A thought leader and a successful sports management professional, with a proven track record in football administration, sports management, sports consulting, sports education, sports infrastructure and having a rich global experience in multi-sports consulting, conceptualizing, managing, implementing and operating numerous sports projects and programmes in a highly challenging environment with enormous success and impact.
Consulting Asian Football Confederation, FIFA, strategic consultant International Cricket Council (ICC), and consulting numerous clients across the globe involving projects in the area of Grassroots, Sports Infrastructure, Leagues, Club Development, Women’s Football, Sports Education, Sports University, Sports Governance, Policy, Sports events, etc.
Successfully managed different roles and responsibilities in last more than 2 decades, from a research scholar to a teacher; from a football coach to managing a company; from grassroots to managing FIFA World Cups; and from managing various domestic football development projects to managing multiple international development projects in football. Experience in working at a National Federation to the top football organization, FIFA. As a coach, successfully produced players who represented India in junior categories, consistently for three years and as a research scholar, produced scholarly work and completed Ph.D. in Physical Education and Sports (specialized in football).
Author, media panelist, football analyst and sports expert. Authored a football book, Back to the Roots. Shaji was Director National Teams and Head of Football Development at All India Football Federation.
Born in Kerala (Southernmost part of India) was brought up in the Dooars area of Bengal, where the love story with football begun and the journey of a boy from a remote part of India to this far is an incredible one. The passion, commitment, determination and true to self, made this inspiring journey possible and thanks to the beautiful game, life is incredibly blessed. Demonstrated success in:
Football Management & Development
Planned & Executed Change Management Process
Sports Business Development
Event Planning & Operations
Strategic Planning & Development
Sports Grassroots Development & School Sports
Fitness Programming & Management
Negotiations – Funding & Sponsorship
Government & Political Leadership Policy Matters
Executing World Cup (FIFA U17 World Cup)