Chair, Kevin Carpenter
Kevin Carpenter is an independent legal consultant (Principal, Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions) specialising in the sports sector. He advises and represents individuals, sports governing bodies and public organisations as regards law and policy. Within his specialism, Kevin is a leading expert globally on integrity, disciplinary and regulatory matters in sport.
Kevin’s career highlights to date in this area include: advising an international sports federation on match-fixing issues including drafting case reports to submit to the relevant disciplinary body; prosecuting disciplinary cases and drafting an anti-bribery and integrity policy for a national sports governing body; member of the European volleyball governing body’s dispute resolution chamber; one of a two-member emergency ethics panel for an international sports federation; advising the Council of Europe on the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and Keep Crime Out of Sport project; and delivering sports investigator training for the International Olympic Committee and INTERPOL. He has also represented athletes in defending allegations of doping.
Kevin’s expertise and knowledge in this field has led him to be make regular appearances internationally delivering presentations and commenting in the media on topical issues. Additionally, his research and writing is published across a variety of forums.
Alfonso is an associate of the law firm Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo and member of its esports department. He specialises in sports law having achieved an LL.M. in International Sports Law (ISDE). He is registered with the Bar Association of Valencia, Spain and is a member of the Spanish Association of Sports Lawyers (Asociación Española de Derecho Deportivo). He is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of Club de Tenis Valencia, an Ad-hoc Clerk at the Disciplinary Committee of Valencia’s Regional Federation of Skating, a Disciplinary Instructor at Valencia’s Regional Federation of Pilota and a Member of the Disciplinary Committee at Federación Valenciana de Lucha. Formerly he was legal counsel at the Qatar Football Association and at Valencia’s Regional Ministry of Sports. He has published several articles in sports law reviews and lectures on different masters and seminar programmes.
Anna Baumann is an independent legal and esports consultant. Her practice focuses solely on the esports sector, and principally on commercial, contractual and regulatory matters (both contentious ad non-contentious).
As a former university lecturer, she is engaged in education in all matters relating to integrity, regulation and compliance in esports. She regularly gives presentations on these topics and provides in-house training for teams.
Other legal fields she has worked in include intellectual property, competition, commercial and employment. Having represented and advised teams, players and other individual talent in the esports industry, she has comprehensive knowledge of the complexity of different stakeholders’ interests.
Anna graduated from the University of Heidelberg and is qualified as a Rechtsanwältin (German attorney-at-law).
Daniel Schulte has been an esport enthusiast a few years before he started working in the industry. In 2006 he joined ESL as a coordinator for streaming content and became a full time tournament director shortly after. In this role, he is helping to create professional tournaments both online and offline, to make it a fun but also fair experience for the participating players. Besides planning, running the actual tournament on-site is an important part of his job and brought him to over 150 events around the world to this point.
James Kitching is an Australian-Italian lawyer, admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia.
As Head of Sports Legal Services, Disciplinary and Governance at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), James leads a team of 6 responsible for all sports regulatory matters within Asian football. James has managed and overseen approximately 1000 prosecutions of conduct incompatible with AFC regulations, including match manipulation, doping, corruption, forgery and falsification, and serious on and off-field misconduct.
James also represents the AFC in matters before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, drafts and interprets sports and corporate regulations, drafts event legal documents, oversees legal issues at AFC competitions and advises a variety of stakeholders on matters related to governance within the global and Asian sports regulatory and legal framework.
In 2016, James was appointed by the Australian Olympic Committee to its National Federation appeals panel for Olympic selection disputes. In 2011, James served as a Member of the Basketball South Australia Tribunal.
Lilia Russo is Director of Strategy and Engagement for ESPORTS at WME|IMG, the global leader in entertainment, sports, and fashion. Lilia helps design and create the esports program that is currently in development at IMG Academy. Lilia is also developing an incubator for women in esports to continue to grow the demographic and create opportunities for female talent.
Lilia has a background in traditional sports, coaching athletes who have gone on to collegiate programs such as Ohio State University. Additionally, she has mentored and developed athletes who were National title champions and competed on the global stage. Her experience within traditional athletics has paved the way for her success implementing player development programs at IMG Academy.
Throughout her career, Lilia has worked to introduce non-endemic brands to esports, leading the industry crossover of traditional athletics and esports. Lilia is committed to maturing esports such that the industry benefits the fans, players and corporations equally. Her ultimate objective is to conduct business in esports to be the standard within media, entertainment, and athletics, not the exception.
Pedro Fida is a Brazilian and Portuguese lawyer, who specializes in sports and entertainment law, with an emphasis on contentious and transactional work. Pedro is a managing partner of Bichara e Motta Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil, and Co-Head of the Sports and Entertainment Law.
From 2011 to 2013, Pedro acted as Counsel to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had an active role in managing hundreds of sports-related disputes, with an in-depth involvement with different Olympic sports worldwide and notably Latin America.
In sports law, Pedro stands out as a leading expert in disciplinary and Anti-Doping disputes, along with eligibility, selection, commercial and football-related cases before the CAS and international federations.
In the entertainment industry, Pedro advises players in the gaming, music, cinema, TV, and frequently assists companies and high-profile individuals in IP-related consultations and copyright infringement cases, having established a prominent profile in protecting clients’ IP rights and image.
Pedro has developed a consistent eSports practice in Latin America acting for teams, and also advises sports clubs, National Olympic Committees such as the British Olympic Association, international and national federations such as the Brazilian Football Association, as well as athletes and players’ agents.
Pedro holds a J.D. from the FGV São Paulo Law School and in 2009, he attended as a Visiting Student the L.L.M. in International Legal Practice of IE Law School in Madrid, Spain. Pedro is currently enrolled at King’s College London, in a specialization in IP and Copyright Law.
Richard is a sports lawyer employed by international law firm Bird & Bird in London.
In his role he advises on a range of sports-related issues including challenges to regulatory decisions, rules and regulations, disciplinary matters (including doping and corruption cases) and commercial dispute resolution (including intellectual property and broadcasting disputes). He has acted for numerous international and national governing bodies, event organisers, clubs, other rights holders and individuals across a range of traditional sports including football, motor sports, rugby union, cricket, and tennis.
He has represented clients before a range of dispute resolution forums domestically and internationally, including the English courts, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, domestic disciplinary tribunals, Football Association arbitration and the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.
He also has experience in eSports, having advised a leading global eSports tournament organiser and broadcaster in relation to its rules, terms and conditions and regulatory matters. He is enthusiastic about the eSports industry, its future development, and the work of ESIC.
In addition to his role as an ESIC Panel Member, Richard also regularly chairs Football Association Anti-Discrimination Disciplinary Commissions (established as part of The FA's efforts to stamp out discrimination from football).