FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Council on 13 May 2016 named a Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as its first female Secretary General (SG).
Samoura, 54-year-old, will assume the role of FIFA Secretary General before mid-June after undergoing an eligibility check administered by an independent review committee. This eligibility check will be conducted as per Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes.
The announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City.
About Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura
• Samoura is a 21-year veteran of United Nations programmes who is currently the UN’s Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria.
• Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time.
• Since starting her UN career as a senior logistics officer with the World Food Programme in Rome in 1995, Samoura has served as country representative or director in six countries, namely Djibouti, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Madagascar and Nigeria.
• She speaks French (her mother tongue), English, Spanish and Italian.
• Prior to joining the UN, Samoura spent eight years in the private sector, working in the fertiliser trading sector for Senchim, a subsidiary of Industries Chimiques du Senegal.
When: 13 May 2016