Tomasz Zahorski is Board Member at Legia Warszawa – biggest Polish football and multi sports club – as well as CEO of Legia’s subsidiary company responsible for construction and operations of club’s new state of the art training facilities and R&D center. He is also member of the Supervisory Board of Legia Warszawa Basketball.
Tomasz is a general manager and lawyer with over 14 years of experience among others in complex infrastructural projects and a proven track record in sports and entertainment industry including preparations to and staging of major sporting events ( UEFA EURO 2012, EHF EURO 2016), construction and operations of modern multifunctional venues ( including management of PGE National Stadium in Warsaw), as well as advising clubs, sporting federations and governmental authorities.
He is an active member of football industry European leading organizations – European Club Association and European Stadium and Safety Management Association, as well as a guest speaker at International Football Business Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, seminars and workshops and Polish Ambassador of Sport Tech World Cup within Sport Business Day organized yearly in Eindhoven by Sport eXperience accelerator.
Tomasz is a graduate of Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw, Deutsche Rechtschule by Faculty of Law and State Sciences at Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn, as well as Center for American Law Studies by Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw and Levin College of Law University of Florida. He has also completed Advanced Management Programme at IESE Business School, University of Navarra and is a member of Attorneys at Law Council in Warsaw.
He currently holds advisory roles in equality, diversity and inclusion with The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Southampton Football Club.
Nigel is also a policy advisor to Fair Game advising on football governance and structural reform, chairing the facilities section and co-chair of FA EQUALITY Now – a campaign group that has developed a new governance model for English Football.
Nigel was born and educated in Cambridge and has dedicated himself to the Global Sports Industry. He has a BA Hons from Loughborough University, PGCE from University of Oxford (Oriel College), MSc in The Business of Football from Birkbeck College (Football Governance Research Centre), University of London and MBA in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool. The first person globally to attain two football masters degrees. He holds the UEFA B Coaching License, being one of the youngest individuals to complete this in England.
Between 2005-2010, Nigel was employed at FIFA in Zurich overseeing FIFA facilities and investment strategy and during his tenure visited 88 national football associations and all FIFA Confederations numerous times. He was also appointed FIFA lead working directly with the South African government in the 2010 Legacy project. Nigel regularly presented to FIFA, UEFA, other Confederations, National Association committees and was involved in a number of FIFA World Cup operations (Youth, Women and Men). He led the International cross-project programme with World Rugby and International Hockey Federation.
Between 2010 and 2018 – Nigel was appointed Executive Chairman of the European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO). 2 days a week based in Brussels. ESTO is the largest (consolidated revenue) sports trade membership body in sport with a significant remit in football facilities. Developed a number of strategic documents for the EU and lobbied EU bodies about the role of sport in the community.
Nigel was also a trustee for the Sports for Water Foundation in Switzerland and led on their governance and marketing. Charing the organisation between 2011-2012.
Earlier in his career, Nigel was Founder and owner of British Premier Soccer in the UK, which then became one of the largest providers of holiday courses and grassroots programmes in England and was also marketing Director/trustee of The English Sports Association for persons with learning disabilities and advised The Football Association on International projects within FA Learning. He has worked with Cambridge United Football in the Community and Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools as a coach.
With a huge passion for English Football especially grassroots, community development and club culture.
In Nigel spare time tries to find his tennis form, and where time allows lowering his golf handicap.
Nigel supports Cambridge United in English football and is married with 2 children, aged 12 and 9.
Born in Gaborone, Botswana, Oscar is an Italian native from Rome who studied Psychology of Communication & Marketing. Since he was 24, Ponti has passed his life abroad experiencing his last Master’s year firstly in Cologne, Germany, and, secondly, in Claremont, California, USA, where he researched, wrote, and defended his Master’s thesis. In 2020 Oscar joins the International Sports Convention (ISC) team in Warsaw, Poland, where he started as Business Development Coordinator to develop, a few months after, Project Manager.
Since September 2020, Oscar Ponti has been responsible for the digital platforms, international events management, customer care, marketing & communication strategy, sales & partnership development, internal cultural building, and hiring processes. In February 2021, Ponti took on the additional role of Project Manager at Legia Sports Business Programme (LSBP), a joint project between ISC and the Polish football club Legia Warszawa S.A. Within LSBP he is responsible for developing a 9 monthly post-graduate sport management programme that combines networking events with live masterclasses.
Kateryna is a marketer specialised in project coordination and content creation. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin in 2018 and get a Masters Degree in Marketing at Warsaw University in 2020. During her studies, she has been involved in numerous cultural voluntary activities, was Brand Ambassador for KPMG Poland and implemented her event management and social media marketing skills in her own projects.
After finishing her first degree she moved to Warsaw to start her work at KPMG in the Audit Department after successfully passing the “Word of Audit” programme.
In 2020 she joined International Sports Convention (ISC) and was responsible for the coordination and creating graphical and video content for ISC Academy together with academy guest professors. Additionally, she implemented her project management, website development, paid marketing and video editing skills in other ISC projects. From 2021 she becomes a Project Coordinator of Legia Sports Business Program, the graduate and professional development programme inspired by the Industry, ISC and Legia Warsaw S.A.