IWG members 2018 – 2022
Ruth Maphorisa, Co-Chair 2014-2022
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.
Regional Representative: Africa
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: Americas
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
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.
Dr Rosa López de D’Amico (Venezuela)
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)
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).
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.