Mentoring pairs

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    Aitor Hernandez Executive Director Fútbol Más Spain Spain

    Aitor studied Psychology at the Autónoma de Madrid University, where he also specialised in Social Psychology through a postgraduate course. During his Psychology studies he did an internship in Peru, with the Fútbol Más Foundation, where he fell in love with its projects and methodology, as they brought together three of his great passions: children and young people, sport and social psychology. He started up the project in Spain and currently is the executive director at Fútbol Más Spain.

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    Anca Oana Serediuc Physical education teacher and aerobics fitness trainer Association Sport for All Suceava (volunteer) Romania

    Anca is a physical education teacher and aerobics fitness trainer and a volunteer member of the Association Sport for All Suceava. She holds a degree in Kinesiology, physical education and sports and a master's degree in physical education in school and extracurricular activities. Anca was involved in many projects related to sports and other fields.

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    Dillon Richardson Performance and Development Manager World Para Powerlifting at International Paralympic Committee Germany

    Dillon Richardson works as the World Para Powerlifting Performance and Development Manager at the International Paralympic Committee where he oversees different projects and activities related to the sport. Dillon helped launch key initiatives in the sport and Paralympic Movement on gender equity, diversity and inclusion, and sport for development, including the development of refugee programme for Para powerlifting. Dillon holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education and a master’s degree in Human Kinetics and Sport Management.

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    Dolores Galindo President Dragones de Lavapiés Spain

    Dolores is the president of Dragones de Lavapiés, a football club with 320 people coming from 41 different countries based in Madrid that shows that super-diversity is a trigger for solidarity, respect and care. There are no refugee programmes at the club, but it collaborates with organisations that receive them offering free places in its teams. Dolores is a journalist and specialist in International Information, Historical Documentary Scripts and holds a researching proficiency in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

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    Feras Karkoutli Swimming coach / Director Hallevibadet Swimming Pool / Mosaik Sweden

    In addition to his work as a swimming coach, Feras is responsible for the accounting, staff, development and modernisation of the Hallevibadet Swimming Pool. He is also the director of Mosaik, an organisation that aims to improve the situation of refugees in Vänersborg and all Sweden. He holds a degree in economics from Damascus University.

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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 she 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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    Licia Corredini Projecting department and basketball coach HERON Italy

    Licia is a former professional basketball player, and over the past few months she has been working as an Intern at UNHCR, supporting the Refugee Sports Coordination Team. Previously, she worked in a welcoming centre for asylum seekers, and now she’s pursuing a Master’s degree in International Studies. Licia is currently working at HERON, a local sport organisation which is promoting sport and physical activity through projects and initiatives dedicated to young people. She is keen on learning how to develop and manage sport projects for refugees!

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    Margareta Toivanen Project Manager Monaliiku ry Finland

    Margareta is a project manager at Monaliiku ry, well-being and sport non-govermental organisation for multicultural women. She started working with people from refugee background since 2013 when she started to teach women in the swimming club Cetus. After that, she worked in the Institute of Adult Education in Helsinki guiding and helping immigrant customers to find suitable Finnish courses for them. At Monaliiku, she has refuge customers in the exercise mentoring program she’s managing. Margareta is also teaching swimming on several levels for immigrant women.

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    Marisa Schlenker Volunteer Gemeinde Bermatingen Germany

    Marisa Schlenker is a sport for development consultant with over 7 years experience supporting international projects in various capacities from impact measurement, facilitation, project management and monitoring, evaluation and learning. She is passionate about social justice and gender equity in and through sport. She has experience of supporting her local town's integration officer in the design of a sport and intercultural event series starting in 2021, as well as working as a project support officer at Girl Power and a researcher with the Global Goals World CUP EU project.

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    Panos Papageorgiu Head of the Development Department ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth Greece

    Panos Papageorgiou is the Head of the Development Department at ARSIS and is responsible for proposal and project design and grant-making in the thematic areas related to response to the refugee crisis, defence of human rights, child protection, homelessness and integration of vulnerable groups. Prior to his work at ARSIS, he worked for various sport clubs and took part in sport for development, inclusion and integration projects in Greece and Scotland. Panos holds a master’s degree in Sport Management by the University of Stirling.

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    Pete Kelly Football Coach Lavapiés Dragons Football Club Spain

    Pete is an Australian who has called Madrid home for 15 years. Upon arriving in Madrid he was totally swept away in the golden age of Spanish football as a fan and working in football marketing. There he met the Dragones de Lavapiés who invited him to coach a team. From that moment Pete’s obsession for football channelled into a much more meaningful calling, using football as a means to achieve impactful goals in the sphere of sustainable development, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion) and inclusion of refugees.