Sheila Nguyen

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Sheila Nguyen

FIFA Womens World Cup 2023 Head of Sustainability

Dr Sheila Nguyen is a leading regenerative built environment design professional who has consulted with several sport organisations and professional clubs, globally, on strategic and operational environmental sustainability issues, with the most recent work with theAustralian Olympic Committee’s Climate Action Plan. Sheila was given the Honorary Lifetime Member award from the British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS) and recognised as an Australian Financial Review Top 100 Women of Influence (2019) for her leadership in galvanising the sport industry to protect and respect the natural environment.

She has contributed to over 50 internationally peer-reviewed research outputs and media outlets, has been an invited speaker for TEDx and as a presenter at a number of natural environment and sport industry forums, most notably, at COP21 in Paris (2015), the first-time sport has been invited to the climate agreement discussions. Sheila was the invited Chairperson & MC for the Sustainable Innovations in Sport Forum in Amsterdam (2018) (Ajax Stadium) and was the co-MC and Chairwoman for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sport for Climate Action Framework signatories forum - Sport Positive in 2020 among other change-making forums over the years. Sheila is on a number of boards and advisory committees including as an Independent Director on the World Lacrosse Sustainability Committee.

Sheila is the Co-Founder and an NED of theSports Environment Alliance, the coalition of sport & planet leaders in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand working to protect the places where we play so we can continue to do what we love-watch and play sport. She is currently the proud Head of Sustainability for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Related Sessions

Bend it like Biodiversity: Reimagining sport spaces

WED, OCT 18, 11:30 AM
Whilst sport is bursting at the seams with all the options you could want, brimming with improvements to ensure high performance using the latest and greatest of everything, the places where we play are, well, … pretty lazy- places that would be described as monoculture, resource intensive, singularly minded, & to serve only the few. So how do we bend, stretch, contort, push and reconstruct sport spaces to be more, to give more, to contribute more to the health and vibrancy of our {biodiverse} communities? In this session, a former Lord Mayor who happens to be an urban designer genius, a Big Biodiversity Boss Brain, and a failed football star will unpack and reimagine the places where we play to be more like a “tree in the forest” – giving more than it takes so it can be better allies to our natural world- and the best of team mates.

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WED, OCT 18, 2:00 PM
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