The Board

Borja Garcia

Executive Director

Borja García is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy at Loughborough University (United Kingdom). In 2005, as a PhD student, he founded Sport&EU together with An Vermeersch and David Ranc to create a forum to develop the nascent academic interest on EU sports policy and law that, however, lacked a community for common discussion, analysis and academic exchange. Borja has worked as executive director of the association since its foundation. His main academic interests are the European Union sports policy, the governance of sport, and the political activism of football fans.

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An Vermeersch

Founding Member

Prof. Dr. An Vermeersch is a founding member of Sport&EU. She teaches sports law and European law  (Ghent University & Ghent University College). She holds a PhD on EU sports policy and sports law (2007) and has written numerous academic publications. An is an arbitrator at the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport, a disciplinary judge at the Flemish Sports Tribunal, a member of the working group on the review of WADA governance reforms and an independent board member of the Flemish Tennis Federation.  

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Andrea Cattaneo

Steering Group Member

Dr Andrea Cattaneo lectures in EU Law at Edge Hill University. A graduate of the University of Milan, Andrea holds a PhD in EU Competition Law and Sport. Andrea has worked on EU-funded projects exploring the regulation of football agents within the EU and the development of the EU’s sports diplomacy strategy.

Andrea has authored a number of works in the area of EU Sports Law, including the monograph ‘EU Sports Law’ published by Wolters Kluwer in 2020.

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Aashika Doshi

Member of the Board

Aashika holds an Honours degree in English and European Law and has recently completed an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy. Aashika has previously worked on two projects that have gained the attention of the Vatican and has been credited under the production team in the Economics textbook, “The Economy”. Aashika is an affiliated researcher for the Sport, Diplomacy, and Governance hub at SOAS, University of London.

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Christina Vasileiadou

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Member of the Board

Christina’s passion for the sports world led her to pursue an MSc in Sports and Performance Psychology (London Metropolitan University) and an MA in Sports & Olympic Studies (University of Tsukuba). She has held roles at The American College of Greece, Peace and Sport, PyeongChang 2018. Since 2017, she has been employed at the European External Action Service (Brussels). Christina’s main areas of interest include sports integrity, doping, sports psychology, dual athlete careers, sports diplomacy.

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Christina Vasileiadou

Alenka Vrecko

Member of the Board

Alenka is a PhD candidate of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana working on PhD dissertation regarding challenges in sports world due to the pandemic and sustainability of European model of sport. She is specialized for Commercial and Sports law. She has more than ten years working experiences, mostly in law, sport and business, especially in managing, arranging legal affairs, lecturing, working on projects, entrepreneurship, trademarks, contracts and international operations.

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Ekain Zubizarreta

Member of the Board

Ekain Zubizarreta specializes in sociology of sport with particular emphasis on sport policies. He is a member of the research laboratory ISP that received the UNESCO Chair ‘Doping Studies and Analysis of Anti-Doping Policies’. His PhD analyses anti-doping policies using a local and comparative approach with particular emphasis on the study of its implementation. He is also an associated researcher of APPGP research group from Colombia. Other research interests include gender in sport and TGS.

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Maximilian Seltmann

Member of the Board

Maximilian Seltmann is research associate and PhD researcher at the Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies at the German Sport University Cologne (GSU). His research conceptualizes and analyzes athletes as political actors in the governance of sport. He holds a B.A. in Sport Management and Communication (2016) and a M.A. in International Sport Development and Politics (2019) from the German Sport University Cologne. He is the Programme Coordinator of the M.A. International Sport Development and Politics.

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Maximilian Seltmann

Rui Alexandre Jesus

Member of the Board

Former President of the Portuguese Association for Sports Law. Authored and co-edited several books and articles in national and international publications. Invited lecturer in the Autonomous Academy of Lisbon (Fitness, Sports & Health Laws), in the Faculty of Law of Lisbon (in Sports Law & Finance); also, to the Lusophony University of Human Sciences and Technologies (Sports Management), and to the European University, on Gaming & esports. Consultant for the National Association of Football Scouts. Born in 1971.

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Séan Crosson

Member of the Board

Dr. Seán Crosson is Senior Lecturer in Film in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway (Ireland). His publications include the monographs Sport and Film (Routledge 2013) and Gaelic Games on Film (Cork University Press, 2019), and the co-edited collection (with Philip Dine) Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe (Peter Lang, 2010). His most recent book publication is the edited collection Sport, Film, and National Culture (Routledge, 2021). He is leader of the Sport & Exercise Research Group in NUI Galway and co-director of the MA Sports Journalism and Communication programme.

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