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.

Dr Ben Sanders
Executive Director

Dr Ben Sanders is the Executive Director of the International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev). He leads the operating team and accounts to the sportanddev Steering Board who appointed him as Executive Director to sustain, strengthen and scale the reach and impact of sportanddev.

Born in Zimbabwe and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, Ben's passion and expertise is in sport for development and peace. He has supported sportanddev for over 6 years, and has worked locally and globally including with the United Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat and South African state. He...

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...

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. .

Claire Smagghe
Francophonie Development Officer

Involved in the development of sport as an educational tool over the past 10 years, Claire has led projects locally and internationally. These various projects have enabled her to develop a wide range of skills in project management, fund-raising and communications. She is a laureate of the Institut de l'Engagement (The Commitment Institute) in France. Sensitive to gender equality, she is also trained in journalism, to give a voice to sportswomen. Claire is now editor-in-chief of Les Sportives media in France. 


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.