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Essar Gabriel

Executive VP & co-Founder

54 years old, French

20 years in industry

AGES Associate Member


English, French, Arabic



MSc Civ Eng ESTP

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Essar Gabriel

Executive VP & co-Founder

Essar has over 20 years’ experience in management and delivery of the largest international sporting events, including the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. He has worked at C level for the International Olympic Committee and World Athletics.

He has spent his career creating and developing large multisport events and working with event owners/local organisers on national marketing, commercial & promotional plans. He led the conception and implementation of the now established Youth Olympic Games. In 2019, and led the conception, planning and delivery of the inaugural World Urban Games in Budapest.

Essar is an expert in elite sports facility operations having operated some of the most iconic venues in the world including Stade de France & Accor Arena in Paris, Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing.

He now specialises in C-Level advisory work and strategic and operational consultancy. Essar is trilingual, speaking English, French and Arabic and has an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Civil Engineering.



  • Senior executive management and delivery of the largest international sporting events in the World
  • Management of International Federations & Leagues
  • Creation and development of large multi-sport events
  • Development of event owners’/local organisers’ national marketing, commercial & promotion plans
  • Planning of global grass roots and youth sports policies
  • C-level advisory work and strategic consultancy



2016-2018Founder & General Manager, egabriel consulting
2017  CEO, Nantes 2017 FIBA 3x3 World Cup
2011-2015General Secretary, World Athletics
2007-2011Associate Director Youth Olympic Games, IOC
2006-2007Independent Consultant
2004-2005COO, Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games Bid Committee
2001-2003CEO, Paris 2003 IAAF World Championships in Athletics Organising Committee
1999-2000Venue Manager The Dome & Pavilions, Sydney 2000 Organising Committee
1997-1998Director International Media Center, France 98 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee