Grace French is a dancer, marketer, strategist, and founder. Grace currently works in Ann Arbor as a marketing professional, and also as the President and Founder of The Army of Survivors. Her passion for dance lives on through her students that she coaches at a nationally recognised youth studio in Canton, Michigan. As a survivor of the now defamed Michigan State University doctor, Grace has dedicated her life to changing the culture of sport, consent, and institutional accountability to make sure that no one has to endure sexual violence or abuse. Her work in survivors’ rights and advocacy for athletes’ rights has been globally recognised, leading her to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in 2019 to urge the passage of a Worldwide Survivor Bill of Rights. Grace worked to pass three laws in Michigan which expanded the statute of limitations, and mandatory reporting. She also worked to pass the Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020 which expanded athlete rights nationally. In Michigan, she serves as a member of the Title IX advisory board for U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin. Grace received the 2021 Liberty Bell award from the Ingham County Bar Association, and is one of the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPYs, as well as a 2018 Glamour Women of the Year awardee. Grace received her BBA at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Osazemen Aghedo is SDGs Advocate and a experienced Volunteer community engagement manager. She has served with various local, National and International organisations like the United Nations Population Fund, Youth Participatory Platform. Osazemen is a current Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship Awardee in Sports Ethics and Integrity at KU Leuven, Belgium and a graduate of Human Kinetics from the University of Port Harcourt.
She is very passionate about sports and committed in promoting Safeguarding and working towards achieving Safe Sport.
When she is not working, Osazemen takes out time to travel, write and take photographs.
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Vanessa Martin Randin
Vanessa Martin Randin is Senior Manager for Corporate Communications and Media Relations at the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), focusing on Gender, Diversity & Inclusion, Para Sport and Environmental Sustainability issues.
With almost 15 years of experience in sports communications, Vanessa is well-versed with getting to the heart of the matter to produce content that connects organisations with their audiences, and drives meaningful conversations.
Prior to joining the FEI, she worked in editing, copy writing, media relations and media operations roles for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Vanessa has worked at major international sporting events like the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, volleyball and beach volleyball World Championships, the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), UEFA EURO 2012, and the 2009 Olympic Congress in Copenhagen.
She started off her career at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva (SUI), where she authored papers and co-edited three publications for the Disarmament as Humanitarian Action project. The findings from this research project are still used by disarmament practitioners and quoted widely in academic papers.
Vanessa earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Born in India, Vanessa was raised in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and now holds Canadian and Swiss citizenship.
Anna Tomas is the Communications Manager of World ParaVolley, the international federation governing disciplines of volleyball (sitting, beach paravolley) for persons with disabilities. She is an experienced sport information specialist, media delegate and editor who previously worked with the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and Asian Volleyball Confederation among others. She has experience working with Olympic and Paralympic sports including most recently at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (volleyball) and in support of World ParaVolley (sitting volleyball) during the Paralympic Games. She was the FIVB head of media at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (volleyball) and served in the media / press operations as a sport information specialist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Anna served as the media delegate in the first-ever Beach ParaVolley World Series Championship held in Pingtan, China in 2019, at the WPV Asia Oceania Sitting Volleyball Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, and as the Vice President and Competition Director for the Philippine Superliga pro volleyball league. Anna has long supported initiatives in safeguarding of athletes and volunteers.