Swiss born to Spanish parents Vanessa Guerra holds a Major degree in International Business Management and a Minor in Global Communications. In addition to her studies she speaks four languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian, all fluently. Up until the age of 23 she had never considered the possibility of entering the world of motorsports because she was not aware that there could be a place for her in it. It was not until her younger brother Yannick Guerra (who was a Stock600 European Championship rider back in 2007) invited Vanessa to attend a race to watch him race, that she had ever set foot on a racetrack. Yannick´s team needed some assistance as they were all Spanish and the race was taking place in Donington Park, so she gave them a hand throughout the weekend and realized soon she was working for the team as a permanent member. So her journey in motorsport started from sister of a rider to team coordinator, to first ever female Moto2 team manager, to MotoGP factory team press officer and to motorsport journalist. Vanessa´s broadcasting experience started in 2015 with French television and currently she is hosting the show MotoGP Inside Pass in Red Bull Motorsports YouTube channel.
FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director Nita Korhonen was born in the world of motorsport. Her father Pentti Korhonen is a 1975 circuit racing World Championship bronze medallist and Montjuic 24 hours race winner. Her mother Marja-Leena worked as “manager” for her father. Nita started to ride motorcycles when she was about four years old and was attracted by snowmobiles a few years later. While always concentrating on leisure riding she also acquired a bit of racing experience. As part of the Finnish TV show she was hosting she competed in the ATV Finnish Cup series in 2013, ending up 4th as the only woman amongst the men. Two years later Nita also took part in a circuit racing race to honour her father´s world championship medal on the 40th anniversary of his crowning achievement.
Nita has a Bachelor’s degree in business and communication and a Master’s degree in sport science and management. For her finals thesis she surveyed and interviewed over 50 motorcycle world champions for the “What Makes a Champion” research she conducted for the FIM. Nita is also an award winning author and has written four motorsport books including a biography of four times world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. She has worked for almost two decades as a motorsport journalist, columnist, producer and TV host taking care of the communications of MotoGP rider Mika Kallio, Kallio Racing Team, Ajo Motorsport and the new Finnish MotoGP circuit KymiRing.
Nita has been a member of the CFM since its launch in 2006 and was appointed Commission director in 2012. She became a Board member of the Finnish Motorcycling Federation SML in 2010 and for the last few years she served as 2nd Vice President of the Federation until she moved to Switzerland this February where she now works as Continental Unions and National Federations Liaison Director and Events Director for the FIM.
Michèle Mouton was the first, and remains the only woman to have won a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The Frenchwoman claimed victory in four World Championship rallies in the 1980s and was Vice FIA World Rally Champion in 1982.
Michèle was born in Grasse, France, and took up rallying aged 22, initially as a co-driver until her father bought her her first rally car and she turned her hand to driving. Success was quite quick and by the age of 25 Michèle was competing professionally. Victories in rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship followed, as well as the runner-up slot in the series, and in 1981 she became the first woman to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Pitted against some of the biggest names in the sport, Michèle powered the iconic Audi Quattro to a historic victory on the San Remo Rally. The following year, still competing with the factory Audi team, she claimed World Championship victories in Portugal, Greece and Brazil, finishing runner-up to Walter Röhrl in the 1982 FIA World Rally Championship and being instrumental in helping Audi to secure its first world title.
In 1985 Michèle took up the challenge of the legendary Pike’s Peak, again in the Quattro. Here, in Colorado, USA, she set a new outright record up the hill, on gravel, and became the first and only woman to win the event.
A move to Peugeot in 1986 saw Michèle win the German Rally Championship, becoming the first female driver to win a major series in rallying. Soon after the ban on Group B rally cars, Michèle retired from competition. Aside from her rallying exploits, Michèle has also contested Le Mans and won the Prototype 2L category in 1975.
Back in 1988, she co-founded the annual international motorsport event, the Race of Champions, and Michèle now has an active role at the FIA working as the Safety Delegate for the FIA World Rally Championship. She is President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and was awarded the rank of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011. She is the first female member of the World Motor Sport Council and, since 2019, an IOC member for the Women in Sport Commission.
María, who is Spanish, was born in 1996 in Oropesa, Toledo. She is currently competing in the SuperSport 600 category of the FIM Superbike World Championship and the MOTOE Championship.
María started riding a motorcycle when she was four years old. In 2004, at the age of eight, she competed in the “Cuña de Campeones” (cradle of champions). Between 2005 and 2010, María competed in “Cuña de Campeones” in the 70cc, 80cc and 125cc categories and was in contention for the Championship.
In 2011, the 15-year old María became the Champion of the “Campeonato Mediterraneo de Velocidad” in the PreMoto3 category with team Monlau. The following year, María competed for the first time in the CEV (Spanish Road Racing Championship) with team Monlau, going on to make history in 2013 by winning two races at the Spanish Championship with Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0. She also participated for the first time in the FIM World Championship MotoGP, in the Moto3 category, as a Wild Card rider at the Aragon GP.
In 2014 Maria spent another season in the CEV (Moto3) and participated twice as a Wild Card rider in the MotoGP series (Jerez GP and Barcelona GP). In 2015 Maria put in her first complete season in the MotoGP Championship, Moto3 category, with Husqvarna Factory Laglisse. In 2016, for her second season in Moto3, she competed with her own team MH6 Team. Her third season, 2017, was fraught with problems. Maria was riding with several teams (AGR racing (12 races), Aspar Mahindra (1 race) and Cuña de Campeones (1 race)).
2018 was Maria´s first season in the SSP300 category in the SBK World Championship and her first season in the Stock600 category in the Spanish Championship. In addition to riding, María loves drawing, skating and enjoys her time with her family.
Tatiana is a woman who breaks the mould.
At the age of just nine, she found her passion in the motorsport world and decided to adopt it as her lifestyle and pursue a professional career as a racing driver. Moving from her native Colombia to Europe in order to race her way up through the singleseater ladder with the dream of reaching the pinnacle of motorsport, Tatiana has raced in the F1-support GP3 Series from 2016 to 2018, becoming the most successful woman in the history of the championship.
In 2018 Tatiana has come closer to reaching her dream, as she was promoted as Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Test Driver– combining her appearances in the F1 paddock with her racing programme in GP3.
In October 2018, the Colombian driver sat behind the wheel of a Formula One car at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City for the first time in her career. She quickly adapted to the demands of driving at the highest level in motorsport and demonstrated her focus and skills, impressing the team with her professionalism and dedication. This has made her the first Latin American female driver ever who experienced driving a Formula One car, setting a milestone in female presence at the pinnacle of motorsport. For 2019 she hat set her goal to move one step closer to F1 and compete in the FIA Fórmula 2 Championship, where she became the first woman to enter this ultra-competitive series.
Tatiana is currently the only active female racing driver in the F1 paddock, and she aims to prove that women can actually compete at the highest level of motorsport. She has a clear vision and one goal: She wants to reach the pinnacle of motorsports. But Tatiana is much more than just a racing driver.
Since her first kart race Tatiana proved to have a special talent, an ease to go fast and quickly find the limits. Tatiana is a confident young woman that goes her way with great professionalism and clarity, with petrol in her blood and a lot of willpower. Tatiana´s eloquence, her enthusiasm and professionalism have already made for many interesting talks such as “Global motor sport - Challenges we have faced and those that are to come” at the FOA Sports Conference in Geneva, “Women in Motor sport”, “What women can achieve” or “Having big dreams and setting the right goals". Never give up is her clear motto. Her success, passion and determination have led her to become a role model for young women making headway in professions dominated by men.
Tatiana was appointed ambassador of the Dare to Be Different initiative and became a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport commission, to empower young girls and promote gender equality in an innovative, engaging and positive manner and to increase female participation, not just on the track but in all aspects of the sport and other perceived male-dominated industries.
“THERE ARE NO BARRIERS, LIFE IS ABOUT CHASING YOUR DREAMS”
2005 First woman to win a national karting title in the Easy Kart Pre-Junior Championship
2006 Wins the Rotax Junior Max title in Colombia
2007 Competes in the Rotax Max Grand Finals in the UAE as the Colombian National Champion in the Junior Max class.
2008 First woman to win a national karting title in the USA in the JICAJunior Championship in the Stars of Karting's East Division.
2009 National karting Rotax Junior Max class champion, which qualifies her for the International Grand Final in Egypt.
2010/11 2 Podiums in the Star of Mazda Championship in the USA and national champion in touring cars in Colombia.
2012 Podium in the European Formula 3 Open at the Winter Series
2013 First woman to score a podium in the British Formula 3.
2014 Victory in the Ferrari Driver Academy's Florida Winter Series at Sebring.
2015 Runner up in the MRF Challenge
2016-2018 most successful Woman in the GP3 Series
2017 Becomes the first woman to score a podium in the Formula V8, 3.5 in Bahrein and is appointed Development Driver for the Sauber F1 Team.
2018 Appointed Test Driver for te Alfa Romeo F1 Team and becomes the first Latin-American woman to drive a F1 car.
2019 Becomes the first woman to compete in the Formula 2 Championship
From grassroots to the Olympic movement, Niina Toroi has worked intensively across many aspects of sport and has strong networks worldwide.
Currently the manager of international affairs at the Finnish Olympic Committee, Niina has vast experience in the sport for development sector, having previously worked at the United Nations Office on Sport, and in the field for an NGO in Rwanda.
She is the Chair of the Equality within Sports Committee, an ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation) which aims to inspire and motivate every European sport organisation to reach equality. In addition, she is the European representative at the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG).
Niina is currently leading the New Leaders Programme, a joint effort between the Finnish NOC, IOC and European Olympic Committees, developing content that focuses on equality, good governance and values-based leadership.
International professional racer and CoverGirl model, Shelina Moreda grew up riding motorcycles on her family’s dairy farm in Northern California, USA.
She got a dirtbike when she was 12 years old and the love for two wheelers grew from there. She says “My dad never knew what he was starting when he made us do chores on the motorcycles, like bringing the cows in from the fields”.
She started racing nine years ago, after getting her racing license the first time she was ever on track. She obtained her AMA Professional license immediately following her novice year. Shelina was raised to believe she could do anything she set her mind to, and what she dreamed of was being out there dicing with the guys she saw on TV. She says she is just crazy enough to turn that into a goal and chase the dream.
Shelina races at the Pro level in the USA, China, Qatar, Japan, and Europe. She has several “firsts” to her career, including being the first female to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a motorcycle, as well as the first female team to complete any Suzuka endurance race.
Most recently, she became the first female to race the Zhuhai International Circuit in China where she finished 3rd on the Splitlath EBR Superbike. She also finished first in the Women's Championship in Qatar in 2016.
Shelina is a leader in the industry for branding, exposure, and representation of brands as a sports model and spokesperson. She commands a high level of media attention and is growing her brand to represent her marketing partners at an even higher level beyond racing.
Shelina also runs She'z Moto Camp, an all-female motorcycle skills school that focuses on building confidence and inspiring people to build their goals. It's Shelina's dream to craft an army of powerful females who support each other, push each other, and have high expectations for each other. She is featured in the new television show, Motorcycle Startup, which profiles her racing and her girl's dirtbike camps, and she is also a speaker at conferences and expos.
Tommi Pärmäkoski has been working in the sport world in many different roles.
He was working with Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel as his performance trainer from 2008 to 2011, when Vettel and Red Bull won several World Champion titles.
At the moment, Tommi is working mostly as a strength and condition coach with the Finnish Elite League Hockey Team Pelicans in Lahti and also as a specialist in Kuortane Olympic Training Centre.
Pärmäkoski has been involved in many sports, for example as an assistant coach for the Finnish Women's National team in volleyball and ice hockey. During his years in the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre he has been a supervisor in speed and strength development programmes, and athletics coordinator in Kuortane High School.
Through the Olympic centre, Tommi has been doing a lot of consultation work with the Kuortane Top Team athletes. These are the local top athletes in Finland from the different sports including Olympic level athletes from cross-country skiing, speed skating, track & field, etc. and also athletes from popular Finnish sports like Rally and Golf.
Kirsten Landman is not your average sportswoman.
The 28 year old South African competes in the male dominated sport of Hard Enduro, but this has never held her back. She has made history by becoming the first female to finish extreme events such as Redbull Romaniacs, Sea to Sky, Redbull Megawatt 111, Redbull Braveman and The Roof of Africa.
But there is so much more to her story than these achievements. For Kirsten, competing in one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, and being the only female to truly excel in such a place, has been a passion of hers from a very young age.
Living in South Africa and riding in its harsh, rugged and technical terrain and competing against men has built an appetite for always aiming higher and realising her dreams. After finishing school, Kirsten worked and funded her own racing and training until she was picked up by her first sponsor in 2011.
Her career kicked off properly when she entered her first ever extreme enduro, the Roof of Africa in 2012, where she managed a bronze finish. In 2013, Kirsten’s abilities were duly noticed by South Africa’s most prestigious off road and enduro team, KTM. She began competing nationally with them from there.
In June 2013, high flying Kirsten’s career suffered an early setback with a life threatening accident while racing the Dessert 1000 National in Botswana. She crashed at high speed and landed on a tree stump, sustaining life-threatening internal damage. Due to complications with the medical treatment in Botswana, Kirsten was only treated 36 hours after the accident once being airlifted back to South Africa. Her pancreas was severed off from her small intestine, and due to the delay in treatment, all of Kirsten’s organs had gone septic. Being placed on life support and put into an induced coma, her recovery was like a roller coaster with complications along the way. Nevertheless she made a full recovery.
On top of that, she returned to racing more motivated than ever, driven by her what was always her destiny. In 2014 Kirsten made her first international appearance at Redbull Romaniacs, finishing the bronze class and being the highest placed female.
Since then Kirsten has made history by becoming the first and only female to finish world extreme events such as Redbulll Romaniacs Silver Class, Sea to Sky Gold Class, Redbull Megawatt 111, Redbull Braveman and The Roof of Africa Gold Class in all male dominated classes.
Knowing what she is capable of, Kirsten’s goals in 2018 went to the next level. To well and truly conquer her fears after the accident in Botswana, she knew she had to tackle the biggest off road race of them all. The Dakar Rally. The first step of this journey was to return to the race that nearly ended her life. Undeterred she got her finisher’s medal there, and then went onto the Merzouga Rally in Morocco. This event was her chance to officially qualify for The Dakar Rally, something she naturally did by having the perfect race with no penalties.
She finished as the 1st of the female competitors and 29th overall. With that the ultimate stage is now set, as Kirsten hopes to make history in the world of rally by becoming the first ever African woman to finish the Dakar Rally.
Bruno is Managing Partner of TeamMotivation Consulting and expert of the Centre for Balanced Leadership.
He holds an MSc in Engineering (Gent) and an Exec. Ms in management from Solvay Business School, and has followed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, for whom he is the Lifelong Learning Ambassador for Belgium.
Bruno is also a certified consultant in Institutional Transformation from IFSI (Paris) together with the University of Bath, which has led him to become Director of experiential learning seminars like Femininity – Leadership – Masculinity – Authority) and Leadership, Contact & Conflict: working beneath the surface.
In the past he has built up an extensive and diversified business experience in various senior management and joint venture Board positions in the European steel industry.
Nowadays a management consultant, he helps companies developing innovative strategies and improving performance of teams through transforming mindsets and working culture.
Following his passion and conviction about gender balance Bruno has helped many companies making progress in this field. Bruno gives workshops and talks on how to deal with unconscious biases for a better gender balance.
Bruno, who is a passionate motorcyclist himself since 1976, also works with María Herrera.
Lindsay is Principal Lecturer at the Northumbria University (UK) and is Chair of UK Sports Volunteering.
She has worked in the delivery of sport programmes within higher education for over 20 years and is currently Principal lecturer in Sport Management and Director of Learning and Teaching (Quality Assurance and Monitoring) for the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University, U.K.. She is also the Chair of the UK Sports Volunteering Research network (see https://sports-volunteer-research-network.org.uk/)
Lindsay’s research interests focus on understanding the development of sport volunteering, with a background in recruitment and retention studies. She has a particular interest in the asset transfer of local authority sport and library facilities to voluntary community groups, including the successful management and sustainability of these enterprises.
She is also supervising PhD research on LGBT+ sport volunteering journeys. Lindsay is passionate about increasing volunteering among under-represented groups. In her spare time, Lindsay is an active volunteer as a Board member for Northumberland Sport, through Girl Guiding UK and in supporting her childrens’ sporting activities.
Tiina is currently Head of Motorsport Operations at NEP Finland and member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.
Tiina has done a remarkable career in motorsport. The Finn has worked e.g. as Head of PR and Marketing for Tommi Mäkinen Racing in World Rally Championship. For over 16 years she worked for AKK Sports Ltd. which is the marketing company owned by AKK-Motorsport, Finland's Automobile Sport Federation and the country's representative in the international federation FIA.
During 2010-2016 Tiina worked as a promoter for WRC Rally Finland.
Ulla was paralysed in a snowboarding accident when she was only 15 years old. She then decided that her spinal cord injury would not define her life. Only eight months after her accident she went back to the slopes and 4 years later became a silver medallist in the Para Alpine Skiing European Cup, in giant slalom with a mono-ski. Ulla pursued her dream of becoming an aeroplane mechanic and an engineer, graduating as an aeroplane mechanic only two years after her accident and as a boat manufacturing engineer in 2010. In 2014 Ulla decided once more to make a lifelong dream come true as she built herself a street bike with the adaptations needed because of her spinal cord injury. In 2015 she finally rode a two-wheeled motorcycle she had been building for the last year. Later in 2015 Ulla set her mind on motorcycle circuit racing and only 6 months later she found herself racing against the able bodied in the Finnish National championships, becoming the World's first paraplegic female road racer. Only a year later in 2017 she participated in the very first international motorcycle circuit race for disabled riders, The International Bridgestone Handy Race, in Le Mans, France, during the MotoGP weekend, becoming the champion in 600cc motorcycle circuit racing in the women’s category. Ulla works as a Senior Design Engineer at Etteplan in Hyvinkää, Finland, and having started in 2018 she is currently studying at the Monlau Repsol Technical School in Barcelona to become a Race Motorbike Motorsport Engineer.
Sandra Gómez Cantero (January 23, 1993, Cercedilla, Madrid) is a Spanish motorcycling rider.
She currently rides in the Superenduro World Championship, Women's Trial World Cup and different races in Spanish Championships (in Trial, Enduro, Hard Enduro). Her best sporting memory is when she won her first Trial des Nations in 2008. Passionate by outdoors activities she loves skiing, running, mountain bike. On the professional side, she is currently studying Physiotherapy.
4th Spanish Trial Championship TR3
3rd Women’s Trial World Championship TR1
2nd Team Spain in Trial of the Nations
6th Women’s Trial World Championship TR1
2nd Spanish Championship TR3
Trial of Nation winner iwth Spain Women's Team
World Champion, Women’s SuperEnduro World Cup
Vice-Champion, Women’s Trial World Championship
Vice-Champion, Trial of Nations
Vice-Champion, Women’s Class - ISDE
Best Woman Classified In Erzberg Rodeo, Ukupacha, The Wall Xtreme, Hixpania.
Endurocross Champion of America
Vice-Champion, Women’s SuperEnduro World Cup
3rd, Women’s SuperEnduro World Cup
3rd, Women’s Trial World Championship
Spanish Trial Champion
Vice-Champion, Trial of Nations
Bronze Xgames Barcelona
Bronze Xgames Munich
4th, Women’s Trial World Championship
2nd Spanish Trial Championship
Vice-Champion, Trial of Nations
Emma Kimiläinen started to race with go karts at the age of three and entered her first race when she was five years old. Between 1992 and 2004, she gained many victories and podium positions in karting competitions. From 2005 to 2009, the Finnish girl racer competed with Formula cars.
In 2005 she finished 2nd in Formula Ford Finnish Championship, and in 2006 she pulled off a repeat performance while finishing second in the Formula Ford NEZ series as well, and was crowned Champion of the Ford Bowl series. In 2005 Emma was nominated as the Automobile Sport Athlete of the year in Finland and in Southern Finland. The same year she also clinched a “Rookie of the year” title in the Formula Ford Series.
In 2005 and 2007 she was nominated as the Female Automobile Sport Athlete of the year. In 2009 Emma claimed fifth position in the Formula Palmer Audi series in England and from 2014 to 2016 Emma competed in the Swedish Touring Car Championships (STCC) series, making it on to the podium several times and finishing 7th overall.
Currently Emma competes in the world´s first women’s single-seater series, the FIA W series, after being selected alongside 17 other drivers from over 100 applicants. In 2018 she worked as a development and test driver for the Tesla P100DL race car in the Electric Production Car Series while competing in Germany´s Formula Masters ADAC series, finishing 10th overall. The previous year she finished 4th in her rallycross début race in the RX Academy in Finland.
Also in 2017, Emma was racing with V8 Thunder Cars and after one victory and two podium finishes claimed 4th position overall in the NEZ (Northern European Zone) Championship series. She also finished 3rd overall in the Formula Radical series in Sweden. Alongside her racing career, Emma hosts radio and TV shows in Finland. She has commentated Formula 1 races for Finnish TV and has published a humoristic “Woman´s driving guide” that sold out in less than six months.
Emma arranges track days and is also a spokesperson for road safety. Emma, whose daughter is now six years old, has proved that it is possible to combine motorsport and motherhood and have a successful racing career after giving birth.
Juha Dahlström from Finland is a Basketball Coach, Master of Education, Sports Coordinator and Dual Career Expert.
He works for the Metropolitan Sports Academy and the Finnish Olympic Committee. Juha believes that a sports career is a great opportunity for someone embarking on working life and that sport provides good tools for education and for a professional career. In his work Juha concentrates on how to combine a sports career and academic study as well as a sports career and work.
He teaches his students how to make the most of the experience and benefits of a sporting career and carry them into their lives after sport.
Midori Moriwaki has not only upheld and preserved the legacies of her legendary grandfather, Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura, and her pioneering father, Mamoru Moriwaki. She has also established herself in her own right as a rising leader in both Japan’s business community and in the world of motorcycle engineering and sports.
In her early 20’s Midori was called by her father to join his company, Moriwaki Engineering Co., Ltd. She was tasked with improving domestic and international sales. Midori was also given the job of leading the company’s competitive racing division. Under her leadership, Moriwaki Engineering’s racing team built success in several international competitions including all Japan Road Race Championships, FIM World Grand Prix MotoGP, and FIM World Grand Prix Moto2.
Midori also founded the Moriwaki Cup, a global initiative that promotes youth riders and provides scholarships. In 2014 Midori was named by FIM as an Expert Member of the FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission. Midori’s success in business saw her rise to the executive position of Managing Director of Moriwaki Engineering Co., Ltd.
In 2014 Midori became the Team Principal for the Suzuka 4Hours Race as an activity for FIM Women In Motorcycling. In June of the following year she became a FIM CFM member in order to combine her activities in and outside motorsports. For industrial development overseas, Midori started the MIDORI Corporation on 20 March, 2018. In 2019 she has started her own team "MIE Racing" in the Czech Republic to compete in the Superbike World Championship (WSBK) for a full season. Tagging up with the return of Honda in 16 years, Midori is at the centre of attention as she is also the first female team owner.
Emma Terho is a five time Olympian in Ice Hockey. She became the youngest ever Olympic medallist for Finland at the age of 16 when her team took bronze during the Nagano Olympic Games in 1998. A former captain of the Finnish Women’s National Team, Emma has also played in the US and Russia. She is an all-American and her jersey is the first that to have been retired in the history of Ohio State University Women’s hockey. Emma is also the first ever female to become a board member in the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation and in PyeongChang in 2018 her peers elected her a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
In addition to her sporting achievements, Emma has a Master’s degree in Finance and is a mother of two.
Susanne followed in the footsteps of her father Hansjörg who had been volunteering at events in the Vienna Stadium since he was young. One day in the early ‘90s the organiser of the Wiener Neustadt Speedway asked Susanne if she wanted to help at events. Suzanne started her Clerk of Course training while still at University, took the international licence in 1996 and later worked as a Sporting Steward at national level in the Austrian Federation (AMF). In 1999 she took the national Referee exam in Austria and refereed open meetings for the AMF. With her father Hansjörg and her brother, Suzanne rode a Honda XR 600 offroad. Susanne´s history in AMF started in 2000 when she became a member of the OSK Circuit Committee and member of the AMF (then OSK) Plenum. She was an Observer in the Track Racing Commission from 2000 to 2005, when she became fully fledged member. Having been Vice Chair of the Commission from 2008 to 2014, she then took over as Chair, a position she holds to this day. In 2009 in she made history by becoming the first woman to serve on the board of the AMF. She is also Member of Sporting Stewards professional association and Vice Chairman of the Sporting Stewards Examiners Commission. At FIM level Susanne took the Clerk of Course Licence in 1996 and has held it ever since. She took the FIM Referee Licence for first time in 2001 and was assigned to her first meeting as referee in Teterow/Germany in 2009. Since then she has refereed all kinds of Track Racing meetings at every level, except a SGP round in Speedway! Susanne is now working professionally for a Helicopter Rescue association in Austria and still volunteering in AMF, FIM Europe and FIM. She is mother of two teenagers, a daughter and a son, both of whom have followed her into volunteering. Susanne has been a member of the CFM since its launch in 2006. She is currently involved in the #FIMVolunteers #FIMFutureStars campaigns and is running Training Camps for Officials.
Hannu Malinen has been working at the Luhta Sportswear Company for 36 years.
Since 1991, he has been responsible for Rukka product development and R&D operations. In 2003 he took the helm of the total Rukka business unit, and since 2007 he has been leading the company’s motorsport unit, which is developing the Rukka and Sinisalo brands and their collections of street and snowmobile clothing.
Since 1995 he has been the representative of Finland in the European Committee for Standardisation’s CEN/TC162 WG9 working group, which prepares European standards for protective motorcycle clothing and protectors.
The same year, Rukka developed its first safety standard, the ”Rukka Defence & Comfort Standard”, which is still the key reference when Rukka develops gear to make the motorcycle riding experience safer and more enjoyable for both men and women. Because of their first-rate product development and brand building work, Rukka motorcycle outfits have received number of awards during the last 20 years, including the Fennia Design Prize in Helsinki in 2003 and the Avantex Innovation Prize in Frankfurt in 2007, in 2011 the readers of Motorrad voted Rukka number one in the category of ”Best in textile” and in 2016 the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design gave the Good Design Award to Rukka´s Energater GTX suit.
Hannu has also been a frequent lecturer and panel participant at the Helsinki University of Technology, the University of Art and Design Helsinki, commercial seminars, workshops with private companies and several other forums in the field.