The Team

David Hudelist 

Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 72

is a project consultant 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

Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 64

is a project consultant 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

Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 93

works as project consultant 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

Tel.: +43 1 713 35 94 - 96

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

At fairplay she is responsible for projects in the areas of anti-discrimination and women & girls in sport. She has published on the topics of sport and gender relations.
She has a master's degree in political science and is currently earning a doctorate in the field of feminist theories.

Kurt Wachter 

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

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

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).