She joined DG EAC on 1 October 2016 and she is currently Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport.
Antoaneta started her European Commission journey in 2008 in DG Justice, Liberty and Security where she was dealing with external relations and enlargement. She also worked at DG HOME on matters related to internal security and police cooperation. In the period 2011 – 2016 Antoaneta was Head of Unit in DG INFSO/CONNECT responsible respectively for cyber security, stakeholder relations and international affairs. Prior to joining the Commission, Antoaneta worked for her national administration in expert and managerial positions on matters related to Bulgaria’s accession to the EU in the field of justice and home affairs. She moved to Brussels in 2003 where she spent 5 years working at the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU. A graduate in political science of Sofia University, Antoaneta has also acquired training and qualifications in democracy and governance and European studies in Germany (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung) and UK (Sussex University). She has also gained valuable professional experience from working for NGOs active on legal and political matters.
Prof. J.P. Verma
Prof. J P Verma is currently working as Professor and Dean Students Welfare at Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) and has experience of more than thirty five years of teaching and research. This institute is a university under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. Prof. Verma served as an in-charge Vice Chancellor of LNIPE since November 2014 to September 2015. He has worked as Director, Center for Advanced Studies for about three years. This center deals with PhD and MPhil programs of the institute. He is working as a professor in the institute for more than fourteen years, and possess three masters degrees; in Statistics, Psychology and Computer application as well as a PhD degree in mathematics. Prof. Verma has the distinction of holding first position in MSc (Statistics) from Kanpur University and first position in MA (Psychology) from Jiwaji University Gwalior. He has successfully guided nine PhD candidates and has eight books (out of which three published by Wiley, USA and Canada, one by Springer, Europe and two from McGraw Hills) on research and statistics in the area of Sports, Physical education, Exercise Science, Health, Psychology and management and 37 research papers/articles to his credit. Many of his books are read all over the world as they have been published by the international publishers of the US and Europe. He has developed sports statistics in the country as an academic discipline and produced text book on it which is widely read in India and many of the other countries. He was instrumental in starting IT in physical education in the institute with the result many of the Indian universities have incorporated this module in their syllabus for masters’ degree programs. He has a patent to his credit on FitnessWatch (A fitness assessment and management system for school children and youth). This know-how was validated by the independent body appointed by the LNIPE with the grant of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. Presently He is working on a major research project on talent identification in sports in the country sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India with a grant of Rs. 35,30,000 (Thirty five lakh and thirty thousand only). He has acted as an expert for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi, on various assignments. At present he has been nominated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Chairman of the Committee for the On-the-Spot Evaluation of ongoing projects for the development of sports infrastructures and equipment in different colleges of India. Prof. Verma was a visiting fellow in the University of Sydney in 2002. He had an academic visit in Australia, Poland, Scotland and Qatar, Bulgaria and conducted numerous workshops on research methodology, research designs, multivariate analysis, and data modeling in the area of sports sciences, physical education, management, social sciences, economics, and health sciences in many of the foreign and Indian universities.
Prof. Volodymyr PLATONOV, D.Sc.
Rector of National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport (1986 — 2012); Head of Department of Theory and Methods of Sport Preparation and Athlete Reserve Capacities National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport (2003 — 2005); Head of Olympic and Professional Sports Department, National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport (1986-2000); Prof. Platonov is an author of more than 400 publications including over 70 books (handbooks, encyclopedias, monographs, educational manuals) issued in the USSR, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, France, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, China, Bulgaria, Poland, Japan, etc.; during the period of 1970—2006 a scientific supervisor more than 50 Dissertations (Ph.D. and Doctorate) on the problems of elite sport, Olympic movement, and sport for all. He is also Merited Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine (1990); Academician of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1992); Laureate of All-National Contests of the USSR State Sports Committee (1981, 1989); Honorary Doctor of Croatian University, 1996; Honorary Doctor of Gdansk Physical Education Academy, Poland, 1999; Laureate of State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technique, 1999; Merited Professor of National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport (1999); Full Member of Baltic Pedagogic Academy, 2000; Laureate of Prize of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (2003); President (2001-2005), Honorary President (2005 – up now) of International Association of Higher Educational Establishments for Physical Education and Sport of the countries from Eastern Europe and Central Asia; Honorary Doctor of Kazakh Academy for Physical Education, Sport and Tourism, Alma-Aty, Kazakhstan, 2001; Honorary Doctor of Warsaw Academy for Physical Education and Sport, Poland, 2002; Honorary Doctor of Russian state university on physical culture, sport and tourism (2003); Honorary Doctor of Shankhai Institute of Physical Education (2004). Member of national council on physical culture and sport affiliated to the President of Ukraine (2005 – up now); head of scientific-coordination council in the field of physical culture and sport at the Ministry of Ukraine on family, youth and sport (2005 – up now); permanent representative of Ukraine in the UNO Committee on Fight Against Apartheid (1988-1991); consultant of the USSR national teams in swimming (1973-1982), cycling sport (1978-1991), handball (1978-1991); head of commission on theory and methods of USSR State Sport Committee (1985-1991); President of Swimming Federation of Ukraine (1973-80); Vice-president (1991-1998), first Vice-president (1998-2002) of National Olympic Committee of Ukraine; NOC Executive Board member (2005 – till now).
Antonio Robustelli, BSc CSCS RTS CSAC
Sports Performance Consultant Applied Sports Technologist Speed/Power/Strength Development Specialist
Antonio Robustelli is a professional sports performance consultant and s&c coach from Italy; his area of expertise includes injury prevention, sports technology, strength training programming, speed development and recovery monitoring. He works worldwide since almost 15 years with semi-professionals, professionals and Olympic athletes as well as professional teams in various disciplines (football, athletics, basketball, rugby, cycling, weightlifting, volleyball, swimming, martial arts, waterpolo, tennis, archery etc.). He is one of the most requested sports performance consultant in the world because of his unique work with advanced technologies for athlete’s assessment (infrared thermography, tensiomyography, baropodometry, myoton and EMG) for injury prevention and performance improvement. Currently he is consultant for Olympians and for European First Division soccer and basketball teams. The best athletes and teams in the world ask for his consultation to solve problems, prevent injuries and optimise performance. He has been columnist for the British magazine Athletics Weekly (the world’s n. 1 magazine for track & field) as an expert in strength training, periodization and recovery. He is regularly invited as a speaker to hold lectures about recovery monitoring/management, applied sports technology, strength training and performance during international sports science conferences all around the world. He is currently writing his first book entitled “Sports Biometry: Applied Technology for Sports Science”.
Prof. Sidonio Serpa
Sidonio Serpa is a Full Professor in the University of Lisbon (Faculty of Human Kinetics), Portugal, and the Chair of the Sport Psychology department. His main research areas are psychology of sports excellence and talents, and relationship coach-athlete. As an applied sport psychologist, Sidonio has worked as a consultant of top level athletes and medalists in International major competitions, and participated in two Olympic Games as a member of the staff of the Portuguese sailing team. He had published scholarly papers and made presentations in the five continents. He has also been invited professor in several universities from different countries, and for about twenty years he was a member of the teaching staff of the European Master in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Sidonio has organized and been Chair of International conferences like two ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology (Lisbon, Portugal, 1993; Beijing, China, 2013) and the 13th FEPSAC European Congress of SP (Madeira Islands, Portugal, 2011). Sidonio was a member of the Managing Council of the International Society of Sport Psychology for 20 years and its President in the period 2019-2013 and he is an active member of the European Forum of Applied Sport Psychologist in Topsport (FAST). Among other awards, Sidonio Serpa received the Distinguish International Scholar Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), in Salt Lake City, USA.