Mentoring pairs

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    Augustas Romanovskis Sports Projects Team Leader Active Youth Lithuania http://sportsinclusion.eu/

    Augustas Romanovskis is a team leader of sports projects at an association called Active Youth in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has successfully completed a project called Move to Improve and is working on 4 more integration through sports projects as well as had a project financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers. While still in school, he 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.

    He has expertise in the 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. One day, he discovered he was pretty good at building things, so he used these new skills and gathered some friends to build a football stadium. They had a little bit of money and enough land to do it. And it was a glorious experience! Afterwards he gave it away to a younger generation of kids who still play there.

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    Mridul Kataria Researcher/Volunteer Flag21 Switzerland

    Mridul Kataria is a master’s candidate in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has been involved in the IRTS field for more than a year and is focusing his research on the local integration of refugees through sport in Geneva. He is carrying out a study on Flag21, a local organisation that seeks to do the same. He has a background in working in the area of education, child protection and children’s rights.

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    Benjamin Renauld Project Manager Royal Europa Kraainem Football Club Belgium https://www.kraainemfootball.be

    Benjamin Renauld is in charge of the Kraainem Football Club’s project called ‘We Welcome Young Refugees’. This initiative was launched in September 2015, in the midst of the migration crisis that hit Europe. Since then, Kraainem FC has adapted its daily life in order to welcome unaccompanied minors into its ranks. They aim at helping young refugees and asylum seekers to integrate within the club. Established as a small-scale grassroots initiative, Kraainem Football Club’s is now leading a European pilot project. The club has welcomed about 2500 youngsters and supports them on their journey towards integration in their new host country.

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    Frigyes Hegyi Trainer Oltalom Sport Association Hungary

    Frigyes Hegyi has played football since his childhood. When he was twenty years old, he founded an amateur football club at a segregated Roma settlement for kids coming from a very disadvantaged background. With his team, Frigyes met the Oltalom Sport Association at a friendly match, where he became a player first then a coach. Today he holds training sessions at a girl’s penitentiary, at children's home and at the open training sessions conducted by Oltalom, trying to reach refugees.

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    Cristina Vladescu Project Manager Terre des hommes Foundation Romania https://www.tdh.ch/en/our-interventions/romania

    Cristina Vladescu believes that sport is one of the best tools to bring people from different cultures together and stay connected. She is a psychologist and has 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, she has also provided training and coaching to other Terre des hommes delegations from Egypt, Jordan and Albania. Cristina believes in and promotes child participation through a methodology called “Movement, Games and Sport” and all the other tools developed by Terre des hommes for working with children and young people.

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    Mihai Androhovici Vice President Romanian Federation Sport for All Romania

    Mihai Androhovici has 22 years of experience in the field of high school and university education in Romania. For 4 years he coordinated the Suceava County Directorate for Sports (2005-2009) for the implementation of the sports policies at regional level of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Since 2009 he has been doing the same thing as a Regional Councilor. This involves carrying out sports and social integration activities for various target groups: young people, women, the elderly, detainees, immigrants. Mihai is the Romanian Federation Sport for All Vice President and under the umbrella of this national organisation he has coordinated MOVE Week, European School Sport Day and was a #BeActive Ambassador for European Week of Sport.

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    Daniela Conti Projecting department, Social policies, International relationship UISP Italy http://www.uisp.it/nazionale/

    Daniela Conti has worked at UISP since 1996 in different areas: projects, social policy and international relations. Daniela’s main fields of work include using sport as a tool for social inclusion, fighting against any form of discrimination, equal opportunity, combating racism and homophobia in sport, sport for asylum seekers and refugees, and training on intercultural understanding and working with refugees. She is involved in several projects, including the Erasmus+ project Match-Sport (against violent discrimination in sport), Pinocchio (against racism and discrimination among youth) and EYESS (European Youth Engaging Solidarity in Sport). Daniela has been a member of the board at FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) since 2010 and Liberi Nantes ASD (refugee sports club) since 2012.

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    Gerardina Caputo Project coordinator Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Dojo Karate Pyros Italy

    Gerardina Caputo is a member of Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Dojo Karate Pyros. She is responsible for projects that involve the most vulnerable groups (young people at risk, the elderly, refugees, disabled) and she is responsible, together with her team, for designing and implementing actions that have an important impact on the territory and on people's lives. She collaborates with various sports federations and with many voluntary organisations to create networks that support project actions.

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    Emmanuelle Schach Programme and Grants Manager Streetfootballworld Germany www.streetfootballworld.org

    Manue joined streetfootballworld in 2015. As a passionate football fan with a background in social economics and a specialisation in sport and development, she was initially responsible for the development of the streetfootballworld network and is today leading multiple grant programmes. Manue has had the chance to get to know, assess and guide over 500 football for good NGOs and initiatives from around the globe.

    Prior to her work at streetfootballworld, she completed research on how football works as an integrative mechanism between different populations, especially Refugee and Host communities in Europe.

    Manue is critically analysing current dynamics in the field of Sports for Development from an intersectional perspective and is particularly interested in promoting an anti-discriminatory and diverse work culture. She loves to make links and connections between people since she is convinced by the amplifying power of collaboration and mutual exchange.

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    Marta Cristianini Project Coordinator Liberi Nantes ASD Italy

    Marta Cristianini has been working since 2016 in welcome centres for asylum seekers, coordinating various areas: health care, job training and integration activities. She believes that guiding third country nationals towards their autonomy is essential for collaborating with different local entities to offer integration opportunities, such as language, professional or sport-related training, and to allow people to connect with the local community. This work connected her with the Liberi Nantes association with whom she has been actively collaborating for the past year on a project to promote activation and inclusion of disadvantaged youngsters in Rome through football.

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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-year 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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    Wim Poelmans Programme Manager Run Free & SPIRIT, Flemish Athletics Federation Belgium

    Wim Poelmans works as the manager of the ‘Run Free’ programme for the Flemish Athletics Federation. Thanks to this European project, refugees in refugee camps can participate in free and accessible running trainings. Wherever possible, the projects builds bridges between the refugee camps and the local athletics clubs. Wim studied social work. He is co-founder of Les Gazelles de Bruxelles, a sports club for refugees, newcomers and people in poverty, where they offer accessible running trainings in the Brussel capital region.

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    Hanna Ellen Havstam Johansson Project Leader at Street Games project RF-SISU Vastra Gotaland Sweden https://www.havstamfotografi.com/

    Hanna Johansson is a Project Manager at RF-SISU Västra Götaland and StreetGames Gothenburg om Sweden. She holds a master’s degree in Photo & Media Production through Linkoping University. Originally, she got her Photo and Journalistic degree while living among mountains in Alaska where she also played college basketball. For the past three years, she has been working at the sports organisation RF-SISU Västra Götaland with the project StreetGames, which harnesses the power of sport to create positive change in disadvantaged areas in the West Coast district of Sweden. She is currently working on ISCA’s MOVE Beyond project, where she is working in partnership with Save the Children Region West on a pilot project that has put refugees in the driver’s seat of sports activities as Intercultural Coordinators of Physical Activity.

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    Vasiliki Anastasopoulou Sports Educator Organization Earth Greece

    Having graduated from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, majoring in Football, Vasiliki Anastasopoulou has been working in the sport sector for the last 9 years. She also holds a UEFA A level license. Since June 2019, she has been working as a sports educator in the sports4change programmes of Organization Earth in Athens, Greece, aiming at the social integration of young refugees and women through sports.

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    Karine Teow Field programs manager ITTF Foundation Germany https://www.ittffoundation.org/

    Karine Teow has been involved in sport for development since 2007. She currently works for the International Table Tennis Foundation (ITTF) where she oversees the Dream Building and Legacy Programmes related to sustainability and supporting local change makers. In this frame, the Foundation supports 4 projects working with and for refugees and they signed the 2019 Sport Coalition. Karine holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a master’s degree in Peace, Conflict and Development.

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    Zina Mameri Educational Officer Fútbol Más France

    Zina Mameri is an Algerian pedagogue and engineer specialising in adapted physical education. Zina currently works for Fútbol Más in France as an educational officer for their migration and refugees projects. At the moment in France, Fútbol Más has two programmes that work with migration and refugees. The first one is access to work through sports and the second one aims to give access to displaced youth in emergency centres.

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    Karina Lackner Co-Founder and Programme Director Kicken ohne Grenzen Austria http://www.kicken-ohne-grenzen.at/

    Karina Lackner studied Digital Art and Film in Vienna and São Paulo. Since 2003 she’s been initiating and curating projects at the interface between Art, Film and Politics. From 2008 to 2010 she lived in São Paulo to film a documentary about the Austrian colony Treze Tílias and collaborated as a free editor for the Austrian football magazine Null Acht. Since 2015 Karina Lackner has been the co-founder and project director for Kicken ohne Grenzen, an open, educational football project for young people with a migrant background. The project has received several awards, like the #BeInclusive EU Sport Award 2019 and the Austrian Women Integration Award in 2017. Karina has five years of on-the-field experience of 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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    Nagin Ravand Vice-president Mino Ung Aarhus Denmark

    Nagin Ravand is a second-year bachelor student in Education Science. Nagin came to Denmark from Afghanistan with her family as a child, and ever since has been interested in sport as a stronger force. Nagin started playing football at the age of 9, and can proudly say today that she has created a women's football department. Nagin has coordinated “DIF Get2Sport” project activities in Denmark, with special purpose of activating non-western girls. In addition, she has successfully recruited more women as coaches and leaders to practice football.

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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. In addition, Martyn designs, coordinates and delivers a number of youth and staff exchanges across Europe every year. He is also responsible for the set-up and maintenance of an M&E system used throughout the network of EFDN.

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    Katerina Salta Co-founder/Manager Hestia FC Greece

    Katerina Salta is the Sport for Protection Programme Manager of the International Olympic Truce Centre. She studied Marketing in Athens and for the last 5 years she has worked to provide solidarity and support to refugee and migrant populations in Athens, Greece. Katerina designs and manages educational and recreational programmes for adults and children focusing on sports. Among others, she has collaborated with Barcelona Foundation, Youri Djorkaeff Foundation, UEFA, UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF. Her most recent programme is Hestia FC, the first refugee and migrant women football team in South-Eastern Europe.

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    Mia Salvemini Project Manager SchweryCade Switzerland

    Originally from California, Mia has been with SchweryCade for four years, focusing on projects in sport and social responsibility, with a particular focus on football. This has included working on UEFA’s annual Football and Social Responsibility report and SchweryCade’s RESPONSIBALL platform. In 2018, Mia helped organise and run the first RESPONSIBALL Sport for Refugees Forum in Lausanne, which brought together refugees, key stakeholders in the sport industry, NGOs, governing bodies, communities and others.

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    Juana Ruiz Saura Social educator Fundación CEPAIM Spain

    Juana Ruiz Saura has worked as a social educator with immigrants and refugees at Fundación CEPAIM since 1997. Juana has coordinated several projects with women, people at risk of social exclusion, immigrants and refugees. Since 2018 he has coordinated, together with the CAP Ciudad de Murcia, the "Play Football Together" project, a football team made up of people at risk of social exclusion and refugees, which competes in the regional league, which focuses on fostering social inclusion through sport.

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    Raffaella Chiodo Karpinsky Project Manager UISP Italy http://www.uisp.it/nazionale/

    Since 1985 Raffaella Chiodo Karpinsky has been working in the field of in international cooperation with Africa, Latin America and Middle East with different Italian NGOs and public institutions. She has focused on the anti-Apartheid movement at an Italian and international level as member of the National Anti-Apartheid Coordination. Additionally, Raffaella has been active as an international observer in peace negotiations and electoral processes for NGOs in Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. She has been a Spokeswoman for the Italian General States of International Solidarity and Development Cooperation and advisor for relations with African civil society and the development cooperation of the deputy Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2006-2008) and advisor for international affairs and cooperation for the Mayor of the City of Rome (1994-2000). At present, she is a member of the Commission for International Cooperation of the Municipality of Rome, and works to reinforce the antiracist movement in Italy promoting networking and activities for support of refugees. As part of ISCA’s Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project, she worked on a pilot project with UISP in Lebanon to use sport as a tool for integration of refugees from Palestine and Syria.

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    Gena Sturgon Founder Play2EDUCATE Kosovо

    Gena Sturgon founded Play2EDUCATE, a Kosovo NGO that uses games and dialogue to develop positive relationships, prevent antisocial behaviour and build resilient youth. She has used sport to include refugees in Uganda and the USA. She holds a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies with the thesis: ‘Through the Security Actor’s Lens: Perceived Effectiveness of Involvement in Youth Sport Interventions in Kosovo’. She also has bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology & Sport and Exercise Science. Gena is also a Young Delegate with ENGSO Youth’s Inclusion Working Group.