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Two Weeks To Go – Global Forum: Revealing The Next Two Speakers For ‘Level The Playing Field’

March 29, 2021

iSPORTCONNECT and the International Tennis Federation are delighted to announce the latest speakers for our upcoming Global Forum: Level The Playing Field, taking place on Monday, April 12 between 2-5pm BST.

Joining the lineup in two weeks’ time will be Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Nuala Walsh, Vice Chair of UN Women.

They follow our already confirmed speakers: special guest Billie Jean King, who will be opening the event, Peter Hutton, Head of Sport at Facebook, Annika Sorenstam, President of the International Golf Federation and Angela Ruggiero – Co-Founder & CEO, Sports Innovation Lab

Kirsty Coventry

Kirsty is the current Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and is Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as of September 2018. She is a former swimmer and world record holder, and the most decorated Olympian from Africa, including two Olympic gold medals. She also founded the Kirsty Coventry academy in 2015.

Nuala Walsh

Nuala is the Vice Chair of UN Women and has an extensive track record at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Blackrock and Standard Life Investments. She has led multiple sports marketing sponsorships in golf, rugby, tennis and motor racing, including the Ryder Cup, British & Irish Lions and the Champions Tour. She has been named among the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Finance and the Top 50 Most Innovative CMOs.

In 2018 she founded MindEquity (, a business, brand and behavioral science consultancy, based on decades of commercial and governance experience in global asset management, investment banking, and sport. In 2020, she co-founded the world’s 1st Global Association of Applied Behavioural Scientists where she is currently a Non-Executive Director.

In her wide portfolio of board and committee positions, Nuala is a Member of Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments Ethics Committee, Member of The Football Association’s Inclusion Advisory Board and a Member of the IAAF Gender Taskforce, among others.

This joint event, hosting by the International Tennis Federation and iSPORTCONNECT, will bring together influential and inspirational individuals from sport and business to debate and advance gender equality through proactive, solution focused discussion. 

It also forms part of the ITF’s Advantage All gender equality strategy, created in order to further tennis as an equal advantage sport where everyone is provided the same advantage and opportunity, both on and off the court. 

We will be announcing our next group of speakers on this coming Thursday, April 1st, so be sure to come back to the site or check out the iSPORTCONNECT social channels on LinkedIn or Twitter for the latest updates.

If you would like to register your interest for this exclusive event, please email

Events Global Forum International Olympic Committee International Tennis Federation IOC iSportconnect ITF Level The Playing Field UN Women