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FIFA Appoints First Woman Scribe

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Posted: May 14, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The FIFA on Friday appointed first African and first woman, appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal, as its Secretary General (SG).
Ms. Samoura is a 21-year veteran of United Nations programmes, who is currently the UN’s Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria.
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, while announcing the appointment at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, said that, “Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time.”
“She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform. Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation.”
As required under FIFA statutes, Ms. Samoura will undergo an eligibility check administered by the independent Review Committee, per Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes. Ms. Samoura will assume the role of FIFA Secretary General before mid-June.
President Infantino praised Ms. Samoura’s integrity, and said the Council was particularly impressed with her operational experience, as well as her expertise in governance and working in multi-cultural environments. He said her expertise will complement the long-standing and deep knowledge of world football within the FIFA leadership team and administration.
“It is essential for FIFA to incorporate fresh perspectives – from outside the traditional pool of football executives – as we continue to restore and rebuild our organisation. No one exemplifies what we need more than Fatma does, and we are thrilled that she has joined our team.”
“Today is a wonderful day for me, and I am honored to take on the role of FIFA’s Secretary General,” Ms. Samoura said. “I believe this role is a perfect fit for my skills and experience – strategic, high impact team building in international settings – which I will use to help grow the game of football all over the world. I also look forward to bringing my experience in governance and compliance to bear on the important reform work that is already underway at FIFA.
“FIFA is taking a fresh approach to its work – and I am eager to play a role in making that approach as effective and lasting as possible.”