Meet Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura; first woman to be appointed as FIFA Secretary-General
2016 is proving to be a phenomenal year for the African woman, with an amazing number of wins and triumphs. The whole world is buzzing with the news of Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura; a Senegalese woman, who has just been appointed as the first EVER woman Secretary General of world’s football governing body, FIFA.
Born in 1962, Samoura, 54, spent 21 years working for the United Nations and will start at football’s governing body in June. She succeeds former secretary general Jerome Valcke, who was banned from football-related activity for 12 years.
Commenting on her new role, Fatma said:
“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.”
Fatma will undergo an eligibility check before her role is ratified, and currently works for the UN in Nigeria, and speaks four languages.
Go Power Woman!