Institute for Sport Business Careers Symposium 2022

Loughborough University London in partnership with Global Sports hosted the Institute for Sport Business Careers Symposium on 8 December 2022. The event brought together sport industry experts to share their advice, journeys and insights to current students.

Guest speakers included Jacqueline Smith-Dubendorfer, Global Vice President of Digital Sales at Porsche AG and former Adidas executive; HarkiranChima, Senior OTT Business Manager at OneFootball and Mark Nervegna, Head of Research and Analytics at SportBusiness 


There were talks on topics such asthe current state of the sports industry. Jacqueline Smith-Dubendorfer shared her experience working with major sports brands and the digital transformation of the industry. HarkiranChima discussed the opportunities for innovation and growth in the online streaming of sports events and the importance of data analysis in the industry. Mark Nervegna shared his knowledge of the research and analytics in the sports industry and how it is helping organisations make better decisions. 


The event was also attended by alumniSid Kohli, CEO of Decyfr Sport and UEFA Secretary General, Olivia Eastwood Gray, Commercial and Consumer Products Intern at NFL UK, Tian (William) Cai, International Marketing Officer at Watford Football Club, Komal Ghai from Seven League and Jayant Ganju, Football Statistician at Sky Sports, who shared their professional journeys since graduating from the university 


They gave students practicaladvice on networking, building relationships, and establishing connections with professionals within the field in order to progress their career as well as insights into opportunities within the industry as well as advice on steps to take. Throughout the event, current students had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the speakers, making the event interactive and engaging. In addition to the informative and enlightening discussions, the symposium was followed by a networking event that provided a key opportunity for students to further connect and engage with the guest speakers and alumni.  


Dr Emily Hayday, Lecturer in Sport Business, said of the event:  

“The Institute for Sport Business Careers Symposium is an important part of ISB’s employability strategy. By hearing from industry leaders and ISB alumni, and having dedicated networking opportunities students are able to enhance their understanding and built meaningful connections that will be valuable for their future careers within the sports sector” 

Now in its 4th year, the careers symposiumcontinues to offer students the opportunity to  gain insight into the diverse opportunities available within the sports industry today. Further career development workshops will be offered for ISB students in spring 2023 to build on this careers symposium and help prepare students for employment in the sports industry.


Authored by student- Kritika Naidu (Sport Business and Innovation student 2022-23) 

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.