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The Operating Team

The Operating Team's Operating Team manages the website's content and implements the initiative's strategy.'s Operating Team is hosted and situated at the headquarters of the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) in Bienne, Switzerland. The Operating Team manages the content of the and implements the strategy agreed on by the Steering Board. For further information about the role of the Operating Team, please download the Project Charter.

The members of the Operating Team are:

Paul Hunt, Project Manager

Paul joined the Platform's Operating Team as an intern in October 2012, bringing experience in fundraising and communications, and was appointed project officer in July 2013. Major areas of interest include the use of sport to promote the integration of marginalised groups and to provide psychosocial support for people affected by trauma.

Paul can be contacted for questions, suggestions, comments or concerns regarding content or the technical functioning of

Phone: +41 32 344 49 63

Mridul Kataria, Intern

Mridul joined the Operating Team in April 2020 as an intern. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He is focussing his research on the local integration of refguees through sport. He is particularly interested in refugee and migration studies and child protection, and how they feature in the world of sport and development. 

He can be contacted with questions, suggestions, comments or concerns at


Hélène Bennès, Consultant, French version

Hélène joined the Operating Team in February 2017 as an intern. She has a background in social and human sciences and earned her Master's degree in Latin American Studies from Sciences Po Grenoble. Main areas of interest include: conflict resolution and peace building, defense of human rights and migration issues. She returned to the OperatingTeam in February 2018 as a consultant for the French version of  

Hélène can be contacted with questions, suggestions and concerns regarding French content at 

Ben Sanders, Senior Consultant

Dr Ben Sanders boasts extensive experience in sport for development and peace. His work has influenced the Commonwealth, United Nations and South African government, and a range of civil society organisations, to develop policies, programmes and projects. He has public sector experience having coordinated research, M&E and policy development for the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport. He has worked in the non-profit as well as the private sector, including leadership roles at Grassroot Soccer, a leading NGO in sport and youth development.

Ben has completed a PhD by publication in Sport for Development investigating the optimal governance of the sport for development sector, identifying roles for the public sector, civil society and academic sector. He has published academically and consulted widely in the field. He brings expertise in leadership, fundraising, business development and partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, research, policy development, programme management, strategy and communications. 

Simon Lansley, Senior Consultant

Simon Lansley is a former journalist who has been working in marketing and fundraising in the Sport for Development sector since 2011. He is member of the Leadership Group of the UK Sport for Development Coalition, the International Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) group based in London and co-ordinated by Bond, and the UK Sports Journalists' Association national committee.

Simon was previously Sports Editor and Editorial Director at the Press Association, the UK's national news agency, and Head of Marketing and Communications for Street League, a leading sport for employability charity. He is also the founder of ConnectSport, an online directory and media channel dedicated to Sport for Development in the UK and Ireland.

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