Executive Board Members



The leadership of the organisation is ensured by EOSE’s Executive Board.

Its role within the work programme of the structure consists in:

  • Taking the main decision for the organisation.

  • Providing a vision to the organisation and ensuring that its mission is fulfilled.

  • Representing EOSE within EU events.

  • Ensuring a strong and efficient relationship with the decision makers such as the European Commission or the Sport Directors.

  • Creating an efficient atmosphere and synergies within the organisation.

Here below you can find out about EOSE’s Executive Board Members.

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Thiery Zintz

Thierry ZINTZ

  • President (Re-elected Nov 2017)
  • Belgian

Prof. Thierry Zintz is the Dean of the Faculty of Sports Sciences of the Université catholique de Louvain. He is also Vice President of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee and member of the Board of Archery World – Europe. Thierry has earned his Ph.D. in Physical Education (Management of Sport Organizations) from the University catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 2004, where he also graduated in Physical Education in 1977.

Since 2005 he has been teaching Management of Sport at the Université catholique de Louvain. He is also an invited lecturer at the Université de Poitiers and at ESSEC (Paris) as well as a researcher in Sport Management (having published several articles and two books on the topic).

Thierry is the director of the MEMOS Programme (Executive Master in Management of Sport Organisations). This programme is a co-organisation of the International Olympic Committee and twelve universities in the world.

Major areas of interest and expertise:Organisational Configurations of National Sport Federations’ and ‘Change Management in Sport Organisations’, with particular focus on the relation between professional and volunteer actors, management and recruitment.

Vilma Cingiene


  • Secretary General
  • 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’



  • Treasurer (Elected Nov 2017)
  • 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: Led Researcher for the ESSA-Sport Project, LMI leader for the S2A-Sport project, National Ambassador in VSport+ project, Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport in Europe.

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  • Executive Board Member
  • Portugese

Abel is currently working as Head of Sport Management Programme and Professor of Human Resources Management and Strategic Management of Sport Organisations at the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (ESDRM) in Portugal.

He holds a PhD in Sport Sciences and Sports Management from the University of Lleida and has been previously working for the National Sport Council, the Sport Instiute of Portugal and as a Basketball coach in various clubs.

Major areas of interest and expertise: Research on Human Resources in sport, Strategic Management of Sport organisations, Development of local sport policy.

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  • Executive Board Member
  • English

Kirstie is acting as Head of Department, Associate Professor at the University of Chester – Sport and Community Engagement Department.

Prior to joining the Department in 2001, Kirstie spent a number of years working in local authority sport development in the North West. She has kept up-to-date with the industry through extensive external contact with key organisations (e.g. Sport England, Cheshire & Warrington County Sport Partnership).

Kirstie was also involved in the World Swimming Championships held in Manchester in 2008, leading the Volunteer Management Team. Kirstie has recently co-edited ‘Strategic Sport Development’, it was published by Routledge in February 2013.

Kirstie has recently designed and delivered a sports administration course for the Maltese Goverment sport agency Kunsill Malti Ghall-Isport (Sport Malta).

Main area of interest:

  • Sport Development strategy/ strategic management of Sport Development
  • Partnerships in Sport Development and Community Engagement
  • Evaluation of Sport Development Interventions

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