Head of Operation
I am new to the team and will assist in visa procedures and in organizing and coordinating this year’s festival. I studied area studies in Berlin and work as an event manager. For many years I organize feminist workshops and events against racism and sexism.
Volunteers & Organizing Team
I’ve been part of the DISCOVER FOOTBALL team since the first festival in 2009, and prior to that was part of the organising as well as football team for the 2006 match in Tehran and co-producer of the documentary film Football under Cover. I work in Heidelberg as lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in English literature, with particular interest in postcolonial studies, transculturality, and gender and queer theory.
My name is Valerie and I am a co-founder of DISCOVER FOOTBALL and a board member of DFC. I work as a graphic designer and was part of the Berlin squad that traveled to Tehran in 2006 to play the Iranian national women’s team. After ten years with Discover Football, I can say that this work is true empowerment for me.
Since volunteering at the DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival in Berlin 2013, I have contributed to publications, workshops and conference organisation (my professional background is in the social sciences and education). Meeting the inspiring young women from all over the world at our festivals and conferences is always exciting and rewarding.
As a geographer and rehabilitation educator, I have been involved for many years with people who have had to flee, giving German courses, coaching and mediating between the different authorities. For me it is important to bring people together, to promote happy coexistence, empowerment and equal opportunities. I love intercultural work, travelling, nature and rethinking things.
After graduating in cultural studies and business administration I began working in the film industry where my focus is always on strong stories and female empowerment. DISCOVER FOOTBALL impressed me with their transnational and empowering approach and I’ve started volunteering late 2022.
I joined DISCOVER FOOTBALL in 2012 thrilled to finally be able to connect my two main passions: football and feminism. Besides women’s empowerment my focus lies on LGBTIQ+ rights. In my professional life, I am a social worker and trainer for LGBTIQ+ sensitization. In my freetime, I play for DFC Kreuzberg, our queerfeminist football club.
Friederike Möller Bhering
I am a programme manager at the Yunus Sports Hub where I support sport social entrepreneurs developing their social projects/businesses in and around sport. With more than nine years experience in the sport for development sector, I have worked as a trainer, program manager, partnerships coordinator and more recently in monitoring & evaluation.
When I was a little child I thought football was “a boys sport”. I got convinced by a friend to join her in the training and so I fell in love with football despite my strange conviction. Since then football has become one of my biggest passions. I have joined DISCOVER FOOTBALL for the last Festival in 2021.
Since my childhood, football has been one of my greatest passions. I had the chance to spend a lot of time playing football in girls‘ and women’s teams and experiencing how football can boost confidence, create new friendships and give a feeling of freedom. I joined DISCOVER FOOTBALL in 2022 because I burn for the idea to empower young women through football. I look forward to meeting inspiring football-loving women from all over the world – beyond performance pressure and authoritarian structures.
I have been with DISCOVER FOOTBALL since the festival in 2019. Football has always been a part of my life – earlier mostly playing and watching, now I’m also interested in the social and political aspects of it. Professionally I am coordinating a football and education project.
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