Erika Mueller Chen speaks to Mariam Ibrahim about her experiences as a professional footballer, and how she broke into the sport for development sector through an internship.

About Inspira

Launched in January 2023, the Inspira Podcast with Erika Mueller Chen is an interview-based podcast that provides career advice and stories from global change-makers in sport for development, social impact, and the diplomatic service. In 2023, 50 interviews with inspirational leaders working in sport for development and peace from over 35 different countries will be published. 

About the Episode Guest

Mariam Ibrahim is a former professional football player who represented the Egyptian National Women's Football Team. She is on the Sport for Development in Africa team at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Eschborn, Germany. 

Mariam has experience at multiple sport for development organizations and the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports. She holds a joint MA degree in International Relations from Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University, and University of Potsdam. Her research has centered on women's leadership in sport for development and peace, programme effectiveness, and SDG 5 - Gender Equality. 

Mariam believes in the power of sport in contributing to sustainable development and that the creation of safe spaces is the foundation for promoting female participation in sport. Her mission is to bridge the gap between theory and practice while supporting and amplifying the voices of local practitioners.

Listen to Episode 2: Mariam Ibrahim (Egypt & Germany) - How does a former professional athlete build a career in sport for development? 

Learn More

To learn more about the Inspira Podcast, read episode transcripts, and access “Erika’s Global Resource Hub” - a robust written resource created to support folks interested in sport for development and peace, please visit Erika’s LinkTree:

Erika Mueller Chen is an international development specialist with over a decade of experience leveraging the amazing power of sport to promote peace and positive social impact. She currently works in Sports Diplomacy and resides in Mexico.

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