The Team of the fairplay initiative introduces itself!

Under our names you will find information about how we like to be addressed and which pronouns we use. With this we want to set a good example and point out that the gender identity of people cannot be determined by their names or their outward appearance. Gender-appropriate language is important and in this spirit we are looking forward to a lively, respectful communication with you!


Eva Baumgartner 

Pronouns: she/her
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 63

is responsible for public relations at fairplay.

She studied theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna and worked in the theatre and media sector for several years. At brut Wien she was responsible for marketing, sponsoring and public relations. At the ORF youth radio station FM4 she was a project manager in the marketing department where she realized numerous cultural cooperations and events. Furthermore she is a certified fitness- and health trainer and is active as a player and trainer at the sport club Vienna Roller Derby. 

Stefan Belabed 

Pronouns: he/him
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 94

is a project assistant at fairplay in the field of sports and social inclusion.

Previously, he was active in politics and trade unions in Austria and abroad, as well as in communications for a scientific company. His focus areas included social affairs, integration, labor market, youth and political education. Currently he is also co-coaching a team of the Viennese educational project 'Kicken ohne Grenzen'.

He studied political science in Vienna and Aix-en-Provence and is a graduate of the Global Studies Program (MA) in Berlin, Buenos Aires and New Delhi.

David Hudelist 

Pronouns: he/him
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 72

is a project officer at fairplay and responsible for social inclusion, education and projects in the Western Balkans.

He led the anti-racism activities and fan support during the UEFA EURO 2008 in Klagenfurt. From 2012 to 2015 he established the coordination office for social preventive fan work. Since 2017 he has overseen the Football Zajedno project in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. He is a football trainer and player, mountain guide, health and vitality coach, trainer at the University Sports Institute (USI) and organises sports and football camps.
He studied social work at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences and the University of Ljubljana. His thesis was on anti-racism and fan work in football. As part of his doctoral studies in sociology at the University of Vienna, he worked on the topic "Social integration of young people with a migration background through football".

Martin Kainz

Pronouns: he/him
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 64

is a project officer at fairplay and responsible for the legal and substantive components of human rights and the interface between sport and development.   

He is coordinator of the Sport and Human Rights Task Force in the Austrian Ministry of Sport and a national expert on human rights in the framework of the Good Governance Working Group of the European Commission (Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture). He is as board member of the Fare Network (London, UK) and FIAN Austria. He has worked on research, analysis and publications on human rights in sport, children's rights at major sporting events, human rights and player transfers, and in general on economic and social rights as well as extraterritorial obligations of States.
He studied international law at the University of Essex (LLM in International Human Rights Law) and sociology as well as cultural and social anthropology at the University of Vienna and Universidad de Chile.

Markus Pinter

Pronouns: he/him
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 93

works as project officer for the fairplay initiative for diversity and anti-discrimination.

He supervises projects in the field of anti-discrimination as well as the Football Zajedno project, coordinates the cooperation with and support of grassroots initiatives and sports clubs in the organisation of days of action and is responsible for financial management, budget planning and project accounting as well as reporting, including the Erasmus+ projects. From 2012 to 2019 he was a member of the board of the European FARE network.
He has a master's degree in political science and journalism and communication science at the University of Vienna. In 2011 he participated in the seminar "Finance and Controlling in NPOs" at the NPO Academy Vienna.

Nikola Staritz

Pronouns: she/her
Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 96

is project officer at fairplay and responsible for the area of ​​anti-discrimination.

She oversees international and national projects in the areas of anti-discrimination and inclusive sport cultures, antihomophobia and women & girls in sport. She has published on the topics of sport and gender relations and represents fairplay in the working group "Prevention of sexual violence". Since August 2020 she has been a board member of the ombudsman's office "football for everyone" supporting LGBT athletes in football.
Master's degree in political science and library science. Former handball and football player, active football coach.

Kurt Wachter 

Pronouns: he/him
Tel.:  +43 1 713 35 94 - 90

is head of fairplay with a focus on EU application coordination, sport & development and social inclusion through sport.   

He founded the fairplay initiative at the VIDC in 1997. From 1999 to 2009 he was coordinator of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network. He has led several EU projects, including Queering Football, Sport Welcomes Refugees, SPIN Women and SPIN Refugees and has published on Football in Africa. As a freelance journalist, he has reported on seven editions of the Africa Cup so far.
Studied Ethnology and African Studies at the University of Vienna and University of Cape Coast (Ghana). Completion of a master's degree in "Sport and Development" at Southampton Solent University.


Bella Bello Bitugu

Pronouns: he/him
University of Ghana, Sport Directorate

is an expert on development through sport. He taught at the University of Innsbruck for 15 years and coordinated several projects, including "Football for Development" at the VIDC. After 20 years in Austria he moved to Ghana and was Country Manager of Right To Play Ghana from 2012 to 2013. Since 2013 Dr. Bitugu is Director of the Sports Department of the University of Ghana. He teaches sport sociology at the FH Kufstein Tirol and offers expert and consulting services in the field of development through sport.

Georg Spitaler

Pronouns: he/him
Football and Migration

is a political scientist and historian, he received his doctorate in 2005 on "Media Sports and Symbolic Politics in Austria". In his research, he is intensively involved with sport and politics, has teaching positions at numerous Austrian universities, is co-editor of the football magazine ballesterer and research assistant at the Verein für Geschichte der ArbeiterInnenbewegung (VGA).