Unlocking the Power of Football – Football For Peace

Unlocking the Power of Football

‘Unlocking the Power of Football’ online event co-hosted by The United States of America, The State of Qatar and The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism hosted Governments, Civil Society Organisations, Private Sector Representatives, Community Voices, and The Football World including 2 Premier League and Champions League Winners to discuss how together we can Unlock The Power of Football to address social harms, prevent and counter-violence in all its forms.

First Section:

Introduction to the event

  • Keynote Speaker 1:  Under Secretary General for Counter-Terrorism, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov
  • Keynote Speaker 2: Permanent Representative of Qatar H.E. Ambassador Alya bint Ahmed Al… Thani
  • Keynote Speaker 3: Deputy Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism, Christopher K. Harnisch

Second Section:

  • FfP ‘ Youth Panel’

Third Section:

  • First Panel on ”The Challenges We Face” discussing what are the current challenges we are faced with countering and preventing violence in all its forms.


  1. Dr.Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (Moderator), Consultant and Historian
  2. Dwight Yorke, former professional footballer, Manchester United, and Aston Villa FC
  3. Ali Soufan, founder of The Soufan Centre
  4. Shamila Kohestani, professional footballer, Afghanistan national team
  5. Jim Hake, CEO of Spirit of America
  6. Mike Summers, CE of the Palace for Life Foundation
  7. Fourth Section: Second Panel on ‘Unlocking The Power of Football’ discussing what innovative and pragmatic approaches can we take to prevent and counter-violence in all its forms.
  8. Participants:
  9. Zahara Malik (Moderator), CEO and Co-Founder of Grosvenor Capital
  10. Adrian San Miguel, Professional Footballer for Liverpool FC
  11. Laila Bokhari, Former Deputy Minister/State Secretary of Norway
  12. Jeremy Gilley, Founder of Peace One Day
  13. John Deblasio, Chairman of DT Institute
  14. Sandeep Chattoo, Chairman of Real Kashmir
  15. Danny Gray, Founder of Warpaint

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