When it comes to the passionate advocacy for equity and level playing fields in sports, you will find no greater proponent than Dr. Sasha Sutherland, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO). In her role she manages teams in the 18 Caribbean RADO member countries, ensuring the rules and regulations are maintained at international standards, which she anticipates will redound to the benefit of all athletes in sport.
With a desire to increase awareness around issues of race and gender inequality; governance and leadership (particularly sport diplomacy); and, doping in sport, Dr. Sutherland is a published part-time lecturer in The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus’ Sport Science and Tourism Masters Programmes. There, she provides instruction on Sport Management and Marketing and Sport and Event Management. She is a former lecturer and curriculum developer for The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ International Sport Management Programme and was an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Scholar in Sport Management at George Mason University in Virginia.
Sasha currently serves on the National Compliance Platform for Anti-Doping in Barbados and has been a volunteer at the Barbados Olympic Association and Barbados Olympic Academy since 2005; working with Olympic Day and having served on the Women in Sport Commission from 2009 to 2019. She is a former coach, referee, Women’s Committee, Management Team and Executive Council Member in Football; a former Secretary General in Hockey; and, still volunteers in Swimming and Triathlon, where her daughter is a national athlete.
Dr. Sutherland holds a BSc Psychology with Literatures in English, an Advanced Diploma in Sport Management and a PhD in Cultural Studies. A former triple-discipline athlete of Lawn Tennis, Football and Hockey, Sasha brings her knowledge of being athlete, administrator and academic together to inform the world in any way she can.