SIGA launches Global Mentorship Programme for Aspiring Female Leaders in Sport – Applications Open, Apply Below

 SIGA is delighted to launch the application process for its Global Mentorship Programme for Aspiring Female Leaders.

Initially announced at a special session in Paris on the eve of International Women’s Day, earlier this year, SIGA set in motion the launch of a worldwide, action-orientated mentorship programme to support and encourage future female leaders in sport to reach their potential. For the official press release, click here. 

Open to women aged 24 or over, the programme is designed to promote future leaders in sport and foster greater diversity within the sporting industry, as advocated by SIGA’s Universal Standards on Good Governance. Teaching vital leadership skills and creating invaluable experiences, the programme will see the chosen candidates spend one business week with their assigned mentors.

The application process is now open.  To apply for the Global Female Mentorship Programme, click here.

 About the Mentors

The first group of mentors selected by SIGA will play a crucial role promoting the development of women in sport. The “first team” of eleven mentors come from a number of diverse backgrounds from across the sport industry, including media, legal, sports federations, global business, political, sports administration and NGOs.


  • Who Can Apply?

Women aged 24 or over with experience in the sports industry.

  • What is the Application Process?

Complete the Application Form below, upload a copy of your CV and submit to SIGA.

  • Who will decide whether my application is successful?

A jury of 3 mentors will review and assess the applications.

  • Where does the Mentorship Programme take place?

This is a Global Programme. Our Mentors are based in London, Paris, Denver, Istanbul, Trinidad and Tobago, Doha and Washington DC. Please select your preferred location of your Mentorship Programme on the application form below.

  • How long is the Mentorship Programme?

The Mentorship Programme will involve one working week during 2018 and will include an opportunity to meet your Mentor, either in person, or via video, prior to and post the programme, where feedback will be given. During the programme you will be required to keep a video diary.

  • Will I get the opportunity to meet my mentor before I start the Mentorship Programme?

Many of the mentors will attend the SIGA Sport Integrity Forum in Geneva on 26th July 2018 and there is an opportunity to meet the mentors then. The mentors will arrange a face to face meeting with you in advance of the programme and/or set up a Facetime call with you should this be more convenient.

  • Are expenses covered?

Expenses are not covered which is why SIGA encourages mentees to apply for programmes in cities where they reside.

  • Will more cities be announced in the future?

Potentially yes as SIGA is announcing a second round of global mentors shortly.

  • Who shall I contact with further questions?

Please contact Katie Simmonds at [email protected] for further queries.

The “second team” of eleven global female mentors was announced at the SIGA Sport Integrity Forum, hosted by the United Nations in Geneva on 26th July 2018. The Forum featured a panel session dedicated to the subject of diversity in sport.

SIGA’s Gender Equality in Sport Initiative, Paris, 08 March 2018

Introduced at a special session in Paris on the eve of International Women’s Day, SIGA joined a global call to action to #PressForProgress on gender equality, by announcing the launch of a worldwide and action-orientated mentorship programme that will support and encourage future female leaders in sport to reach their potential. The first team of 11 mentors were announced, with more to follow. Further details regarding SIGA’s Global Female Mentorship Programme will be announced shortly.

List of Speakers

  • Ângela Melo, Director, Policies and Programmes Division, UNESCO
  • Anne Laure Bonnet, Journalist, BeIN Sports
  • Annette Knott, Secretary General of the Trinidad & Tobago National Olympic Committee
  • Claire Furlong, General Manager, Strategic Communications, International Cricket Council
  • Densign White, Chief Executive Officer, International Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Ebru Köksal, UEFA Consultant & Senior Advisor at J. Stern & Co, Board Member of Women in Football
  • Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros SIGA CEO
  • Jane Lute, President & CEO of the Council on Cyber Security, ICSS Board Member / Former US Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Julien Brondani, Representative, French Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Katie Simmonds, Director of Sports Governance and Financial Integrity, ICSS INSIGHT and SIGA Team
  • Ling-Ling Nie, Chief Compliance Officer & Assistant General Counsel, Panasonic
  • Manon Fiorot, Athlete and World Champion, French Mixed Martial Arts Federation
  • Mohammed Hanzab, Chairman, ICSS / Vice-Chairman of SIGA Council
  • Moya Dodd – Former Vice-Captain of the Australia Women’s National Team (The Matildas) and a former Executive Committee Member of FIFA
  • Paola Ottonello, Policy Officer for Gender Equality in Sport, European Commission
  • Patricia Costantini, Founder, Egalsport
  • Patricia Moyersoen, President of the Association of International Football Lawyers & Member of Women in Sports Law
  • Shannon Feaster, Deputy Executive Director, U.S. President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition
  • Shellie Pfohl, CEO, Safe Sport USA & Former Executive Director of United States President’s Council for Sport, Fitness and Nutrition
  • Sonia Souid, Football Agent, Essentially Group, CSM Sport and Entertainment

For more details and to register for our upcoming SIGA Special Session: Female Leadership in Sport on 7 March 2019 in Washington DC please click here.