposals as to how the General Assembly will unfold in terms of main agenda items.

The agenda was approved as presented.

2. SIGA ad interim Council Report of Activities and Next Steps (January – July 2017)

EMM presented an update of the activities carried out by the SIGA a.i. Council and highlighted the upcoming priorities, proposing that the Members and Coordinator, appointed on 13 June 2016 (see Annex 2), remain in their roles until official elections are held at the next General Assembly, in July 2017, to ensure the efficient running of the organisation until such period. The General Assembly took note of the report given and approved the proposal. James H. Cottrell (JHC) from Deloitte asked if there was any other Member that wished to be part of the Council to say so. No feedback was received.

3. New Supporters of SIGA

EMM referred to the growing number of organisations and champions who are supporting SIGA. Within this context, he gave the floor to a sample of institutions, who introduced themselves and explained the reasons why they join the coalition, namely: Agence pour la Diffusion de l’Information Technologique (“ADIT”); the Cyprus Sport Organisation; Ethisphere; Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI); Government of the Republic of Greece; the National Olympic Committee of Kosovo.

The proposed organisations were all admitted, as Supporters of SIGA, by the General Assembly

4. SIGA Development Process

4.1 Incorporation

EMM reminded that the draft Statutes of SIGA were circulated prior to the General Meeting held on 13 September 2016, after which an inclusive consultation process was conducted in order to ensure the active engagement of all Supporters of SIGA and the collection of inputs. EMM made reference to the main features of the SIGA Statutes and asked the Members to vote.

In terms of next steps, EMM explained that, over the next few months, focus will be given to concluding SIGA’s incorporation process, including the opening of a bank account, the application for tax exemption status, the launch of the registration procedure at the Swiss Registry of Commerce and the recruitment of a full time professional to strengthen the operational team.

Simon Greenberg (“SG”) of Dow Jones Sport recommended that, in relation to the SIGA future seat office, consideration is given to other locations rather than just Geneva, for example the Maison du Sport International (MSI) in Lausanne. Karen Webb-Moss (hereafter “KWM”) from ICSS shared this sentiment. EMM welcomed the suggestion and informed that an update report will be circulated in due time, containing a number of concrete office options and locations, to domicile the Association.

SG said that there was a need for an Independent Chairman of SIGA and suggested that the Statutes be changed accordingly.

The SIGA Statutes were approved by unanimity and acclamation by the General Assembly.

4.2 Interim Budget

EMM presented the proposed interim budget for the period from 1 January to 30 June 2017, previously agreed by the ad interim Council. He explained that the next steps should be the commitment of initial funds by all founding Members, the reaching of an agreement over the 2017-2018 budget, to be developed by the concerned task force, as well as on the funding model beyond this date.

On the issue of membership contributions, EMM specified that they revolved around three ideas: (i) financial contributions must be reasonable, proportionate and affordable; (ii) should follow a sliding scale of contributions depending on financial means of the Member organisations; and (iii) the respective amount and banding system should be approved at the General Assembly in July 2017. Moreover, EMM added that monetary contributions could be supplemented by value in-kind contributions by Members, donations and other possible sources, as foreseen in the Statutes.

The proposed budget for the period running until 30 June 2017, as well as the roadmap to take a decision on the longer-term financing of SIGA, were approved by the General Assembly by unanimity.

4.3 Communications / Media Strategy

Jonathan Tibbs (“JT”) from Jon Tibbs Associates (“JTA”) presented SIGA Communications Plan.

JT explained that the main objective was to build and protect the SIGA brand (notably the logo and general identity). As an illustration of this, he specified that upon its launch on 30 January, SIGA’s new website received over 100 hack attempts – whose sources they have managed to identify.

JT also emphasised that main elements of SIGA’s Communication Plan will be the registration of the SIGA logo to further secure the organisation’s brand identity, the development of a communications timeline, the identification of key editorial opportunities, the support of stakeholder outreach efforts and the preparation of media operations for SIGA’s next General Assembly, as well as the building of SIGA’s credibility.

SG commented that a new operational team should be recruited within the six-month interim budget and added that the current budget seemed too limited to allow for the appointment of a CEO of the highest calibre. SG said SIGA should try to recruit a CEO now rather than wait until the next SIGA General Assembly. SG suggested setting up a sort of nominations committee to facilitate the process related to both the CEO and Chairman.

EMM agreed that the current interim budget was too low to recruit a CEO and clarified that the idea behind the six-month interim budget was not to hire a CEO, but rather to recruit a professional with managerial skillset to strengthen the operational team and the comms team as part of the transition process into a fully operational SIGA administration. EMM also pointed out that the future CEO and Council, including the Chair and Vice-Chairs, will be appointed in July in accordance with the Statutes, and reiterated the invitation to the SIGA Members to second a staff members, if possible.

5. SIGA Universal Standards on Good Governance, Financial Integrity and Sports Betting Integrity

5.1 Consultation Process – Update

Eddie Marshbaum (“EM”) from QUEST confirmed that internal and external consultation had been on-going on the Universal Standards on Good Governance, Financial Integrity and Sports Betting Integrity. This consultation process has upheld the status of the Universal Standards as a “living document”. It has involved SIGA members, supporters as well as relevant stakeholders beyond these groups.

EM also stressed the key challenges of the consultation process, such as catering for different types of sports organisations (in terms of function, size, internal organisation, legal status, geographical scope, etc.), stressing the central role of compliance (first self-assessment but then independent monitoring and rating system, which is at the core of SIGA’s raison d’être) and encouraging organisations to aim for the highest standards in accordance with their means.

EM announced that the consultation is ongoing (notably within the sport & Olympic movement) and that, while the current version of the Standards is already available on SIGA’s website, as a token of transparency and to encourage the widest possible consultation, the 2017 revised version of the Universal Standards will be published in July 2017.

The Universal Standards in their current form were acknowledged by the General Assembly.

5.2 Early Adopters and Implementation Plan

Katie Simmonds (“KS”), from ICSS EUROPE, presented the four targeted Early Adopters of the SIGA Universal Standards: (i) The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL); (ii) The Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC); (iii) The Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC); and (iv) the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN).  KS also informed that a training, education and capacity-building workshop on Good Governance and Final Integrity with CANOC members would take place to that end on 2 February 2017 in the margins of the CANOC Assembly General in Colombia.

6. Signing Ceremony of the SIGA Constitution by Founding Members

Representatives of SIGA Founding Members and Committed Supporters signed the approved Statutes of SIGA. The list of Founding Members and Founding Committed Supporters is attached as Annex 3 and Annex 4, which form an integral part of these minutes.

7. SIGA Task Forces – composition, objectives and road map

7.1 Training, Education, Capacity Building

EMM briefly outlined the main objective of the Task Force on Training, Education and Capacity Building and presented its plan of activities and roadmap:

–      Definition of the appropriate educational tools – e.g. e-learning/workshops, etc.;

–      Conduct of pilot projects to scope existing capacity within early adopter organisations;

–      Transition to an e-learning platform in the medium and long term, including giving the early adopters sufficient time to implement the SIGA Universal Standards;

–      Development of a two-year timeline including the point at which SIGA becomes a fully operational service organisation

Cindy McCain (“CM”) from the McCain Institute then stressed the importance of pre-ongoing and post-evaluation in training and how it should be at the centre of SIGA’s capacity-building efforts.

The objectives and roadmap of the Task Force on Training, Education and Capacity Building were approved by the General Assembly.

7.2 Independent Rating System

EMM explained that the main objectives of the Task Force and summarised the main elements of the Task Force’s roadmap:

–      Analysing similar rating systems in different industries to draw comparisons;

–      Agreeing methodology and typology for development of rating system;

–      Finding consensus on self-assessment / ‘name and fame’ approach;

–      Devising an implementation strategy;

–      Planning a credibility-building strategy so that SIGA achieves mandate to rate

–      Developing a certification model

The objectives and roadmap of the Task Force on Independent Assessment and Rating were approved by the General Assembly.

7.3 Governance Model

Michael Pedersen (“MP”) from M-INC > Change the Game explained  the main purposes of the Task Force. MP also explained that the Task Force will work in priority on incorporating the following key features into SIGA’s model:

–      Multi-stakeholder, collaborative nature;

–      Voluntary membership based – founding members / committed supporters;

–      Democratic appointments (election for Council & CEO);

–      Council Set-up – Chair, Vice-Chairs, CEO (ex officio), strong emphasis on independence and diversity of membership;

–       Eligibility, integrity and professional checks of persons in leadership positions;

–      Rules on conflicts of interest, anti-bribery and anti-corruption;

–      Procedures on gifts, travel and hospitality to persons in leadership positions;

–      Procedures on the procurement of goods and services

The objectives and roadmap of the Task Force on the Governance Model were approved by the General Assembly.

7.4 Budget (Business Plan)

Richard Caborn OBE (“RC”), from QUEST, clarified the objective of the SIGA Budget Task Force, namely to develop a six-month interim budget, an annual budget for July 2017 – June 2018 and a sustainable long-term funding model that ensures independence and success of the organisation.

RC then recapped the main items of the Task Force’s plan going ahead:

–      Agreement on 6-month interim budget – which was approved earlier during the General Assembly;

–      Development within the Task Force of an annual budget for July 2017 – June 2018;

–      Development of a five-year operating budget;

–      Canvassing of SIGA and its long-term sports integrity fund model to key stakeholders

In that framework, RC drew particular attention on SIGA Sports Integrity Fund a contribution to sports integrity. Reflecting on his experience in the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as former UK Minister for Sport, RC explained how the sports integrity fund was an innovative mechanism that would allow to protect SIGA from the independence and integrity issues WADA has been subject to over the recent past due to its reliance on IOC funding.

The objectives and roadmap of the Task Force on the SIGA Budget and Business Plan were approved by the General Assembly.

8. Other Business

No other business

9. Next Steps

EMM recapped all the decisions that were approved during the General Assembly.

Ian Smith (“IS”) from ESIC paid tribute to EMM and the operational team at ICSS EUROPE and QUEST for their hard work and dedication. IS recognised that ICSS EUROPE has been instrumental in this effort and that the long hours and resources spent in terms of travel and working over weekends to reach this point meant that the success of the Forum and the GA could not have been achieved without them.

EMM also informed the attendees that the next SIGA General Assembly should take place in July 2017 at a precise date and venue to be confirmed in due course.


Attendance list

–       AGUILAR, Teresa – CEO, Pivot Sport

–       AIOLFI, Gemma – Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance / Collective Action, Basel Institute of Governance

–       ALMEIDA, João Paulo – Director General, National Olympic Committee of Portugal

–       ANASTASIOS, Pantazidis – President, Hellenic Federation of Modern Penthatlon

–       BERNAL, Esperanza – La Liga

–       BICHI, Alberto – Secretary-General, European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI)

–       BISTRICKAITE, Ramune – Sports Lawyer

–       BONOLI, Paolo – Professor, Catholic University of Milan

–       BOULTON, John – Technical Manager, ICAEW

–       BROWN, Kerrith – President, IMMAF

–       BUSINARO, Luca – President, European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI)

–       CABORN, Richard – Senior Advisor, QUEST

–       CAMERON, Jeannie – Managing Director, JCIC International

–       CARDENAL, Miguel – Former Secretary of State of Sport for Spain, Government of Spain

–       CARVALHO, Jorge – Director of Sport, Portuguese Sport Institute

–       ÇIVILER, Ali – Project Director, Turkic Council

–       COTTRELL, James H. – Global Chief Ethics Officer, Deloitte

–       COURTEAUT, Kajsa – Consultant Business Ethics, ADIT

–       EVANGELISTA, David – President, Special Olympics

–       VEIGA GOMES, Fernando – President of the Sports Law Commission, UIA

–       FLANAGAN, Sir Ronnie – Chair of the Anti-Corruption Unit, International Cricket Council

–       FRANCIS, Ty – Executive Vice President & Group Publisher, Ethisphere

–       FRISCHKNET, Paulo – Executive Director, European Aquatics

–       FULLER, Jaimie – Executive Chairman, SKINS

–       GEORGIADES, Klenathis – Chairman, Cyprus Sport Organisation

–       GRANT, Chris – Board Member, Sport England

–       GREENBERG, Simon – Head of Global Rights, NewsCorp

–       GUIA, Diogo – Director, ICSS EUROPE

–       HANZAB, Mohammed – President, ICSS

–       HASANI, Besim – President, National Olympic Committee of Kosovo

–       HASANOV, Ramil – Secretary General, Ambassador, Turkic Council

–       HASSON, Oren – CEO, Israeli Professional Football Leagues

–       HERSHMAN, Michael – Group CEO, ICSS

–       HOGBERG, Curt – Member of Executive Board, Swedish Athletics

–       JAY, Patrick – Former Director of Trading, Hong Kong Jockey Club

–       JOSEPH, Keith – President, National Olympic Committee of St. Vincent and The Grenadines

–       KAZANDJIAN, Danny – General Manager, Rugby League European Federation

–       KILLY, Rhadames – Partner, DE GAULLE FLEURANCE & ASSOCIÉS

–       KOUTSIOUNDAS, Vassos – Head of Finance, Cyprus Sport Organisation

–       LATCOVICH, Meghan –  Strategic Advisor, McCain Institute

–       LEWIS, Brian – President, CANOC

–       LIMA, José Carlos – Coordinator, National Plan for Ethics in Sport of Portugal

–       LORENZO, Alfredo – Integrity and Security Director, La Liga


–       MACHADO, Pedro – Partner, PwC *

–       MARCOLINO, Paulo – Director-General, Portuguese Sport Foundation

–       MARHSBAUM, Eddie – Director, QUEST

–       McCAIN, Cindy – Founder, McCain Institute

–       McDONELL, Rick – Executive Secretary, ACAMS

–       MIGGIANI, Kristina – Intellectual Services Provider, OECD

–       MOLINA, David – Vice President Sponsorship Europe, MasterCard

–       MOYERSOEN, Patricia – President, AIAF

–       NABAIS, Diogo – Deputy Secretary of State of Youth and Sport, Government of Portugal

–       O’LEARY, Erica – QUEST

–       OLSSON, Lars-Christer – Chairman, EPFL

–       PEDERSEN, Michael – Founder, M INC – CHANGE THE GAME

–       PIARULLI, Robert – Director General, World Taekwondo Federation

–       PUJOL, Thierry – Chief Executive, FDJ

–       RAHMAN, Babar – Senior Manager Global Sponsorship, Qatar Airways

–       RUSSELL, Sophie – Business Manager, Dow Jones

–       SERAFEIM, Ioanna – Head of Office, Government of Greece

–       SHELLEY, Andrew – Chief Executive, World Squash

–       SIMMONDS, Katie, Director of Sports Governance and Financial Integrity, ICSS EUROPE

–       SMITH, Ian – Founder and Commissioner, ESIC

–       SOTO, Dani – General Counsel Adviser, Euroleague Basketball

–       SPELLER, Paulo – Secretary General, OEI *

–       STEVENS, Lord John – Chairman, QUEST

–       THIRY, Frédéric – Senior Vice President Business Ethics, ADIT

–       TIBBS, Jon – Founder, JTA

–       VASSILIADIS, George – Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, Government of Greece

–       VIDAL, Laurent – Professor, Sorbonne

–       VILOTTE, Jean-François – Partner, DE GAULLE FLEURANCE & ASSOCIÉS

–       WEBB-MOSS Karen – Executive Director Communications, ICSS

–       WHITE, Densign – CEO, IMMAF

–       YURDAKUL, Emre – Chief of Protocol, Turkic Council

*Participation via conference call


SIGA ad interim Council and Coordinator (January – July 2017)

Ad interim – with members by category


– Lars-Christer Olsson, Chairman, European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL)

– Jason Ferguson, Chairman, World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

– Brian Lewis, President, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and Member of the Executive Board of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC)



– Shellie Pfohl, Former Executive Director, United States President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

– Miguel Cardenal, Former Secretary of State for Sport of Spain

Appointments pending


– Leonard McCarthy, Vice President Integrity, World Bank

– David Luna, Chairman, OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade

– Rick McDonell, Executive Director, Association of Chartered Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)


– Michael Robichaud, Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorship, MasterCard

– Salam Al Shawa, Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Qatar Airways

– Simon Greenberg, Head of Dow Jones Sport and Global Head of Rights, News Corp

From NGOs:

Mohammed Hanzab, President, International Centre for Sport Security

Mark Pieth, Chairman, Basel Governance Institute

Laurent Vidal, Professor of Law, University Pantheon 1 Paris – Sorbonne


James Cottrell, Global Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Deloitte Advisory Services

Pedro Machado, Partner, Financial Services Risk and Regulation Advisory, PwC


Founding Members

–         ADIT, Represented by: Mr Frédéric Thiry, Senior Vice President Business Ethics

–         BASEL INSTITUTE ON GOOD GOVERNANCE, Represented by: Mrs Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance / Collective Action

–         CARRIBBEAN ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES, Represented by: Mr Brian Lewis, President

–         CYPRUS SPORT ORGANISATION, Represented by: Mr Kleanthis Georgiades, Chairman of the Board of Directors

–         DELOITTE, Represented by: Mr James H. Cottrell, Global Chief Ethics Officer

–         EUROPEAN AQUATICS, Represented by: Mr Paolo Frischknecht, Executive Director

–         ESPORTS INTEGRITY COALITION, Represented by: Mr Ian Smith, Commissioner

–         DOW JONES SPORT, Represented by: Mr Simon Greenberg, Head

–         PLANO NATIONAL DE ÉTICA NO DESPORTO, Represented by: Mr. José Carlos Lima, National Coordinator

–         FUNDAҪÃO DO DESPORTO, Represented by: Mr. Paulo Marcolino, Director General

–         ICSS EUROPE, Represented by: Mr Mohammed Hanzab, Chairman and Dr. Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO

–         McCAIN INSTITUTE, Represented by: Mrs Cindy McCain, Founder

–         NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF PORTUGAL, Represented by: Mr João Paulo Almeida


–         NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, Represented by: Mr Brian Lewis, President

–         PIVOT SPORT, Represented by: Mrs Teresa Aguilar, CEO

–         QUEST, Represented by: Lord John Stevens, Chairman

–         SPANISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE, Represented by: Mr Alfredo Lorenzo, Integrity and Security Director

–         SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Represented by: Mr David Evangelista, Acting President and Managing Director

–         SWEDISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE, Represented by: Mr. Lars-Christer Olsson, Chairman

–         NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF KOSOVO, Represented by: Mr. Besim Hasani

–         ETHISPHERE, Represented by: Mr. Ty Francis

–         TURKIC COUNCIL, Represented by: Ambassador Ramil Hasanov


Founding Committed Supporters

–         ACAMS, Represented by: Mr Rick McDonell, Executive Secretary

–         CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Represented by: Mr Rick McDonell, Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Executive Master of Arts in Financial Integrity

–         GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GREECE, Represented by: Mr George Vassiliades, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports

–         INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SPORTS LAWYERS, Represented by: Ms Patricia Moyersone, President

–         M CHANGE THE GAME, Represented by Mr Michael Pedersen, Founder

–         UIA, Represented by Mr Fernando Veiga Gomes, President