Advisory Board

Nov 2014-2018
First term: Becky Clark – USA
First term: Nefeli Chondroyanni – Abu Dhabi
First term: Diane Huffman – Canada
First term: Gretchen Kerr – Canada

September 1 2011-November 2014
2nd term: Johanna Adriaanse – Australia
2nd term: Jinxia Dong – China
2nd term: Kyoko Raita – Japan
2nd term: Katia Rubio – Brazil

Becky Clark, United States

Dr. Becky Clark is a managing partner and co-founder of WOBOLD Sports, LLC, a global sports consultancy firm specializing in empowerment and leadership for girls and women with disabilities and/or deaf. She is also a certified mental performance consultant and licensed psychotherapist (LCSW-R) with a private practice in New York City. She received her PhD in Kinesiology with a specialty in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Temple University and MSW in Clinical Social Work from New York University and listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Clark has a rich history as a multi-sport elite athlete including former basketball player for Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee, three-time Deaflympian with one gold and two silver medals for the USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team, and competed in the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival. She is an accomplished fastpitch softball player and has run 7 marathons. She has played for two legendary Hall of Fame coaches in two different sports. Dr. Clark was a Torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympics. She is a staunch advocate for girls and women with disabilities and/or deaf and using sport as a vehicle to breaking barriers and building bridges among cultures globally. She served as a Sports Envoy to China to advance disability rights, inclusion, and gender equality for the U.S. Department of State. She also served as an American Cultural Ambassador in the area of sports for the Deaf in Venezuela. Dr. Clark has published research, presented papers, keynote speeches, and conducted training and workshops on disability rights and inclusion, gender equality, leadership, mental skills/peak performance and the use of sport as a tool for effective and positive social change at various national and international organizations and conferences. She also co-chaired the WSI Deaf and Hard of Hearing Girls and Women in Sport Task Force.

Nefeli Chondrogianni – Abu Dhabi/Greece

Nefeli is a passionate sports professional and an advocate for women sports development. From her position as Communications and Technical Affairs manager at FBMA – Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, a government entity of Abu Dhabi – UAE, she oversees the expansion of the Emirate’s women sports offering by planning and implementing various initiatives that aim to make sports a part of every Emirati woman’s daily life. In performing these tasks, Nefeli supervises the organization of annual international sports events, including among others the FBMA International Show Jumping Cup, the FBMA Trophy for Figure Skating and the recently introduced the FMBLO – Ladies European Tour. Furthermore, she directs a number of Emirate-wide educational activities that cater to the needs of the female athletes’ community of Abu Dhabi as well as the general public’s. Nefeli is a PhD Candidate at the Canterbury Christ Church University, whereby she is studying the social impact of international non-mega sports events on local communities, while she holds an M.A. in Sport Management from the London Metropolitan University, UK, and an M.Sc. in Exercise and Quality of Life, from the University of Thrace, Greece. Nefeli possesses previous academic experience having worked as a Research Assistant at the Canterbury Christ Church University, while she has also gained valuable experience working on sports project within the private sector, at eSocialMedia and IMG, London.

Gretchen Kerr – Canada

Gretchen Kerr is currently a Professor and Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses broadly on athlete maltreatment with a specific interest on emotional abuse within the coach-athlete relationship. Gretchen also conducts studies of coach education with a focus on advancing developmentally appropriate methods of enhancing the psychosocial health of young people in sport. She is a member of the Safe Sport Committee for Gymnastics Canada, as well as a volunteer athlete welfare officer for various sport organizations, a role that involves managing and investigating complaints of athlete maltreatment.

Diane Huffman – Canada

Diane Huffman is the senior advisor for the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports. Her focus is partnership, organizational and policy development particularly related to influencing safe participation of girls and women in sport. Diane’s community development experience has enabled advocacy groups to challenge policy and promote behaviour change within the sport community. With a concentration on women’s rights, Diane has been involved with groups such as a City for All Women, providing opportunities for all women to take part in municipal decision-making processes within her home community, acting in the role of adviser to the Chair of the Gender Action Committee of the UN Sport for Peace and Development Program and influencing the development of international gender action plans in southern Africa. She has played an influential role on national and regional sport policy changes and gained support toward gender mainstreaming, human rights, and women’s leadership with Regional governance structures, Ministries of Sport, National Olympic Committees and National Sport Associations in countries such as Zambia and Zimbabwe. Diane is an active member of WSI, chairing the International Development Task Force, is an advisor to the Women’s Sport Africa Network and is working behind the scenes with a number of organizations to move forward the agenda of safe sport for everyone.

Johanna Adriaanse – Australia

Dr Johanna Adriaanse is an international expert in sport, women and gender equality. She began her career as a teacher in Physical Education and Sport in schools in the Netherlands, Italy and Australia. In 1991 she joined the University of Technology Sydney where she currently is an Associate in Sport Management at the Business School. She has published her work in prestigious academic journals in the field including the Journal of Sport Management, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and the Journal of Business Ethics. She has been a visiting scholar in the USA (Smith College, Massachusetts), the Netherlands (Utrecht University) and Norway (Norwegian University of Sport Sciences). In addition, Johanna is a strong public advocate for women’s rights in sport and has completed several projects with UN Women in New York. Since 2005 she has served on the Board of WomenSport International. In her role as Co-chair of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG), she convened the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport in Sydney in 2010 and co-founded its legacy: the Sydney Scoreboard Global Index for Women in Sport Leadership. She has been able to combine her professional career with being the proud mother of Arabella, Johan and Luigi.

Jinxia Dong – China

Dong Jinxia is Professor of Education in the Department of Physical Education at Peking University in China. She received her bachelor and Master degree from Beijing Sports University in the 1980s, and Ph.D. from University of Strathclyde (UK) in 2001.
She worked at Beijing Sports University (1985-1996). While studying for her PhD in Scotland between 1996 and 2000, she also coached Scottish Girls’ Gymnastic Team. Since 2001 she has been working at the Peking University, lecturing and researching in the fields of Olympic Culture, Gender and Sport, Sports Sociology and Physical Education. She is the founding director of The Peking University Research Centre for Gender, Sports and Society, deputy director of The Peking University Research Centre for Sport, Society and Culture and member of Beijing University Academic Evaluation Committee for Social Science, committee member of the sub-committee of sports sociology of the Chinese Sports Science Association. She has authored hundreds of articles and books both in Chinese and English on sport, Olympics, culture and gender. In the past two decades she has been invited to many universities and international conferences in different continents to lecture or present papers. She won the “International Max & Reet Howell Award” of North American Society of Sports History in 2007. In 2009 she was a visiting scholar in Yale University, USA. She has also organised a number of national and international conferences, including the ISSA 2014 World Congress.

Kyoko Raita – Japan

Kyoko Raita is Professor of Sport History within the School of Health and Sport Sciences at Chukyo University and managing Director of the Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences. She is one of the members who established the Japan Society for Sport and Gender Studies (JSSGS) and acted as an administrative director of JSSGS from 2008 through 2014. She specializes in modern Olympic history and has been engaged in the Olympic Movement and Olympic Education through domestic and international organizations such as Japan Olympic Academy and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee. “Sport and Gender” has been central to her research over the past 20 years to contribute to develop the notion of human rights.

Katia Rubio – Brazil

Katia Rubio is Associate Professor in the School of Physical Education and Sport at the University of São Paulo. She has degrees in Journalism (Cásper Líbero College, 1983) and Psychology (Catholic Pontific University of São Paulo, 1995). She gained a Masters degree in Physical Education at University of São Paulo (1998), a PhD in Education at University of São Paulo (2001), and completed post-doctoral research at Kent State University (USA) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Katia was founding president of the Brazilian Association of Sport Psychology from 2003-2009 She has 24 books published in the fields of sports psychology and Olympic studies. She is a member of the Brazilian Olympic Academy. In 2017, she participated in the Institute of Advanced Studies sabbatical year program, developing a research project on The Influence of National Displacements in the Formation of the Identity of Brazilian Olympic Athletes, based on over 1,300 biographical narratives of Brazilian Olympians from 1948-2016. She received the Olympic Memory Award in 2015 from Sou do Esporte, and the Medal of Sports Merit from the Brazilian Ministry of Sport (2010).