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World Association for Sport Management (WASM) 2023

World Association for Sport Management (WASM) 2023

The WASM Conference is Under the Patronage of

H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani


H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani

Jointly Organized By 




A joint effort between Qatar University (QU) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to host the Congress of World Association of Sport Management (WASM) after successfully winning the right to host the event in March 2023. 

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Chair’s Welcome Message

Being the first WASM congress to be held in the Middle East and North Africa, we anticipate that the event will attract participants worldwide interested in getting a closer look at Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and engaging with local stakeholders. The congress will be an opportunity to bring together experts, academics, and practitioners from Qatar and the region, to exchange knowledge and best practices around sport management and other relevant fields. We have planned in collaboration with our local partners a rich social program including a welcome reception, a gala, and a tour of the most spectacular attractions in Qatar, as well as tours of the state-of-the-art 2022 FIFA World Cup venues.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Emadi
Dean of College of Education, Qatar University
Co-Chair of the 4th World Association for Sport Management Conference

I am pleased to welcome you to WASM conference. This meeting convenes sport management academics, students, industry leaders, and practitioners from across the globe to facilitate sport management research, teaching, and learning excellence worldwide. WASM 2023 will be an unforgettable event with broad but meaningful content, unparalleled networking opportunities, and a splendid social program. In keeping with the conference theme, “Bringing the World Together: Global and Local Perspectives on Sport Management”, we envisage that the conference will provide an ideal platform to develop mutually beneficial partnerships for all delegates and underscore our commitment to utilizing sport as a catalyst for meaningful change. With sport being a microcosm of our society, we hope that your deliberations and explorations of the themes will advance research aimed at solving our critical challenges. You will also have the opportunity to experience and observe the distinctive Qatari culture, generous hospitality, and the beauty of Doha.
Dr. Kamilla Swart-Arries
Associate Professor College of Science and Engineering, HBKU
Co-Chair of the 4th World Association for Sport Management Conference

WASM Welcome Message

The WASM is delighted to have Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Qatar University as co-hosts of the fourth WASM conference,  March 5-8, 2023 in Doha, Qatar. This is the first time that the WASM conference, held every two to three years since its inception in 2012, has been held in the Middle East. Our previous three conferences in Madrid, Spain (2014), Kaunas, Lithuania (2017), and Santiago, Chile (2019) attracted leading sport management academics, students, and industry leaders from over 40 countries and we are confident that the conference in Doha will prove to be another outstanding success.  We look forward to working with the local organizers in serving our mission to facilitate sport management research and teaching and learning excellence worldwide.

Dr. Karen Danylchuk
WASM President

Qatar University Welcome Message

The WASM congress represents an important opportunity to bring together scholars and specialists of sport management and sports business in Doha, Qatar’s capital, and an international hub for sporta few months before the 2022 FIFA World Cup. For Qatar University, it is an occasion to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge with the participation of local and international experts and to showcase Qatar University’s contribution in research and development around the planning and management of this mega sporting event.

Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham
President of Qatar University

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Welcome Message

The WASM congress comes to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at a unique juncture in time, and truly is a continuation of Qatar’s years of commitment to excellence and innovation in sports development within the country and across the wider region. The congress presents yet another vital opportunity for the worldwide sport management sector, including professionals, students, scholars, and practitioners, to gather in the iconic city of Doha, to share knowledge, exchange expertise and viewpoints on the future of the thriving sports sector. Offering a futuristic, inclusive education model by embedding theory, impactful research, and best practices in a flourishing interdisciplinary environment to train future leaders in Qatar’s burgeoning sports sector, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is in a unique position to host this flagship event along with other esteemed partners. Powered by HBKU’s innovative graduate education programs in Exercise Science, and Sport and Entertainment Management, the congress will no doubt incite an ongoing conversation and exchange of expertise as we draw closer to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2030 Asian Games. We are looking forward to hosting you all at a unique congress later this year.

Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah
HBKU President