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Angela Ruggiero

CEO and Co-Founder, Sports Innovation Lab & Four-Time Olympian in Ice Hockey


Angela Ruggiero is a leading figure in the global sports world, having served as an elite athlete, educator, administrator, innovator, advisor, board member and investor in the world of sport.

She is the CEO and co-founder of the Sports Innovation Lab, a technology-powered market research firm focused on the intersection of sport and innovation, with a focus on identifying trends and evaluating technology products and services that will drive the future of sport. The Sports Innovation Lab is the only firm in the world delivering objective global sports technology research.

Ruggiero is a member of the 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame (only the fourth woman), as well as a four-time Olympian in ice hockey, winning a gold medal in 1998, silver medals in 2002 and 2010, and a bronze medal in 2006. In her career, she was also named as the best player in the NCAA and the world by The Hockey News.

Ruggiero has served the Olympic Movement at administrative and board level for almost a decade. She has served as Member of the International Olympic Committee (2010-2018), IOC Executive Board member (2016-2018), and Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission (2016-2018), the body representing all Olympic athletes worldwide. She currently serves on the IOC's Digital and Technology Commission, the Olympic Channel Commission, the Ethics Commission and the Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission.

Previously, Ruggiero was on the board of the United States Olympic Committee (2010-2018), was a Foundation Board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, served as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Athletes’ Commission and was the former President and board member of the Women's Sports Foundation. She was also the Chief Strategy Officer for the Los Angeles 2028 Candidature Committee.

Ruggiero is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (MBA), Harvard College (BA), and the University of Minnesota (M.Ed.).


The speakers

Using the unique power of sport to bring people together, the Olympism in Action Forum sees a range of global players, including Olympic Movement stakeholders, athletes, private and public sector leaders, NGO representatives, academics, artists and the media come together to talk on topical contemporary issues. Chosen because of their ability to effect change and their wide range of sometimes differing opinions, the speakers will lead lively debates and seek to challenge received wisdom to inspire new ways of thinking.

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