The Team

Meet Our Team

Alikhan Popat

Alikhan Popat

Founder & President at Football for the World; Owner & Head Coach at FFTW Development
Alikhan’s expertise emanates from an international development background alongside his credentials within coaching football across the globe with Arsenal FC from 2011-2013. With his unique background, he uses his expertise to help build, structure, and inspire FFTW to reach and assist those in need. As Founder and President, his role is to overlook all programs...
Monica Bosiljevac

Monica Bosiljevac

Board President & Operations Manager at Football For The World-USA
Monica, a native of Omaha, NE, USA has been a member of the FFTW family since June 2012. She first heard about FFTW while coaching soccer alongside our organization founder, Alikhan, in Mwanza, Tanzania. As a collegiate student-athlete at the time, Monica wanted to get her teammates involved.  Since then, Monica has lead donation drives...
Danny Aviles

Danny Aviles

Fundraising Manager & Development Coordinator at Football for the World - USA
Danny Aviles was born in Chicago but raised in the San Francisco area, where he grew up to attend and play soccer for the men’s team at Chapman University. He earned his degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Physical Education. Between the ages of 8-12, Danny spent his summers playing football in his...
Clyde D’Souza

Clyde D’Souza

Treasurer at Football for the World; Finance Manager at FFTW Development
Looking to the combine his passion for football and his profession as an accountant, Clyde joined the FFTW team in 2012. After graduating Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 with this Bachelor of Business Administration degree, he moved across the country to Calgary, Alberta and beginning his career with Suncor Energy Inc. Clyde spent two years...
Joe Marinkovich

Joe Marinkovich

Development Coordinator - Omaha, Neb; FFTW - USA
Joe Marinkovich, an Omaha native, attended Creighton Prep High School before attending the University of Nebraska Omaha where he will graduate this December with a degree in exercise science. Joe was a member of UNO’s inaugural men’s soccer team and led his team to become conference champions in just four short years at the Division I...
Emily Michaels

Emily Michaels

Development & Events Coordinator - Omaha, Neb./Kansas City, KS; FFTW-USA
Emily Michaels is a North Carolina native who has spent the past 10 years in the midwest with her family in Kansas City. She is our newest FFTW team member and is one of our development and event coordinators. Emily has grown up with soccer, playing her entire club career for Sporting Blue Valley. She...
Marco Saglimbeni

Marco Saglimbeni

FFTW-USA Ambassador
Marco Saglimbeni was born in Orange County, but grew up in San Jose, California. After a successful youth club career in Northern California, Marco returned to Orange County to join the Chapman University Men’s Soccer Team. After graduating with degrees in Biology and Italian Studies, Marco now attends Keck Graduate Institute of the Claremont Colleges...
Michael Adhanom

Michael Adhanom

FFTW-USA Ambassador
Michael was born in Ethiopia, but moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 2015 to pursue his education at the University of Nebraska Omaha. In hopes of diversifying his knowledge and his passion for helping others, Michael chose to major in Public Health. Michael’s passion for helping people, his love for football and his willingness to hep...