Ian Smith

Ian is a 55 year old lawyer with a global reputation in sports related integrity issues like match-fixing, betting fraud, doping and cheating. He is Integrity Commissioner for esports through the organisation he founded in 2015, the Esports Integrity Coalition, and he advises and has executive director level engagements with the PGA European Tour in golf and the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) as well as advising other sports organisations on an ad hoc basis. He is a regular and in-demand speaker at conferences and seminars around the world.

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in sports, primarily in regulation and governance. While still in private practice, Ian advised clients in football, cricket, rugby, motorsport, golf and other sports. His particular focus has always been the connection between the athlete and the rules and regulations that govern the athletes’ professional life. He was the player representative on the Security Directorate of all major cricket events through to 2015 and he sat on the Athletes Committee of UK Anti-Doping for five years.

Ian is a passionate advocate of sporting integrity and the eradication of all forms of corruption in sport from the top level of governance down, but all this stuff is just what he does for a living. He is also, more relevantly, an endlessly curious multi-potentialite with wide interests who questions absolutely everything! He has spent countless hours with professional athletes at every level and hopes he learned a thing or two…

He came, very reluctantly at first, to self-empowerment from a place of deep skepticism and cynicism. Bluntly, he thought it was all nonsense designed to take advantage of the weak and gullible, but a gnawing dissatisfaction with life and an inability to find or create happiness despite achieving all his professional goals lead to confusion and the breakdown of relationships. A chance viewing of a Brenē Brown TED talk led to some reading and exploration which serendipitously coincided with working with Kezra and getting insights into her world view and practices as they interacted travelling the world for work. All of this led to the, initially slow, adoption of self-empowerment practices that, over the last 18 months, have transformed his life and continue to do so daily.

Ian was born in Durban, South Africa, and got his law degree at the University of Natal (now KZN) before emigrating to the UK in 1989. He has 20 year old twin sons who are the centre of his universe. When not travelling for work, he lives a quiet life on a boat deep in the Surrey countryside and runs when he needs to stop thinking.