MIAMI: The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced yesterday the appointment of Dr. Laila Mintas as Director of Sports Integrity, effective November 15, 2013.

In the new role, Dr. Mintas will oversee the design and implementation of systems and processes to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to match-fixing issues within the CONCACAF region.

Dr. Mintas brings extensive experience in the field as she served as Head of Legal and International Development for FIFA’s Early Warning System (EWS) in Zurich, working in close collaboration with the FIFA Security and Disciplinary Divisions in matters related to match manipulation.

She previously worked as a lawyer at the international law firm White & Case LLP, Headquarters in New York and has lectured law at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Dr. Mintas has published a number of articles on sports and gambling law and is Co-Editor on the law journals ‘World Sports Law Report’ and ‘Causa Sport.’

“We are certain that Dr. Mintas’ vast experience and expertise will strongly benefit our aim of preserving and sustaining the integrity of our game,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Enrique Sanz.

“We are committed to transparency and determined to build strong foundations for our sport by working with all members of the Confederation, governments and law enforcement agencies to combat match fixing and fight corruption in football,” he added.