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Dr Loris Pegoli – Italy


Doctor Pegoli was born in Genova, Italy in 1969. He graduated at Genova University Medical School in 1994 and completed his residency program in Orthopaedics and Traumathology in 1999. He got a research fellowship in hand surgery at Harvard University Hand Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA and a clinical fellowship at Hirosaki University, Japan.

From 2001 till June 2012 he worked at the Hand Surgery Unit, Policlinico Multimedica, Plastic Surgery Department University of Milan as Chief of Hand Unit Trauma Service. From September 2012 he become Chief of the San Pio X Clinic Hand Unit. He is University Tutor of University of Milan, Italy.From 2005 to 2012 he was contract professor at Vita e Salute University, Saint Raffaele Hospital, Milan.

He is co founder and past president of WRISTH – World Research Institute for Sport Traumatology of the Hand and founder and Segretary General of ISSPORTH – International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand.

He is the actual President of the Sport Commission of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand – IFSSH. Doctor Pegoli collaborates with important International Institutions such as the Australian Institute of Sport and many sport teams, among them GreenEDGE cycling. He is a member of the Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand and a member of other international societies among which are the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society, The International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand and the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand. He speaks English fluently, and Spanish and Japanese moderately.


Dr James Stoxen – United States of America


Dr. Stoxen also has an extensive background in sports medicine. In 2008, he was inducted into the prestigious National Fitness Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was also inducted into the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame. He was appointed to serve on the prestigious, Global Advisory Board, of The International Sports Hall of Fame as well as being appointed to the Advisory Board for the American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners.

Dr Stoxen has consulted with hundreds of national and world champions and personally trained over 40 athletes to become national or world champions.  Dr Stoxen is a sought after speaker internationally lecturing on treatment, training and progressive preventive approaches medical conferences in China, Japan, UK, Germany, Monaco, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa and throughout the United States.


Dr James Bilzon


James joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in May 2008 following a 13-year career as an Exercise Physiologist in various Ministry of Defence (MOD) departments, including the Institute of Naval Medicine and the Headquarters Army Recruiting & Training Division (ARTD). Following a 3-year period as Director of Studies for the MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine, he became Head of Department for Health in August 2011. He currently holds a number of Honorary appointments including Honorary Civilian Consultant Advisor (HCCA) in Sport & Exercise Science to the British Army and Honorary Fellow of the Society of Sport & Exercise Medicine Malaysia (FSSEMM).

He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994 and undertook his MSc and PhD at Loughborough University. His research interests centre around occupational and environmental exercise physiology, including injury prediction/prevention and immunological responses to exercise in extreme environments. A further strand, related to his interests in military exercise physiology, is the role of physical activity in the maintenance of health & wellbeing in persons with physical disabilities. He has now published over 30 full journal articles and attracted ~£1 million in external funding. He is currently Director of the DisAbility Sport & Health (DASH) Research Group and a member of the University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)


Dr Michel Gagne –  Canada


Michel Gagne started training coaches in 1975 in Quebec, Canada. For 10 years his train the trainer program has successfully contributed to more than 35,000 coaches in Canada.

Michel is a Sophrologist and Certified Counselor with the International Society of Mental Training and Excellence. He is also a Certified and Licensed Leader with the Legacy Leadership Institute of Dallas, Texas and a Certified NLP Coach with Lambent do Brazil of Sao Paulo and the International Coaching Community (ICC). He is also a Master Course Conductor with the Coaching Association of Canada since 1972.

Michel Gagne is a speaker, facilitator and International Executive and Corporate Coach with more than 35 years of experience and he hasbeen in Asia for more than twenty years.He is a highly skilled communicator and motivator experienced in dealing with the Corporate Sector, Government, Education, and NGO’s.

Excellent motivator, Michel has worked with several Olympic Medallists and Athletes from Canada and abroad since the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. He was involved in the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games as Manager of the Training Venues. He started getting involved in mental preparation for Olympic Athletes in several sports in Canada and abroad from 1972 until now.

Amongst Asia’s world level athletes he worked with are: Squash Eight Times World champion Dato Nicol David, A1/F1 Driver Alex Young, LPGA Golfer Lim Siew Ai from Malaysia, Commonwealth Games Badminton Gold Medalist Rashid Sidek, Barcelona Olympic MedalistJalani and RasifSidek from Malaysia, and Hii King Hung from Sarawak, Bronze Medalist in Taekwondo, Olympic Sprint Medallist SushantikaJayasinghe from Sri Lanka, and many more.

He is the Co-Founder of the Parent Coaching Movement in Montreal, Canada and he started coaching in 1968. Initially in sports with children and adolescent, and in the early 1970s with young adults and civil servants at the City of Montreal.

He started training coaches in 1975 in Quebec, Canada as a Master Course Conductor for the Coaching Association of Canada. For 10 years his train the trainer program has successfully contributed to more than 35,000 coaches in Canada.

He came to Malaysia in 1987 on his way to a survey mission to Korea, for the Coaching Association of Canada to assess the competitive and security environmental factors in preparation for the 1988 Olympic Games. In 1988, he spent three months in Malaysia to train national coaches on the mental side preparation of the games for the 1989 SUKAN SEA.

In 1989, he was appointed as Sport Psychology and Mental Training Consultant for the Malaysia Contingent at the 1989 SUKAN SEA, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malaysia finished 2nd).

He came permanently to Malaysia in 1990 as Head of the Sport Psychology and Mental Training Department of the National Sports Institute (InstitutSukan Negara). He later contributed to the overall mental training and preparation of the Malaysian Contingent for the successful 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur (10 Gold Medals and fourth placing overall).

His last contribution as Head of the Sport Psychology and Mental Training Department of the National Sports Institute was the supervision of the overall preparation of the Malaysian Contingent for the 21stSEA Games. Malaysia won the first placing with a total of 111 gold medals (the BEST EVER).

He left the position of Head of the Sport Psychology and Mental Training Department of the National Sports Institute (InstitutSukan Negara) in 2002 to pursue is career in South East Asia as CEO and Executive Master Coach of Coaching and Training Asia Sdn Bhd.

Michel has directed courses and lectured in all of Canada; in the European Countries of United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Kosovo, Albania and Russia; in the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, St-Kits and Dominica; in the African Countries of Kenya, Senegal, Guinea and Mauritania; in Cairo (Egypt) for the Gulf Region; in the Asian Countries of India, Iran, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and China.

As CEO of Coaching & Training Asia he train and turn executives and managers into coaches. While Coaching is not a new concept he advocates that without coaching, training loses its effectiveness rapidly, and often fails to achieve the lasting behavioral changes needed.

While training is an “event”, coaching is a “process”, which is a valuable next step to training to insure that the new knowledge imparted, actually becomes learned behavior.

In the last few years he has trained and coached more than 4,500 executive’s coaches and managers as coaches in Bahrain, India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Iran, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Participants come from various industries such as banking, manufacturing, biochemical, real estates, construction, insurance, telecommunication, information technology, microelectronics, governments and many more.