The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) is delighted to announce that Shellie Pfohl, former Executive
Director of the US President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition and CEO of the US Centre for
SafeSport, and Emma McClarkin, former Member of the European Parliament, have joined the SIGA
Executive Committee today.
Shellie Pfohl will undertake the role of Special Advisor for SIGA AMERICA, a new subsidiary that is currently
being established focused on bringing SIGA`s reformist vision and integrity proposals to the United States,
one of SIGA`s strategic priorities for 2019. Shellie is uniquely positioned to carry out this role after having
previously held high responsibilities at both the United States Government and Sport Movement, firstly as
Executive Director of the President’s Council, appointed by President Barack Obama, and, subsequently, as
CEO of the US Centre for SafeSport. Shellie has also served as an active member of the SIGA Council since
January 2018, a position she has now ceased to focus on her new role.
Emma McClarkin, SIGA’s new Director for Global Sports Policy, is a highly skilled political communications
leader with vast experience in international affairs. During her two terms as Member of the European
Parliament (2009-2019), Emma performed a remarkable work and developed high level relations with several
Governments, EU institutions, international institutions, as well as industry and civil society, including sport.
Having been a member of the culture, education and sport committee in Brussels, Emma brings with her a
vast policy development experience, as well as inside knowledge of sport from her time at the Rugby
and Football Union, as Government Relations Executive. Emma is also an expert on international trade and
works closely with the Commonwealth.
Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, CEO of SIGA, stated:
“I am delighted to welcome Shellie and Emma to SIGA`s Executive Committee. Step by step, with strategic
vision, sharp sense of opportunity and hard work, we are delivering what we promised and leading by
example. With the additions of Shellie and Emma we now have three exceptional female leaders in the
highest executive body of our organisation. A great team, better equipped and better positioned than ever to
deliver our ambitious reform agenda. I look forward to working with them.”
Shellie Pfohl, Special Advisor, SIGA AMERICA said:
“I am excited to join SIGA as a special advisor. We are committed to bring the SIGA universal standards on
good governance, financial integrity, sports betting integrity and protection of minors in sport to the United
States. As never before, sports in the U.S. and around the world face challenges on these issues. SIGA is
an independent source to assist sport organizations, sponsors, and all those in the industry that have an
interest in ensuring that sport is clean to protect and preserve its social role for future generations. I look
forward to working with sport organizations at every level to do just that.”
Emma McClarkin, Director of Global Sports Policy said:
“I am delighted to be joining the executive team at SIGA as Director of Global Sports Policy, as they enter a
new and exciting phase. Strengthening Sport Integrity globally is our aim and one that I passionately share.
I look forward to working with SIGA to combat corruption, shape policy and work with all stakeholders to put
Sport Integrity at the top of the agenda. Sport has an amazing power for good. We want those who feel
passionate about Sport to join us in this fight to ensure Sport`s enduring legacy.”
Notes to Editors
SIGA is the world´s largest coalition in the field of sport´s governance and integrity. Supported by more than
100 international multi-industry supporters, SIGA is an independent and neutral organisation whose mission
is to bring about meaningful reforms and enhance the integrity of all sports through a set of universal
standards operated by an independent and neutral body. SIGA is the only organisation to bring together
sport, governments, academia, international organisations, sponsors, business, rights holders, NGOs and
professional services companies, from every region in the world, around a common cause of fostering greater
integrity throughout sport.
The SIGA Executive Committee is the highest executive body. It is chaired by the SIGA CEO Emanuel
Macedo de Medeiros, and includes Katie Simmonds (General Counsel & Senior Director, Global
Partnerships), Shellie Pfohl (Special Adviser, SIGA AMERICA) and Emma McClarkin (Director, Global Sports
For the list of SIGA Members & Committed Supporters, please visit http://siga-sport.net/siga-members/.
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