Oliver Dudfield

Head of Sport For Development & Peace, The Commonwealth

Oliver Dudfield is the Head of Sport for Development and Peace at the Commonwealth Secretariat. He leads the organisation’s work supporting Commonwealth member countries to strengthen policy and strategy aimed at promoting and protecting the contribution of sport to national development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Over his career Oliver has worked with multiple UN and intergovernmental agencies, national governments, NGOs and sporting organisations on Sport for Development and Peace policy design, strategy and partnership projects.


He is currently Chair of the Steering Board of the International Platform on Sport and Development and sits on the Advisory Board of the International Safeguarding Children in Sport initiative.


Prior to joining the Commonwealth Secretariat, he held management positions at Vicsport, the peak body for sport and active recreation in Victoria, Australia and in the international development team at UK Sport.