Mahindra Racing CEO and Team Principal Frederic Bertrand joined the Indian race team in November 2022, ahead of the ninth ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Season. Frederic, known as Fred within the team, is highly respected within the industry and previously spent a decade working for the FIA, most recently as Director of Formula E and Innovative Sports Projects. Currently, he is leading Mahindra Racing into a new era for the team, as they look to return to the top step of the podium where they belong. Fred was born in France and now lives around the world, including Switzerland and the UK.
Having been with Tottenham Hotspur for more than 15 years, Tony has made the progression from a junior Club journalist to Head of Public Relations, now overseeing all non-football communications and the Club’s corporate social responsibility strategy. A lifelong fan from Hertfordshire, Tony has been heavily involved in the planning and delivery of key events, including the Finale of White Hart Lane and the opening of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tony plays an active role in raising the profile of the Club’s substantial off-field work – managing player engagement with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programmes and official charity partnerships, engaging with key stakeholders within the Club’s local community, driving the Club’s sustainability strategy and developing key fan-facing communications. Tony has also been instrumental in helping to grow the Club’s global fanbase, assisting in the planning and delivery of international tours, liaising with key international media and building relationships with Official Supporters’ Clubs.
Ellen Jones, Head of Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) at Formula 1, joined in January 2022 to help steer the business’ sustainability strategy on the way to becoming Net Zero Carbon from factory to flag by 2030. As a sustainability leader, Ellen works across Formula 1’s ESG agenda to develop strategies and collaboratively deliver change programmes, already making huge progress across the business and wider sport within the first year in position and becoming a vital spokesperson for the sport in the space.
Upon joining F1, Ellen boasted a wealth of experience across a variety of subject areas including: carbon & energy, waste & recycling, packaging, sustainable sourcing and reporting. Her role now entails empowering the business to deliver on its sustainability objectives and manage the governance & reporting requirements. This also requires close communication with key counterparts at the teams, partners and promoters, as the sport as a whole continues to move forward in a positive way to become a sustainable entity. Under Ellen’s stewardship, Formula 1 has again achieved and retained the FIA 3* Environmental Accreditation, the highest level of recognition in this area.
Ellen’s drive and passion for a sustainable future has been long-standing having studied Architecture at Yale University and writing a thesis on how sustainable building practices can be communicated to the public through different media, before doing a Masters in Sustainable Environmental Design.
Claudio Tomasi is the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Argentina, where he assumed duties in April 2021.
He previously served as Resident Representative in Türkiye (2016-2021). He previously held positions as Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP in Cuba (2012-2016), Nicaragua (2008-12) and the Dominican Republic (2003-2007). With UNDP, he also worked in Panama as Assistant Resident Representative (2002).
Prior to his commitment to UNDP, he worked for the European Union and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in India, where he began his career in international organizations. During his career of more than 20 years in the field of sustainable human development, he has cooperated with a wide range of international, national and local actors on three continents.
Claudio Tomasi is a sociologist, of Italian nationality. He has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London (UK) and graduated in Sociology and Social Planning from the University of Sociology of Trento (Italy).
Jeanette’s role has responsibility for ensuring integrity issues and inclusiveness are central to England’s community sport and physical activity system.
She joined Sport England in 2022 from the Trussell Trust, where she was Director of Participation. Jeanette’s also held a variety of senior roles for the Greater London Authority, including Head of Community Engagement and Assistant Director for Communities and Social Policy.
She’s also a former Director of the African Diaspora Dance Association (ADDA) and strategic consultant for clients including Arts Council England, Creative Lives and BBC Arts.
Michele Uva is UEFA Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability, appointed in January 2021.
He has dedicated an entire career to professional sport in several contexts, disciplines and environments. He has performed the role of CEO in sports organisations such as the Italian Football Association (FIGC), the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), professional football clubs (Parma and Lazio), basketball club (Lottomatica Roma) and volleyball clubs (Bologna, Treviso and Matera), as well as Deputy Commissioner in Italian Serie A football league.
Between 2017 and 2020 he was UEFA Vice-president, Chairman of Club Licensing Committee and member of several UEFA Committee: Finance, Club Competition SA, Strategic Steering, Professional Football Strategic, Women.
Author of six books on sport and football industry, he is currently a lecturer for several masters organised by international and Italian universities.
Rita Nehme is an environmental, social, and governance specialist whose work and passion are at the nexus of sport and sustainability. She is currently the Head of Sustainability at Richmond Football Club, where she leads the Club’s Social and Environmental Sustainability strategies and initiatives. Rita developed and is implementing the Club’s inaugural Environmental Sustainability Action Plan, a first in the AFL industry, as well as the Club’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
Rita was also recently involved in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she took on the role of Sustainability Manager of the Perth venue. There, she led the sustainability initiatives and measures spanning environmental sustainability, human rights, anti-discrimination, and accessibility.
Rita is a board member of Midsumma Festival, Australia’s premier LGBTQIA+ arts and culture organization. She has also been appointed by the Victorian Government as a Change Our Game Ambassador to champion inclusion, diversity, and equity for women to fully participate and advance Sport at all levels, her primary focus being culturally and linguistically diverse, as well as LGBTQIA+ women.
Ruaidhri is currently Head of Procurement and Sustainability at The English Football Association (also incorporating Wembley National Stadium and St George’s Park). He has run Procurement at The FA since 2017 and took over Sustainability in January 2023. In July this year, The FA launched their Sustainability strategy for the period 2023-28, entitled Playing For The Future. Wembley is an ISO20121 accredited venue, and The FA is signatory to the UN S4CA framework. This year for the first time, The FA is including Climate-Related Financial Disclosures within its annual reporting.
He is a Procurement professional by background, with 15 years spent in previous roles both within sport (London 2012, Rugby World Cup 2015) and in other industries (Deloitte, Sainsbury’s). He also sits on the Board of the FA pension scheme as a member-nominated trustee.
Brianna Treat is a life-long sustainability advocate with a decades spanning career focusing in large scale waste reduction projects, corporate ESG reporting (Environmental, Social, Governance), green building certifications/implementations and carbon accounting.
Upon graduating with a degree in Sustainability from the University of Oklahoma, Brianna started her career in Baltimore, MD where she got her hands dirty as a waste reduction specialist (or as she likes to joke: ‘professional trash talker’) for Johns Hopkins University, as well as a few notable sports venues in the area.
After a few years of her direct impact work with trash and waste management in Baltimore, Brianna found a new challenge as the lead Sustainability Consultant for JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM). Here she developed key sustainability/Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting skills that assisted in providing JPMAM with their annual GRI reporting and GRESB submissions.
Through this, and through championing sustainability reporting on a building level, Brianna became interested in Green Building Certifications such as LEED, WELL, and TRUE. She took another leap to work for a tight-knit consulting firm out of Atlanta that was at the forefront of green building certifications, and it was here that her love for sustainability and sports aligned. Brianna was the lead consultant on certifying the first zero waste NBA game in the world. This achievement brought her previous work full circle to her waste management roots, and began to highlight the concept that sports and venues are pillars of strength and change in communities; a concept that Brianna wanted to keep pursuing.
It was through all her past experiences that have now led her to her dream job at the Climate Pledge Arena and with the Seattle Kraken. As Director of Sustainability for the Climate Pledge Arena & the Seattle Kraken, Brianna Treat has embedded environmental sustainability across both organizations. She has developed and implemented a multitude of sustainability initiatives onsite, tracking all operational carbon at the Arena and assisting in achieving the Arenas 95% waste diversion goal. Each piece of her past has built her skillset to now ensure that the Climate Pledge Arena and the Seattle Kraken maintain their commitments to the Climate Pledge.