Erika Mueller Chen speaks to Ben Sanders about the evolution of the sport for development sector, and how the sportanddev platform supports learning.

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

Dr. Ben Sanders is a specialist consultant and thought leader in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP). He has extensive practical and theoretical experience, including working with the United Nations, Commonwealth, FIFA, Laureus and others, in designing, delivering and evaluating policies and programs that use sport to achieve development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He completed the first PhD (doctorate) by publication in sport for sustainable development in Africa and has published academically and presented widely. He is currently a senior consultant at the International Platform on Sport and Development ( and works with a range of other actors. He is the lead educator for the massive open online course (MOOC) on Sport for Sustainable Development, developed with the Commonwealth Secretariat and Australian government.

Listen to Episode 5: Ben Sanders (South Africa) - Why should we be cautious of evangelizing 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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