Amparo Porto

Born in Palma de Mallorca on 23 October 1966, Amparo completed a course in international secretarial studies at the Mary Ward College in Madrid and finished her training at the Eaton Language Centre in the United Kingdom.

After completing her studies, she entered the workplace, obtaining employment as an executive assistant for a number of companies headquartered in Madrid. However, the Companies’ policies did not give her the career opportunities she was seeking and in 1992 she joined Dorna as secretary to Carmelo Ezpeleta, who was Director General of Dorna Sports at the time. There she found the professional project she had been looking for, full of challenges and opportunities.  

 In her professional life, she experienced at first hand the major changes that have taken place at Dorna since the Company acquired the TV rights of the FIM Motorcycling World Championship in 1992.  This experience enabled Amparo to acquire further expertise and develop her full professional potential. In 2000, she was appointed Events Manager for the FIM World Championship Grands Prix.

In 2002 she became Director of Dorna’s Promoters Division, combining this position with the running of the FIM CEV Repsol, a project she took on in 2006. This Championship, which now comprises the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship, the Moto2 European Championship and the Suberbike European Championship, has provided her with a great professional challenge, and her efforts have been amply crowned with success.   

In her private life, Amparo is mother of two girls, a lover of nature and an inveterate traveller. Her great passions are cooking, gardening and crocheting. Her friends describe her as a tough, decisive, enthusiastic person, at once determined and generous. 

 

Vito Ippolito

Mr Vito Ippolito (Venezuela) was elected FIM President during the General Assembly at the FIM Congress in Salvador, Brazil, on 16 October 2006. He was re-elected during the General Assembly at the FIM Congress in Macau on 19 October 2010 for a second four-year mandate. Vito Ippolito is Venezuelan; born on 3 February 1952 Master degree in Philosophy. Languages: Spanish, Italian, English, French

  • President of the FMV (Venezuelan Federation) since 1992.
  • Member of the FIM Road Racing Commission from 1984 until 1990.
  • FIM Vice-President from 1990 to 1996.
  • FIM Deputy President since 1997.
  • President of the ULM (Union Latino-Americana de Motociclismo) from 1984 until 1998.
  • Manager  of  the  team  Venemotos  whose  rider  Carlos  Lavado  became  250  Grand  Prix World Champion in 1983 and 1986.
  • FIM President since 2006.

Eva Asderaki-Moore

Eva was born in Athens in 1982. She competed in rhythmic gymnastics until the age of 12, when she began playing tennis at a local club. Soon after that, Eva started competing and at the age of sixteen and was ranked number 7 in Greece.

It was around that time that the local club hosted an International tournament. They were looking for line judges and she acted as volunteer. She really enjoyed the experience and asked to work at other tournaments around Greece.  She did this for a couple of years while studying business at university.

In 2000 Eva became a White Badge and started working at bigger tournaments. It took two years to receive her bronze badge (which allowed her to work as a chair umpire at International events abroad). Eva was promoted to Silver in 2005 and Gold (the highest level in tennis officiating) in 2007. That year she was asked to join the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Elite Team of officials, and she has been a member ever since.

During her career she has had the opportunity to work at three Olympic Games - Athens, Beijing and London. She has also been selected to work at the Games in Rio in 2016.

Eva has also been selected to work as a chair umpire at Grand Slams since 2000. During that time she has been fortunate enough to umpire some of the greatest players - and matches - in the game. As well as officiating the Women’s Singles finals at US Open (2011) and Wimbledon (2013),she was the first woman to umpire the Men’s Doubles final at Wimbledon in 2013. This year She had the honour of becoming the first woman to umpire the Men’s Singles Final at the US Open, where Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer.

Away from the Slams she has umpired the Finals of all WTA Premier events, as well as at the Fed Cup and a number of other international events.

From 2016 Eva will be working for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as a Grand Slam Chair Umpire.

Ignacio Verneda

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Ignacio Verneda, FIM CEO,  has been involved with motorcycling throughout his life, starting at a young age as a volunteer and later on a professional basis. At the age of 16 and together with a group of friends he founded the Moto Club Cingles de Berti. Over the next 15 years, as a volunteer, he served as a member of the Moto Club governing council, then as Treasurer and Vice president. The club also ran training courses for young riders. Ignacio was then responsible for sporting events, communication and commercial matters. He played a leading role in the organisation of a large number of motorcycle events at regional level as well as at Spanish, European and International Championships. 

From 1985 to 1988, Ignacio continued his volunteer work within the Real Federacion Motociclista Española (RFME) alongside his professional activities. As Director of the national trial Team he was responsible for sporting, commercial and logistical aspects. He was also jury president for events counting for the Spanish championship and RFME delegate in the FIM International Jury for events counting towards the Trial & Road Racing Grand Prix European and World Championships. During this period, he was also Vice President of the Federacio Catalana de Motociclisme.

In 1988, the RFME formalised Ignacio’s position on a professional basis. Over the next 18 years he held a number of key roles, becoming the RFME’s very first Sporting Director, responsible for all disciplines, and the first ever Technical Director in the history of the federation. Ignacio continued to do volunteer work, serving as member of the FIM Trial & Enduro Commission and then President of the FIM Trial Commission. 

In 2006, he joined the FIM as Sports Director, and was promoted to Executive Director Sports in 2010. In this capacity, Ignacio had oversight the Sports Commissions as well as the International Medical and Technical Commissions. He was also the FIM representative in the Grand Prix, Superbike and Speedway Grand Prix Commissions.

 

Tomé Alfonso

Tomé Alfonso, MotorLand Aragón Managing Director

Born in Barcelona, in 1973, Tomé Alfonso got a Degree in Law from the University in Madrid and has been linked to the world of motoring and racing during his entire professional career.

He started at the Jarama Circuit at a very young age as track marshal and was later promoted to marshal coordinator. After this appointment, he became timekeeping coordinator of the Motorcycling World Championship and later Events Manager at Dorna Sports.

Moved to Doha, where he was responsible of the construction and start up of the Losail International racetrack in the position of general manager. During his stay in the circuit inside the structure of the QMMF, Losail hosted four MotoGP World Championship events and three Superbike World Championship events, amongst many others.

Tomé Alfonso then joined MotorLand Aragón (Alcañiz, Spain) as Managing Director in 2008 in order to build the racetrack and since his arrival, the circuit has been host to the MotoGP World Championship six times. The first Gran Premio de Aragón was held in 2010. That same year, in which MotorLand Aragón had its debut in the MotoGP calendar, the circuit was awarded with the recognition by IRTA as Best Grand Prix of the year for the organisation of the event, an award which the circuit received again in 2013.  

With Tomé Alfonso as Managing Director of MotorLand Aragón, the sports facilities also became part of the Superbike World Championship in 2011. Since then, MotorLand has been host to the event in every season, having staged five events of the Aragonese Superbike round so far.

Moreover, Tomé Alfonso is member of the FIM Road Racing Commission and head of the FIM Institute, a non-profit organisation, set-up to get deeper into research and the development of technology applied to the world of motorcycling, the headquarters of which are in the facilities of the MotorLand Aragón Technological Park.

Tomé Alfonso is currently in his seventh year as Managing Director of MotorLand Aragón. During this time, in addition to the already mentioned rounds of the MotoGP and Superbike Championships, there have been more 200 sports events organised at the facilities.

 

Gavin Emmett

Gavin Emmett is an experienced sports broadcaster, well known to motorcycle racing fans across the globe thanks to his long association with MotoGP. He is currently a key part of the presentation and commentary team on BT Sport's live coverage of MotoGP in the UK.

Having graduated with a BA Honours degree in Spanish and French from the University of Leeds, Gavin joined MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports as a journalist in 2001.  He joined the world feed commentary team in 2002 and became one of the voices of the sport for many years in Australia, Asia, Africa and America.
Between 2006 and 2009 he simultaneously worked as the Communications Director for MotoGP, and also enjoyed spells as an on-screen reporter with BBC Sport in the UK and FOX Sports in the USA, as well as hosting the popular online magazine show 'After The Flag' for motogp.com.
Gavin hosted the FIM Gala ceremony last year, and will do so again this year. He also recently hosted the FIM MotoGP Awards in Valencia, as he has done for several seasons, and has been the face of several other corporate productions for MotoGP including MotoGP's Great Moments DVD and the voice of MotoGP’s Official Videogame.

 

Ana Muñoz Merino

She was born in Valencia de D. Juan (León, Spain), on July 18th, 1964. She earned her Bachelor's degree in law (1987) and her cum laude PhD from the University of Navarra. She received an award with special distinction in 1991 for her doctoral thesis on offence of smuggling.

Muñoz is a professor of financial and tax law, a lawyer, and a communication and management strategies consultant.

She was general director of sports at the Superior Council of Sports, and previously, in April 2012, she directed the government Anti-doping Agency, now known as the Spanish Agency for Health in Sport Protection. Under her mandate the law for the Protection of Health and the Actions against Doping in Sports was passed.

From 2004 to March 2012 she was a member of the Local Economic and Administrative Court of the City Council of Madrid. She has also gained experience in public management as director of the National Evaluation and Prospective Agency at the Science and Technology and Education and Science Ministries, and as parliamentary consultant of the Secretary of State of Scientific and Technologic Policy. She has been a member of the Council for the Taxpayer Defence, and of the Advisory Board of the Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP).

During her professional career she has also occupied important positions within the sector of the private enterprise such as publishing manager of the Aranzadi Publishing house at the level of journal creation such as Derecho del Deporte. She was the founder and first director of different scientific journals within the field of taxation, such as Quincena Fiscal and Tributos Locales. She has also been a member of the editorial board of the Telecommunications and New Technologies Law Journal, as well as member of the Spanish Asociation of Tax Consultants.

She has been a guest speaker and director of numerous discussion forums within the especiality of taxes in national and international conferences in the context of taxes in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Argentina and Mexico. She has specialised in subjects related to illicit activities taxation, punitive and tax criminal law, municipal financing and their financial resources system. She has been a research director on, for example, a doctoral thesis on fees tax system and copyrights on football.

She is the author of numerous specialized publications on fiscal policy regarding subjects such as crimes against the public purse and smuggling crimes and offences, preference on tax credits on insolvency proceedings, the tax system on cultural heritage goods, tax credit guarantees, public domain tax system on supply services and economic liberalizing process, financial and administrative decentralization process in autonomous communities and local bodies, the tax system on autonomy statutes, natural gas taxation on transports, fees on public domain use, local taxes, etc.

She is in possession of the Order of Merit by the civil guard, Silver Cross, the Encomienda con Placa by the Order of Alfonso X, the Wise, and Golden Medal of Sporting Merit.

Janet Macharia

Dr Janet Kabeberi-Macharia , Head of Gender and Social Safeguards Unit - UNEP
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Dr. Janet Kabeberi Machariais the UNEP Head of the Gender and Social Safeguards Unit and is the Senior Gender Adviser. At UNEP, she has focused on systematic integration of gender in UNEP’s operational work, alongside efforts to strengthen institutional recognition of operational responsibilities and greater accountability for gender work by management and staff. This will enable UNEP to move from a “self motivated” gender-mainstreaming attitude to greater institutionalization and recognition of gender mainstreaming as a key driver in programme delivery. This task has involved providing transformative policy advice and technical support on gender mainstreaming to the UNEP staff located in the divisions and regional offices and partners.

From 2001 to 2007,  Janet   worked for UNDP as the Regional Gender and Development Specialist located within the Regional Service Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering 23 UNDP country offices in the East and Southern Africa region. At UNDP, Janet was involved in providing technical support to UNDP country offices and relevant Government Ministries at all levels of programme planning,  implementation and monitoring.  Before joining UNDP, she was the National Programmes Officer for UNIFEM Regional office for the Eastern African based in Nairobi Kenya. Prior to joining the UN in 1997, Janet was employed as a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi, for a period of ten years. She was the first Kenyan woman employed as a Lecturer in Law in 1987. She has also been a visiting Law Lecturer at the Universities of Warwick, Oslo. Pretoria and Zimbabwe and is a member of various legal professional associations.

Janet is a lawyer by profession and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick and Master of Laws from Columbia University and an LL.B from the University of Nairobi. Her career spans academia, non-governmental organizations, and international development organizations and she has over 25 years’ experience in research, training, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rights based programmes.

She has extensively published books and articles in referred journals in various areas with a particular focus on gender issues, children's rights, women's human rights, law and development, and, environmental law.

Ana Carrasco

Ana Carrasco Gabarrón (born on 10 March 1997 in Murcia) is a Spanish 18-year-old motorcycle racer. She was the first female rider to score points in the Moto3 class in the World Championship, in the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, and the first female rider to score points in any class since 2001. She improved on that result with a seventh grid position in the 2013 Australian Grand Prix and the eighth place at the 2013 Valencian Grand Prix.

She began in the world of motorcycling at the age of three and with only five years old was competing in official races. Despite her young age, Ana accumulates numerous victories under her belt and several absolute championships. It is the woman who has taken part in most races in the World Championship after 3 seasons. Currently, she is racing in Moto3 class with a KTM bike inside the RBA Racing Team.

Peter Gregory

Peter Gregory worked in Local Government in the United Kingdom for a period of 44 years, reaching the position of Director of Environment Services prior to taking early retirement in 2005 to devote more time to his volunteer work with the FIM.

In his role as Director of Environment Services, Peter was directly responsible for 2550 employees and a fleet of 560 commercial vehicles. He primary responsibility was to create and deliver sustainable public services covering 14 disciplines to a population of 475,000 residents.

Between 1966 and 2000, Peter obtained professional qualifications in the following areas: Environmental Health, Management of Waste Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Noise Measurement and Control and Transport management.

In addition Peter obtained vocational qualifications in the following areas: Techniques in Oil Spill Control, Industrial Relations, Creation of Work Specifications and Team Briefing and Training.

Peter also acts as a Technical Adviser to the Local Government Association of the United Kingdom in matters of Transport Management.

Peter Gregory is currently a Director of the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the governing body for Motorcycle sport in the United Kingdom. He is also Chairman of the ACU Track Racing Committee and Chairman of the ACU Sustainable Events Committee.

In his capacity as Chairman of the Sustainable Events Commission, Peter spends many hours discussing the environment problems of Motorcycle Sport with Local Authorities, and then working with organising clubs to ensure that their events can be developed on a sustainable basis.

Peter attended the very first FIM Environment Seminar to be held, in February 1997. He was elected to the FIM Environment Commission as a Member when it was created in October1998. He began acting as an instructor for FIM Environment Seminars in 2000, and since then has presented 48 seminars across 5 Continental unions.

Peter acts as Chairman of the Group developing and updating the FIM Environment Code on an annual basis. He also acts as Chairman of the group developing the current FIM Environment training Package, with its emphasis on Education and the creation of Sustainable Events.

Even Wiger

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Having trained as a mechanical engineer, Even Wiger developed his environmental skills as a managing director in the steel industry, tasked with implementing ISO 14001 environmental certification programmes in the sector.

He initially brought these skills motor sport as the Managing Director of WRC Rally Norway, where he helped achieve the highest environmental standards for the event, implementing a number of environmental initiatives to turn it into a completely carbon neutral rally and achieving environmental certification, based on rigorously established standards. Following his work the Rally was selected to join UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network.

He also led the Environment Division of Norwegian ASN Norges Bilsportforbund with responsibility for all environmental, political and strategic initiatives within every branch of motor sport in Norway.

As Sustainability Adviser for the FIA, he is primarily responsible for the Sustainability programme, assisting motorsport stakeholders and developing projects to address environmental challenges.

 

Martine de Cortanze

Martine de Cortanze of France is a former rally driver, motorcycle and speedboat racer with an impressive record in all three categories. She has also made her mark as a sports executive and author.


As a car driver, she took part in five seasons of the French Cross-Country Rally Championship from 1968 to 1972. Riding a motorcycle, she competed in five seasons of the French Enduro Championship from 1975 to 1979 and five editions of the Enduro du Touquet. Between 1978 and 1979, she took part in a number of Rallies on a motorcycle, finishing 1st in the women’s category in the Croisière Verte round-France cross-country Rally in 1978 and 1979.

Martine was among the motorcycle contingent in the first edition of the Paris-Dakar, where she headed the women’s standings and came 11th overall. She took part in successive editions of the Dakar between 1978 and 1981.

From 1981 to 1984, Martinetook part in a number of high profile endurance races, coming first in the women’s category in the"24 Heures de Mauléon" and the 2nd "Rallye de Tunisie” car events in 1981.  In 1983, she came first in the women’s category in the car category of the “Rallye du Maroc”.

Between 1984 and 1988, she took part in five seasons of speed and endurance boat races (inshore and offshore). There were no separate women’s standings in those events.

Martine, who started out her career as a journalist and press attaché, wrote a book about her rally experiences entitled “Une fille dans le desert” (a girl in the desert) in 1980 and co-authored a book on cross-country rallies entitled “Les Raids” in 1982.  

In 1988, Martine took part in parabolic flight tests for Nasa at the Space Center in Houston, USA, as with French astronaut Patrick Baudry.
Martine de Cortanze became a Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite in 2001.