Generation Amazing ambassadors are big-name personalities from the world of sport, or passionate people from the communities where we run our football for development initiatives.
Sporting personalities instantly attract the attention of our targeted communities, while local ambassadors inspire local people by showing them what individuals with similar backgrounds can achieve.
What they all have in common is dedication to the Generation Amazing cause, natural leadership skills and the ability to connect with people from around the world.
By 2022, Generation Amazing will have trained more than 100 ambassadors. In turn, these ambassadors will pass their expertise on and help thousands more to change lives – their own and those of others – for the better.
The former Spain international, ex-FC Barcelona captain and current Al Sadd SC captain has won more than 30 trophies in his glittering football career. As the fulcrum of all-conquering club and international teams, he has won even more plaudits.
He now takes part in our football for development training sessions and attends events with schoolchildren, workers and young people from different communities, inspiring participation in and acting as the public face of Generation Amazing. One of his first assignments with us involved delivering training to delighted children at a refugee camp in Jordan.
A professional footballer who was forced into early retirement by injury, Séan is now one of the world's leading freestylers. His incredible ball control has won him titles around the globe and has made him an internet sensation.
After joining Generation Amazing in late 2016, he immediately started teaching schoolchildren and workers in Qatar tricks with the ball, while emphasising the importance of self-development and good nutrition. He also took part in a skills challenge with Xavi Hernández at the Soccerex Asian Forum 2016, garnering priceless media attention for Generation Amazing.
Having graduated from her high school in Jordan with an average score of 75% across all subjects, Hadeelis now undertaking further studies ahead of attending university, where she plans to pursue a BA in English.
She has participated in a range of Generation Amazing activities, attending the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 as a youth ambassador and meeting Xavi Hernández on his trip to Jordan. On an everyday basis, she volunteers at the Generation Amazing pitch in Al Baqa'a refugee camp in Amman. She also has ambitions to establish a girls' task force to promote leadership skills through sport.
Currently taking his secondary school examinations in Nepal, Sudarshan also works in a small shop to help support his family and hosts radio shows for local young people. He is actively involved with Youth Acting for Change in Nepal, leading the implementation of a sanitation programme and educational videos for the development organisation. In addition, he has previously raised an impressive $600 for clothing and sports equipment for impoverished children.
His involvement with Generation Amazing has included assisting one of our head coaches with football training, leading communications and logistics for a youth tournament and discussing our activities with the Prime Minister of Nepal.
Having studied pre-medicine and now the arts, Faiza is hoping to study management at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in her native Pakistan. She is one of the vice chairs at the Youth Advocacy Council, an NGO that promotes human rights, sustainability and gender equality.
She has taken part in many activities with Generation Amazing and our partners, and hopes to set up her own community programme using football to encourage social change for girls. By helping to establish a girls' football team at her former school, she has already made impressive strides towards her goal.
Hailing from Ghana, Abdulaziz captained the Larsen & Toubro team that starred at the Workers' Cup 2017. He cited the side's Generation Amazing training as a major factor in their success. Abdulaziz is himself a Generation Amazing community coach, combining the role with his duties as an ambassador.
His fellow Generation Amazing ambassador and football freestyler Séan Garnier commended the team for their ball control. They made it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition, finishing in third place.
Ghanaian Alhassan is a site foreman at the NAAS Group, while Indian Kunwar works on the front desk at the same company. They both took part in the inaugural Inclusive Generation training sessions in Qatar in May 2016, after arriving in the country the previous year. Generation Amazing has given them soft and technical skills, friends and a sense of belonging in Qatar through their training, and they have now become Generation Amazing coaches themselves.
Equipped with their first-hand knowledge of workers' lives in Qatar and the benefits of Generation Amazing, they are perfectly placed to deliver our training sessions, while gaining self-respect and invaluable experience.