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Ms Birgitta Kristina Kervinen

Everyone has the right to play. Sport belongs to everyone regardless of race, culture, religion, sex or social class.

Työ tasa-arvoisen liikuntakulttuurin saavuttamiseksi on meidän kaikkien vastuulla, se ei ole vain naisten tehtävä.

Birgitta Kristina Kervinen, honorary president of the European non-governmental sports organisation (ENGSO)
Birgitta Kristina Kervinen is the honorary president of the European non-governmental sports organisation (ENGSO)

Birgitta Kristina Kervinen is the honorary president of the European non-governmental sports organisation (ENGSO). With a background in basketball and athletics and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Helsinki, Finland, Birgitta Kervinen is a long-serving sports leader working on the national and international level.

In 2011, she was elected to her second four-year term as president of ENGSO, making her one of few female leaders in the European sport sector. In 2017 Kervinen received the International Olympic Committee world trophy for her long-standing work.

She is the founder of the New Leaders Programme together with the International, European and national Olympic committees. Between 1998 and 2006 she served as the chairwoman of European Women and Sport, promoting gender equality in and through sport.

In the period 2006-2010 she co-chaired the international working group on women and sport. Under her period as ENGSO President she started the first women’s leadership and mentoring programmes ‘ENTER! ja WILD’. She is a true advocate of grassroots sports and passionate about equal rights in sport and society.

As a sport leader she encourages people to discover their potential and inspires them to work towards common goals. She believes that a well-managed organisation brings joy and energy to everyone involved.