The UNESCO Chair was officially launched on June 12, 2023, at a prestigious event held at Education City's Minaretein Building, solidifying Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) co-leadership with UCLan Cyprus. The partnership emphasises a shared commitment to elevate the governance practices and social responsibility activities within the global sports community.
As an influential executive in the sporting realm, Al Khori has been invited to play a pivotal role in the Advisory Committee, specifically co-coordinating the 'Policy and Impact' pillar. This esteemed committee comprises internationally renowned professors, researchers, consultants, and practitioners dedicated to advancing research, education, and training in the field of governance and social responsibility in sports.
The Advisory Committee, acting as the consultative authority for the UNESCO Chair, is tasked with suggesting directions for research and training activities, providing advice and recommendations, contributing to the development of a virtual space/database of best practices, and enhancing the Chair's influence in national and international networks.
Al Khori's appointment further strengthens the Committee's diverse composition, bringing in expertise and perspectives he gained through GA’s various programmes and initiatives. Alongside the two co-chairholders representing HBKU (Dr. Christos Anagnostopoulos, pictured with Mr. Al Khori) and UCLan Cyprus (Dr. Efstathios Christodoulidis), the Committee includes twelve members from around the world, each contributing to the Chair's overarching objectives.
On his appointment, Al Khori, stated, “Understanding the transformative power of sports in society, and the profound implications of good governance and social responsibility within the sporting industry, I am truly honoured by this opportunity. It brings me immense pride and excitement to be considered for such an esteemed position, especially with Hamad Bin Khalifa University and UCLan Cyprus co-leading this commendable initiative. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Christos and the Advisory Committee members for this invitation. Together, I am confident that we can advise, influence, and bring about significant positive changes in the realms of governance and social responsibility in sports.”
The UNESCO Chair's focus on five interconnected pillars, including the newly introduced 'Policy and Impact' that encompasses e-sports as well, underscores its commitment to research, education, outreach, stakeholder engagement, and tangible policy outcomes in the realm of sport governance and social responsibility.
Founder, Director, and co-Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Governance and Social Responsibility in Sport, Dr. Christos Anagnostopoulos, said “We believe that Nasser Al Khori's participation will undoubtedly contribute valuable insights and perspectives, reinforcing the Chair's global impact. His dedication and social legacy focused work through Generation Amazing fits perfectly with what this UNESCO Chair has been established for;” adding, “He will join an influential group of scholars and practitioners who, like himself, are making a difference in both their national contexts and globally on matters related to sport governance and social responsibility.”