President Bach to present the graduating class of 2018 with their degrees in December

The annual AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology Graduation Ceremony will be held on Wednesday the 5th of December, 2018 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. This will be the 16th annual ceremony for the AISTS and we are proud to have President Bach from the International Olympic Committee return once again and address the graduating class of 2018 and also present them with their degrees. 

The evening will also include Ms Cinzia Catalfamo from FIFA who will be giving the keynote address.  Ms Catalfamo was born in Italy where she studied Economics at the Bocconi University of Milan, focusing especially on the economy of developing countries. Her professional career started in 1989 as the International Relations Manager for the Bocconi University in South America and, later, as Public Relations Manager for the Leningrad International Management Institute in the former Soviet Union.

She has founded and launched numerous organisations mainly involved in women’s health and care for disadvantaged children, including the Fihavanana Association, the Akbaraly Foundation, the 4AWOMAN project and the UMACC (Malagasy Union Against Cancer). Ms Catalfamo is also a member of various educational and non-governmental organisations boards internationally and since April 2017 was named the Manager of Global Academic Network and Interagency Partnerships at FIFA. We very much look forward to hearing from her in December. 

Ms Cinzia Catalfamo presenting at Tedx

The evening will be celebrated with the Class of 2018’s family and friends, along with our international sporting community. Among the class of 40 who came from all four corners of the world, this year’s graduates include two current professional athletes, Thomas Roos, Triathlete for Team USA and Andrei Krasilnikau, cyclist for Hincapie Racing Team and beach volleyball Olympian Pedro Cunha.  The ceremony will take place on the evening of the 5th of December at the Olympic Museum and will be streamed live on both our YouTube and Facebook channels.  

Previous speakers at the AISTS graduation ceremony have included Scottish mountaineer Jamie Andrew, USA Olympian Mara Abbott, Former CEO of Triathlon Australia, Anne Gripper, who pioneered the biological passport for cycling as well as South African Olympic and Google UX Lead for Social Good, Peter Jin Hong. 

The Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony

If you would like to attend please email here, but seats are limited.  Media representatives and journalists will have the opportunity to attend the upcoming graduation ceremony. For more information, please contact Ms Liz Fulton on +41 (0)21 692 64 81 or at liz.fulton@aists.org


About the AISTS – Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology

Since 2003, the AISTS has graduated over 500 sports managers, representing over 100 countries from all continents. The attractiveness of the AISTS MAS programme lies in its unique and multidisciplinary approach, which integrates knowledge from the fields of management and economics, technology, law, sociology, and medicine. The AISTS MAS degree is co-signed by the EPFL, the University of Geneva and University of Lausanne.

Based in the heart of the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, the programme is taught by over 100 world-class experts from the sports industry, and academics.

The majority of graduates pursue careers with national or international sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, national and international sports federations, and sport businesses.

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