Australian lawyer Brendan Schwab is Vice President of the Fédération Internationale des Associations Footballeurs Professionnels (FIFPro), Chairman of FIFPro Division Asia/Oceania and the recently appointed Head of UNI World Athletes, the Swiss based global collective of 85,000 athletes through major player associations including FIFPro, the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, the International Rugby Players’ Association, EU Athletes, the US National Basketball Players Association, the US National Football League Players Association, the National Hockey League Players Association (United States and Canada), the Japanese Baseball Players Association and the Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA).
Brendan has over 20 years experience in the collective representation of professional athletes and the player union movement. He is also a former General Secretary of the AAA, the peak body for Australia’s eight major player associations, and Chief Executive of Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), the exclusive collective bargaining agent for players in Australia’s men’s and women’s national football teams and league. During his time with the PFA he negotiated the transition of Australia’s women’s national team from amateurism to professionalism and entrenched the role of women players in the decision making and collective bargaining activities of the PFA.
At the conference, Brendan will be speaking on the role of athletes and their unions in advancing gender equity in sport, on and off the field touching, amongst others, on subjects such as:
- The barriers to advancing gender equity in sport, including the low value that is placed on the work of women athletes,
- The role of collective bargaining in addressing and overcoming those barriers
- The governance issues that need to be addressed both within sporting organisations and the player union movement