LUTZ PFANNENSTIEL – Founder and President
Global Goalie Lutz Pfannenstiel already started the initiative Global United FC for climate protection during his active career, which led him through 26 clubs of all six FIFA continental confederations. An extraordinary career as well as some extreme experiences brought the passionate football professional to a point where he started to rethink what he was doing and see the world with different eyes.
Lutz Pfannenstiel was working in Scouting & International Club Relations at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, as a trainer for FIFA and DFB and he also works as a TV expert for various national and international TV stations. From December 2018 to May 2020 he was Director Sports at Bundesliga Club Fortuna Düsseldorf. In August 2020 he signed as Sports Director at new MLS Club St. Louis SC.
RAINER HAHN – General Secretary / CEO
Rainer has worked in senior and advisory roles in the sports and media industry for more than 20 years. The sponsoring, CSR and media manager also worked as managing director and publishing director at leading subsidiaries of Springer, Burda, Süddeutscher Verlag and Bertelsmann, whose clients include top sports associations, clubs, environmental and social organizations and companies active in CSR and sponsoring sector across the globe.
In addition, he developed cross-media education and training platforms in football and lectures at universities and sports education institutions. Rainer is also an active member of the organizing team and player for the charity club FC Sternstunden of the German public-service radio and television broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.
The sports director of Hertha BSC played in the Bundesliga for VfB Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96, Hertha BSC Berlin. He also kicked in the Premier League and in Croatia. He was the top scorer in the Bundesliga in 1996. As an official, he started as managing director of sports and marketing at the Bulgarian club Chernomorets Burgas, VfB Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt, where he served as sports director. He is also active as a patron for KICKFORMORE and as an ambassador for the UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany and Laureus.
His greatest successes are winning the European Football Championship in 1996 with the German national team and the DFB Cup in 1997 with VfB Stuttgart. The striker played 37 games for the national team.