The IWG Global Executive currently has 13 members. Please scroll down:
Raewyn Lovett, ONZM
Co-Chair – New Zealand
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
One of New Zealand’s leading sports administrators, Raewyn Lovett holds significant positions within numerous organisations. She has extensive experience in sporting governance, having Chaired New Zealand Netball for 7 years, Chaired the Trans-Tasman Netball League for 4 years and Chaired Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation for 5 years. Raewyn is currently Co-Chair of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport 2018-2022 and a director of the board for Sport New Zealand. Raewyn’s other current governance roles are Chair of Quotable Value NZ Ltd and Dunedin Venues Management Ltd and trustee on the boards of Medicine Mondiale Trust and CHT Healthcare. Raewyn holds an LLB degree and in 2015 she became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for her services to netball. Raewyn is a highly-regarded commercial lawyer and is a partner of Duncan Cotterill.
Co-Chair – Botswana
Location: Gaborone, Botswana
With a long and distinguished career in public service, Ruth Maphorisa led Botswana’s hosting of the IWG Secretariat 2014-2018 and continues in her role as Co-Chair throughout the New Zealand quadrennial. She currently serves as Director of the Department of Public Service Management and was recently the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture of Botswana. Ruth has extensive experience as a senior leader, having held a number of high profile roles in Government. She has taken part in Joint Permanent Commissions between Botswana and New Zealand, Cuba, China and India; acting as Ministry Head of Delegation in negotiating scholarships for students abroad. Ruth also formed part of the preparation and presentation team for Botswana’s bid to host the second Africa Youth Games, in partnership with International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Dr Rosa López de D’Amico Ph.D
NGO Representative: International Association of Physical Education for Girls & Women (IAPESGW)
Location: Maracay, Venezuela
Prof. (Dr.) Rosa Lopez de D’Amico has led the way for research into physical education, sport policy, leadership culture and gender in Venezuela, while also serving on numerous international bodies. She has received many accolades for her work, including becoming the first woman to receive Venezuela’s highest national award for research in the area of the humanities, and was also the co-editor of the first book on Women and Sport in Latin America. As an academic she has more than 180 publications plus is an editorial board member of 11 journals. On a global level, Rosa is the vice president of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport, treasurer of the World Association for Sport Management, and Executive Board member of the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education. The IAPESGW, the oldest academic organisation in gender and PE/sport, which Rosa leads, has members in more than 50 countries and helps construct international policy and aids work in sport and physical education. She is founder of the Latin American Association for Sport Management and is a former member of the Venezuelan artistic gymnastics team (late 70s and early 80s), with experience as a coach and judge. She is also an adviser to the National training program for PE teachers and English teachers in a service conducted by the Ministry of Education in Venezuela.
NGO Representative: WomenSport International (WSI)
Location: Ontario, Canada
Diane Huffman is focused on enhancing opportunities for women in sport and has spent the past 20 years, both in her volunteer commitments and in her professional career, influencing action toward a more fair, equitable and accountable sport sector. Diane is a sport development consultant, and special advisor to the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports. She believes that increasing women’s leadership within the sport sector will be an assurance of a more safe, inclusive and equitable sport environment. Diane’s expertise includes partnership, organisational and policy development as stepping stones toward a fair and ethical sport. She has enabled advocacy groups to challenge existing policy gaps and promote behavior to ensure the safety of youth and women.
Regional Representative: Africa
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Matilda Mwaba is a founder and Executive Director of the National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) in Zambia. She was the first woman to become president of the Zambia Judo Association and the International Kicking AIDS Out Network, and has served on the National Olympic Committee and the National Sports Council of Zambia. With a professional background as a Chartered Accountant, Matilda has already served two terms on the IWG Executive and sits on a handful of boards. Through her various positions, Matilda is working to influence and mobilise Africa as a whole to advance women in sport, with her key areas of work around women’s participation in leadership, and harassment of women and girls in sport.
SPECIAL NOTE: With great sadness IWG acknowledged the sudden passing of Ms Mwaba in January 2021. A new Africa Representative will be elected.
Regional Representative: Americas
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Karen Morrison has worked tirelessly in the areas of inclusion and diversity during an extensive career in the university system in the United States. She served for eight years as the NCAA’s director of inclusion, overseeing the education of the membership, national office, public, and media on women’s issues in sport, Title IX, LGBTQ issues, and women’s professional development and leadership. Now working as the University of Central Florida’s chief diversity officer, Karen was named NACWAA’s (Women Leaders in College Sports) administrator of the year, for conferences/organizations in 2011. She is viewed as a game-changer on national LGBT advocacy in sport and has had extensive involvement with the US State Department’s ground-breaking Global Sports Mentoring Program run in partnership with the Center for Sport, Peace and Society and ESPNw. With a background in basketball, Karen at one time managed 14 teams while working at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara Ph.D
Regional Representative: Asia
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara is the founder and Executive Director of the Japanese Association for Women in Sport, and is a professor of sport management at Juntendo University in Tokyo. She is a leading researcher and sought after keynote speaker in the areas of job satisfaction in coaching, women and sport issues and swimming; a sport in which she has had extensive involvement, including as a member of the national coaching staff at the 1988 Olympics. Etsuko is a co-founder and executive board member of international affairs Japanese Association for Sport Management. A member of the IWG since 2000 and co-chair from 2002-2006, Etsuko’s work has been recognised internationally with the 2012 International Pathfinder Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport in the USA. She was recently elected as a president of the Asian Association for Sport Management, a position she will hold until 2020.
Regional Representative: Europe
Location: Helsinki, Finland
From grassroots to the Olympic movement, Niina Toroi has worked intensively across many aspects of sport and has strong networks worldwide. Currently the manager of international affairs at the Finnish Olympic Committee, Niina has vast experience in the sport for development sector having previously worked at the United Nations Office on Sport, and in the field for an NGO in Rwanda. She is the Chair of Equality within Sports Committee, an ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation) which aims to inspire and motivate every European sport organisation to reach equality. Niina worked for Finland’s IWG Secretariat and is currently heading the New Leaders Programme, a joint effort between the Finnish NOC, IOC and European Olympic Committees, developing content which focuses on equality, good governance and value based leadership.
Regional Representative: Oceania
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Emma Waiwai, OL, is a Communication Engineer by profession. She is currently the Vice President of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) and heads the Gender Equity Commission, a sub-committee of PNGOC. She also sits on the Equity Commission Oceania, a Commission of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC). In 2015, Emma was the Chairperson of the 2015 Pacific Games, one that has been hailed as the best games ever and the most successful to date. Emma’s contribution to the success of these Games was recognised by the National Government of Papua New Guinea and she received a national medal of recognition, the Order of Logohu (OL).
Lilamani De Soysa
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Lilamani de Soysa’s work in the Women in Sport movement began when she was inspired after attending the IWG World Conference in Montreal in 2002. She implemented the International Table Tennis Federation’s Women’s Development Programme, which later won a Sport Accord Award and also initiated a Women and Sport Management seminar, held in Lausanne. A professional in international relations, Lilamani spoke at the International Olympic Committee world conference in Marrakech and the UN conference on sport and gender. Lilamani is a native of Sri Lanka, with Swiss dual nationality. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Lausanne, speaks English, French, Sinhalese and Russian fluently, and has studied Italian, Mandarin and Japanese. After working for over four years at the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies in Japan, a legacy programme of the Japanese government for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, she is now working as an International Sport Consultant in Lausanne.
Location: Gaborone, Botswana and Tokyo, Japan
Game Mothibi led Botswana’s successful bid for the IWG Secretariat 2014-2018. Appointed IWG Secretary General, Game and her team went on to deliver the global secretariat programme and the 7th IWG World Conference 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Game started her advocacy for women in sport and sport development as a volunteer, working at the Botswana National Sport Council for several years before eventually becoming a board member of the National Olympic Committee. She has also served as Secretary General of Botswana Table Tennis and was the general team manager for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. She has broken barriers for women in sport in Botswana and has influenced key policy changes, including the UNESCO Charter on Physical Education where she advocated for the inclusion of language pertaining specifically to women and girls.
Fiona Allan, ONZM
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
A strategic leader with more than 18 years’ experience in central and local government, and sport, Fiona Allan is currently the Chief Executive of Paralympics New Zealand (the New Zealand Paralympic Committee), a role she has held for 12 years. Fiona is a passionate advocate for Para sport and sits on the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Women in Sport Committee. She was previously Secretary General of the Oceania Paralympic Committee and Chair of the highly successful 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, as well as being a member of the Global Women Network. In the 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours, Fiona was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work as a champion of Paralympic sport.
Location: Bamako, Mali
Dienebou Sanogo plays a major role in the development of sport in Africa, currently working as technical advisor for both the Sports and, Youth and Communities Ministries in Mali. She is the President of the Women Maracana Football Federation, national technical director of the Mali Basketball Federation and has previously been President of Mali Softball Federation. A long-time advocate in the fight for women’s access to sports, Dienebou is also heavily involved in several other sports organisations in Mali. She leads the Women in Sport commission for the National Olympic Committee, the Mali Women Association for the Promotion of Sport and is the West Africa co-ordinator for CONFEJES (Conference for Francophonie Sports and Youth Ministries). Dienebou’s professionalism and dedication have been recognised by the Mali government, awarded the National Order of Merit for overall achievement.