is Professor of Sport Economics and Sport Sociology at the
Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany and also at the Molde
University College, Norway in the field of Event Management. He is also
adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada and
international scholar at the State University of New York (SUNY,
He was editor of the Journal “European Sport
Management Quarterly” (2012-2014), one of the world leading journals in
sport management. He also is associate Editor of the “Journal of Sport
& Tourism”. Additionally he serves as editorial board member of
several other international Journals such as “International Journal of
Sport & Finance”, “Sport Management Review”, “International Journal
of Sport Policy” and “Scandinavian Sport Studies”.
published 16 books and more than 120 articles in international journals
and books. During the past decade he has been invited to hold more than
130 presentations all over the world.
His field of
research is directed at economic and socio-economic aspects of sport.
In particular he looks into the economic impact analysis of mega-sport
events such as Olympic Games, since 1972 and the FIFA Football World
Cup, since 2006. Holger just finished his research regarding the
economic importance of sport for Germany by conducting surveys about
sport consumption, sponsoring and media rights as well as sport
infrastructure. He is highly experienced in large quantitative research
Currently he looks into the Olympic Movement and
the perception of its values throughout societies from different
cultures. Holger is also involved in another project regarding tourism
and the economic impact of the FIFA Football World Cup in Brazil 2014.
the past he has been a consultant for the Olympic bid of Frankfurt
RheinMain 2012, Prague (2016/2014), Budapest (2012), Innsbruck (2014),
Munich (2018) and Cairo (2020) as well as Qatar for the FIFA Football
World Cup 2022 and Dubai (2020) for the World EXPO and now Hamburg 2024.
was also active for the Olympic hosts in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004,
Turin 2006, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Furthermore, he organizes
regularly an international sport business symposium during the Olympic
Games and Youth Olympic GAmes.
For sport federations he is
actively involved in the UIPM (Union International Pentathlon Moderne)
and he serves in the ethical commission of the WFDF (World Flying Disc
Federation), an IOC recognized sport organization.