We are delighted to share with you our list of guest speakers and their keynote overview information. If you have any questions about our keynotes for this conference please get in touch with the organiser for further information.

Active Environments

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Creating active environments in Abu Dhabi

H.E. Dr. Salem Al Kaabi

Active Societies

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Experiences with Creating Sustainable Lifestyle Changes

Dr Michelle Segar,
University of Michigan

Active People

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All hands on deck for Sport
for All

Jacqueline Kronenburg,
Elected Board Member of TAFISA

Sports for all

H.E Mohamed Helal Mohamed

Office of Strategic Affairs, DCD

Active Systems

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Panel Discussion: Bringing it all together - creating active systems

Speaker names to be confirmed

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Prof Billie Giles-Corti

RMIT University

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor and a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at RMIT University. For over two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing.

She currently leads the Healthy Liveable Cities Lab in RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research and is a member of the Executive of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, responsible for working with non-health sectors.

Between 2014 and 2020 she led an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities.  She has been a Technical Advisor of the Victorian Office of the Government Architect’s Design Review Panel, a member of the Victorian Planning Authority’s Precinct Structure Plan Review Committee, a member of Melbourne Water’s Liveability Panel and is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association. 

She has published over 400 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations, is ranked in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally.

Dr Michelle Segar

University of Michigan

Michelle Segar is an award-winning researcher at the University of Michigan and health coach with almost thirty years studying how to create sustainable changes in physical activity that can survive the complexity and unpredictability of the real world. Her translational research is widely recognized as relevant and practical. She has been an advisor to the World Health Organization, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and IHRSA, and she was named inaugural chair of the United States National Physical Activity Plan’s Communication Committee.

Michelle’s perspective is uniquely comprehensive – For her entire career she has combined academic research with real-world health coaching to pioneer methods that create sustainable healthy behavior change, and which have been adopted to boost patient health, employee health and well-being, and gym membership retention. Her first book, NO SWEAT!, shows how to cultivate autonomous, sustainable exercise motivation and is being used as a core text in higher education and in training professionals in health coaching and patient counseling around the world. 

Michelle’s interdisciplinary training includes a doctorate in Psychology (PhD), a master’s degree in Health Behavior/Health Education (MPH), a master’s degree in Kinesiology (MS), and fellowships in translational research and health care policy from the University of Michigan.

Michelle cares deeply about helping professionals and organizations learn how to apply and scale high-impact research into pragmatic products and services. She speaks and consults with organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Walmart, American Telemedicine Association, Business Group on Health, Anytime Fitness, Adidas, and Google. A sought-after speaker and trainer, Michelle is frequently interviewed in major media outlets like The New York Times, NPR, Prevention, Fast Company, Self, Real Simple, CNN, Newsy, and The Wall Street Journal.  Her new book, THE JOY CHOICE (April 2022), showcases the new science about and method for breaking down all-or-nothing thinking and cultivating the in-the-moment decisions that support on-going self-care, health, and well-being. For more information see

Kate Dale

Sport England

Former journalist Kate Dale leads Sport England’s award-winning behaviour change and marketing campaigns – all focused on helping more people get and stay active, including This Girl Can, Join the Movement and We Are Undefeatable.

Prior to this, Kate spent 10 years as a trade magazine editor before becoming a brand and content specialist for major online banking institutions including Barclays. She is a non-executive director for Find Your Voice, a CIC that uses singing workshops to engage people in marginalised communities; sits on the Advisory Panel of the Women’s Sport Collective and is a member of the World Health Organisation’s Expert Working Group responsible for developing best practice in physical activity.

In her spare time, she performs regularly with the Rainbow Nation Dance Academy and Choir and us trying her hand at stand-up comedy. 

Jacqueline Kronenburg

Elected Board Member of TAFISA

Jacqueline Kronenburg is a seasoned public affairs manager and communications professional working with the Knowledge Centre for Sport & Physical Activity Netherlands. This Dutch institute, funded by the government, makes knowledge from science, policy and practice available and applicable for professionals.

She has recently been elected as a member of the board of directors of TAFISA, the leading international sport for all association. In both roles, she has a keen eye for possibilities to share knowledge about sport policy on a national, European and international level, in networks, articles, knowledge events and online tools.

In her work for the knowledge centre she focuses on monitoring decision-making in the field of sport, physical activity and lifestyle health in both The Hague and Brussels. She identifies and describes developments in these fields with a view to supporting professionals, while acting as a neutral source of information for politicians and stakeholders. Regarding the international affairs portfolio, Jacqueline is the contact person for organisations that seek collaboration with the Knowledge Centre, in Europe as well as outside.

In December 2021, Jacqueline organised a well-received hybrid seminar with European and Emerati female experts about the importance of sport and physical activity in the lives of women and girls, as part of the NL Sports Week at the Expo Dubai.She has also been the congress rapporteur and expert speaker for the TAFISA World Congress (Seoul, 2017) and a keynote speaker at a women’s conference organised by the Dutch consulate (St Petersburg – Russia, 2018).

As an active member and national board member of the worldwide organisation Soroptimist International – ‘the global voice for women’ – she is committed to supporting the status of women and girls, and certainly in the field of sports.

H.E Mohamed Helal Mohamed AlBalooshi

Executive Director - Office of Strategic Affairs, DCD

His Excellency Mohamed AlBalooshi is the Executive Director of Strategic Affairs Office at the DCD, and the Acting Executive Director of the DCD Community Engagement & Sports Division.

His primary role is to support the Social Sector in Abu Dhabi in achieving sustainable growth and development through leading sectoral strategies and designing programmes and initiatives.

In addition to his role in contributing to the formulation of sustainable professional and community sports policies in Abu Dhabi and raising awareness of them, along with identifying the most prominent areas of gaps in community participation and sports in the Emirate, and thus formulating strategies and initiatives to address urgent social needs and bridge the gaps.

Al Balooshi holds a master’s degree in Marketing, Management, Communications and Media from Paris Sorbonne University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Marketing Communications and Creative Advertising from the American University in Dubai. He has also obtained several certificates in marketing, communications, and digital media.