Distinguished Alumni Awards
Tony Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award
Zhiwei Pan - 2007
A true ambassador for international relations, Mr. Zhiwei Pan has served in a variety of sport and Olympic administrative capacities in his native China. He is considered to be a true giant among leaders of the Chinese Olympic movement. Since 2002, Mr. Pan has served as the Division Chief of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. From 1999 to 2002, he served as Deputy Division Chief. In these capacities, he has been extensively involved in Beijing’s bid and preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.
In his present Division Chief role, he is responsible for many duties which include leadership involving formulation of cooperative agreements, computer-based communication networks, speech translations and presentations, and serving as a chief contact with the International Paralympic Games. He represents BOCOG at many major world sporting events including the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Commonwealth Games in Manchester (UK), Asian Games in Seoul, Korea, and the Olympic/Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. He attends numerous conferences and sporting events sponsored and organized by relevant international federations. He is also a speaker at important international meetings including the Olympic Truce Symposium and International Olympic Education.
During the Olympic bid process, Pan was responsible for the supervision of composing Beijing’s candidature books to the International Olympic Committee, a file with a total of some 300,000 words, covering every aspect of the metropolitan and sport infrastructure. He reported directly to the Secretary General of the Bid Committee, and worked with experts from the USA, England and Australia to coordinate and manage activities. He acted as the primary contact between the Beijing Bid Committee and the IOC for state government relations. He visited more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe with state leaders, sport delegations, and bid missions to participate in the meetings and events hosted by IOC, and other organizations.Prior to his Olympic Committee involvements, Pan worked in the Office of International Programs at Beijing Sport University from 1987 to 1994. During the mid-1990’s, Pan completed his master’s degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University where he also served as a Visiting Scholar. He is author or contributor to several publications, and is active in the sport of table tennis.