Rugby Services Manager Asia, World Rugby
Ridzal Saat has been employed by World Rugby since September 2014. One of his key roles is managing the Development Investment into Asia Rugby, the regional association in Asia and 16 World Rugby Full Member Unions and working closely with these Unions to strengthen their governance and administration of the game of Rugby in their respective countries.
He works closely with Asia Rugby and its staff in developing the game to the 13 other World Rugby Associate Member Unions in Asia and Non World Rugby Members through various programmes such as Get Into Rugby and Leading Rugby.
One of the major projects in Asia is the Project Asia 1 Million, working with Asia Rugby to reach 1 million new participants by 2020 through the RWC 2019 Impact Beyond Programme. This is line with Asia hosting the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019 and the Rugby Sevens being competed in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Ridzal has worked in Sports Development and Sports Administration since graduating from the National University of Singapore in 1995.
Previously he has worked with Singapore Rugby Union from 1995 to 2010 in a variety of roles including that in Development, Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship, Public Relations and was General Manager from 2001 to 2005 and Head of Rugby from 2006 to 2010.
He then worked as the Deputy Director (Marketing and Competitions) and then Deputy Director (Development and Planning) at the Football Association of Singapore from 2011 to 2014.