About the lecturer
Lawyer and former top-level footballer Lise Klaveness (b. 1981) is the president of the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF), a position she was elected to in March 2022 as the first woman in the organisation's 120-year history.
Shortly after being elected NFF president, Lise Klaveness made an impact during FIFA's Congress in Doha, Qatar in March 2022. On behalf of the Norwegian football community she gave a speech arguing that the international football community should do more to help migrant workers in Qatar, more to protect LGBTQ+ supporters at the World Cup, more to make the global game welcoming to all. She also criticised the process leading up to Qatar being given the World Cup.
The speech carried additional risk for Klaveness. She is married to a woman, and LGBT people in Qatar experience legal persecution.
The Norwegian foundation Fritt Ord later awarded Klaveness the Fritt Ord Honorary Award for the speech. She also won several other awards for her contributions in addressing human rights, gender equality and transparency in football, and Norwegian newspapers VG and Dagbladet both had her as their “Name of the year” in 2022.
Klaveness has a law degree specialising in employment law and has worked both as an attorney and as a deputy judge. Before being elected president, Klaveness was director of elite football in NFF from 2018.
Her senior football career lasted from 1997 til 2012 with well over 200 games. She played for five of the top clubs in Norway and Umeå in Sweden, and has won the league and the Cup in both countries. She was named player of the year in “Toppserien” in 2008 and was top scorer in 2010 with 21 goals in 22 matches.
Klaveness has 73 caps for Norway’s national team, including games in two World Cups and a European championship. After her active career she worked as a football pundit and commentator for NRK.
Sources: NFF, Wikipedia, The Guardian