Former FIS General Secretary Sarah Lewis has announced the launch of her own consultancy 'Sarah Lewis Global Sports Leader GmbH', with the objective of making society better through sport.
Sarah is a highly respected international sports federation leader who led the management of the International Ski Federation (FIS) for 22 years, as its Director and Secretary General until 2020.
Sarah will be be providing global advisory and leadership services, project management, communication strategy, governance policies, with other services including advisory roles and mentoring. Additionally, she has been invited to act as Non-Executive Director for a proposed investment company, and she is investing in and actively supporting award-winning start-up companies. A particular mention is her pro bono support of women’s candidacies for leadership positions which is especially important to her.
She says "I’m excited to announce the launch of my own consultancy Sarah Lewis Global Sports Leader GmbH, and very much look forward to engaging and re-engaging with sport, business, and wider society. Do reach out if you’re at these industry events over the next four weeks: Global Sports Week Paris 2022, The Spot, Major Events International Ltd MEI Hosts & Federations Summit, Play the Game and Leaders in Sport Leaders Week London in September: Welcome, or Welcome back, to Sarah Lewis 2.0 through my new company, Sarah Lewis Global Sports Leader GmbH @www.sarah-lewis.com.
"I've enjoyed a 25-year career working in leadership positions at the leading international winter sports federation FIS as Secretary General and Director, and in non-executive roles in IOC and Major Event Organising Committee Commissions.
"Now, I'm implementing my skills across a wide range of activities to serve sport, business and society through my own consultancy, Sarah Lewis Global Sports Leader GmbH. The company's focus is on providing global advisory and leadership services, project management, communication strategy, governance policies with services including advisory roles and mentoring for individuals, groups and/or together with in-house executive teams and non-executive boards. Through my network, there is also the opportunity to extend the range of specialist expertise, working together with other respected international specialist consultants across the industry.
"Since 2020 I was appointed lead mentor for the first Sports Innovation Winter Sports Global Virtual Accelerator, and from 2021 I assisted the leadership of the Chinese Winter Sports Association with their Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics legacy implementation objectives, and Games performance preparation. Current and future roles, projects and services include as a Strategic Advisor for The Safeguarding Company; provision of Executive Education for organisations and companies such as Leaders in Sport, presentations, panel participation and lectures across a broad spectrum of conferences, seminars and academic institutions,
"Alongside these I've been invited to act as Non-Executive Director for a proposed investment company, and I've investing in and actively supporting award-winning start-up companies, OnePlan and Recast. Pro bono support of women’s candidacies for leadership positions is also especially important to me. You can connect with me through my website www.sarah-lewis.com and check out more about my company, through LinkedIn and all other communication platforms! #SportServingSociety#sports#sportbusiness#sportsmanagement#leadership#leadershipdevelopment#communicationstrategy#businessadvisory#strategyconsulting#innovation"
Sarah represented Great Britain at the Calgary 1988 Games in Alpine Skiing before embarking on a career in sports administration, initially within the ski industry and media before working for the national and international governing bodies.
She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to sport during the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London by Her Majesty The Queen.
Speaking after the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Sarah said, "The Investiture Ceremony is an extraordinary and uniquely British occasion, following century old traditions. To receive the honour from Her Majesty the Queen was particularly special and she commented on the popularity of skiing as a sport."
Named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2018, the Honours List recognises the achievements and service of people from across the United Kingdom.