EOSE’s network of Associates is made up of experts considered as authorities on their own field and in their own country.

Thanks to the wide variety of profiles it allows EOSE to break down barriers between different professional fields in order to build a collective expertise on sport as a societal fact while being a relevant and legitimate source of knowledge and strategic facilitator to support the development of Sport and Active Leisure including employment, sports systems, developing standards, competence, qualifications and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

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  • Expert Consultant
  • Italian

Corrado is currently a freelance consultant based in Rome. After a career as athlete (Italian champion in Rowing) and as Rugby coach with clubs and national teams, he addressed his studies in sport management, working in researches, and publishing articles.  He graduated from the CONI as Sport Master and then from Lyon 1 University where he obtained a Research Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in sport marketing.

Corrado has been working for the the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).  He has also been manager editor of the “European Journal for Sport Management” and teacher in some Italian universities for Sport Organisations Management. He also sitted in the boards of the Executive Masters in Sport Organisation (MEMOS) as well as the Italian Association for Sport Management (SIMS) and the Italian Observatories for Sports Occupation (OISO).

Major involvement with EOSE: Executive Board Member (2005-2007), Vocasport, EQF, Euroseen, LLL.

Vilma Cingiene


  • Executive Board Member
  • Lithuanian

Vilma Cingiene is a professor of the Faculty of Politics and Management at the Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania. She is a founder and co-ordinator of the Master degree study program „Sports Industry Management“.

Having graduated from Lithuanian Physical Education Institute with Physical Education degree, she holds PhD in Social Sciences (economics) from Moscow State Lomonosov University.

Vilma is an initiator and co-ordinator of different national and European projects and serves as Qualification system implementation and management expert in various working groups. Also she is a delegated member by National sports authorities to EC expert group “Sport Statistics” (2011-2014) and „Economic Dimention of Sport“ (2014-2017)“.

Major areas of interest and expertise: ‘Sports and Economics’, ‘Sport Development and Business’

Simone Digennaro


  • Grant Researcher, Department of Human Sciences, Society and Health, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
  • Italian

Simone Digennaro is grant researcher at the University of Cassino and Sourthern Lazio, and consultant for the Italian National Olympic Committee and many National Sport Federations.

Having graduated from the University of Foro Italico (Rome) with a Sport Management master degree, he holds a PhD from the University of Strasbourg.

He led diverse researches and studies at regional, national and European level, being engaged with projects in collaboration with the European Network of Sport Science, Education & Employment (ENSSEE), the European Observatoire of the Sport and Employment (EOSE) and the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA). He has developed expertise in the analysis of sport as social phenomenon and a reliable knowledge about the processes of validation of informal and non-formal education.

Major involvement with EOSE: National Ambassador in VSport+ project, Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport in Europe.

Judith Farkas


  • Senior Advisor and Grant Researcher, Faculty of PE and Sport Sciences of Budapest
  • Hungarian

Judit’s work experience has spanned a wide range of activities in the field of sport and physical education/activity since her graduation from Hungarian and American universities, where she studied PE/adapted PE, as well as sports law. She holds a PhD in pedagogy.

Alongside her academic work she has had responsibility in administrative positions and in international project coordination. Having lectured and conducted research in pedagogy she was invited to be a guest lecturer at American universities. In Qatar, as a team member, she was in charge for developing grass root sport, later community sports programme and improve women’s participation in sport.

Major involvement with EOSE: VSport+ project, Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport in Europe.



  • KF Innovative Business Ltd Managing Director & IHRSA International Public Policy Advisor , UFIT Project Manager, IHRSA Europe Council.
  • Irish

Kilian has held positions including top level management of leisure facilities in London, He also has extensive consultancy experience, and served as CEO of ILAM, the Irish National Leisure Industry Association for eleven years and on the IHRSA International Board of Directors as the first European born and based Director (IHRSA is the Global Fitness Body based in Boston USA with members in over 70 Countries). He was appointed as Chair of IHRSA Membership & Standards Committee for 2011-2012. He represents IHRSA as the only physical activity representative on the BIAC Health Task Force advising the OECD. This role over the past number of years has enabled him to work alongside VP level of major multi nationals , public policy advisors from WHO, OECD and various business and government agencies in helping to influence and develop national and European government health care policies. He has been involved and/or led eleven European projects to date, developed the ILAM White Flag Standard (the Industry Quality standard) and set up REPS Ireland as Ireland’s national register for exercise instructors and personal trainers and facilitated the m.o.u between IHRSA and ICREPS.

Major involvement with EOSE: Vocasport, Euroseen, ECVET Fitness, Clo2, EQFOA

Juris Grants


  • Professor, Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE)
  • Latvian

Juris Grants is a Doctor of Pedagogy and a Professor of Sport Pedagogy at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE), he holds PhD degree.

Lecturing on outdoor education and recreation didactics and management, lifelong learning programs concerning coach education, his current research interests are related to people psychological state during outdoor recreation activities, elite sport training and dual career.

Together with colleagues from HEI of three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) he was one of the founders of the Baltic Sport Science Society with the aim to provide Sports Science development in the Baltic countries and Europe. He is participating in projects in collaboration with the Sport Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the EC, Böson Sports College and Swedish Institute.

Major involvement with EOSE:  Dual Career – Education and Training in Sport, National Ambassador in VSport+ project.

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