KPMG selected as official supplier for Special Olympics World Games

20 February 2019 3 min. read

KPMG Lower Gulf has been selected as an Official Supplier for the Special Olympics World Games to be held in Abu Dhabi from the middle of next month.

KPMG Lower Gulf has been brought on board as an Official Supplier for this year’s Special Olympics World Games after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the 2019 World Games Local Organizing Committee (LOC). Running from the 4th to the 21st of March, the agreement extends to official sponsorship status of the event’s corresponding Global Youth Leadership Summit.

Held for the first time in the Middle East in its fifty-year history, this year’s games in Abu Dhabi – described as the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event – is expected to bring together more than 7,500 athletes and their families from a record 192 participating nations, along with a coaching and support contingent of 4,000 and an expected half a million spectators. 20,000 volunteers will also be providing support, including 200 from KPMG.

“Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is a global movement, which encourages and enables people of immense determination to achieve their goals,” said KPMG Lower Gulf CEO Nader Haffar. “It aligns directly with KPMG’s core principles of inclusion, diversity, passion and purpose. We are honored to be associated with such a momentous and meaningful event, and for the opportunity to contribute to making it a life-changing experience for participants and all other stakeholders.”KPMG selected as official supplier for Special Olympics World GamesAccording to the terms of the MoU – which came about following “months of rigorous planning and fundraising efforts” – the KPMG volunteers will provide on-the-ground support to the athletes during the World Games, with the firm also supplying in-kind professional services to the World Games’ LOC, such as in risk and management consulting. KPMG will also sponsor the Global Youth Leadership Summit (GLYS), which will run in conjunction with the Games.

The GYLS – having now run alongside the Games for over a decade – will see more than 150 young and adult leaders (both with and without intellectual disabilities) from every continent convene in Abu Dhabi from the 14th to the 18th for workshops and sessions to discuss and develop ideas to promote inclusiveness and bring the Special Olympics vision to their home communities around the world.

“We are incredibly grateful to have KPMG Lower Gulf on board,” said Peter Wheeler, CEO of the Special Olympics World Games for Abu Dhabi 2019. “The Global Youth Leadership Summit will be a milestone event, which provides young people from across the world with the skills and resources to help build a more inclusive society. KPMG Lower Gulf’s support of the GYLS along with its consulting services is invaluable in ensuring not only the success of the Games but also in ensuring a legacy is left for People of Determination long after the Closing Ceremony of the Games.”

KPMG joins a host of event sponsors, suppliers and supporters for the World Games, including fellow Big Four firm Deloitte as an official supporter, while last month McKinsey & Company hosted a gathering of local data experts to brainstorm potential improvements for the Games in the areas of operations, safety and viewing experience. Meanwhile, KPMG in Qatar has been supporting the local 2022 FIFA World Cup organising committee with legacy planning.