Ben Carrington

Professor Ben Carrington teaches sociology at the University of Texas at Austin where he has worked since 2004. Prior to moving to the US, he taught at the University of Brighton in England. He has published widely on the cultural politics of race and is a leading international authority on matters related to race, gender, class, nationalism and sport. His books include Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport, a co-edited collection published in 2009 by Routledge, and more recently Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora published by Sage in 2010. Ben Carrington is also the co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Sport that will be published in the autumn of 2012.

Caio Gonçalves Dias

Caio G. Dias works in the Human Rights and Culture branches of the Observatório the Favelas, a NGO located in Maré, a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Currently, he coordinates the project "Solos Culturais", which intends to offer social research and cultural production training for 100 young people in 5 favelas of Rio de Janeiro. He also coordinates the research of the PRVL, Lethal Violence Reducing National Program, a partnership between the Observatório de Favelas, the Unicef and the Secretary for Human Rights of Brazilian federal Government. Caio holds a Master's Degree and is a third-year PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the National Museum, UFRJ. He represents the Observatório de Favelas in the Human Rights Council of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

Chris Baugh

Chris Baugh is a programme assistant for the Open Society Youth Initiative in London. Chris gained a BSc in Social Policy and Sociology from the London School of Economics, having taken several courses and a special interest in criminal justice issues. Chris also worked with the university’s Widening Participation team throughout his time at university, aiming to increase the number of state school students applying to the institution.

Chris coordinates the ‘My City Real World’ project; a collaborative project seeking to empower young people in their relationship with police and the criminal justice system in Europe. Chris works closely with the Youth Iniative’s European partners on the delivery of debate-based models of youth engagement on the continent, as well as supporting other innovative projects, which engage young people in meaningful and proactive ways. Chris supported the development of the StopWatch Youth campaign group, which pushes the UK government and other relevant institutions to ensure fair and effective use of police powers of stop and search.


Dave Neita

Dave Neita, founder and director of ELECT, is a barrister and published poet.

Called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2000, Dave was a member of the legal team that brought the largest group action claim in the UK on behalf of thousands of South African asbestos miners. Dave has also represented many youngsters excluded from school and he the last lawyer to Milton Hanson (deceased), the outspoken Nurse who confronted and fought against racism in the NHS.

Dave has been working in the local London community and he has a strong background in working with pupils with the aim of building confidence, raising achievement and developing leadership. He also runs a project that employs poetry as a vehicle for expression for users and carers within mental health services.

Although his work as a barrister and poetry takes up much of his time Dave also volunteers his time in the community and the Mayor of London has highlighted him for making an outstanding contribution to life in London. He also served as the UK ambassador for the European Year of Equal Opportunity for All: Face of the Year Campaign.

Dave has an MA in Cultural Leadership and he is the author of the book Manuscript Of A Scripture Man, the Filmmaker of the film Ben Okri’s Mental Fight: Harmony of Politics and Heart, and Writer and Recording Artist of several spoken word CDs.


Iain Lindsay

Iain is a Researcher at Brunel University. Iain's research focus is the ethnographic pursuit of the community implications of hosting the 2012 London Olympic Games. He has applied this research to various inter-disciplinary themes through a number of related publications and conference presentations. These themes have included social movements, economics, youth cultures and subcultures, securitisation, urban cleansing, research methods and the politics of citizenship, amongst others. He is currently completing his thesis entitled Olympicisation: Life in the Shadow of the Olympic Torch.


Ignacio Cano

Ignacio Cano got his joint PH.D in sociology and social psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1991 with a thesis on social stereotyping that received a national award from the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas of Spain. From 1991 to 1993 he worked in attention to refugees and war-stricken populations in El Salvador, Central America. From 1992 to 1993 he was a member of the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador. Between 1993 and 1996, he developed post-doctoral research at the universities of Surrey (UK), Michigan and Arizona (USA), mainly centred on research methodology and programme evaluation. From 1996 onwards, he has been based in Rio de Janeiro, carrying out research at NGO´s and at several universities on topics related to violence, human rights, public security and education. He is currently a senior lecturer in research methodology at the department of social sciences of the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Over the last 15 years, he has published on different issues related to public security and human rights in Brazil and he has been a consultant and an evaluator for various projects related to these areas in several countries in the region.


John Connor

John is the Assistant General Manager of Aston Mansfield. Prior to 1985, he held a number of industrial positions mainly within the transport sector. In 1987 he qualified as a youth and Community Worker. Since this date he hasheld four professional positions. Firstly with London Borough of Havering as an area youth and Community Worker managing the Harold Hill Area Team and overseeing Albermarle Youth House. During 1996 he undertook a secondment for two years with Barking and Havering Health Authority (BHHA) as a DAT Development Officer to establish Drug Action Team in the area. Following this period he continued to work with BHHA as a Community Development Specialist concentrating upon the involvement of health service users in the design and evaluation of services. In 2000 he began working with Aston-Mansfield. He holds a senior managers position with particular responsibility for youth and children’s work, healthy living programmes.


Luciane Rocha

Luciane Rocha is a member of the black women organization Criola, whose mission is to train black women, young and girls in actions to fight racism, sexism and violence, and to improve the living conditions of black people. She holds a degree in Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a M.A. degree in Social Anthropology and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently Luciane is a Ph.D. Candidate in the African Diaspora program in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin conducting her fieldwork research. Her current research investigates the consequences of urban and state violence in Rio de Janeiro to black women’s lives, and her area of interest is the relationship between urban violence and politics of gender, race, class and space in Brazil in the context of the African Diaspora. She anticipates receiving her doctoral degree in May 2013. Email:


Lunga Sidzumo

Growing up in Khayelitsha surrounded by gangsters, drugs and crime, it is easy to give up on your dreams. But "giving up" is not part of Lunga Sidzumo's vocabulary. "I knew there was more to life than what was in front of me. All I needed to do was search for it," he says.

Sidzumo's love of soccer proved to be the key. When he completed Grade 12 in 2001 he became a volunteer coach for Grassroot Soccer (GRS), a non-profit organisation that uses the power of the Beautiful Game to stem the tide of HIV by educating young people about their responsibilities and choices in 2008. Being a volunteer coach for the "11 for Health" pilot programme Sidzumo became a Grassroot Soccer coach and eventually secured a full-time position as a community project coordinator.

In 2009 Sidzumo, together with other GRS members, co-founded Ragball International, a groundbreaking income-generation project that gives young people entrepreneurial skills by teaching them to make soccer balls from recycled rubbish. The project's slogan proclaims: "One man's trash is another kid's future." He is proud that the project has transformed the lives of so many young people in his township. "It has enabled them to feel a sense of independence," he explains. "Some have registered for school with the money they make."

In 2010 his work was recognised when he was awarded the prestigious MAC Aids Leadership Initiative Fellowship as well as promoted to a Community Project Coordinator where he manages coaches and helps runs programming. The year-long training, which aims to cultivate emerging leaders in the field of HIV education, helped him to develop his HIV and gender awareness programmes at township schools and at the Khayelitsha Football for Hope centre.

In November of 2011, Lunga was again promoted to the Assistant Site Coordinator position of the Football for Hope Centre. He now oversees centre activities as well helps manage finances.


Michelle Moore

Michelle is a highly experienced professional self-starter working in the areas of education, community, diversity and sport, with excellent and proven successful strategic and project management. She has held a range of posts with academic, vocational, pastoral and advisory responsibilities, and worked as an Assistant Headteacher in a secondary school and in senior local authority management.

Her current role for the London Borough of Greenwich involves high-level strategic management of a portfolio of school improvement strategies for 83 schools, including developing the Olympic and Paralympic 2012 Games strategy for schools.

In previous roles she has organised sustainable community sports and education programmes for young people and the communities they come from. Known for a solution focused approach, creativity and cross sector relationship management.
Twelve years management experience in public and private sector, Michelle has received awards for outstanding work in schools and the community.

Michelle works part-time as an independent Development Consultant specialising in: community sport, education, diversity, mentoring, project management, inspirational talks and capacity building community organisations. Most recent work involved organisation of the project launch for the Connie Henry Track Academy with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Michelle is a trustee for The Runnymede Trust, which is a prominent UK Race Equality Think Tank.


Paul Amar

Paul Amar, Associate Professor of Global & International Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara, is a specialist on youth, gender and urban social movements, working on issues of reform, participation and violence in the security, police and justice sectors, and on urban inequality in the global context. He has extensive experience in the Middle East and Latin America, in both community organizations and international institutions. He works on a daily basis with youth and student organizations in the US, Egypt, Lebanon, and Brazil around issues of global justice, security-sector reform, ‘gang’ violence, police and militarization, and issues of gender, class, masculinity and identity. His achievements include researching and supporting youth and gender movements in Egypt working on issues of harassment and police violence, working with LGBT youth issues and police violence in Brazil, supporting Arab-American youth movements in the context of Islamophobia in the post-9/11 United States, rethinking notions of youth masculinity and manhood in relation to military and security reform in the Middle East and Latin America, and serving as advisor for student movements around issues of police brutality, legal observing, civil rights, globalization and global justice.


Sreela Sarkar

Sreela Sarkar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on modernization and development in South Asia with a focus on urban, marginalized communities including working class youth. Most recently, Sreela’s ethnographic research has been based in Delhi. Her project critically studies the emergence of public-private initiatives in governance and the remaking of urban spaces. Sreela has directed award-winning documentary films on environmental and social concerns in India in addition to her research on video activism among inner-city youth in Chicago. She currently teaches for the interdisciplinary Social Thought and Political Economy program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Ziyana Michè Lategan

Ziyana Lategan is a social science undergraduate student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. She is a student activist and has been involved in social movements and youth organisations, focusing mainly on problems of exclusion faced by young people in marginalised communities. The work she has done centres around co-ordinating and organising young people into discussion on social issues which directly affect them, with a particular focus on the importance of education and recreation, in cultivating self-reliant and informed citizens. Her interests include cultural studies, social theory and African studies.