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FOR EQUAL PARTICIPATION OF
ALL MEMBER STATES OF UNESCO

For the equal and active participation of the 5 regional UNESCO member states

We encourage participation of the representatives to the special advisory group from all 5 regional division of UNESCO. The GMANET Special Advisory Group are in charge of the following :

 

Role Category Task
Observer Institution Newsletter expert opinion/interview, centre newsletter contents planning/consultation, consultation on the construction of information processor for Global Martial Arts Network and International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement, centre program consultation
Academia Individual
Field Expert Collecting and sharing training programs for the development and social participation of adolescents, consultation on the ICM field programs and the recruitment of participants for the centre programs such as the martial arts camp
Youth Expert
(In the order of Appointment as Special Advisor)
  • No
    2018-1
    Name
    Abel Figueiredo
    Expertise
    Sport Science, Martial Arts, Combat Sports
    Abel Figueiredo is an adjunct Professor at the School of Education in Viseu, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu. Currently(2019) the Vice President of Interantional Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society(IMACSSS), he has been nominated in numerous of positions within organizations in relevance with sport, physical activity, and sports sciences. His area of scientific activity is in Human Motricity Sciences and Sport Sciences, Education Sciences – Methodology of Sport and Physical Education, and Health Sciences – Physical Activity. His present reserach interests are Multifactorial / Dinamic-factorial management of Motrice Task in Education and Coaching, Institutional Analysis and Development in Sport and Education, Martial Arts and Combat Sports, and Epistemology and Hermeneutics. From 1981 until now, the professor participated in many practice seminars in Kung Fu, Fencing, Wrestling, Karate, Kobudo, Judo, Aikido, Boxing, Tai-Chi, Chi-Kung, Krav-Maga, some of them organized by himself in regional, national and international levels.
  • No
    2018-2
    Name
    Andreas Niehaus
    Expertise
    Japanese martial arts, body culture, sport history and sociology, olympic games
    Andreas Niehaus has been studying Japanese Studies and sports history in Cologne and written his PhD on the founder of judo, Kanô Jigorô, and his sports- as well as educational philosophy. He was appointed professor for Japanese language and culture at the University of Ghent in 2004. From 2012-2018 he acted as Head of Department Languages of Cultures and since 2015 he is also Head of the International Office of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy. In 2015 he was also appointed collaborative professor at Kanazawa University and in 2017 he also became member of the Council of the European Association of Japanese Studies. A. Niehaus acted as guest editor for the International Journal of Olympic History, Sport in Society (Routledge) and is advisory board member of the Journal of Martial Arts research (jomar).
  • No
    2018-3
    Name
    Bashar Fouze Abed Aljawad
    Expertise
    Sociology of Sport, Physical Education Padagogy, Gender, Violence, Martial Arts, Combat Sports
    Mr. Bashar Fouze Abed Alijaward is the president of the Palestine Taekwondo Federation. He has been training the national Taekwondo team of Palestine and organizing various international and local martial arts tournaments.
  • No
    4
    Role
    Youth Expert
    Name
    Bobobek Kazakov

    Uzbekistan

    Working as the head of Fergana regional branch of UzbekJangSanati Federation, he has been training the future generation of martial artists of the country. He has won several local and national tournaments in boxing and taekwondo.
  • No
    5
    Role
    Youth Expert
    Name
    Carlos Lisart Avino

    spain

    Mr. Carlos Lisart Avino is a Judo teacher at University of Valencia. His thesis for Sports Sciences degree was highly related to Judo, consisting of a comparison between judo black and brown belts regarding performance through a specific Judo fitness test. He also has an Educational Master’s degree.
  • No
    6
    Role
    Academia
    Name
    Cora Burnett

    South Africa

    Professor Cora Burnett is a research professor and lectures in the sociology of sport and research methodology with specialisation in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. She is a National Research Foundation-rated researcher and holds two doctorates, one in Physical Education and one in Anthropology. She is currently completing an MA in Olympic Studies through the German Sport University in Cologne.
    It is her vision that the UJ OSC will become a vibrant hub of research in the field of Olympic Studies. She hopes to bring knowledge and opportunity to all corners of the African continent with multiple stakeholders and being as inclusive as possible so that all will benefit from its agency. She is also currently serving a second term as vice president for the International Sociology of Sport Management (ISSA) and serves on various international and national research journals’ editorial boards. As a dedicated researcher and educator, her aim is to empower people and contribute to social transformation and positive change in the lives of people – especially vulnerable populations. She lists her career highlight as developing a Sport for Development Impact Assessment Tool and presents it at the UNICEF Head Office in New York, the publication of ‘Stories from the Field’ and co-authoring a textbook ‘Sport in Society: Issues and Controversies’ with Jay Coakley. She believes that these are all expressions of her conviction that “nobody knows better, all know different.”
  • No
    7
    Role
    Field Expert
    Name
    David Mulwa Titus

    Kenya

    Mr.David Mulwa Titus is a vastly experienced master practitioner of Martial Arts with over 30 years’ experience at the highest level of coaching, referring and mentoring. He has and continues to run many youth based specific activities and programs focused on skills and personal development. Mr. Mulwa is also a keen researcher and promoter of traditional African martial art forms as currently practiced by diverse cultural communities across Eastern African region. His expert-knowledge and practical involvement with young people as a mentor and organizer shall therefore provide added advantage to ICM in programmatic advisory.
  • No
    8
    Role
    Academia
    Name
    Colin Higgs

    Canada

    Dr Colin Higgs has been involved in research and project design on sports for development for over 20 years, much of this at the international level. His work has included developing strategy and programs for the Canadian Government, Commonwealth Secretariat, Paralympics and UNICEF. As an independent expert he evaluates projects from all over the world and has been involved in the design of program targeting post conflict, peace building, harm reduction, children with disabilities, sports programs for girls and HIV/AIDS.
  • No
    9
    Role
    Field Expert
    Name
    Evans Omweri Oruru

    Kenya

    While teaching Kenpo Karate Mr. Evans Omweri Oruru learnt how difference in culture can affect people. While doing so, he had constantly interacted with youth and female. As an assistant treasurer and a national head referee, he has contributed in raising fairness in Kenpo competitions for youth and women.
  • No
    10
    Role
    Youth Expert
    Name
    Jamil Yusupov

    Uzbekistan

    For many years, Jamil Yusupov has been teaching hundreds of young people the sport of “Uzbek Jang Sanati”. He is a great mentor for young people. The main purpose of his training is to get youngsters up and down high school by training them as a mature athlete. Jamil Yusupov has a special place among the coaches of the republic with his initiative and high professionalism of young people. He is currently a 2-time world champion.
  • No
    11
    Role
    Field Expert
    Name
    Martias Gomez

    spain

    Two times European Champion, two times World University Champion, and a bronze medalist in the world Championship of Karate, Matias Gomez is currently trying out for qualification for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. He is currently studying and training in the High Performance center in Madrid.
  • No
    12
    Role
    Field Expert
    Name
    Bishnu Bahadur Dware

    Nepal

    Mr. Bishnu Bahadur Dware is working in the Nepal National Commission for UNESCO as Deputy Secretary General. He has been involved in various youth development projects in different parts of Nepal. He has keen interest in sports and martial arts.
  • No
    13
    Role
    Academia
    Name
    Sue Glassey

    New Zealand

    Sue Glassey needs no introduction in the world of IFMA and muaythai. As a former athlete and world champion, she now makes a difference in the world of sports in her position as the IFMA Vice
    President, the President of the Oceania Muaythai Federation, and Chair of the IFMA Female Commission. Her passion and commitment to sports is a truly a blessing for the IFMA family, as it is the future of  sport and its athletes who benefit from her tireless works toward ensuring gender equality, safety and transparency on and off the field of play.
  • No
    14
    Role
    Observer
    Name
    UNESCO Silk Road Focal Point for the Republic of Korea

    Republic of Korea

    The UNESCO Silk Road Focal Point of the Republic of Korea will participate in the GMANET Special Advisory Group as an observer status. Unlike the other individuals, it will facilitate advises on the implementation of the Global Martial Arts Network as an institution .
  • No
    15
    Role
    Field Expert
    Name
    Zlatko Keskovski

    Macedonia

    Dr.Zlatko Keskovski has been actively involved in Japanese martial arts for over 40 years(1977-current) and is a Karate, Ju jitsu, Kendo and Iaido Master. He has been under the tuition of several Japanese instructors of the highest rank, such as Taiji Kaze, Tetsuhiko Asai, Toru Yamaguchi, Sadashite Kato, Keinosuke Enoeda, Shizuja Sato and so on. Since 1992 he is an instructor in martial arts with more than 8,000 students until today. As a president of Macedonian Kendo Iaido Federation, he has organized the European Kendo Championship in 2016.
  • No
    16
    Expertise
    Karate
    Name
    Zlatko Keskovski
    Dr.Zlatko Keskovski has been actively involved in Japanese martial arts for over 40 years(1977-current) and is a Karate, Ju jitsu, Kendo and Iaido Master. He has been under the tuition of several Japanese instructors of the highest rank, such as Taiji Kaze, Tetsuhiko Asai, Toru Yamaguchi, Sadashite Kato, Keinosuke Enoeda, Shizuja Sato and so on. Since 1992 he is an instructor in martial arts with more than 8,000 students until today. As a president of Macedonian Kendo Iaido Federation, he has organized the European Kendo Championship in 2016.