Executive Board

The role of the Executive Board is to govern World Athletics’ business.

The Executive Board has responsibility for all decisions related to the business of World Athletics including developing and reviewing the World Athletics Strategic Plan; adopting and monitoring the annual plan and budget; appointing and monitoring the Chief Executive; financial planning and controlling income and expenditure; identifying and managing risks; and developing internal controls, organisational policies, procedures and systems (e.g., human resources, IT).

The Executive Board is currently made up of the following nine members:

  • President (elected at the 2019 Congress meeting);
  • 4 Vice-Presidents (elected at the 2019 Congress meeting);
  • 3 Appointed Executive Board Members (appointed by the 5 Elected Executive Board Members on the recommendation of the Executive Board Appointments Panel);
  • Chief Executive Officer (non-voting).


The term of office for Executive Board Members is four years.

Sebastian COE

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics President (2015-present)
  • Board of the Diamond League AG Chairman (2015-present)
  • World Athletics Vice-President (2007-2015)
  • World Athletics Council Member (2003-2007)

Other athletics administration

  • International Athletics Foundation President (2015-present)
  • World Athletics Championships Organising Committee Director, London 2017 (2013-2015)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - London 2012 Organising Committee Chairman (2005-2012)
  • Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - London 2012 Bid Committee Chairman (2004-2005)
  • British Olympic Association Chairman (2012-2016)
  • IOC Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Coordination Commission Member (2013-present)
  • IOC Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission Member (2016-present)
  • IOC Olympic Summit Member (2015-present)
  • ANOC Executive Council Member (2015-present)
  • ASOIF Council Member (2017-present)

Other relevant and significant experience

  • Chaired British Government Sports Honours Committee (2010-2018) and served within the Cabinet Office as Legacy Ambassador for the London 2012 Games (2012-2017)
  • International Inspiration Chairman (charity delivering London 2012 Bid pledge to use sport to enhance the lives of youth around the world) (2013-2015)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Member (1981-1989)
  • European Olympic Committee Executive Committee Member (2013-2017)
  • ANOC Working Group on Youth Chairman (2015-current)

Athletics career

  • Olympic Games: 1500m gold and 800m silver at Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984
  • 12 world records: 800m, 1000m, 1500m and one mile
  • World Cup: gold and silver in 1981 and 1989
  • European Indoor Championships: 1977 gold 800m
  • European Championships: 1978 bronze 800m, 1982 silver 800m, 1986 gold 800m, silver 1500m

Other experience and achievements

  • Executive Chairman of CSM Sport & Entertainment (2013-current)
  • Chancellor of Loughborough University (2017-current)
  • Advisor to Morgan Stanley & Co International and to Vitality Health & Life Group (current)
  • Member of British Parliament (1992-1997) & Private Secretary, Opposition Leader (1997-2001)
  • Made a Peer in 2000, received a Knighthood in 2006 and Companion of Honour in 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (BBC Sports Personality of the Year)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Laureus World Sport Awards)
Sebastian Coe (Philippe Fitte)

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  • NATIONALITY Great Britain GREAT BRITAIN
  • LANGUAGES English, French

Sergey BUBKA

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Senior Vice-President (2007-2011, 2015-present)
  • World Athletics Vice-President (2011-2015)
  • World Athletics Council member (2001-present)
  • World Athletics Development Commission Chairman (2011-2015)
  • World Athletics Development Commission Deputy Chairman (2007-2011)
  • World Athletics Development Commission Member (2015-present)
  • World Athletics International Commission Member (2015-present)
  • World Athletics Competition Commission Member (2003-2015)
  • World Athletics Athletes Commission Member (2001-2011)
  • IAAF World Championships Coordination Commission Chairman: Daegu 2011 and Moscow 2013

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • IOC Executive Board Member (2012-present)
  • ASOIF Council Member (2009-2017)
  • IOC Executive Board Member as athletes’ representative (2000-2008)
  • IOC Member (1999-present)
  • IOC Entourage Commission Chairman (2010-present)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Honorary Member (2008-present)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Chairman (2002-2008)
  • Member of IOC Disciplinary Commission for Beijing 2008
  • Member of IOC Disciplinary Commission for Torino 2006
  • Member of IOC Disciplinary Commission for Athens 2004
  • IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up Commission Member
  • IOC Eligibility Commission Member (1998)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Member (1996-2002)

Other relevant and significant experience

  • NOC of Ukraine President (2005-present)
  • Member of the EURO 2012 UKR/POL Organizing Committee (2009-2012)
  • Organising Committee preparation and participation of the Ukrainian athletes in the Olympics and Youth Olympics, Paralympics and Deaflympics, World Universiades, World and European Championships Member (2003-present)
  • Executive Board Member, NOC of Ukraine (1994-present)
  • Advisor to President of Ukraine on Physical Culture and Sport (2010-2013)
  • UNESCO Ambassador and Champion for Sport (2003-present)
  • Founder and Organiser of Donetsk International Tournament 'Pole Vault Stars' (1999-2014)
  • Laureus World Sports Academy Member

Athletics career

  • 1988 Olympic pole vault champion
  • Ten-time world pole vault champion
  • World record beaten 35 times (pole vault)

Other experience and achievements

  • IAAF Hall of Fame Member, Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, UNESCO Champion for Sport, L’Equipe Champion des Champions, The Best pole vaulter of the last half century by Track & Field News, Prince of Asturias Award in Sports, International Sports Event Management (ISEM) Award, The Panathlon International Flambeau d’Or for promotion of sports, NOC Order
  • Listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest number of world achievements in athletics, Hero of Ukraine, Order of Merit, II grade, I grade, Ukraine, Order of Yaroslav the Wise, V, IV, III grade, Ukraine, Order of the State, Ukraine, Honorary Decoration of the President of Ukraine, Honorary Citizen of Bratislava, Padova, Donetsk, Lugansk, Abano Terme, Rio de Janeiro
Sergey Bubka (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Ukraine Ukrainian
  • LANGUAGES Russian, Ukrainian, English, French

Geoff GARDNER

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Vice-President (2019-present)
  • World Athletics Council Member (2011-2019)
  • World Athletics Russian Taskforce (2016-present)
  • World Athletics Nationality Review Panel (2018-present)
  • IAAF Development Commission (2011-2015), Deputy Chair (2015-2019)
  • IAAF Finance and Budget Commission (2011-2015)
  • IAAF Audit and Finance Commission, Deputy Chair (2015-2019)
  • IAAF Working Group Governance and Integrity Reform (2016-2019)
  • IAAF Working Group Transfer of Allegiance (2017-2018)
  • World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 Organisational Delegate

Other athletics administration

  • Oceania Athletics Association Council Member (2003-present)
  • Oceania Athletics Association President (2007-2019)
  • Member Federation: Executive Board Member (1982-present), General Secretary (1992-1995, 2004-present)
  • National Technical Official

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Former local memberships:
  • Rugby, South Africa 1978
  • Rugby league, cricket, tennis, golf
  • Former Player/Secretary National Cricket Association (Norfolk Island)

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Norfolk Island Amatuer Sports former Member
  • Commonwealth Games Associtation former Member
  • Chief Minister and Minister for Sports (2001-2006)
  • Member of the Jury of Appeal - area, World Championships, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games (2011-present)
  • Technical Official - area championships, Continental Games and regional events (2003-present)

Athletics career

  • South Africa District Age Championships 1978
  • New Zealand Championships 1979
  • Norfolk Island javelin champion 1982-1995
  • Pacific Games finalist, Tahiti 1995

Other experience and achievements

  • Executive Masters Degree, Sports Organisation Management 2016-2017
  • Government Minister (various portfolios) 1998-2010
  • Speaker of the Legislative Assembly 2006-2007
  • Centenary Medal - Services to Government (Australia) 2001
  • Merit Award – Oceania Athletics Association 2010
  • IAAF Centenary Medallion 2012
  • IAAF Veterans Pin 2013
  • Order of Australia (OAM) 2015
Geoff Gardner (Philippe Fitte)

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  • NATIONALITY Norfolk Island NORFOLK ISLANDS
  • LANGUAGES English

Nawaf Bin Mohammed AL SAUD

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Vice-President (2019-present)
  • World Athletics Council Member (2015-2019)
  • World Athletics Marketing & Promotion Commission Member (2007-2011)

Other athletics administration

  • International Athletics Foundation Executive Committee Member (2017-present)
  • International Athletics Foundation Council Member (2011-present)
  • Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation President (1992-2016)
  • Arab Athletics Federation Honorary President (1993-2016)
  • World Athletics Youth Engagement & Social Media Commission Member
  • AAA Development Commission Chairman (2000-2004)
  • Supreme Committee Chairman of GCC track & field of series of championships organised by the Saudi Athletics Federation (1996-2016)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Executive Bureau Member (1992-2016)
  • Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Executive Bureau Vice-President (2007-2011)
  • Saudi Arabian Football Federation Council Member (1992-2001)
  • Saudi Arabian Football Federation Technical Committee Chairperson (1993-2002)
  • Al Hilal Saudi FC Club Basketball Team General Supervisor (1993-1998)
  • Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee of Clubs’ Football Championship of the GCC states held in 1986

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Saudi Athletics Federation National team Committee Chairman

Athletics achievements

  • Practiced athletics in all events during all school stages in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Javelin champion of the Preparatory/Intermediate schools during 1967-1970
  • Javelin champion of the Secondary /High school intermediate schools during 1971-1974

Other experience and achievements

  • Chosen as the ‘Best Personality in sport’ in 1994 by the ‘British Union of Media Marketing Limited’
  • Chosen as the ‘Best Personality in Sport’ in 1996 by the Egyptian Al-Ahram Press Foundation
  • Chosen as the ‘Best Federation President of Individual Sport’ in 2001 and 2002 successfully through statistics carried out by the ‘Al-Ahram Al- Arabi Establishment’
  • Received the ‘Long Service Trophy as the President of Saudi Athletics Federation’ from the AAA in Wuhan, China in 2015
  • Received the IAAF Veteran Pin in Sweden in 1995
Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • LANGUAGES Arabic, English

Ximena RESTREPO

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Vice-President (2019-present)
  • World Athletics Gender Leadership Taskforce (2018-present)
  • IAAF Athletes’ Commission Member (2001-2003)

Other athletics administration

  • ConSudAtle Athletes’ Commission Member (2018-present)
  • Universidad Catolica track and field Team head coach (2006-2011)
  • Club Deportivo Universidad Católica Track and Field Board Member (2011-present)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Organising Committee of Santiago 2023 Pan-American Games Technical Director
  • Organising Committee of Santiago 2014 South American Games Technical Director (2010-2014)
  • Panam Sports Technical Commission Member (2018-present)

Other relevant and significant experience

  • Everest School Sports Director (2002-2006)
  • IAAF Level IV in middle and long distance events (2004)

Athletics career

  • 1992 Olympic 400m bronze medallist
  • 1991 World Championships 400m sixth place
  • 1993 World Championships 400m fifth place

Other experience and achievements

  • Nutritional coach since 2015
  • Masters in managing Olympic sport organisations (2017) Universidad San Sebastian-Chilean Olympic Committee
Ximena Restrepo (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Colombia Colombia
  • LANGUAGES Spanish, English

Abby HOFFMAN

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (1995-present)
  • World Athletics Competition Commission Chair
  • World Athletics Russia Task Force Member
  • World Athletics Working Group on Integrity & Governance Reform Member
  • World Athletics Doping Review Board Member

Other athletics administration

  • NACAC Council Member (1995-present)
  • Athletics Canada Board Member (ex officio) (1995-present)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Sport Canada Director General
  • Athletics Integrity Unit Board Member (World Athletics Council Rep)
  • AIU Appointments Panel Member

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • IAAF Organisational Delegate World Championships Daegu 2011, World U20 Championships Oregon 2014
  • Canadian Olympic Committee Board Member (representing athletics), Executive Board Member
  • Led successful campaigns in Canada to secure athlete representation and financing
  • Bid Committee for 2014 Commonwealth Games (City of Ottawa) Chair
  • Chair of the IAAF Jury of Appeal for all World Championships and Olympic Games since 1989
  • World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 Site Review Team Member
  • IAAF Delegate to World Anti-Doping Conferences - IAAF spokesperson in 2013

Athletics career

  • Represented Canada at four Olympic Games, reaching the 800m final on two occasions: Mexico 1968 (seventh) and Munich 1972 (eighth, PB of 2:00.17)
  • Medallist, including two gold, at four consecutive Pan-American Games at 800m/1500m
  • 1966 Commonwealth 880 yards champion
  • National titles: Canada (10x); also USA and Great Britain (800m)

Other experience and achievements

  • Named an Officer of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian award)
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorates from three Canadian universities - University of Toronto, York University and Acadia University - for contributions to sport, health and public policy
  • Significant experience as a public speaker at national and international conferences and events
  • Experienced journalist - print, radio and television - columnist, documentaries, commentary
Abby Hoffman (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY CANADACanada
  • LANGUAGES English, French

Sunil SABHARWAL

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Executive Board Member

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) Secretary General (2003-present)
  • International Olympic Committee Commission on Sustainability and Legacy Member (2000-present)
  • Former LA2028 Candidature Committee Board Member

Other experience and achievements

  • Former Chair of a publicly listed and private equity backed companies
  • Chaired or been a member of various audit, risk, remuneration and nomination committees
  • Private equity and Board Member experience in telecoms, media, healthcare, software and fintech sectors
  • Former United States Board Member on the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Best-in-class financial and technology sector and subject matter knowledge
  • US Olympic fencing team Chief of Mission Beijing 2008

Sports career

  • Three-time NCAA all-American fencing champion
  • International fencing referee
Sunil Sabharwal (Getty Images)

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  • NATIONALITY USA/HUN US Hungarian
  • LANGUAGES English, Hungarian

Hasan ARAT

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Executive Board Member

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Turkish NOC Vice-President
  • Istanbul 2020 Candidate City Bid Chairman
  • European Olympic Committee Executive Committee Member 
  • European Olympic Committee Coordination Commission for the 2023 European Games Chairman
  • IOC Marketing Commission Member
  • ANOC Marketing Finance Commission Member

Other experience and achievements

  • Novo Invest Chairman
  • Beymen Vice-Chairman
  • FIBA Group Board Member
  • Dome Group Founder and Partner

Sports career

  • Former professional basketball player
  • Besiktas FC Vice-President (1998-2000)
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  • NATIONALITY Turkey Turkish
  • LANGUAGES Turkish, English