Kevin Frey, CEO
Kevin Frey is the CEO of Right To Play International. He oversees the global operations of the organization, while also guiding Right To Play's long term strategic direction.
Kevin joined Right To Play from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management where he served as Managing Director of its flagship MBA program. Kevin has also held roles including Chief Business Development Officer and Director, Business Development and International Programs at the University of Toronto.
In addition to his work at the University, Kevin is Founder and Chairman of Teach Away Inc., one of the world's largest international teaching recruitment firms. Teach Away Inc. has governmental and private sector clients in more than 40 countries and has been recognized in multiple rankings by
Profit magazine as one of Canada's fastest growing companies. Kevin is also co-founder of two e-learning companies, Skooli and LearnKit.com.
Kevin has an undergraduate degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business, and is in the final stages of completing his Doctorate in Business Administration at IE Business School in Madrid. Kevin played on the University of Toronto's varsity basketball team and is a nationally-certified "Train to Train" basketball coach. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and three children.
Johann Olav Koss, C.M., Founder
Johann Koss is the Founder of Right To Play International. He is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur who has been widely acknowledged for his work in promoting the use of sport and play as a tool for positive childhood development. Johann founded Right To Play in 2000, dedicating himself to growing it into an influential international non-government organization and a leader in the Sport for Development and Peace movement. The organization operates in more than 20 countries reaching over one million children each week and is supported by more than 620 staff worldwide and over 14,900 volunteer Coaches.
Johann has received a number of awards for his philanthropic service and leadership. Most recently, he has received the 2013 LEGO Prize from the LEGO Foundation and the 2013 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. In 2012 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation award for social entrepreneurship, and in 2011 he received the Newman's Own Award. Johann has been named by TIME Magazine as "One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow" as well as been declared a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is also an Ashoka Global Fellow.
Before founding Right To Play, Johann was an Olympic speed skater and is considered to be one of the greatest winter Olympians of all time. At the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games, in his home country of Norway, he won three gold medals making world headlines. The 1994 Games proved to be the visionary launch point for the start of a movement that would bring the power of sport and play to children living in disadvantaged communities around the world and ultimately the organization that would become Right To Play.
Over the course of Johann's athletic career, he won a total of four gold medals, broke 10 world records, won three World All-round Championships, and numerous World Cups and National Championships. As the result of his athletic accomplishments and simultaneous humanitarian efforts, Johann was named the 1994 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and was given the Jesse Owens Award, the International Athletic Foundation Award, and the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award. Johann was presented the Child Survival Award by the Carter Center in Atlanta, and during the celebration of UNICEF's 50th anniversary, was given UNICEF's Honorary Award.
Johann has an undergraduate medical degree from the University of Queensland, and an Executive MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. He has received honorary degrees from Brock University, the University of Calgary, the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and the University of Aust Agder in Norway.
In addition to his work with Right To Play, Johann is a Board member of Gates Ltd, Dundee Industrial REIT and Secunda Inc. He lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Jennifer and their children, Aksel, Annabelle and Andreas.
Lori joined Right To Play in December 2014 from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation where she was Associate Vice-President, Development. Prior to that, she worked with St. Michael’s Hospital and the Canadian Stage Company. Lori has a BA in History and Women’s Studies from York University.
Sven joined Right To Play in 2016. With 12 years of experience, he has held leadership roles with Omnicom Group, Sony Music and Pacific Entertainment Media. Sven holds a Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Bayreuth and studied Marketing and Physical Education at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil.
Jimmy joined Right To Play Norway in January 2014. A former, competitive athlete with the Norwegian National Cross Country Skiing Team, Jimmy has broad managerial experience working for sporting and media companies in Norway. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Administration and Economics from the University of New Mexico.
Virginie joined Right To Play in February 2014 as the Program Officer and became the National Director in 2016. With a background in international relations and development, Virginie has managed Education, Child Rights and Local Development programs for several Swiss-based NGOs and with the UN in Bolivia. Virginie is multilingual in the French, English, Spanish and German languages.
Nikki joined Right To Play in July 2016. With over 20 years of experience, Nikki has held leadership roles in fundraising at WaterAid, Sightsavers and World Wildlife Fund. Her passion for international development comes from living, travelling and volunteering in South-East Asia. Nikki has an Arts Degree from Leicester University and a Science Degree from Kingston University.
Deanna joined Right To Play in 2013. An alumnus of Morgan Stanley in New York and London, she has served on non-profit boards and founded student service organizations. As an advisor to Changing Our World, Deanna consulted for large, global non-profit organizations and corporate and private foundations. She holds an honours degree in Economics from Harvard.