IWG members 2015 – 2018

IWG members 2015 – 2018

Co-Chairpersons 2014-2018


Ruth Maphorisa

Co-Chairperson 2014-2018

Ms. Ruth Maphorisa holds a Masters of Arts in Rural Development and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Administration with additional course on Provincial and Local Government Law, Executive leadership and Change Agent Training Leadership among others. She currently serves as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture of Botswana. She has long experience in public service, having served as District Officer, Development and then joined performance and strategy. She has extensive experience in leadership positions as she held a number of profile positions in Government. Ruth Maphorisa has also taken part in a number of Joint Permanent Commissions (JPC) between Botswana and a number of countries, including Cuba, New Zealand, West Endies, India, and China. In the JPC, she was Ministry Head of Delegation and negotiated scholarships for Batswana students abroad. She also formed part of the team that prepared and presented the bid for Botswana to host the 2nd Africa Youth Games in partnership with the IOC.


Commitment as IWG Co-Chair 2014-2018:

“I see this as a big opportunity for my country and for Africa, more especially for women and sports who have been working hard to make their voice heard. I’m committing to uniting Africa through my position in IWG. During my time as Co-Chair, I will make sure countries do form networks, be part of IWG, and bring lots of African states to sign up with IWG and to report on progress from each continent on how states are progressing in advancing Women and Sports issues.”


Carole Oglesby


Dr. Oglesby has been in the professoriate for more than forty years; 27 of them at Temple University. She earned a PhD in Kinesiology at Purdue University in 1969 and a PhD in Counseling at Temple University in 1999. She was a department chair at Temple from 1992 – 1995 and has served as Chairperson at California State University, Northridge 2003 – 2009.

Dr. Oglesby’s scholarly career has been devoted to growth and development in two areas; women’s/gender studies in sport and sport psychology. She has held major leadership positions in virtually all academic and advocacy organizations in these areas. She was the inaugural president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), president of the National Association of Girls and Women’s Sport (NAGWS), Trustee of the Women’s Sport Foundation, President of WomenSport International (WSI), Senior International Advisor for International Working Group for Women in Sport (IWG), Executive Board of the U.S. Collegiate Sports Council, U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors, Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) Health Psychology Chair and Executive Board member

She has received major awards and recognitions from all these organizations. She was awarded the AIAW Award of Merit, NAGWS Honor Fellow and WomenΓÇÖs Sports Foundation Billie Jean King Award; American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, R. Tait McKenzie Award for service outside the profession, C.D. Henry Award for service to racial and ethnic minorities. She was the first woman nominated to give the Coleman Griffith Lecture at AAASP. She was the first recipient of the Boris Planchard Medal for service to Girls and WomenΓÇÖs Sport in Latin America. She received the America Psychological Association Div. 47 Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Service and also the Phillip Noel Baker Research Award of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.

Early on, and consistently, Dr. Oglesby has experienced the elation and personal development associated with performance excellence. In high school, she was a California Honor Orchestra French hornist. She played in three national Amateur Softball Association World Tournaments on teams finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. She coached softball teams that competed in College World Series at Purdue and University of Mass. She served as Chef de Mission for the World University Games U.S. Winter Games team in 1987. She was a consultant for athletes who competed in Pan America Games in cycling and Olympians in rowing in Atlanta, Sydney and Beijing.

Dr. Oglesby served as a liaison for global women’s sport advocacy community to the United Nations (UN). As a culmination of this role, she was principle author/contributor for a UN-Division for the Advancement of Women monograph entitled Women, Gender Equality and Sport, translated in four languages and released March 2008. Having published over 50 chapters, articles, essays, four books or monographs and advised 49 successful PhD students at Temple University, her own doctoral work in counseling was a culmination of a lifetime of observation that sport, and other high performance contexts, can bring trauma as well as positive development. She is presently working on the development of research focused on the role of so-called “active therapies” in the healing of trauma.

In 2000, her colleague and friend from Women’s Sports Foundation, Deborah Slaner Larkin, honored her by endowing at Temple University, the Carole Oglesby Graduate Scholarship to advance research on sport and health of African American Women. There have been __8___ African America Kinesiology graduate students whose work has been benefited by receiving this award.



Regional Representatives: Women and Sport in Africa


Matilda Mwamba

Co-opted Expert: Women and Sport in Africa
Founder and Executive Director, The National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and recreation (NOWSPAR)

Matilda Mwaba is a founder and Executive Director of the National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) in Zambia; she was the first female president of the Zambia Judo Association and the International Kicking AIDS Out Network, served on the National Olympic Committee and the National Sports Council of Zambia. Her key concerns are women’s participation in leadership and harassment of women and girls in sport.



Regional Representative: Europe


Kristina Thuree



Regional Representative: Oceania


Susie Yee

  • Chairperson Women in Sport Fiji
  • Member of the Women and Sport Ocenia (WASO)
  • Former Vice President – Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC), 2000-2008
  • Assistance Chef de Mission Mini Games in Norfolk, 2001
  • General Manager – Pacific Games, 2003, 2007 and 2011
  • President – Marist Squash Club
  • Life Member – Fiji Squash Rackets Association
  • President – Women’s Golf Fiji, 2006-2012


  • Fiji representative in Women’s Rugby, 1972
  • Fiji representative – Hockey, 1971 – 1979
  • Fiji representative – Squash, 1983 – 1991
  • Playing Golf – handicap of 14


Regional Representative: Americas and Caribbeans


Karen Morrison

Karen Morrison, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Central Florida

Karen Morrison, recently hired as the first Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Central Florida, is responsible for coordinating the university’s effort to build a culture of inclusion and respect for all students, faculty and staff as part of the university’s core values and teaching mission. Her duties include development of diversity and inclusion as a leadership priority and engagement of the campus and larger community in programs, education, and efforts to advance a culture of respect for and celebration of diverse experience.

Morrison served 8 years as the director of inclusion for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was responsible for overseeing the education of the membership, national office, public, and media on women’s issues in sport, Title IX, LGBTQ issues, international student-athlete inclusion and women’s professional development and leadership. In her tenure she redesigned the NCAA’s diversity and inclusion resources, directed NCAA forums and convention sessions, served with numerous diversity think tanks, and shepherded projects on work/life balance, beach volleyball and triathlon, diversity and inclusion planning, pregnant and parenting student-athlete resources, inclusion of transgender student-athletes, sexual violence prevention, and the NCAA Be Well initiative.

In 2011 she was named NACWAA’s Administrator of the Year for Conferences/Organizations. In 2012 Morrison was honored as an Alliance of Women Coaches Title IX Advocate Award winner and Pride 12 Magazine Game Changer on national LGBT advocacy in sports.

Before arriving at the NCAA, she served 16 years at the University of Colorado as associate athletics director/SWA and basketball coach. In her ten-year campus administrative career, Morrison managed 14 men’s and women’s sports, and was responsible for compliance/financial aid; policy development and education; Title IX compliance; and diversity and equity planning. Prior to her move to administration, she was assistant women’s basketball coach for the Buffs for six years as they won multiple Big 8 Conference titles and earned Elite 8 and Sweet 16 berths and top ten rankings.

Morrison earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School; and a Bachelor of Business Administration (with honors) from the University of Oklahoma, where she played basketball for the Sooners.


Regional Representative: Asia


Etsuko-Ogasawara Ph.D

Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara is the founder and Executive Director of the Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS). She holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the Ohio State University. Currently, she is a professor of sport management at Juntendo University in Japan. In addition, she is one of founders and an executive board member and chair of the committee of international affairs for Japanese Association for Sport Management (JASM). In this year, she was elected as the vice president for community relation of Asian Association for Sport Management. She has published many research papers on swimming, job satisfaction in coaching, and women and sport issues. In addition, she has made numerous presentations on her research at conferences across Japan and internationally. Especially, she was one of the keynote speakers for 2013 FISU Conference in Kazan, Russia.

Before beginning her doctoral studies, she was an assistant professor at the National Institute of Fitness and Sport in Kanoya, Japan, and a head coach of the swim team. At the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, she joined the Japanese national swimming team as a coaching staff.

Dr. Ogasawara was the Chair of the Steering Committee for the 2001 First Asian Conference on Women and Sport and has subsequently been elected Chair of the Asian Working Group on Women and Sport (AWG), and completed her work as a chair of AWG in 2007. She had been a member of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) from 2000 to 2010, and was the Co-Chair for the period 2002-2006 in order to organize the successful 2006 World Conference on Women and Sport in Kumamoto, Japan.

Dr. Ogasawara received the Contribution Award of AVON for Women in 2004 in Japan, and also the 2012 International Pathfinder Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport in the USA.

Dr. Ogasawara has been a leader of Female Athletes Strategic Support Project that has been sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan since 2011.

Dr. Ogasawara was appointed as the first executive director of the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) that was newly established at the Juntendo University on September 1st, 2014.


NGO Representatives


Co opted members

Dr Rosa López de D’Amico (Venezuela)

NGO Representative: IAPESGW
President, International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW)

Professor at the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador – Maracay, Venezuela. Coordinator of the Research Center “Estudios en Educación Física, Salud, Deporte, Recreación y Danza” (EDUFISADRED); research focused on physical education, comparative studies in sport, sport policy, leadership, culture and gender. Publications in Spanish, English and French. Editorial board member of various academic journals.


Dr Kari Fasting (Norway)

NGO Representative: WSI

WomenSport International

Past President

Professor, The Norwegian School of Sport Science

Professor emerita Kari Fasting was the first female professor in sport science in the Nordic countries (1987) and the first rector of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo. She is past president of the International Association for Sociology of Sport, and in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of sociology of sport she was awarded an honorary membership in 2011. She is a founding member and past president of WomenSport International (WSI), and represents this organization in the International Working Group for Women in Sport (IWG), a task she has had for many years.

Kari Fasting was a track and field athlete and represented Norway on the national team in the period from 1962 to 1970. She also served as member of the Norwegian Amateur Track and Field Association from 1976 to 1980. Four years later she became a member of the Women and Sport Committee in the Norwegian Confederation of Sports and served here until 1990. She represented Norway on the European Sports Conference Working Group on Women and Sport (1989-1993), and participated in the reorganization of this group, which in 1994 became the free standing European Women and Sport Group (EWS).

Kari Fasting’s research has focused on sport and exercise in the lives of women. During the last 20 years her research has been centred on sexual harassment and abuse in sport.  She has also worked as an expert consultant in this area for major organizations, including: the International Olympic Committee (2006 –), the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, the Czech Olympic Committee, UNICEF and recently the EU.

Her empirical research has been applied to programs internationally for preventing sexual harassment and abuse from occurring. Presently she is under contract with the Norwegian Olympic, Paralympic and Confederation of Sport (NIF), assisting them in a project in Southern Africa regarding increasing awareness and understanding of gender issues in sport.

Kari Fasting was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern’s Institute for Sport Sciences (Switzerland) in 2013; and in 2014 she received the Finland’s prestigious Special Prize at the Finish Sports Galla —the Fair Play Award. In 2015 she received an honorary doctorate  from the University of Malmø (Sweden) and University of Chichester (England).


Valiolla Saint Louis

Co-opted Expert: French-speaking Women and Sport Movement

Current responsibilities:

  • Director of physical activities and sports at the MJSAC (Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action) for the Republic of Haiti, she is in charge of training of executive officers
  • International coordinator for ‘Working Group (GTCF)’, she is responsible for the promotion and participation of women and young girls in youth activities and sports within the CONFEJES
  • Regional coordinator for Area E (Indian Ocean, Asia and Caribbean) for the GTCF within the CONFEJES
  • National Delegate to the CONFEJES for MJSAC’s ‘Woman, Youth and Sport’
  • President of ANOH, (National Olympic Academy of Haiti)
  • Active member of HOC, (Women’s Commission of the Haitian Olympic Committee)

Professional and Sports profile

After playing volleyball during her elementary and secondary academic years, and making it to first national division and then national team of Haiti, Valiollah became a member of the women’s volleyball team at the University of Montreal (Canada). She also participated in handball games competitions as well as group gymnastics sports demonstration in Senegal.

Her sports and physical education credentials also include a Master’s degree and License in the field of Sciences and Technologies for Physical Activities and Sports, as well as a Master’s degree in administration of sports bodies.

After holding official public functions in Haiti since 1985, Valiollah became appointed in 2008 to the position of Director of Physical Activities and Sports for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action. To date she continously engages herself in implementation of sector policies and management activities related to her position, while devoting her efforts in encouraging the concrete involvement of women.

While responsible for training her administrative staff, she pays particular attention to equitable gender participation in activities aimed at the development and expension of youth in the world of sports.

Implications actuelles

  • Directrice des Activités Physiques et des Sports du Ministère de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de l’Action Civique (MJSAC) de la République d’Haïti et Chargée de la Formation des Cadres.
  • Coordonnatrice Internationale du Groupe de Travail chargé de la promotion et de la participation des femmes et des jeunes filles aux activités de jeunesse et de sport (GTCF) de la Conférence des Ministres de la Jeunesse, et des Sports de la Francophonie (CONFEJES).
  • Coordonnatrice Régionale du GTCF pour la zone E de la CONFEJES (Océan Indien, Asie et caraïbes)
  • Déléguée Nationale Femme, Jeunesse et Sport du MJSAC auprès de la CONFEJES
  • Présidente de l’Académique Nationale Olympique d’Haïti (ANOH)
  • Membre de la Commission Féminine du Comité Olympique Haïtien (COH)

Profil sportif et professionnel

Après avoir joué au volleyball au niveau scolaire, en première division nationale et en équipe nationale d’Haïti, Valiollah a été membre de l’équipe féminine de volleyball de l’université de Montréal. Elle a également participé à des compétitions de handball et au groupe de démonstration de gymnastique sportive au Sénégal.

Dans le domaine des Sciences et techniques des Activités Physiques et des Sports, elle est détentrice d’une licence, d’une maitrise d’enseignement et d’un master spécialisé en administration des organismes sportifs.

Fonctionnaire public depuis 1985 en Haïti, Valiollah a été nommée, en 2008, Directrice des Activités Physiques et des sports au Ministère de la jeunesse, des sports et de l’Action Civique. Elle consacre son temps, tout en veillant à une implication certaine des femmes, à la mise en œuvre des politiques du secteur et à la gestion des activités liées à son poste.

Chargée aussi de la formation des cadres de sa direction, elle accorde un intérêt particulier à la participation équitable des genres aux activités visant au développement et à l’épanouissement des jeunes du monde sportif.




Hajera Kajee

Co-opted Member

Ms. Hajera Kajee hails from South Africa and joins us a core expert with a rich background in women and sport in Africa and across the world. She is a Public Administration and Management Graduate from UNISA, South Africa. A national award winner currently serving in different boards including;

South African Table Tennis Vice President Administration
AU Region 5 Table Tennis Confederation Chairperson
African Table Tennis Federation Vice President Marketing
International Table Tennis Federation Women Commissioner
South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee Deputy President
Chairperson Women’s Commission (SASCOC)
Chairperson National Colors Commission (SASCOC)

Ms Kajee won the Steve Tshwete Life Time Award in recognition of Women’s Development in 2013. She has also in the past been employed by several organisations in South Africa including Department of Road and Transport, Avalanche South Africa and SA Weather Service.


Terhi Heinilä

Pääsihteeri / Secretary General

Terhi Heinilä, M.A. (Sociology of sport) has worked since 2014 as Secretary General of the National Council of Women of Finland, an umbrella organisation for 58 national women’s organizations, with the aim to promote women’s and girls’ rights, human rights and overall gender equality. Currently she also leads programme called 100 acts for gender equality.

Terhi Heinilä serves as a Co-opted Member of the IWG Group in 2014-2018. She also serves as an Expert Member of the Council of Gender Equality of Finland, as a Member of the Board of the Coalition of Finnish Women’s Association and as a Member of the National Finland100 Committee.

She worked in the capacity of Secretary General of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) during the 2010-2014 quadrennial term and the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport ”Lead the Change, Be the Change” in Helsinki, Finland. Earlier she has served as Director of International Relations of the Finnish Sports Federation, as Counsellor for the Finnish Ministry of Education during the 2006 European Union presidency and as Head of Communication in the Finnish Society of Sport Sciences.

Terhi Heinilä has represented Finnish sports internationally more than 20 years. The promotion of gender equality and women’s rights have always been the core themes of her duties, interest and passion.



Lilamani de Soysa

Lilamani de Soysa was born in Sri Lanka and did her primary and secondary education in Colombo, at Holy Family Convent and Ladies College. As a schoolgirl, sport was an important part of her life. She did athletics and played netball for her school and played table tennis for her country.

Her awareness of the Women and Sport movement and her interest in gender and sport issues started in 2002 when she attended the IWG world conference in Montreal, Canada, where she was inspired to be an inveterate activist for women and sport. She attended the conference as a delegate from the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) where she had started working in March 1999. In 2002, she was put in charge of the ITTF Women’s Development Programme, which later won a Sport Accord Award.

She was invited to speak at the IOC world conference in Marrakech as well as at the UN conference on sport and gender in Atlanta, USA. The IWG invited Ms. De Soysa to be the co-opted member in charge of International Federations. During this time, she was responsible for initiating a Women and Sport Management Seminar together with the city of Lausanne and the International Academy for Sport Science and Technology under the patronage of the IOC. The Lausanne Network for Women in Sport was also founded and several sport federations were inspired to sign the Brighton Declaration.

She is an International Relations graduate from Wilson College, Pennsylvania, specializing in Political Science and studied Arts at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She holds a Master’s degree in English, French and Russian, which she obtained in 1993 from the University of Lausanne. She also spent time studying Russian at the University of St Petersburg. She speaks Sinhala, English, French and Russian fluently and she is well spoken in Italian and understands basic Mandarin.

In 1999, she was hired by the International Table Tennis Federation, in Lausanne, Switzerland and worked as Project Manager until December 2009. In 2010, she was hired by the European Table Tennis Union where she was responsible for the Youth and Development Programme in Europe. In 2015, she takes up a new professional challenge connected to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, with the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport, in Japan.