On 11 and 12 June, the FIFA Master Alumni Association (FMA) held its 6th Biennial World Gathering – this time in Paris, France - and the feedback confirms that the 3-part event was a huge success.
“This last edition of the FMA World Gathering was fantastic”, says Nick Lau, alum from the 4th edition and Project & Knowledge Management Group Leader at FIFA.
Saturday, 11 June, started with the FMA Congress, with the morning sessions opened only to alumni and to our partner, CIES. Then, attendees discussed matters that concern the association, gave the floor to alumni to present ideas and discussed the vision and direction of the forthcoming strategic plan (more detailed info will be sent to the alumni in the coming days).
The afternoon session was open to members of the current edition of the FIFA Master as well as special guests and was filled with great content and high level of debate and knowledge exchange.
The afternoon started with a keynote speech by Alexander Schischlik, Chief of Sport and Youth Section at UNESCO, addressing critical industry topics such as global access to sport and the interdependence between sport and governance.
That was followed by a Panel Discussion about Recruitment and Career Development, organised by the FMA in partnership with GlobalSportsJobs (GSJ).
Will Lloyd, GlobalSportsJobs's CEO, moderated the panel with Céline Peltier, HR Director at Paris St. Germain, Mathieu Souchet, HR Director at Lagardère, and Matt Hill, Senior VP for Sports and Entertainment Consulting at GMR Marketing. Other guests, who also contributed with the discussion were Helen Hughes, HR Director at the NBA, Phil Gegan, General Manager, and Juliana Travassos, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at Soccerex, Cedric Le Nest, Headhunter and MD at Sport Business Talent, and Kelsey Philppot, Senior Director also at GMR Marketing. The afternoon drew to a close with an hour of networking between alumni and guests.
Helen Hughes, from the NBA, said she “really enjoyed spending time with everyone and was very impressed by the calibre of the Alumni and by how welcoming everyone was”, while Matt Hill, from GMR Marketing commented: “The FIFA Master alumni is really impressive. We met a lot of terrific people and look forward to following up with many of them, both with regards to potential opportunities at GMR, as well as ways we may be able to support their organizations”.
At the evening the FMA Committee hosted the 1st FMA Awards, which was followed by a night out at Le Duplex, right next to one of Paris’s landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe.
Aine Power, alum from the 11th edition, and Legal Counsel at the FEI enjoyed the idea introduced this year: “The highlight for me was the inaugural FMA Awards – it was a nice opportunity to celebrate the impressive achievements of our colleagues and to have some fun while doing so”. She continued with her impressions about the event as a whole: “It was wonderful to meet many old friends and some new ones and to be reminded about what makes the FMA family special”.
To read more about the Awards click here.
On Sunday, alumni and guests attended a match of this year’s UEFA EURO – Turkey v Croatia – The passion and amazing energy in the packed (and extremely loud) stadium served as a clear reminder of why we chose sports as our field of work.
In the end, the lingering question in most of people’s head was: when is the next one?
Stay tuned – there will be news on that soon!