Female Leadership in International Sport – The role of the FIFA Master

Hugh Aston
18/11/2019 (18:30-20:30)
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Female Leadership in International Sport – The role of the FIFA Master

This academic year marks the 20th anniversary of the FIFA Master, the International MA in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport. To help us mark this important milestone, and celebrate the course’s high achieving alumni, the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University is holding a special panel discussion. The event will focus on the key FIFA MA Humanities of Sport module theme of Women in Sport by focussing on the career paths of female alumni now working in international sport. The evening, which is open to all, will provide an open discussion on professional pathways into international sports leadership, and career opportunities for the future.

Despite the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this summer, the global sports industry is still facing major challenges as it addresses the need to overcome decades of inequality that have left women under-represented in senior leadership positions in all sports. As international sport responds to these challenges over the next few decades, how can its stakeholders remove the obstacles that are currently holding back the huge wealth of female leadership talent available in world sport?

These themes are central to the agenda of the FIFA Master. Named as Europe’s No.1 postgraduate sports management course in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by the influential SportBusiness International global rankings, the course explores gender questions in sport from Humanities, Management, and Legal perspectives. We are extremely proud, therefore, that FIFA Master graduates are now driving change and making a difference in how sport is run at every level around the world. They are often at the forefront of new gender equality initiatives, events, and policy developments across all sports.

 The ICSHC and our course partners the Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES) are delighted to welcome back to Leicester as special panel speakers:

•          Kirsty Burrows (UK), Managing Director of Sports Rights Solutions and leading consultant on the prevention of harassment and abuse in sport.

•          Marianne Cornejo (Mexico), Manager of Red Bull’s 2-Wheel Motorsport Jr programme, and an expert on marketing, planning, and athlete projects.

•         Sara Panizo (Spain), FIFA Project Coordinator for Member Associations (Americas) and experienced professional in sport communications and event operations.

 The event will be chaired by ICSHC Director, Professor Martin Polley.

This event is supported by DMU Women. 

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