Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General

Fatma Samoura signs: FIFA Secretary General to close WFS Live

Fatma Samoura signs: FIFA Secretary General to close WFS Live 1200 650 WFS Live

World Football Summit is proud to announce that FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura has joined the line-up of speakers for the upcoming WFS Live digital event that will see football’s global stakeholders come together around the main issues affecting the industry from November 23-27. Samoura will be the guest speaker at the event’s closing session on Friday November 27 at 5.20pm (CET).

Samoura – recently inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame alongside trailblazing women such as Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hillary Rodham Clinton – was appointed as FIFA’s first female and first African Secretary General in its 116-year history in 2016.

Prior to joining FIFA, Samoura spent 21 years working on high level United Nations (UN) programmes in Italy, the Republic of Djibouti, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Niger, Madagascar, Nigeria, Central America and Central West Asia. Throughout her diplomatic and humanitarian career, her leadership and vision has helped empower women and young people, change lives and protect the environment.

Samoura’s experience in complex development, socio-economics and security, as well as her humanitarian values, have made her a strategic figure in the exemplary set of reforms lead by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, playing a key role in promoting best governance practices, tackling any kind of discrimination and, ultimately, making football truly global.

Samoura will speak with sports broadcaster Carol Tshabalala about her path to FIFA, her work alongside its president Infantino to use football as a tool to bring about positive development, her commitment to championing diversity and much more.

This will be Samoura’s second time participating in a WFS event following the keynote address she delivered at WFS17 in Madrid, where she spoke about what she listed as FIFA’s top priorities: “Promoting development, gender equality and most importantly good governance”.

“We are delighted to have Fatma Samoura speaking at WFS Live. At World Football Summit we believe that for football to continue being the world’s most popular game all stakeholders must acknowledge the need to embed social purpose at the heart of the industry,” said World Football Summit director, Jan Alessie. “No one can provide a more valuable testimony than someone that has a proven record of promoting social development across the globe.”

Widely considered the most influential women in sport, Samoura leads a stellar line-up of speakers that includes key decision makers from across the industry such as NWSL Commissioner, Lisa Baird; football agents Jonathan Barnett and Mino Raiola; Google Head of Sports, Entertainment and Marketing, Kate Johnson; HBSE CEO Scott O’Neil; FIFA Council Member María Sol Muñoz; Founder and Chairman of Aser Ventures, Andrea Radrizzani; and LaLiga President Javier Tebas, to name a few.

WFS Live completes first five stellar new signings for second edition

WFS Live completes first five stellar new signings for second edition 1800 1013 WFS Live

The transfer window may have closed across Europe this week, but that hasn’t stopped World Football Summit from dipping into the market to make five big name signings for the return of WFS Live from November 23-27.

Chip Bowers (Elevate Sport Ventures), Paul Bragiel (Bragiel Brothers), Professor Simon Chadwick (EM Lyon Business School), Jordan Gardner (FC Helsingør) and Mary Harvey (Sports Human Rights) become the first confirmed speakers for the second edition of our digital event that kicked-off in July.

The quintet will lead a series of announcements over the coming weeks, which will unveil both our full lineup of speakers and event programme.

They each bring with them a wealth of experience from across the football industry that we are excited to see shared with the WFS community across the WFS Live platform next month.

Chip Bowers (Elevate Sport Ventures):

  • Bowers is president of Elevate Sport Ventures, a best-in-class sports and entertainment consulting firm, providing proven, innovative solutions to organisations across the global sports and entertainment landscape. He has also worked in senior roles at the likes of Golden State Warriors, Miami Marlins and Orlando Magic.

Paul Bragiel (Bragiel Brothers):

  • Bragiel is a managing partner at Bragiel Brothers, an early stage venture fund founded by him and brother Dan in San Francisco. The venture capital and private equity company lists the likes of Shipbob, Varjo, Drip Capital, Rare Bits, Siren Care and Ride Report as notable companies they have worked with.

Professor Simon Chadwick (Emlyon Business School):

  • Professor Chadwick is director of Eurasian sport and professor of the Eurasian sport industry at Emlyon Business School in France. He is an eminent figure in sports industry academics, featuring in some of the biggest publications in the world, and working with organisations such as FC Barcelona, UEFA, and Adidas.

Jordan Gardner (FC Helsingør):

  • Gardner is chairman, managing director, and co-owner of Danish club FC Helsingør. His investment portfolio also includes a minority stake in Swansea City, co-ownership of Dundalk FC, and investment into a group bidding on an A-League side in Australia. He was also previously vice president at digital media company JUGOtv.

Mary Harvey (Centre for Sport and Human Rights):

  • Harvey is CEO of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, which aims to unify governments, the entire sports industry and national human rights institutions. She is also vice-chair on the board of directors for the Green Sports Alliance and was a special advisor for human rights and sustainability on the United 2026 bid that saw Canada, Mexico and the United States clinch FIFA World Cup hosting rights.

In our speaker releases, we will also celebrate some of our most iconic past speakers, with this first round reveal also paying homage to the likes of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba and Juventus board member Assia Grazioli-Venier.

Also among our WFS Icons are Andrea Agnelli (Juventus), Emilio Butragueño (Real Madrid), Rahul Kadavakolu (Rakuten), Ricardo Fort (Coca-Cola), Miguel Ángel Gil (Atletico Madrid) and Al Guido (San Francisco 49ers).

Tickets are now available HERE for WFS Live, with 10% of all sales going to Common Goal.