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Paul Hunt
Senior Project Manager

Paul Hunt is Senior Project Manager of the International Platform on Sport and Development, which he has worked on since 2012. He has written online toolkits on a range of topics including sport for development policy, and sport and the sustainable development goals. He has worked on projects with a range of partners including the Australian government, UNHCR, GIZ and UEFA.

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Ben Sanders
Senior Consultant

Born in Zimbabwe and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, Ben's passion and expertise is in sport for development and peace. He is a senior consultant at sportanddev and has worked locally and globally including with the United Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat and South African state. He has public and private sector leadership experience with expertise in strategy, fundraising, partnership development, monitoring & evaluation, research, policy and programme management. He completed the first PhD by publication in Sport for Development in Africa and has published and presented widely....

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Jack Needham

A graduate of Loughborough University’s Sport Management MSc, achieving a distinction and the highest research mark in the cohort. As a result of my studies and involvement in Sport, I am a strong believer in the use of Sport for social change. I am continuing my involvement in this area by providing support and expertise to projects, organisations, and NGOs in the Sport for Development field. I am currently supporting sportanddev by leading on the 'Website Redesign' project, along with other work. Whilst I don't work in SfD full-time at the moment, it is a move that I would like to take...

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Marisa Schlenker

Marisa Schlenker is a sport for development consultant and programme manager who supports the sportanddev platform. With 10+ years experience in the sport for social development sector, she has worked on a variety of projects and initiatives which position sport as a contributor to the sustainable development goals. As a monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist she has worked with key players in the football for purpose, gender equality and social activism space including Discover Football, EIR Ggwcup, FARE Network and Common Goal. .

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Haresh Deol

Haresh is the co-founder of Kuala Lumpur-based news organisation, Twentytwo13 and is the deputy president of the National Press Club of Malaysia. He was also part of UK’s The Guardian panel of judges to select top 100 footballers in the world in 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. He has been invited by institutions worldwide to talk about sports and development, and sports diplomacy.

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Haneen Kh
Arabic-speaking consultant

As a former football player, the passion of the game let Haneen start perusing her career back in 2015 with UEFA Foundation supporting Sport for development programs in refugee camps. Since that time, Haneen has continued working in a national and international organizations using sports to promote gender equality, foster positive social change, and provide equal opportunities. Haneen holds two Guinness World Records, and she is currently on a mission of enhancing and expanding the Arabic content in sportanddev.