Estelle MOSSELY
Boxe
Estelle MOSSELY
Estelle MOSSELY
Boxe

France

Originally from the city of Creteil (France), Estelle MOSSELY is a French boxer who is part of the light weight category (under 60kg). She won her first silver medal, in 2014 at the European amateur boxing championships in the under 60kg category and then won the bronze medal at the world amateur boxing championships. Estelle is the first French boxer to have won the Olympic title in 2016.

In parallel to her sports career, Estelle is very socially committed and is active in the community with her association “Matumaini” dedicated to accompanying and supporting young girls facing difficult situations through boxing in the DR Congo.

Emilie ANDEOL
Judo
Emilie ANDEOL
Emilie ANDEOL
Judo

France

Born in Bordeaux, Emilie Andeol is a former French judoka. A golden medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, she has won several titles all along her career, of which two are European championships and four French championships.

In 2018, aged 31, she announced her plan to retire as an athlete and became project-manager at the Ippon Foundation which fights the digital divide worldwide. She has also been engaged in the same fight since 2019 alongside the Didier Drogba Foundation.

Arnaud ASSOUMANI
Long jump
Arnaud ASSOUMANI
Arnaud ASSOUMANI
Long jump

France/Comores

Originating from the Comoros, Arnaud Assoumani is an international athlete, a long jump Paralympics champion at the Beijing Olympic Games. In 2012, he launched the Golden Arm Project, a contest enabling the graphic customisation of his left forearm competition prosthesis on the theme of comic-book superheroes.

Arnaud is engaged in several initiatives, notably alongside the PLAY International NGO, to support education through sport.

Julie BENOIST
Swimming
Julie BENOIST
Julie BENOIST
Swimming

France

A former swimming new talent, Julie Benoist was an editorial coordinator first, then an officer in charge of international relations at Jeune Afrique group before joining Le Monde group in the summer of 2017 for the development of dedicated partnerships in Africa.

Graduate with two Master degrees in International Relations and in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations, she has been working for over 10 years on economic and social development issues in Africa, as a Senior Advisor at CDC Group, a British public investment structure notably active in Africa and South Asia.

Serge BETSEN
Rugby
Serge BETSEN
Serge BETSEN
Rugby

France/Cameroon

Originally from Kumba in Cameroon, Serge Betsen is a rugby player. Selected 63-times with the French National Team, Serge participated in two Grand Slams in 2002 and 2004. He played with the Biarritz Olympique, winning three French titles, before joining the English club Wasps.

Initially, his vision was to create a project to popularise rugby among disadvantaged young people in Cameroon with the «Enfants de Biemassy». His project now bears the name of the Serge Betsen Academy and aims to use the teaching of this sport as a vector of social integration, access to education for hundreds of disadvantaged children in urban and rural areas of Cameroon and more recently in Mali.

“Because of my rugby background and experiences, I feel like a citizen of the world. I have learned to adjust wherever I go. Thanks to my passion for people, I am an individual at the service of the collective and I believe that each one of us has the power to make our community evolve to change the world”.

Séverine DESBOUYS
Cycling
Séverine DESBOUYS
Séverine DESBOUYS
Cycling

France

Born in Vichy, Séverine is a former French international cyclist. Ranking among the world’s best all along her sporting career, she is currently running a consulting firm that assists companies in both France and abroad.

Appointed Robert Schuman Institute’s General Sports Advisor for Sport in Europe in 2016, she has also been serving as a UNSS ambassador. Séverine is putting her experience to good use and is bringing together the sporting, professional and military worlds as well as working for a better redeployment of elite athletes.

Balla DIEYE
Taekwondo
Balla DIEYE
Balla DIEYE
Taekwondo

Senegal

Born in Dakar, Balla Dieye is a Senegalese taekwondoist who won his first African Championship title in 2001. He is the first Senegalese to qualify for the Olympic Games (2016 in Rio). Double bronze medalist at the World Championships (2009 and 2013), he has carried the image of Senegalese taekwondo throughout his career.

Today President of the Federation of Senegalese Taekwondo and Peace & Sport Champion, he is organising the 12th edition of the African Taekwondo Championship which is an opportunity for Senegal to receive the best taekwondoists and thus inspire many young talents.

Olivier DIOMANDE
Rugby
Olivier DIOMANDE
Olivier DIOMANDE
Rugby

Côte d’Ivoire/France

Olivier Diomandé is a former Franco-Ivorian league rugby player, twice champion of Pro D2 France. His first selection in Côte d’Ivoire’s national team dates back to 2006. 

His commitment as from his professional retirement became real with his appointment as General Manager of the national teams at the Ivorian Rugby Federation in 2019. His objective is to turn this sport as a development vector notably off the preparations to the 2023 World Cup Rugby in France and to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“Nothing great is accomplished without passion.”

Fatou DIOUCK
Volleyball
Fatou DIOUCK
Fatou DIOUCK
Volleyball

Sénégal/France

Originally from Senegal, Fatou Diouck is a former enegalese international volleyball player. World traveller, she played in both european (France, Finland) and asian (Azerbaijan, South Korea, Thailand) championships. She’s now a member of Pays d’Aix Venelle (France). At 35, she is the most famous senegalese volleyball player but also the most successful.



With her organisation “Demoiselles de Keur, Sénégalaises de demain”, Fatou wants to democratise the practice of volleyball in Senegal and provide young girls with access to sports facilities, health, education and culture. 



“Being a leader is about making others grow”

Rock FELIHO
Handball
Rock FELIHO
Rock FELIHO
Handball

Bénin/France

Born in Benin, Rock Feliho is a professional handball player who has been playing at the highest level in France since 2000 and has been appointed best defender of the championship four times.

Then as he resumed his studies this year at EM Lyon Business School, Rock aims at disseminating handball in Benin.

Diana GANDEGA
Basketball
Diana GANDEGA
Diana GANDEGA
Basketball

France/Mali/Senegal

Born in Paris from Senegal- and Mali-born parents, Diana is a former international Malian basketball player. A streetball figure in France and an activist of 3 on 3 basketball, she took part in the 2008 Olympic Games with Mali and is now among the Peace & Sport NGO’s Champions of Peace.

Committed to the development of 3 on 3 basketball in both France and Africa, she has taken part in several actions to renovate sports fields in Senegal and is currently striving to build a basketball academy in Mali with her sister Touty Gandéga.

“The best friend of the excuse is failure, so take your chance because you won’t always get it.”

Aby GAYE
Basketball
Aby GAYE
Aby GAYE
Basketball

France/Senegal

Born in Vitry-sur-Seine in France from Senegal-born parents, Aby is a French international basketball player. A champion of France in 2017 with Villeneuve d’Ascq, she is currently playing for Basket Landes in Women’s Basketball League (France).

Graduated from Sciences Po, Aby is behind the Terang’Aby initiative in Senegal the main object of which is, using basketball to raise young girls’ awareness on such issues as skin bleaching and self-esteem but also on any subjects affecting the Senegalese society globally.

“What motivates me in sport is the idea of surpassing oneself, of looking for one’s limits and knowing how far one can go with one’s own starting potential. From there, I understood that you shouldn’t compare yourself to others but really to yourself. This in order to become your best version of yourself is my only daily objective, which pushes me to work and allows me to remain motivated, to be my own driving force.”

Pascal GENTIL
Taekwondo
Pascal GENTIL
Pascal GENTIL
Taekwondo

France

Born in Paris, Pascal Gentil is a former french taekwondist from Martinique. Double Olympic bronze medalist, triple world champion, 14-time France champion and multiple European champion, he has earned numerous medals during his career which have made him a legend of sport in France.

With his unusual physic attributes, he aims to pass on his experience and his love for taekwondo by advocating with youth. Champion For Peace of Peace and Sport, Pascal Gentil has reconverted himself as an entrepreuner and remains committed to sport for social change.

“The most important is the commitment of the athletes to give back to society what sport has given them.”

 

Idrissa Gana GUEYE
Football
Idrissa Gana GUEYE
Idrissa Gana GUEYE
Football

Senegal

A former Diambars Institute boarder (2003-2007), Idrissa Gana Gueye is an international football player from Senegal. He first appeared in a professional team with Lille Olympique Sporting Club in 2010 and was selected to be part of the national team in 2011 on the road to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Idrissa is currently playing for Paris Saint Germain.

A finalist of African Cup of Nations in 2019 in Egypt, Idrissa was appointed UNESCO Ambassador in February 2020.

Wassilah IMLAK
Football
Wassilah IMLAK
Wassilah IMLAK
Football

France/Morocco

Born in France, Wassilah Imlak is a young Moroccan international football goalkeeper. At only 18 years of age, she already plays in the French Women’s first league (Ligue 1). 

Wassilah has committed to the Sport Impact Leaders community as of September 2020 with a view to carrying out high impact initiatives linking sport and economic and social development in Morocco.

“The only person to overcome is the person you were yesterday. DETERMINATION, DISCIPLINE, WORK.”

Souleymane M’BAYE
Boxe
Souleymane M’BAYE
Souleymane M’BAYE
Boxe

Souleymane M’Baye is a former French boxer of Senegalese origin. 3-times world champion, he ended his professional boxing career in 2017, after 49 fights, 23 of which were won by KO. But he did not give up the boxing gloves.

Souleymane wants to make a dream come true: to see the future boxing champion emerge from a boxing centre in Africa and more precisely in Dakar, Senegal. With this in mind, he founded the boxing gym “Keur of Champions”. The aime of this centre is to promote boxing among young people and to create opportunities to avoid the migration of young people to Europe. He wants to give hope to young people because “the future is here in Africa. Boxing is also a school of life, and a way out.”

Endéné MIYEM
Basketball
Endéné MIYEM
Endéné MIYEM
Basketball

France/Cameroon

Originally from Cameroon and born in Reims, Endéné Miyem, commonly known as Endy Miyem, is a French international basketball player. Captain of the French National Team and playing for Charleville-Mézières in the French Women’s Basketball League, she is a regular in international competitions (European Champion in 2009, silver medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012…).

With her father Jacques Miyem, Endy founded the Miyem Basket Academy (MBA), which aims to prepare young people and adults physically and technically, with priority given to girls, by organising sports events around basketball, in France and in Douala.

“Everything that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”

Youssouf MULUMBU
Football
Youssouf MULUMBU
Youssouf MULUMBU
Football

DR Congo/France

Born in Bumbu, a commune of Kinshasa City, Youssouf is an international football player from DRC. He started his professional career with PSG in 2006 before joining the Premier League in England with West Bromwich (2009). He is currently the undisputed captain of the DRC national team and is playing in Scotland for Kimarnock FC.

Youssouf is particularly committed in DRC with several initiatives already carried out or in progress for peace and social cohesion in several localities of the country with the foundation he created in 2013.

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in an almost unique way. Sport can create hope where there was only despair.”

Monny Esther NIAMKE
Basketball
Monny Esther NIAMKE
Monny Esther NIAMKE
Basketball

Côte d’Ivoire/France

Born in Côte d’Ivoire, Monny Esther Niamke is a former basketball player. Winner of the junior french championship in 2010 with Mondeville (France), she played for many years in the professional league in France and was also part of the young selections with the French National Team.



Founder and Executive Director of LaBASE Amerique, Esther’s mission is to help young basketball players in West Africa seize opportunities in the US. With the LaBASE Academy, she aims to provide a solid foundation for ivorian youth in order to boost their academic and sporting success from primary school.

“Having a solid BASE is very important at all levels and in all areas, be it sports, school or social. Finding and maintaining this solid foundation is one of the priorities for the stability and security of any project.”

Géraldine Yema ROBERT
Basketball
Géraldine Yema ROBERT
Géraldine Yema ROBERT
Basketball

Gabon/France

Born in Port-Gentil in Gabon, Géraldine Yema Robert is a former professional basketball player. A champion of France in 2024 and voted Most Valuable Player of the 2013 Championship, she played for 13 years at the highest level in France.

Géraldine Yema is behind the Yemaly Association initiative the main object of which is to use basketball as an educational tool for the Gabonese youth. She has lately been appointed the General Coordinator of School and University championship in Gabon.

“Sport has the power to change the world.”

Louis SAHA
Football
Louis SAHA
Louis SAHA
Football

France

Born in Paris, Louis is a former French international football player (20 caps), crowned twice as champion of England, European Champions League winner with Manchester United and vice-champion of Europe with France in 2006.

Very active about issues relative to integrity in the sporting world, his reconversion led him in 2014 to founding the Axis Stars platform dedicated to supporting elite athletes in the management of their career and assets.

Diandra TCHATCHOUANG
Basketball
Diandra TCHATCHOUANG
Diandra TCHATCHOUANG
Basketball

France/Cameroon

Born in Villepinte in France from Cameroonian parents, DiandraTchatchouang is a French international basketball player. Champion of France in 2015 and 2018 and vice-champion of Europe in 2013, 2015, and 2017 with Team France, she is currently playing for Montpellier in the Women’s League of Basketball (France).

Diandra is behind the Take Your Shot initiative which, since 2017, has been supporting the 11- to 15-year-old girls in Courneuve and helping them achieve their dreams. She has recently developed the Study Hall programme which offers tutoring classes to Courneuve sporting club members.

A committed athlete as she is also a member of the Paris 2024 Athletes’ Committee.

Amy Mbacké THIAM
Field & Track
Amy Mbacké THIAM
Amy Mbacké THIAM
Field & Track

Senegal

Born in Senegal, Amy Mbacké Thiam is a former international athlete. Seven times a champion of France, she is the only athlete in the history of Senegal, men and women combined, to have won a world title (400m in 2001 in Canada) in her discipline.

After a sporting career at a very high level, Amy is currently working as a Sports special advisor at the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal and is committed to assisting young athletes and helping massively to the development of sport.

François TRINH-DUC
Rugby
François TRINH-DUC
François TRINH-DUC
Rugby

France/Vietnam

Born in Montpellier from Vietnamese-born parents, François is a French international rugby league player. He is currently playing in Racing 92’s first team, after playing for Montpellier HR, where he was trained in the first place, then for RC Toulon. A vice-champion of France in 2011 and 2017, François has played 66 matches with the team of France since 2008

He has been participating, since 2010, in several humanitarian operations in Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Hong-Kong) alongside the “Pour un sourire d’enfant” association.

Isabelle YACOUBOU
Basketball
Isabelle YACOUBOU
Isabelle YACOUBOU
Basketball

Benin/France

Born in Godomey in Benin, Isabelle is a French international basketball player. A champion of Europe in 2013 and a silver medal at the London 2011 Olympic Games, she is currently playing for Bourges in the Women’s Basketball League (France).

Isabelle has been behind the « Isabelle Yacoubou » basketball camps organised in Benin at Porto Novo and at Cotonou since 2017. She has also joined a study committee for the professionalization of basketball in Benin, alongside Ian Mahinmi and Mouphtaou Yarou.

Lisa ZIMOUCHE
Football Freestyle
Lisa ZIMOUCHE
Lisa ZIMOUCHE
Football Freestyle

France/Algeria

Born in Paris from Algeria-born parents, Lisa is a world-renowned French freestyle football player. Aged only just 21, Lisa has a remarkable track record, as she has not only played with the greatest football players in the world, but with NBA players and other athletes as well.

In 2019, she was nominated among the 20 women of the year by the UN. She has also democratised freestyle football by proving that a woman could shine out in this discipline.