• Mentor
    Augustas Romanovskis Sports Projects Team Leader Active Youth Lithuania

    Augustas was born in Garliava, Lithuania and from a very early age discovered his talent of being a very fast kid. He was always running or playing football. When he discovered he’s pretty good at building stuff, he used these new skills to gather some friends and build himself a football stadium. They had a little bit of money and enough land for it. And it was glorious! That was the base where he met all of his best friends. And after everyone left to search for greener grass or just forgot sports he gave it away to a younger generation of kids who play there still.

    Augustas, while still in school, created a business at the age of 18 and kept it going for 8 years. During those years he also finished his bachelor’s degree in law while also being active in volunteering and working part time in his faculty.

    Now Augustas is a Sports projects team leader in an association Active youth, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. During his 9 months as a project manager he has already successfully completed a project Move to Improve, is working on 4 more integration through sports project as well as had a project written and financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

    He has expertise in social inclusion of youth and refugees using sport as a tool in Lithuania and all around Europe. He works and organises football games and other activities for refugees and is looking for ways to improve himself and share his experiences about the subject.

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    Cristina Vladescu Project Manager Terre des hommes Foundation Romania

    I believe in sport as one of the best tools to bring people from different cultures together and connected.

    I am a psychologist and I have been working for Terre des hommes for almost 10 years, on topics related to sport, inclusion, fair-play, resilience and working with children and families affected by migration, refugees and asylum seekers, safeguarding children in sports. Besides working within projects and programmes implemented by Terre des hommes in Romania, I have also provided training and coaching to other Terre des hommes delegations from Egypt, Jordan and Albania. I believe in and promote child participation and our methodology called “Movement, Games and Sport” and all the other tools and approaches developed by Terre des hommes for working with children and young people.

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    Daniela Conti Projecting department, Social policies, International relationship UISP Italy

    Born in Rome 16 July 1971
    Degree in Sociology of organisation and sport.
    Works in UISP since 1996 in different sectors: projecting department, social policies, international relationship.

    Main field of work: sport as a tool of social inclusion, struggle against any form of discrimination, equal opportunity and promoter of campaign for combating racism and homophobia in sport, sport for asylum seekers and refugees, training.

    Most recent tasks:

    • expert in the Erasmus+ project Match-Sport (against violent discrimination in sport) managed by EFUS
    • Trainer and expert for project Pinocchio (against racism and discrimination among youth), project funded by Italian cooperation
    • Trainer and expert for Erasmus+ project EYESS (European Youth Engaging Solidarity in Sport) managed by UISP
    • Trainer for UISP about interculturality, work with refugees, UISP social policy

    1999-now: part of the core staff organising the Mondiali Antirazzisti.

    2017-2019: Italian coordinator for Erasmus+ project IRTS managed by ISCA.

    1999-2015 member of FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) board.

    Since 2010 member of Liberi Nantes ASD (refugees sport club), with different roles. In 2012-2015 President of the organisation, in 2012-2019 member of the board. Actually voluntary member.

    Assignment: UISP national Councillor, project manager in the department International Policy, International Cooperation and Interculturality.

    Language: Italian. English, French, Spanish

    Passion: meeting friends, reading, cooking, walking, travelling, swimming.
    Last 5 years holidays: exploring European cycling route (Eurovelo) with my bike.
    Main characteristic: curiosity

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    George Springborg Head of Network Development Streetfootballworld Germany

    George Springborg has been a member of the streetfootballworld team for the past fifteen years and in that time has been involved in a variety of projects that have focussed on the integration of refugees through sport – and football in particular. Those projects have involved streetfootballworld network member organisations globally that have enormous expertise in how football can be used to support refugee and host communities to foster exchange, understanding and cooperation. As someone who has lived and played sport (badly) on four continents, he has experienced first-hand its integrative power and believe that there is still so much more that we can do collectively to maximise the potential of sport for transforming lives and communities around the world. Let’s do it!

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    Julie Lenormant Project manager of social innovation projects Play International France

    Julie Lenormant manages the Playlab, a collective and international structure dedicated to social innovation through sport. Its role is to foster the emergence and acceleration of solutions using sport to meet societal challenges. The Playlab held a European incubator dedicated to social inclusion thought sport for asylum seekers and refugees in 2018. Following up on this initiative, the Playlab continues to foster social inclusion through sport thanks to a 3 years European project dedicated to build a collective solution bringing together players from various fields (social, sports, institutional, etc.) working together to create and implement quality educational content.

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    Hanna Ellen Havstam Johansson Project Leader at Street Games project RF-SISU Vastra Gotaland Sweden

    Bio: My name is Hanna Johansson and I am from Gothenburg, Sweden. For four years I lived among mountains in Alaska which is where I got my Photo and Journalistic Degree that is also where I played college basketball. My Masters I have in Photo & Media Production through Linkoping University. Now, for the last three years, I have been working at the sports organization RF SISU Vastra Gotaland with the project Street Games that harnesses the power of sport to create positive change in disadvantaged areas in our district of the West Coast of Sweden. Besides loving working with sports and leadership, taking photographs and telling stories I am a candy worshiper and a world enthusiast.

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    Karine Teow Field programs manager ITTF Foundation Germany

    I have been involved in sport for development since 2007. In this time, I have been tremendously lucky to have numerous mentors, coaches, and managers. I have never taken part in an official mentoring program which is why I am really looking forward to meeting my pair and explore how we can help each other grow in this topic and beyond.

    I currently work for the ITTF Foundation where I oversee the Dream Building and Legacy programs. In this frame, we support 4 projects working with and for refugees and we signed the 2019 sport coalition.

    In terms of outlook, as we start to see the impacts of climate change or understand the conflicts generated by the unequal distribution of resources. It is realistic to assume, the human migration situation, whether, asylum seekers, refugees, or other label, will only grow in the coming years. We need to gain a deeper understanding as to what can be done on different levels, integration, aid, relief etc. I´m looking forward to contributing, listening, reflecting, and hopefully strengthening the network and brining solutions.

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    Karina Lackner Co-Founder and Programme Director Kicken ohne Grenzen Austria

    Karina Lackner studied Digital Art and Film in Vienna and São Paulo. Since 2003 she’s initiating and curating projects at the interface between Art, Film and Politics. From 2008 to 2010 she lived in São Paulo to realise a documentary about the Austrian colony Treze Tílias and collaborated as a free editor for the Austrian football magazine »Null Acht«. During the World Cup 2010 in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil Lackner was curating several movie clubs (»Im Flutlicht«, »240 Minuten Fußball«) showing films about the game with the beloved ball. Since autumn 2015 Karina Lackner is Co-founder and project director for Kicken ohne Grenzen, an open, educational football project for young people with a migrant background. The project received several important awards, like the #BeInclusive EU Sport Award 2019 and the »Austrian Women Integration Award« 2017.

    Her vision is a society in which all young people have the same opportunities and are able to discover and develop their skills and potential. Karina has five years of on-the-field experience of establishing an organisation using football as a tool to support people from disadvantaged communities integrate into society. Her main responsibilities within the project lie at programme development, monitoring and evaluation and international networking. 

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    Martyn Rijkhoff Project manager Stichting European Football for Development Network (EFDN) the Netherlands

    Martyn Rijkhoff has worked as a Project Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at EFDN since 2016. Martyn has expertise in a number of topics such as social inclusion, health, refugee and migrant inclusion, elderly sport, social cohesion and active citizenship promotion. As EFDN Project Manager, Martyn is responsible for the implementation and coordination of PAN-European programmes such as Active Fans, Community Champions League and Welcome through Football. Further to this, Martyn designs, coordinates and delivers a number of youth and staff exchanges across Europe every year. Additionally, he is responsible for the set up and maintenance of an M&E system used throughout the network of EFDN