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>Sven Spannekrebs

About The Speaker

Sven Spannekrebs

Co-Founder of the Yusra Mardini Foundation (USA) and the Butterfly by Yusra Mardini Association (Germany). As the former swimming coach of Yusra Mardini and the Refugee Olympic Team Sven has a close connection to the Sport for Development sector and has initiated various projects that enable integration through sport for refugees.He is project manager of the Berlin initiative "Swimming Coach Training for Refugees" the integrative program trains swimming coaches who then work at Berlin school swimming centers and are thus taken over into the first job market.With the Yusra Mardini Foundation and the Butterfly by Yusra Mardini association Yusra and Sven want to share their experience and initiate projects around the world that use sport as a development tool promote integration and build perspectives.In 2018 Sven co-founded the initiative "Free Humanitarians" which campaigns against the criminalization of humanitarian helpers who provide first aid to refugees at the borders of Europe support them after their arrival or provide sea rescue. In particular a case in Greece around Yusra's sister Sara Mardini and other humanitarian helpers is a focus of the initiative's work.Sven is also working as PR Manager Stakeholder Communication for the Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin until summer 2023. The Games are the largest inclusive sporting event in the world for people with intellectual disabilities.