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Over the past few weeks, we have seen unprecedented disruption at all levels of sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.
Women in Sport Aotearoa and our partners at Trans-Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect are delighted to bring you a free series of live interviews with key leaders.
Date: Friday 5 June 2020
Time: 08.30am (dial in from 08.25am)
(To avoid long queues in the waiting room on the day we do recommend you register in advance)
Oliver (Ollie) Dudfield, Head of Sport for Development & Peace, Commonwealth Secretariat   
We are delighted to welcome sports reporter Zoë George as our moderator this week.
The Commonwealth Secretariat, the main intergovernmental agency and central institution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is uniquely placed to observe the impact of COVID-19: both generally on the economies and societies of its 54 member nations, but also on sport and in particular, women’s sport. Beaming in live from London, this week we catch-up with Oliver Dudfield, Head of Sport for Development & Peace. He will explain what the Secretariat is seeing around the world, how its strategy is evolving in the face of the pandemic and how it plans to work with member nations to recover and rebuild sporting systems. Ollie will talk about the opportunity presented for world sport to become more inclusive; and give a viewpoint on women’s sport recovery in New Zealand and the Pacific.
In particular, Ollie will talk about:
– How COVID-19 has impacted the Commonwealth strategy and the decisions made in recent weeks;   
– The purpose of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the office of Sport for Development & Peace;
– What the Commonwealth Secretariat is observing amongst its 54 member nations, both economically but also in terms of how sport is recovering and how women’s sport is being supported to recover around the world;
– His observations about the response of New Zealand sport to COVID-19, compared to other nations
– What is happening amongst our Pacific neighbours; how is sport and women’s sport faring at the moment.
Oliver Dudfield leads the Commonwealth Secretariat’s work supporting member countries to maximize and protect the contribution sport can make to sustainable economic, social and environmental development. He has spearheaded the intergovernmental organisation’s globally recognised initiatives on sport and the Sustainable Development Goals. This includes overseeing the Secretariat’s role coordinating international efforts to measure and quantify the contribution of sport to this global agenda. Over his career Oliver has advised multiple United Nations and intergovernmental agencies, national governments, sporting bodies and civil society organisations on policy design, strategy and partnership projects. He was previously the Chair of the Steering Board for the International Platform on Sport and Development, represents the Commonwealth on the Permanent Consultative Council of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Physical Education and Sport and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights and Advisory Board for the International Safeguards for Children in Sport. He is the author of multiple publications on enhancing the contribution of sport to human and social development. Before taking up his current role, Oliver was the General Manager at Vicsport, the peak body for sport and active recreation in Victoria, Australia. He started his career as a basketball coach and coach educator, working in the national systems in Australia and New Zealand.   
Leadership from Lockdown is a brand new series designed to:
– Listen to the stories of a varied range of top leaders from across sport and active recreation
– Explore the major decisions they have made (or reacted to) and their decision-making processes
– Understand the practicalities of managing staff, stakeholders and volunteers through significant change
– Find out about the process of redeveloping an organisational strategic plan and budget “on the fly”
– Learn about opportunities and challenges unique to their particular position or type of organisation
– Hear authentic insights about the journey they have been on personally, as they lead from lockdown