LausanneSwitzerland – 12 September 2014 – The World Union of Olympic Cities is organizing its annual "Smart Cities & Sport Summit" on 5-7 November 2014 at IMD business school in Lausanne, the world leader in executive education. Following the opening night at the Olympic Museum, the Summit will take place on the impressive premises of IMD. 

The World Union of Olympic Cities is pleased to have Professor Dominique Turpin, as one of the Summit’s speakers. Prof. Turpin was named IMD President in July 2010 and is also Nestlé Professor at IMD, focusing on the areas of marketing, brand management, customer orientation and international strategy. He will share his views about the challenges faced by commercial partners when sponsoring a host city. 

Mélanie Duparc, Secretary General of the World Union of Olympic Cities, commented: "We are pleased to announce this collaboration with one of the top ranked schools in the world. Professor Dominique Turpin is a fantastic addition to our already prestigious list of speakers and we look forward to announcing more names in the coming weeks." 

Smart Cities & Sport Summit is organised for representatives of cities, regions and countries around the world interested in learning more about effective and smart strategies that connect sport and cities. The conference will provide the most high-level and prestigious platform ever for the exchange of ideas and experience among cities of all sizes. 

The programme can be downloaded here:

For further information, please contact: 

World Union of Olympic Cities 

Media Relations 


Phone: +41 (0)21 315 24 49 

World Union of Olympic Cities Devcom P.O. Box 6904 1002 Lausanne — Switzerland T + 41 21 315 24 49 F + 41 21 315 20 04 

About the World Union of Olympic Cities 

The World Union of Olympic Cities is an association of former and future Olympic host cities, supported by the International Olympic Committee. The association was created in 2002 with the goal of facilitating an effective dialogue between former and future Olympic host cities in order to ensure a continued positive impact of the Olympic Games. 

With this new initiative the World Union of Olympic Cities now reaches out to peers from around the world to share experience and best practice and to learn from world class experts from the wider sports industry. 

About IMD 

IMD is a top-ranked business school being experts in developing global leaders through high-impact executive education. 

100% focused on real-world executive development, IMD offers Swiss excellence with a global perspective and has a flexible, customized and effective approach.