Claudia Patricia Galindo Rodríguez, graduated in biology and Master in Conservation and Use of Biodiversity, my purpose is to work in processes of environmental sustainability oriented to the transformation and mitigation of threats to which biodiversity is exposed. I am a high performance athlete in the beach volleyball discipline (Colombian Selection) and through sport, I seek to generate tools that contribute to educational and social processes towards a vision and responsible action on the conservation of biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development
Arianna Criscione is a former professional football player having finished her career at Paris Saint-Germain where she had a dual role as player and as Women’s Sponsorship Manager for the past 2 seasons at the French club. Previously to joining PSG she played in Italy, France, Sweden, Netherlands and Norway, and earned several caps with the Italian Women’s National Team, as well as appearances in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
She is now the Director of Women’s Football at N3XT Sports and uses her experience and creativity to help football stakeholders to build sustainable and accelerated blueprints that raise the women’s game.
In January 2021, Seán became world football’s first Climate Justice Officer with Bohemian F.C. in Ireland, giving him the opportunity to combine his love of football with his desire to see a fair and equitable resolution to the climate crisis. Seán is now working with Bohemian F.C., the League of Ireland and partners in Europe to advance climate action in football that is good for the clubs, the fans and the planet.
For his day job, Seán is the Executive Manager of the TASC Climate Justice Centre. His work at TASC focuses on developing evidence based, people-centred and community-led climate action strategies. He also supports the work of the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative, a global coalition spearheaded by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment seeking to fulfil children’s environmental rights. Prior to joining TASC, Seán worked with former Irish President Mary Robinson in the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. During this time he engaged in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as leading projects on intergenerational equity, ESG and the provision of renewable energy services through social protection mechanisms.
Seán previously worked in the private sector, as a catastrophe risk analyst with Renaissance Reinsurance. He has also worked in community development in Kolkata, India and with the Environmental Protection Agency in Sierra Leone where he supported capacity building in Geographic Information Systems. Seán holds a B.Sc in Applied Physics from Dublin City University and a M.Sc. in Development Practice awarded by Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.
Jennifer Amann recently graduated from the University of Gothenburg with a Master of Science in Global Studies focusing on conflict resolution and sustainable development. Having started to look into the social and environmental commitment of German professional football clubs in 2018, she moved on to explore the potential of football fans in the fight against climate change as part of a research internship with Dr Mark Doidge from the University of Brighton. In her subsequent Master’s thesis she connected literature on mobilising climate action and football fandom to explore football fan communities’ potential to take collective climate action and bring about societal transformations using the UK-based charity Pledgeball as her case.
In addition to Pledgeball’s strategy, Jennifer’s research feeds into, for example, Spirit of Football’s The Ball journey, which aims to highlight the unequal impacts of climate change and possible solutions around the world. She’s a member of the Sport Ecology Group’s Graduate Mentorship Programme and has recently taken on the coordination of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Environmental Working Group.
Dr. Madeleine Orr is a lecturer in the Institute of Sport Business at Loughborough University London. She is the founder and co-director of The Sport Ecology Group, an international consortium of academics who drive climate action in the sport sector through research and public education initiatives. Her seminal research in sport ecology examines the impacts of climate change on the sport sector, with a focus on resilience and adaptation in outdoor sports. Madeleine’s community work includes serving as the Chair of Green Sports Day Canada Steering Committee, the Sustainability Lead on the Commonwealth Sport for Development and Peace Youth Network, the creator of the Students&Scholars Deck, and the co-founder of Rock Your Cause Workshops. Her research has appeared in the Globe and Mail, ESPN, BBC, TSN and CBC. Madeleine’s work in the sport sustainability movement has been recognized by the North American Association of Environmental Education (30 Under 30, Class of 2020), Corporate Knights Magazine (30 Under 30 in Sustainability Leadership, class of 2020), and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2021.
Marisa Schlenker (USA /GER) – Community and program manager at the Yunus Sports Hub. With more than seven years experience in the sport for development sector, she has worked as a trainer, program manager, partnerships coordinator, gender specialist and more recently in monitoring, evaluation and learning roles.
She has a masters in sport for development and conflict resolution from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and is finishing her second masters at Konstanz University in Public Administration and Political Science. She has worked on many sustainability in sport research projects, is a member of the Sport Ecology Graduate Mentorship Programme, provides programme support to SandSI’s football4climate initiative and most recently joined the Sustainability Reference Group of the International Biathlon Union.
She is engaged in the FARE Network’s LGBTQI and Ethnic Minority Women in Football working groups. In 2018- 2019, she was the lead researcher of the EU funded Global Goals World Cup Erasmus + project.
Oluseyi Smith BEng MSc OLY is a retired two-time summer (London-2012) and winter (Pyeongchang 2018) Olympian in Athletics and Bobsleigh. He remains involved in sport as a member of the IOC’s Sustainability & Legacy commission, as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and is an IOC Young Leader. Oluseyi is passionate about renewable energy research and projects, one of which is Racing to Zero (https://www.racingtozero.ca) which he developed through his IOC Young Leader mandate.
This project combines sustainability best practices with expert knowledge in grassroots, local, volunteer-run athletics meets.
Amalia is a marine scientist and outdoor enthusiast. She is passionate about conservation and bringing people together to increase ocean access and to protect the ocean. She is the Community Manager at I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, which uses the sport of snorkeling to protect the ocean