KHATTAB Hayat (EGY) – PVA – As President and senior leader of ParaVolley in Africa from 2011 to 2021, and currently Vice-President of the African Paralympic Committee – and in the fields of governance, administration and human resource development, particularly female development



Dr Hayat Khattab, currently a Senator in the Egyptian Parliament, first became involved with World ParaVolley in 2011. She states that in addition to World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner, the person who had the greatest influence on her development was former World ParaVolley Sport Director Denis le Breuilly, who provided her with direction and support during her administration.

Hayat Khattab’s involvement has included:

From 2011- Board Member of Egyptian Paralympic Committee – promoting sitting volleyball
From 2011 – General Secretary of African ParaVolley Committee
From 2011 – 2021 – President of ParaVolley Africa & member of WPV Board of Directors
From 2015 – President of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee for many years
2021 – first Vice President of the newly formed African Paralympic Committee

Awards Received include:

2017 – International Women’s Day – nominated by the International Paralympic Committee as the Sports Woman of the Year for efforts in promoting and developing the Paralympic movement in Egypt and Africa
2019 – Selected to represent Africa in Tokyo and presented with IPC certificate
2020 – World ParaVolley Recognition Award from the World ParaVolley Board of Directors for significant contribution to the promotion and development of sitting volleyball in the field of Governance.

Nominating Dr Hayat Khattab for the Distinguished Service Award, World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner wrote:

Dr. Khattab has been the senior leader of ParaVolley in Africa from 2011 to 2021 in the position of President. In this capacity she made valuable contributions to the activities and policymaking of the World ParaVolley Board of Directors at a global level. Her governance work was further recognised when she was elected as the first Vice President of the African Paralympic Committee – a highly prestigious position.

Dr. Khattab has been a great supporter of the development of females in ParaVolley, being instrumental in establishing a sitting volleyball team in Egypt and in ensuring the viability of the women’s competitions at the Zone level. This, in turn, meant that female teams from Africa were able to participate in the Paralympic Games in 2016 (for the first time) and 2020. During her time as PVA President, the greatest number of female teams participated in an African Zone Championship in 2015 – a total of 6 teams. All of this led to her IPC Award as International Sports Woman of the Year in 2017.

Dr Khattab also understood the need for training and development in Africa and so supported many training and education courses in Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Rwanda. This led to the qualification of ParaVolley referees, coaches, classifiers and anti-doping officials in Africa.

In sum, Dr. Khattab has been a long-term leader and pioneer of the general development of ParaVolley Africa and distinguished herself as the most effective administrative leader to date with a particular focus on the development of women’s ParaVolley that has been very valuable for many female athletes. In her time within World ParaVolley she was the only female Zone President – a tribute to her strong leadership qualities that deserve recognition.