Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros is CEO of ICSS EUROPE and a leader in the fight for strong governance in sport.
Emanuel has over twenty five years’ of experience in the sports industry as an executive and lawyer. He was one of the founders of the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) and served as CEO for almost 10 years.
He has served on the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Board, the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council and the UEFA Professional Football Committee, the FIFA Club Football Committee, FIFA Task Force “For the Good of the Game” and Working Groups on International Match Calendar and on Sports Agents.
Emanuel is currently a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, the World Economic Forum / PACI’s Advisory Committee, the European Expert Group on good Governance in Sports and coordinator of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA).
He has held a number of senior political positions within his home country, Portugal, and in March 2012 was appointed by the Portuguese Government as Ambassador for Sports Ethics.
A graduate in Law from the University of Lisbon, he holds post-graduations in Sports Management from the Portuguese Catholic University and Professional Sports Law from the University of Coimbra. He has a diploma in “Leading Economic Development” from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Emanuel began his career in 1993 with Boavista FC as Director of Legal Affairs. From 2000-2005, he was General Secretary of the Portuguese Professional Football League.