Women's leadership numbers increase with Lausanne 2020

Last week saw the announcement of Swiss freestyle skiing star Virginie Faivre being appointed as the President of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee. 

Virginie Faivre, Olympic athlete and three-time half-pipe world champion, has been working with Lausanne 2020 since the beginning bid in 2013 and she was at the announcement in 2015 that was made at the IOC session. It is not only great to see a true local being appointed this position, with Virginie Faivre being born in the Olympic capital, but it is also even better that we see a woman being placed in such an important role.

Virginie Faivre - photo courtesy of bluewin.ch

Virginie Faivre now joins the improving list of women in leadership roles within international sports organisations that include FIFA General Secretary, Fatma Samoura, IOC member and the first woman on the FIFA Council, Lydia Nsekera and the first woman to have been elected a member of the executive committee of UEFA, Florence Hardouin.   

The news of Virginie Faivre’s appointment as President of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee was greatly received here at the AISTS as one of our aims through our master’s program in sports management is to encourage the development of female leaders within international sport organisations. 

In a concerted effort to provide more opportunities for women in sport, the AISTS offers each year one female candidate who wishes to pursue a career in the sport industry the opportunity to study the AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology, supported by a financial scholarship. The AISTS Future Female Leader in Sport Scholarship was established in 2011 by the June Canavan Foundation in honour of June Canavan, AISTS alumni who tragically lost her life in a plane crash in 2009.  Due to limited funding, 2013 was the last year the scholarship was offered by the June Canavan Foundation however the AISTS re-established the scholarship with the unchanged aim of rewarding a female applicant committed to ethical sport leadership. 

Previous recipients of the scholarship have included Thayssa Plum, pictured below, from Brazil who currently works with FIFA, Olivia Aya Nakitanda from Uganda who works with both the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and also Carla Wuhrer who works with PROPROJEKT. 

Thayssa Plum receiving her AISTS degree in 2011.

The AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology is a unique 15-month international postgraduate program in sports management, endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, and located in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Each year 35 to 40 aspiring international sports managers come together in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, to focus on their passion and immerse themselves in the 15-month AISTS program.   

The AISTS Future Female Leader in Sport Scholarship deadline for the upcoming edition is the 1st of February.  The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee and will be awarded to a female applicant who best demonstrates her commitment to ethical sport leadership.  To apply for this scholarship female candidates must complete our online application process as well as write a separate motivation letter demonstrating how they will commit themselves to sports leadership in their future career and what motivates them to achieve such success. For more information about the scholarship click here. 

About the AISTS

The AISTS (International Academy of Sports Science and Technology), one of the world’s premier Sports Management education and research academies, is committed to professionalising sports management through the three core activity areas of continuing education, applied research and providing an engaging platform for industry connections.

Founded as a not-for-profit foundation in 2000, AISTS Founding Members: the International Olympic Committee, the EPFL, the University of Lausanne, the University of Geneva, IMD Business School, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud, all recognise the importance of meeting the evolving knowledge needs of today’s sports managers.

About the AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology

Since 2003, the AISTS has graduated over 500 sports managers, representing more than 100 countries from all continents. The attractiveness of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme lies in its unique and multidisciplinary approach, which integrates knowledge from the fields of management and economics, technology, law, sociology, and medicine. The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is co-signed by the EPFL, the University of Geneva and University of Lausanne.

Based in the heart of the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, the programme is taught by over 100+ world-class experts from the sports industry, and academics.

The majority of graduates pursue careers with national or international sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, national and international sports federations, and sport businesses.


AISTS Founders