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Success for FIFA/CIES Executive Programme alumnus: João Fonseca joins FIFA

João Fonseca, an alumnus of the URJC/RFEF/FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sports Management (2014-2015), recently reached a major milestone in his professional career by joining FIFA Headquarters.

This is a major career move for João Fonseca who previously lived in Lisbon (Portugal), and where he worked as a Business Insight Analyst in the CEO’s office for the Portuguese Football Federation. He has now moved to the FIFA headquarters in Zurich to take up his new duties in the framework of world football.

João will work as a Business Analysis Manager in the “Digital Transformation & Innovation” division. Speaking about his new position, he said, “I am a member of the Strategy, Planning and Digital Ventures team. Our role is to proactively look for the projects that FIFA should develop in the digital domain and in the fields of technology and innovation. There are many ideas related to the world of sports today, which is constantly evolving”.

As an alumnus of the FIFA/CIES Executive Programme organised jointly by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) in Spain, João emphasises the important role the curriculum played in his career development. “Thanks to the Programme, I acquired new knowledge and skills which were very useful to better tackle the challenges faced by the contemporary sports environment. I have many excellent memories of my classmates, who are still my most heartfelt supporters to this day. As a professional, I truly believe that the curriculum helped me on my way to success. I highly recommend it.”

We extend our congratulations to João, as well as our best wishes for success in this new and important phase of his professional career.