Travis T. Tygart has been USADA’s Chief Executive Officer since September of 2007 and works to carry out the organization’s mission to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. Tygart has led some of USADA’s most significant efforts to protect clean sport, including its investigation of the U.S. Postal Service pro-cycling team doping conspiracy and the international doping conspiracy involving the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco.
Ines Geipel was born in 1960 in Dresden, German Democratic Republic. She started with athletics in 1977. Geipel was part of the women's SC Motor Jena athletics team in 1984 that broke the World Record 4 x 100 in relay. She has since asked for the record to be removed, because she says it came about the state-doping in G.D.R. She ended her career in 1985 because of political conflicts in GDR and studied German literature. She experienced many difficulties with the Stasi as she wanted to flee to the West. In 1989, she fled to the West where she studied Philosophy.
She has been a novel writer since 1996 and has written 20 books. Since 2000, she is a Professor of poetry at the Theatre of the Berlin University of the Arts. That same year, plaintiff of the biggest doping-process in Berlin against the leader of the GDR-state-doping. Since 2013, she is the President of the Doping Victims Assistance Organization in Germany and represents one of the most famous voices of the anti-doping fight in Germany.
Ann-Sofie Bakshi, Ph.D. is a researcher at STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems), Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm County Council, Sweden. Ann-Sofie is a communication researcher with a focus on implementation research. In recent years, she has mainly evaluated interventions and method implementations in the alcohol- and drug field, such as the functionality of innovative treatments for alcohol addiction in clinical settings. Currently, she is involved in the evaluation of 100 % Pure Hard Training, a community-based programme for doping prevention used by Swedish gyms since 2008.
Yasmina Molero, Ph.D, is currently a researcher at STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems) at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. Yasmina’s research focus is on the use of anabolic androgenic steroids, nutritional supplements, and illicit drugs among gym-goers in Sweden. She is also involved in the evaluation of the effectiveness and implementation of a community-based prevention programme targeting anabolic androgenic steroid use in gyms; the 100% Pure Hard Training programme.
Renzo Ferrante, Lieutenant / Inspector at Carabinieri NAS in Florence, a special branch of Italian Carabinieri civil and military police specialized in public health protection, with a 22 years long experience in fighting illegal activities in sports at all levels (doping affairs, cases of misconduct by sport bodies, economic corruption finalized to outcome the competitions). Since 2011, he has been cooperating with WADA to manage and strengthen synergy to enhance the cooperation between Anti-Doping Organizations and Law Enforcement. He also managed several international criminal cases in cooperation with Law Enforcement Agencies from several countries and attended investigative working groups about doping related crime at Interpol and Europol.
Olivier de Hon (1972) is Manager Scientific Affairs of the official National Anti-Doping Organisation of the Netherlands, ‘Dopingautoriteit’. Besides his everyday dealings with doping issues, his former scientific projects include: the prevalence of doping use, effectiveness of anti-doping policies, determinants of doping use in elite athletes & visitors of fitness centres, gene doping, and the quality of illegal doping substances. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the Health Base Foundation (Netherlands based pharmacist medication surveillance) and of the ‘Informed Sport’ program (UK based nutritional supplements testing scheme), member of the USA Cycling Anti-Doping Committee, coordinator of the anti-doping work package of the sub2hrs-project (see www.sub2hrs.com), and advisor to the polyclinic for users of anabolic steroids in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He is a volunteer guide of the Olympic Stadium in his hometown Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Hans Wassink was editor/senior editor for several Dutch and international bodybuilding- and fitnessmagazines, such as Sport & Fitness, Hercules, Natural Body, Ironman Europe and Muscle & Fitness, and was editor in chief of Hardcore Bodybuilding (Dutch). Currently (2006 - ) he is educator sports for all (Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands) and co-author of ‘Op Eigen Kracht’ (True Strength) and ‘Doping: de nuchtere feiten’ (Doping: the sober facts) and webmaster of www.eigenkracht.nl.
Caroline Kistorp, Associate Professer with primary research interest in cardiovascular endocrinology. My research focus being the underlying mechanisms between insulin resistance and adipcyte dysfunction and the increased risk of heart failure among patients with type 2 diabetes and abusers of anabolic steroids. I have inititated previous and ongoing studies on the side effects of doping among both former and current abusers of steroids, investigating the impact on testicular function and in collaboration with basic scientists on adipocyte and myocyte function. I have co-initiated and participated in the steering committee in several RCTs in metabolism and cardiovascular disease.
Jukka Koskelo has worked in Dopinglinkki since 2010 and has been in charge of creating the existing stakeholder network. He has a background in sports physiology and medical physics. He has worked as a researcher more than ten years and given presentations in several international conferences annually. His expertise includes anti-doping education and prevention in recreational sports, and scientific research.
Francesco Capuani, a former student of the College of Europe (International Relations and Diplomatic Studies). The department focused on the political, legal and economic aspects of the EU’s external relations. Currently works as EU Project Officer at EuropeActive, the leading non-for-profit organisation supporting active and healthy lifestyle in Europe.The office focuses primarily on EU funded project management (writing application, financial and technical monitoring, final and interim report for the European commission), mainly Erasmus+ and Horizon2020 projects.The EU Affairs team also organizes and attend events and conferences related to physical activities, supports the writing of policy documents/ position papers and pursues lobbying activities on behalf of EuropeActive members at meetings with the EU institutions (DG EAC, DG SANTE, DG EMPL, DG GROWTH, EACEA) and external stakeholders.
Clement De Maillard, officer in the French Gendarmerie. He has been working 09 years for the French Gendarmerie, in different areas. He was especially appointed as head of tactical surveillance unit specialized in organized crimes & terrorism, for the South-East area of France. Since 2014, Clément de Maillard is seconded by the French Gendarmerie to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat Lyon as Project Manager (Anti-Corruption unit). Clément is dealing with anti-doping and performance-enhancing drugs trafficking in the framework of the co-operation agreement signed between INTERPOL and WADA. Currently, Clément is also PhD candidate in criminology for the School of Criminal Justice in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is specialized in police, criminal intelligence, and intelligence-led policing. He has written and published several contributions on this matters.
Dominic Sagoe is an associate professor at the Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen, Norway. He obtained a PhD in psychology from same institution in 2015. His specialization is in psychosocial and epidemiological aspects of performance and image-enhancing drug (PIED) use, particularly illicit anabolic steroid use. Dominic has published several peer reviewed and popular articles on various aspects of the PIED and anabolic steroid use field. He has collaborated with Anti-Doping Norway and many other academics and researchers, health professionals, and policymakers around the world.
Dr. Harrison G. Pope, Jr. is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Chief of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Pope has authored more than 320 peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of topics in psychiatry, including work on psychotic disorders, major mood disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse. In 2003, Dr. Pope was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world’s most widely cited psychiatrists/psychologists and separately as one of the most world’s most widely cited neuroscientists.
Anders Schmidt Vinther is currently employed at Department of Health and Culture, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark. He is the project leader of Aalborg Antidoping, a local community-based project that seeks to prevent the use of doping substances, especially steroids and image-enhancing drugs, among young men and women in the municipality. He holds a MS in Sports Science from Section for Sports Science, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University. With many years of engagement with and experience from strength training environments, especially bodybuilding and powerlifting, he has an academic as well as a personal interest in the topic of human enhancement
Malene Radmer Johannisson is senior consultant in Anti Doping Denmark, where she has been working since 2008 with prevention of doping outside sport through i.e. campaigns, education, networks and public affairs. Malene has a master’s degree in communication.
Ask Vest Christiansen, PhD, is an associate professor of sport science in the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University (AU) in Denmark. He is head of Section for Sport Sciences at AU and the co-director of the International Network of Doping Research (INDR).Dr Christiansen’s research has followed two main branches: Doping in elite sport and recreational athletes’ use of drugs in fitness and strength training environments. He has often addressed the athletes’ perspective in order to understand the motives and moral values that lie behind their decisions to use drugs or not to use drugs. He is the author of numerous books, journal articles and book chapters and he often contributes to discussions on sport, body and performance enhancement in the media as well as in the many public lectures he gives.
Mathieu Holz, Senior Officer in the French Gendarmerie. He has been working 11 years for the French Gendarmerie first as Deputy Head of a regional criminal investigations department. Then, in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009 between WADA and INTERPOL, he was seconded by the French Gendarmerie to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat at Lyon, as criminal intelligence officer in charge of anti-doping and performance-enhancing drugs trafficking. In September 2014, Mathieu joined WADA Intelligence and Investigations Department and was involved in Pound independent commission and Mclaren Independent Investigations. He is also coordinating WADA Anti-Doping Investigators Network gathering NADO, Ifs and INTERPOL project manager Clement de Maillard.
Kristin Kloster Aasen, Lawyer from University of Oslo 1990
2015 – to now: 1 vice president Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport
2011-2015: 2 vice president Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport
2003-2012: President Norwegian Equestrian Federation
Served on FEI Clean Sport Commission set up in 2008 in response to doping cases from the Olympic Games i Beijing 2008. Subsequent to the 2008 games, many of the riders requested better clarity on the issue of doping and medication substances.
The commission was chaired by Professor Arne Ljungqvist. It brought together representatives of veterinary medicine, as well as all stakeholder sectors in horse sport as well as governing bodies. I was the Commission´s representative for the national federations.
Ingrid Amalia Havnes is a medical doctor and psychiatrist. She has long clinical experience in the fields of mental health, forensic psychiatry, and addiction. Her current position is researcher at the Steroid Project at the National Advisory Unit on Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Oslo University hospital. She also works as a psychiatrist at an outpatient clinic for substance use disorders at Oslo University hospital, giving treatment to patients suffering from anabolic-androgenic steroid related mental health problems.
Susan Backhouse, PhD, is Director of Research and Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Nutrition in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. She leads a programme of research at Leeds Beckett University investigating the use of performance and image enhancing substances from multiple stakeholder perspectives (e.g., athlete, athlete support personnel, recreational user). In 2012, she was an invited member of the European Union Ad-hoc Expert Group on Doping in Recreational Sport, producing EU wide prevention guidelines. Susan convened the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science Clean Sport Interest Group in 2013 and she has worked in partnership with Sport’s National Governing Bodies, International Federations and the World Anti-Doping Agency to help develop the evidence base to inform anti-doping policy and practice.
Per Medbøe Thorsby, Medical head at the Hormonal Laboratory, Oslo University Hospital (OUS) since 2008. PhD in Heredity of Obesity and Diabetes. Head of the Anti Doping Norway Medical Committee (TUEC) from 2015. And leader of the research group: Biochemical endocrinology and metabolism at OUS. Former medical professional leader of Dopingtelefonen and great interest in the drug-related problems in patients who use androgenic anabolic steroids. Also working at clinical endocrinologist at OUS / National Hospital
Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General. Effective 1 July 2016, Olivier Niggli assumed the role as WADA's Director General. He was previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) and General Counsel of WADA. From 2011 to 2014, Olivier was a partner with the law firm Carrard & Associés in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was active in sport, arbitration and commercial law. He possesses extensive experience in the fight against doping, including his time as WADA's Legal Director and Chief Financial Officer from 2001-2011. Olivier Niggli holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from McGill University, and is fluent in both English and French. With his background and experience, he brings expertise to WADA in the legal, financial and governance areas.
Astrid Bjørnebekk is a researcher in cognitive neuroscience, with a PhD from the Karolinska Institute, currently working at the National Advisory Unit on Substance Use Disorder Treatment, at Oslo University Hospital. Bjørnebekk is fascinated by the “new” understanding of the brain as a plastic organ that changes and where nerve cells are added throughout the lifespan. Her research interest concerns factors influencing brain development and aging processes, and affect cognition and mental health. In recent years she has examined the consequences of prolonged anabolic-androgenic steroid use on brain and cognition. They use advanced brain imaging techniques, neuropsychological assessment and tools for assessing mental health to investigate these factors. They have conducted a large-scale neuroimaging investigation including 90 AAS users and 70 controls matched on age and heavy weight lifting, where some findings will presented at the conference.
Rob Koehler, appointed Deputy Director General of WADA on 31 March 2016. Koehler has been an integral member of WADA's staff since 2002; and, in his most recent role as Senior Director, Education & NADO/RADO Relations, was largely responsible for the advances made in initiating Regional Anti-Doping Organizations around the globe which includes the development of anti-doping programs in 16 regions in over 127 countries. Koehler is also responsible for the oversight of all National Anti-Doping Organizations and global anti-doping education. Koehler has been working in anti-doping field for over two decades. Prior to joining WADA he worked with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). During his tenure with the CCES, he was also responsible for managing doping control programs for major Games in Canada including the summer and winter Canada Games, the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.”
Anne Kristi Sommer, senior advisor in the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, where she has been working since 1999 with different tasks and responsibilities, including regulation, control and monitoring of food supplements in Norway. She has a master's degree in Food Science.
Øyvind Buraas is Assistant Chief of Police in the National Police Directorate, Section for Intelligence and Prevention. He is working with crime prevention, with a particular focus on drugs and doping. Buraas has been employed by the police since 1999 and worked with various areas of expertise such as patrol service, investigation and crime prevention including interdepartemental cooperation. Buraas is a representative of the police in the National Reference Group for Doping at ADNO.
Gry Støtvig, Acting Assistant Director, Directorate of Norwegian Customs. Støtvig is a trained customs officer and audit enforcement officer. After working 17 years in Norwegian Customs in various positions related to border crime and economic crime, Støtvig started working for Anti-Doping Norway in 2012. During her years in Anti-Doping Norway she helped strenghtening Anti-Doping Norway’s collaboration with law enforcement through memorandums of understanding with Norwegian police and customs and establish Dopingvarsel, the whistleblower system in sport. She also took the initiative to a tripartite collaboration between police, fitness centers and Anti-Doping Norway. Gry investigated several large analytical and non-analytical doping cases in sport and was one of the founding members of the WADA Anti-Doping Investigator Network, gathering National Anti-Doping Organisations, International Federations and Interpol. In late 2016, she left the position as manager, intelligence and investigations to start working in the newly established customs intelligence center.
Anne Thidemann is Cand.Scient from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. She has work experience from teaching, business and organizations. She has been the Vice President/top level athlete responsible and President in the Norwegian Amateur Athletic Association. She also has a background as coach for athletes on a national and international level. She is now Director for Virke Trening – the industry unit for Fitness Centres in Virke - The Enterprise Federation of Norway.
Eirin Nygaard Karlsholm Rise, advisor in Anti-Doping Norway, Department of Prevention and Public Health. She has worked in Anti-Doping Norway since 2012 and is now responsible for the education of both young people and relevant occupational groups with regard to the prevention of doping outside organized sport. She is also responsible for the project “ Local Mobilization” in various Municipalities in Norway. Eirin holds a Master's degree in Physical Activity and Health from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.
Kim Eilertsen is currently Director of administration in Anti-Doping Norway where he has worked since 2014. He has been in charge of developing the existing Clean Fitness Centre program and cooperation between fitness centers and the police at a local level. He has a background in sports and exercise and has worked in the fitness center industry for several years.
Fredrik Lauritzen is an exercise physiologist with a PhD in neurobiology from University of Oslo. After several years as a lecturer in physiology and exercise science, and researcher in physiology and medicine, both in Norway and in the United States, he got into the field of anti-doping in 2014. In 2016, Fredrik was appointed as the Director of the Dept. of Prevention and Public at Anti-doping Norway. The department aims at promoting clean sport and public health through education of youths, health personnel and other professions. This includes stimulating- and being involved in research on doping as a health- and societal problem, and development of novel prevention programs.¨
Ms Ângela Melo was born in Mozambique in 1959; She holds an LLM (Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse, France), as well as a B.A. and M.A. in Law (Universidade Eduardo Mondane, Maputo, Mozambique). She has held a number of different positions in the field of legal affairs in her country. From 2001 to 2007, Ms Melo was Vice-President of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) and Special Rapporteur to the ACHPR (African Union organ). She entered UNESCO in March 2009, where she is currently the Director of the Ethics, Youth and Sport Division of the Social and Human Sciences Sector.
Linda Granlund is Director General of Division of Public Health in The Norwegian Directorate of Health. She holds a PhD in nutrition from the University of Oslo, and her research background is in the field of fatty acids and cardiovascular health. She has worked as Director of Health and Nutrition in Mills DA, a Norwegian food producer. She has also long experience from NGOs, and has been vice-president in the Norwegian Diabetes Association.