The conference will be held under the heading of ‘Pass it on – Hope through football’ and will touch on how equal opportunities in sport can impact on real societal changes and how football can be used to help facilitate integration into society and its ability to empower individuals.
It will convene international personalities and role models, international experts from football, the world of sports and the humanitarian community to tell their stories, share their experiences, and exchange their insights an expertise.
These include: Chan Yuen Ting, the first female coach to win a top league title in men’s football, the Ugandan international Jean Sseninde and former Mali international and African footballer of the year in 2007, Frederic Kanouté. They will be joined by former Russia international Alexey Smertin, who serves as Anti-Discrimination Officer for the Football Union of Russia and keynote speaker UNHCR Director of International Relations Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, among others.
Debates will be moderated by English journalist and television broadcaster Kate Abdo.
The conference is free to attend and open to the public but registration is required.
Full list of speakers:
Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR Director of International Relations
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Founder and Executive Director, Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI)
Loretta Claiborne, Chief Inspiration Officer, Special Olympics Inc.
Warshan Hussin, Soccer Without Borders, Role Model
Chan Yuen Ting, First Female Coach, Hong Kong Premier League
Mario Fehr, Head of Security and Minister of Sports, Canton of Zurich
Kevin Hylton, Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport and Education, Leeds Beckett University
Rosa Roncal, Director of International Department, Real Madrid Foundation
Mel Young, President and co-founder, Homeless World Cup
Frédéric Kanouté, Former Professional Footballer – Mali and France
Jean Sseninde, Professional Footballer – Uganda
Federico Addiechi, Head of Sustainability and Diversity, FIFA
Sarai Bareman, Chief of Womens Football Division, FIFA
Fiona May, Head of Integration, Italian Football Association
Alexey Smertin, Anti-Discrimination Officer and Former Professional Footballer – Football Union of Russia
Silje Vaadal, Board Member, Norwegian Football Association & Head of Culture and Community Development, Horten Municipality