Tatjana Haenni is a Deputy Director and the Head of Women’s Football at FIFA.
She has been an amateur football player, playing on club level as well as 23 international women’s matches for the Swiss Women’s National Team between 1984 and 1996. She has also been a football coach for several years (UEFA A Coaching Licence), was involved on various organisational levels with her club and since 2005, in her spare time, is the President of FC Zürich Frauen, Switzerland’s most successful women’s football club team.
She has started her professional life in football at UEFA in 1994 as the first employee fully dedicated to women’s football to then join SAT.1 Switzerland TV in 1998 and pursue her career at FIFA in 1999. At FIFA she has worked her way up from again being the first person fully dedicated to women’s football to her actual role as Deputy Director and Head of Women’s Football. In this role she is in charge of the organisational aspects and the project leader for all FIFA Women’s World Cups, women and youth tournaments. She was the project leader for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, the FIFA Women’s Football Symposium 2015 and is in charge of the FIFA Women’s Football Task Force, the FIFA Women’s International Match Calendar and the three FIFA Women’s Football Committees.
Her dream and her objectives are to continue developing women’s football, to ensure that women’s football is well structured, respected and integrated in all football organisations, most importantly in the decision making bodies and that there are more women involved in football, in all areas.
Tatjana wants to talk about women’s football as a sports discipline, but also about gender issues and the role of women in football. In her view, both aspects need much more attention, respect and support. At the conference, Tatjana will be talking about the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.