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Luiz Ryff, former Rio 2016 General Counsel and Dissolution Director joins IGNITX as Advisor

July 02, 2020

With over 15 years of involvement in the Olympic Movement and a lawyer by vocation, IGNITX is delighted to welcome Luiz Ryff as our newest member of the IGNITX family in the role of Advisor alongside Andreja McQuarrie. A curious person in search of knowledge in the global technology ecosystem and new models of digital businesses especially amongst emerging markets, Ryff is now an entrepreneur, business and strategic advisor, board member and investor in tech companies supporting them in their strategy building and growth.

From 1998 to 2011, Ryff served as a lawyer at H. B. Cavalcanti & Mazzillo, reaching a partner position in 2002. During this time, he represented football clubs, athletes and various sport organisations across the Americas. It was also through the law office that he was introduced to the Olympic Movement, representing the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2007 Pan American Games.

After obtaining his degree in law, Ryff continued his education with diverse executive education programs in international universities, including New York University-NYU (Professional Studies in Negotiation and Mediation), Fundação Dom Cabral-FDC (Leadership Development Program), KPMG Risk University (Governance, Risk and Compliance), and Fontainebleau-INSEAD on Leadership and also Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy.

In 2011, Ryff left the office to take the position of General Counsel for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organising Committee all the way to its delivery, and from 2016 to 2018 he took the position of Dissolution Director. He was one of the few professionals that was involved in the entire lifecycle of the games, from planning until the dissolution of the organising committee. As a result of that, Ryff developed a deep understanding of the governance, compliance, commercial, brand protection and legal aspects of delivering an Olympic and Paralympic Games which involves all stakeholders, contractors and service providers.

As a member of the IGNITX Advisory Board, Ryff brings his knowledge on the strategy and delivery of major events, his insight of tech companies in Latin America and Europe and his vast international network in sport including CAS, IOC, WADA, International Federations.

IGNITX is certain that with Ryff on board, the IGNITX family team is now stronger especially from the strategic and legal perspective.

Ryff, welcome to IGNITX! We are sure that you will lead us in the right direction and contribute greatly towards the achievements of IGNITX.

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