13 April 2020 - Global Esports Federation confirms key leadership roles in line with plans to convene the world’s esports ecosystem.

Global Esports Federation (GEF) today confirmed key appointments in line with the Federation’s mission to convene the world’s esports ecosystem. Following its first three months of worldwide consultative sessions and research, President Chris Chan has appointed Paul J. Foster as Chief Operating Officer. Eight Commissions have also been confirmed with more than 70 members worldwide. In addition, the GEF Board has confirmed the appointment of Hideki Okamura, Representative Director of Japan esports Union (JeSU), as a member of the GEF Board.


Paul J. Foster (pictured) initially served as Senior Advisor to the GEF Board. In his new role as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for establishing a robust leadership team to continue spearheading the mission of the GEF. Paul has a successful track record leading teams and organisations, including more than 15 years in the Olympic movement beginning in his hometown of Sydney in 2000. Since then he has led teams at more than 10 Olympic Games across the world, culminating with an extensive tenure as Head of Protocol, Events and Hospitality at the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Following his time with the Olympic movement, Paul established his strategic consulting firm in London and Los Angeles; and led teams and projects in various cities across the world, including Madrid, Baku, Paris, Rome, New York City, and recently as a Vice President at World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

“The GEF motto, #worldconnected, says it all. Through the power of connectivity, esports offers a platform of inclusive participation, learning, sharing, and enjoyment, regardless of physical distance. I am excited to continue contributing to Global Esports Federation in fulfilling its mission to convene the esports ecosystem and unleash the unlimited possibilities of sports in this Digital Age,” said Paul J. Foster, Chief Operating Officer, Global Esports Federation.

The GEF Board confirmed eight Commissions, led by members of the GEF Board; world-class experts from the esports industry, sports, corporate governance, technology, and business. The Commissions will advise the Board in fulfilling GEF’s overall goals to develop a safe, healthy, and sustainable esports ecosystem.



1. Athletes and Players Chair, Charmaine Crooks and Vice Chair, Koen Schobbers
2. Brand, Marketing, Commercial and Communications Chair, Lorenzo Giorgetti
3. Digital, Technology, Innovation Chair, Chris Overholt
4. Education, Culture, Wellness Chair, Chester King and Vice Chair, Tyrone Seward
5. Finance, Legal, Administration Chair, Adrian F. Lismore
6. Governance and Ethics Chair, T A Ganda Sithole
7. Membership Chairs Ramil Aliyev and Mario Cilenti

Technical and Development

Chairs Chong Geng Ng and Mars Hou

The appointment of Hideki Okamura (pictured), a key figure in the esports movement, to the GEF Board, further cements the Federation’s leadership in esports. Okamura brings with him an extensive experience in esports as Chairman of the Board of SEGA Group Co., Ltd. He was involved in the consumer business within Sega from the late 1980s to early 2000s, which included the development of Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn. Okamura currently serves as the Representative Director of Japan esports Union (JeSU), the leading body in Japanese esports, which was established to promote esports, conduct related research activities, and assist efforts to train players.

Launched on 16 December 2019, in Singapore, GEF proudly draws on the diverse range of experience and expertise from the world of esports and the sporting community, to help develop the credibility, legitimacy, and prestige of esports in society.

Tencent, one of the world’s leading technology companies, is the Founding Global Partner of GEF.

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