Dr Katharina Grimm
South Africa | FIFA
Katharina rejoined FIFA in October 2021.
She is a surgeon by education and obtained a Master of Science in Sports Medicine in 2013. She holds an NGO management diploma and headed the FIFA Medical Office from 2006 to 2011, when her tasks included the planning and monitoring of the implementation of the medical services at World Cups, support of the initiation and oversight of various research projects, and the writing and editing of publications for professionals and laypersons. Katharina worked as the Director of Medical Affairs at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar with international physicians, physiotherapists, and scientists and was involved in the organisation of medical services for several World Championships in different sports.
Katharina chaired the Interfederal Commission and was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Sports Medicine Federation FIMS for eight years. She has been a member of the World Anti-Doping Association’s (WADA) Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Expert Advisory Group since 2008 and is currently a member of the Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) TUE Committee. She chaired the TUE Committee of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport for several years. Katharina has been a member of the of the Medical Commission of the Union Cycliste Internationale for two terms.
More recently, Katharina co-founded ShePower Sport, a virtual community of female athletes and sports medicine and science experts and was the Executive Director of the Sports Equity Lab in association with Yale University, focusing on research on the abuse of vulnerable athlete populations.