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Vaidehi Vaidya

2022 Fellow

Founder & Managing Director for Women In Sport India

Vaidehi Vaidya

Vaidehi Vaidya set foot into the world of sports as a football player. Later as a coach, she was keen to connect with like-minded women and set out in search of an organization that would enable her to do so. However, she was disappointed to find that were was no group specifically catering to women working in the sports industry. Determined to support women in sports across all levels, Vaidehi founded Women In Sport India (WISI) in 2020. This decision stemmed from her resolve to address a significant gap in the market, which was an absence of an empowering community for women to exchange knowledge about building a career in sports, both on and off the field.

Women In Sport India is building a global digital community for women in sports and fitness called WISI Tribe. Vaidehi’s passion for sports runs strong and she has spent many years advising in the field. As a consultant with the Asian Football Development Project, she spearheaded key youth and women’s football development projects across Asia.

During her research on Women’s Football in India with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), she began to think about revolutionizing sports development in the country consciously. As a sportswoman herself, her goal with WISI is to create a strong community that supports and empowers women in sports.

Vaidehi has an MBA in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool. She is also a TEDx speaker and the first official FIFA Fan Forum member. She is passionate about connecting with people who have a flair for entrepreneurship, especially women who have opted for unconventional paths.