Staff Reporters
Jul 25, 2013

WTA head Stacey Allaster leads Sports Matters speakers list

SINGAPORE - Sports Matters 2013 today announced its speaker lineup will be headlined by Women's Tennis Association (WTA) chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster and will include representatives from Coca-Cola, World Sport Group, Helios Partners, Starhub and Chelsea FC.

Stacey Allaster
Stacey Allaster

Sports Matters will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore from 18 to 19 September.

"I am honoured to be part of the inaugural Sports Matters conference in September," said Allaster, who was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in Sports. "The WTA is thrilled to be involved with the development of sport in Singapore as we continue our strategic growth in the region, highlighted by bringing the WTA Championships, the crown-jewel of women's tennis, to Singapore for the next five years." 

Joining Allaster in the speakers lineup are leaders from broadcasting, brands, sports governing bodies, digital platforms, venues, agencies and professional services, including:

  • Prinz Mathew Pinakatt, global director of alliances and ventures, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Andrew Georgiou, president, World Sport Group
  • Chris Renner, CEO, Helios Partners
  • Jefferson Slack, SVP and head of global football development, IMG
  • Tan Tong Hai, CEO, StarHub
  • Poh Yu Khing, COO, Singapore SportsHub
  • CK Lee, president, sports business content group, Astro
  • Adrian New, MD Asia, Chelsea FC
  • Annabel Pennefather, senior consultant, corporate and securities department, head of sports law practice, Khattar Wong
  • Peter Hutton, COO, MP & Silva

“The first ever Sports Matters forum is already shaping up to be an important event for the development of the sports industry in Asia-Pacific with a powerhouse speaker line-up,” said Jasper Donat, CEO of Branded, the co-producer of the event along with Haymarket Media (publisher of Campaign Asia-Pacific). "The calibre, influence and expertise of Stacey Allaster and all our speakers across the industry will create a comprehensive and engaging programme to explore and delve into the complexities of a new and dynamic Asia sports scene.”

Sports Matters embraces the entire sports industry value chain, from governing bodies, rights holders and sponsors, to broadcasters and agencies. The programme will feature core interviews, expert panel analysis, thought leadership presentations and two interactive forums: Sponsorship Matters and Sports TV Matters. For more information please visit

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