BADMINTON WORLD FEDERATION

2015 AGM - Dongguan, China

Council

Executive Board

  • President

    Poul-Erik Høyer

    Denmark Denmark
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    Poul-Erik Høyer (Denmark)

    President

    Poul-Erik Høyer was elected in May 2013 and is Chair of the Council and the Executive Board.

    IOC Member since 2014 and a member of the IOC Entourage Commission, Poul-Erik is an Olympic Champion, a gold medalist in men’s singles at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

    He was a top international badminton player (1985-2000) and was athlete representative of the Danish National Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2013.

    Poul-Erik was until his election as BWF President in May 2013, the President of Badminton Europe (2010- 2013). He was Deputy Chairman of Badminton Denmark (2005-2010) and a board member of the International and Danish Players Federations. Poul-Erik was inducted into the Danish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and has held various positions in Denmark in the sports of football and handball since 2004.

    BWF Committees

    o   Chair –  Council and Executive Board

    o   Chair – Continental Confederations  Committee

    o   Ex-officio of all BWF Committees 

  • Deputy President

    Gustavo Salazar

    Peru Peru
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    Gustavo Salazar Delgado (Peru)

    Deputy President

    Elected to the Council in 2007, Gustavo served as BWF Vice President Pan America (2007 – 2013) and in May 2013, he was elected BWF Deputy President. Gustavo has been President of the Pan Am Badminton Confederation since 2005 and was President of the Peruvian Badminton Federation (2002 – 2009).

    Gustavo has a long association with the sport. A former player for Peru, he won titles at the nation, South American and Pan American levels in the sport.  A CEO in his company, Gustavo is a board member of many public and private companies in South America and an active member of numerous sports clubs including Cluba de Ragatas Lima, Club Waikiki, Playa del Sol and a member of the Panathlon Club del Peru.

    BWF Committees

    • Deputy Chair –  Council and Executive Board
    • Deputy Chair – Continental Confederations  Committee
  • Vice President – Africa

    Dagmawit Berhane

    Ethiopia Ethiopia
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    Dagmawit Girmay Berhane (Ethiopia)

    Vice President Africa

    Council and Executive Board

    IOC Member since 2013, Dagmawit is a member of the IOC Women and Sport Commission and a member of the IOC Nominations Commission. Dagmawit joined the Council in May 2013 as Vice President for Africa and is President of the Ethiopian Badminton Federation.

    As a Sports Administrator Dagmawit has held and holds many positions and roles in sport in the Ethiopian Martial Art Federation, the Ethiopian Olympic Committee, the African Badminton Federation, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and the Badminton Confederation Africa.

    BWF Committees

         o   Member - Continental Confederations Committee

         o   Deputy Chair – IOC & International Relations Committee

         o   Member – Development & Sport for All Committee

  • Vice President – Europe

    Gregory Verpoorten

    Belgium Belgium
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    Gregory Verpoorten (Belgium)

    Vice President Europe

    Council and Executive Board

    A Council member since 2009, Gregory was elected as BWF Vice President – Olympic Relations for a four year term (2009 – 2013) and then re-elected to Council in 2013 as Vice President – Europe. Gregory has served as the Deputy Chair of the Administration Committee since 2009.

    In April 2014, Gregory was elected as the 9th President of Badminton Europe succeeding Poul-Erik Høyer.  At 35, Gregory was the youngest person elected as President since Badminton Europe’s founding in 1967.

    In addition to a successful career in taxation - he is Senior Tax Manager in Deloitte LLP - Gregory has many years in badminton administration since first becoming the national junior coach with the Belgian Badminton Federation in 1999 and then national head coach from 2003 to 2005.

    From 2006, he served a five-year tenure as President of the national federation in Belgium, and in 2007 became a Director for Development at Badminton Europe, a post he held till 2013.

    BWF Committees

     

    • Deputy Chair –  Administration Committee
    • Member – IOC / International Relations  Committee
    • Member – Marketing Committee
    • Member – Continental Confederation Committee
  • Vice President – Asia

    Anton Subowo

    Indonesia Indonesia
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    Anton Subuwo (Indonesia)

    Vice President Asia

    Council and Executive Board

    Elected to the Council in May 2014, Anton is the Secretary General of Badminton Indonesia (PBSI), Director of Sponsorship and Business Development for PBSI and was Chef de Mission for 13th Sudirman Cup 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

    Anton has been involved in sport in various roles in Indonesia over many years. He was Chairman of International Relation for the Indonesian Archery Association (2003 – 2005), Team Manager, Indonesian Beach Volleyball (1996 – 2000) and President, Indonesia Beach Volley Ball (2000 to 2014) and Executive Board member of Indonesia’s National Federation of Volleyball (PBVSI).

    A graduate of Boston University, Anton is a company director of a wide range of companies in Indonesia and in various locations in Asia.

    BWF Committees

    • Member - Administration Committee
    • Member - IOC & International Relations Committee
  • Vice President – Oceania

    Geraldine Brown

    Australia Australia
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    Geraldine Brown (Australia)

    Vice President Oceania

    Council and Executive Board

    A Council member since 2013, Geraldine is BWF Vice President Oceania and is Chair of the BWF Women in Badminton Commission.

    Geraldine holds a number of positions in sport outside the BWF including President of Badminton Oceania, President of Badminton Australia - where she has been on the board for more than 12 years, and is Vice President of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA), having served on the ACGA board for 10 years before her election as Vice President in December 2014.

    A passionate badminton person, Geraldine has a long history with the sport as a player, coach and technical official. As a player she represented Australia five times and won national titles in women’s doubles as well as numerous titles at State level in Australia for Tasmania and Victoria.

    BWF Committees

    o   Member - Continental Confederations Committee

    o   Member – IOC & International Relations Committee

    o   Member – Events Committee

    o   Member – Administration Committee

  • Vice President – Pan Am

    Vishu Tolan

    Jamaica Jamaica
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    Vishwanauth ‘Vishu’ Tolan (Jamaica)

    Vice President Pan America

    Council and Executive Board

    Vishu was elected to Council in 2013 as BWF Vice President Pan Am and serves as Chair of the Administration Committee.

    In 2007, Vishu became General Secretary of Badminton Pan Am Confederation and in 2010 he was elected President of the Central America and Caribbean Badminton Confederation.

    Vishu served first as Treasurer (2002 - 2004) and then President (2005 - 2013) of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) and under his leadership, JBA successful ly staged the 2011 Pan American Junior Badminton Championships in Kingston. Vishu was elected First Vice President of the Jamaica Olympic Association in 2013.

    BWF Committees

    • Chair –  Administration Committee
    • Member – Development and Sport for All  Committee
    • Member – Finance Committee
    • Member – Continental Confederation Committee
  • Vice President – Para-Badminton

    Paul Kurzo

    Switzerland Switzerland
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    Paul Kurzo (Switzerland)

    Vice President Para-Badminton

    Council and Executive Board

    Vice President Para- Badminton since May 2011, Paul Kurzo has been actively involved in the governance and administration of para-badminton at an international level since 1996.

    Paul was formally President of the Para-Badminton World Federation (2008-2011), before the integration of para-badminton into the governance structure of the BWF in June 2011.

    Paul became a wheelchair para-badminton player in 1995 during the rehabilitation process following a paragliding accident and competed internationally in wheelchair para-badminton (1992-2006) gaining two wheelchair singles silver medals at the World Championships in 1998 and 2000. Paul was instrumental in establishing Wheelchair Badminton in Switzerland.

    BWF Committees

    • Chair –  Para-Badminton Committee
    • Member – Development and Sport for All  Committee
    • Member – IOC & International Relations
    • Member – Finance Committee
  • Chair - Communications Committee

    Ng Yoke Weng

    Singapore Singapore
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    Ng Yoke Weng (Singapore)

    Council and Executive Board

    Ng Yoke Weng was elected to Council in 2013 and has served as the Chair of the Communications and Media Committee since then.

    He has served in the management committee of Singapore Badminton for eight years (2004 – 2012) in various capacities including Secretary-General, Chairman of Tournament and finally as Vice President.

     For six years, he headed the organizing committee of the Singapore Open and under his leadership, the tournament has been very successful and very well received by badminton fans in Singapore.

    BWF Committees

    • Chair – Communications & Media Committee
    • Member – Events Committee
    • Member – Finance Committee
  • Chair – Development & Sport for All Committee

    David Cabello

    Spain Spain
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    David Cabello (Spain)

    Council & Executive Board

    The Chair of the Development and Sport for All Committee and BWF Executive Board member since 2009, David Cabello has been instrumental in driving the develop of the sport through a wide range  of initiatives including the Shuttle Time Schools Badminton programme, coach education and membership development.

    A strong advocate for sustainable development and research in badminton, David initiated the BWFs research grants programme, and advocated for scientific studies to be undertaken to develop innovative equipment for outdoor badminton.

    David is the President of the Spanish Badminton Federation, an Executive Committee Member for the Spanish Olympic Committee and an Executive Committee member of FISU.  David is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Sport Science at the University of Granada, has a PhD in Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Granada.

    BWF Committees

        o   Chair – Development & Sport for All Committee

        o   Member – IOC & International Relations Committee

        o   Member – Communications and Media Committee

        o   Member – Finance Committee

  • Chair – Events Committee

    Peter Tarcala

    Slovakia Slovakia
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    Peter Tarcala (Slovakia)

    Council and Executive Board

    Elected as a Council member in 2009, Peter Tarcala was Deputy Chair of Events for two years (2009 – 2010) and became Chair of the Events Committee following his re-election to Council in 2013.

    He has an extensive knowledge in the area of events with his experience from more than 150 BWF and European tournaments in various capacities ranging from Technical Official to member of Management Committee and organizer. Peter was a BWF Accredited Umpire (1998 – 2008) and Accredited Referee (2005 – 2012).

     Peter was the President of the Slovak Badminton Federation (2004 – 2006) and has been in the role of General Secretary since 2006. He has been a Council Member of Badminton Europe since 2003.

    BWF Committees

    • Chair - Events Committee
    • Member – Finance Committee
  • Chair – Finance Committee

    Lim Teong Kiat

    Malaysia Malaysia
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    Dato’ Wira Lim Teong Kiat (Malaysia)

    Council and Executive Board

    Elected to the Council in 2009, Dato’ Lim is a chartered accountant by profession and has served as Chair of the Finance Committee since his election to Council.

    Dato’ Lim’s involvement in badminton for more than 20 years, speaks volume of his contribution towards the game in Malaysia and to world badminton. He was Vice President of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (1982 to 2008) and has held the portfolio of Honorary Treasurer since 2006.

    He was Team Manager for the Malaysian badminton team for two Olympic Games – Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. For his contribution to the sport, he received the BWF Meritorious Service Award in 2008.

    He was appointed a Justice of Peace (JP) in 2011 and was conferred the highest state award which carries the title “Dato Wira” by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kedah.

    BWF Committees

    • Chair – Finance Committee
    • Member – Administration Committee
  • Chair – IOC & International Relations Committee

    Etienne Thobois

    France France
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    Etienne Thobois (France)

    Council and Executive Board

    BWF Council and Executive Board member since 2009, Etienne was Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee (2009 – 2013) before assuming his current role as Chair of IOC International & Relations Committee since his re-election to Council in May 2013. Etienne has also been serving as Deputy Chair of the Marketing Committee since May 2013.

    Etienne has been actively involved in badminton in various roles and level of the sport for more than last 20 years. A member of the French national team for almost ten years, he was three times national champion, played four European and World Championships and represented France in badminton at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

    He has been a board member of the French Badminton Federation since 1989, advisor to the French NOC on international relations and Olympic affairs and was a member of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games and the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Coordination team.

    Etienne received the BWF Meritorious Service Award in 2004. 

     BWF Committees

         o   Chair - IOC & International Relations Committee

         o   Deputy Chair – Marketing Committee

         o   Member – Finance Committee

  • Chair – Marketing Committee

    Nigel Skelt

    New Zealand New Zealand
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    Nigel Skelt (New Zealand)

    Council and Executive Board

    A Council member since 2009, Nigel is the Chair of the Marketing Committee and has served on various BWF committees and commissions since being on Council, including Deputy Chair of the Development and Sport for All Committee. Nigel has a passion for the development, innovation and marketing of the sport.

    Nigel has a long history with the sport. He is a Vice President of Badminton Oceania and is a Life Member of Badminton New Zealand. A former President of Badminton New Zealand, Nigel has been a selector, team manager and a senior national player for New Zealand. As a player Nigel earned 14 New Zealand Junior titles, two Australian Junior Titles, and two New Zealand Open Titles.

    Nigel is the General Manager of New Zealand’s largest multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility.

     BWF Committees

         o   Chair – Marketing Committee

         o   Member – IOC & International Relations Committee

         o   Member – Development & Sport for All Committee

Council Members

  • Deputy Chair – Communications Committee

    Ranjit de Silva

    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
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    Ranjit de Silva (Sri Lanka)

    Council Member

    Ranjit was first elected to Council in 1996 representing Zambia where he lived for 18 years. . He played a major role in the development and promotion of badminton in Zambia. Besides serving as the President of Zambia Badminton Association, he was also Vice-President, All-Afica Badminton Federation.

    Badminton has been his passion and he has used the combination of his administrative ability and knowledge of the game to develop badminton as a player, coach and administrator in Sri Lanka and Africa. He was a former national champion in Sri Lanka and he captained the national team. Even after retiring from open events, he continued to play the sport in Zambia and later in Singapore. He was a medalist at the World Masters Game 1994 for the over 50 event and in 2002 for the over 60 event.

    Upon his return to Sri Lanka, he continued to be active in the sport and served as the President of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association and was elected to the BWF Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013.

    A retired Professor in Materials Engineering, Ranjit has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Cambridge University, UK. He received the BWF Meritorious Service Award in 1994.

    BWF Committees

    • Deputy Chair – Communications Committee
    • Member – Para-Badminton Committee
    • Member – Administration Committee
  • Deputy Chair - Development & Sport for All Committee

    Jassem Kanso

    Lebanon Lebanon
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    Jassem Kanso (Lebanon)

    Council Member

    Jassem joined the BWF Council in 2013 and was appointed the Deputy Chair of the Development & Sport for All Committee. 

    Jassem, who retired from a career as a professional basketball player after 12 years, has been actively involved in promoting badminton in Lebanon and West Asia for many years.

    He served as the General-Secretary of the Lebanese Badminton Federation from 2008 – 2009 and since 2009, President of the Federation. He was also the Vice President for the Arab Badminton Association (2009-2013).

    In 2011, he was elected as Vice President of Badminton Confederation of Asia. Driven by his passion for sports, he founded a private sports center in Lebanon which provides opportunities for young people to engage in team sports and physical activities.

    BWF Committees

    • Deputy Chair – Development & Sport for All Committee
    • Member – Marketing Committee
  • Deputy Chair – Events Committee

    Li Lingwei

    China China
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    Li Lingwei (China)

    Council Member

    IOC Member since 2012 and is a member of the following IOC Commissions – Programme Commission, Olympic Solidarity Commission, Entourage Commission and the Coordination Commission for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

    Li Lingwei has been on the Chinese Olympic Committee’s Executive Board since 2004 and was one of only eight Chinese sports personalities selected to carry the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

    Li Lingwei was inducted into the BWF Hall of Fame in 1998 following a stellar career with more than 50 Grand Prix titles, three world championships titles and leading her country to three Uber Cup victories (World Women’s Team Championships).

    BWF Committees

         o   Deputy Chair – Events Committee

         o   Member – IOC & International Relations Committee

  • Deputy Chair - Finance Committee

    Chipo Zumburani

    Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
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    Chipo Zumburani (Zimbabwe)

    Council Member

    Elected to the Council in 2013, Chipo was appointed to serve in the Finance Committee assuming the role of Deputy Chair.

    Chipo has been active in badminton for 15 years promoting the sport to young people in a number of Zimbabwean schools. She also has a passion for increasing women’s participation in the sport.

    She is the President of the Badminton Association of Zimbabwe and was elected as a Council Member of Badminton Confederation of Africa in 2008. She chairs the continental body’s Women in Badminton Commission.

    BWF Committees

    • Deputy Chair - Finance Committee
    • Member – Marketing Committee
    • Member – Development & Sport for All Committee
  • Deputy Chair - Para-Badminton Committee

    Wayne Somers

    Canada Canada
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    Wayne Somers (Canada)

    Council Member

    Wayne is currently in his third term as a Council member having been elected in 2005 and then re-elected in 2009 and 2013. A Financial Advisor by profession, he has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2009.

    Wayne has been involved in badminton management since 1986 and served actively on various committees in Badminton Canada until his election as a board member. He was Vice President of Finance and Administration from 2002 – 2010.

    In 2007, he became Treasurer of the Badminton Pan Am Confederation, a post which he still holds.

    BWF Committees

    • Deputy Chair – Para-Badminton Committee
    • Member – Finance Committee
  • Deputy Chair - Women's Commission

    Nora Perry

    England England
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    Nora Perry (England)

    Council Member

    Elected to the Council in 2009 and re-elected in May 2013, Nora Perry MBE was the Chair of the Women in Badminton Working Group (2010 – 2013) and is currently Deputy Chair of what is now a Commission.

    Nora an English former badminton player and doubles specialist winning numerous major titles, with a variety of partners, from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s including six All-England mixed doubles and two All-England women's doubles championships. Nora won both the 1980 IBF World Championships and the 1980 European Championships in women's doubles with Jane Webster. And three years later, she won the 1983 IBF World Championships title in mixed doubles with Thomas Kihlström.

    Nora was inducted into the IBF / BWF Hall of Fame in 1999 and was awarded a MBE by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for her services to badminton. Nora is a strong advocate for equal opportunity for both women and men in all aspects of badminton.

    She currently teaches badminton at Davenant Foundation School in Essex and is a member of Badminton England’s Performance Group and a member of Badminton England’s International Committee.

    BWF Committees

    • Member - Events Committee
    • Member – Para-Badminton Committee
    • Member – IOC & International Relations Committee
    • Members – Administration Committee
  • Chair - Athletes Commission

    Yuhan Tan

    Belgium Belgium
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    Yuhan Tan (Belgium)
    Chair – Athletes’ Commission

    Yuhan Tan was elected to the Athletes’ Commission for a 4-year term in 2013 and in May 2015, he was elected by his peers to Chair the Commission. He will serve as Chair until 2017.

    An eight-time Belgian champion in the men’s singles, Yuhan is the most successful men's singles badminton player in Belgian.

    In 2008, Yuhan was the second youngest men's singles player to qualify for the 2008 Olympics. However, he was not selected by the Belgian Olympic Committee to go to the Games due to the NOC’s own Olympic qualification standards for national athletes.

    In 2012, Yuhan qualified for and competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games together with his sister Lianne. Yuhan’s highest ranking of 46 in the men’s singles was achieved in March 2012, just before the end of the qualifying period for the London Olympic Games. In addition to his active involvement in badminton, Yuhan is also pursuing a medical degree from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

    Yuhan has been a member of the Belgian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission since January 2013.

    BWF Committees;

    • Member - Events Committee
    • Member - Marketing Committee
    • Member - Communications Committee
  • Raj Gaya

    Mauritius Mauritius
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    Raj Gaya (Mauritius)

    Council Member

    BWF Council Member since 1999, Raj has served under four Presidents in various committees. He has been involved in badminton for more than 30 years, starting as a player and then to an administrator at the national and then at the confederation level leading to the current international level.

    For the past 27 years, Raj has served Mauritius Badminton Association in the capacity as Treasurer (1991 – 1999), then Secretary-General (1999-2000) and has been in the role of President since 2008.

    In 1997 he became Treasurer of Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) and in 1999 he was elected as the Secretary General, a position which he is still holding.

    BWF Committees

    • Member - Events Committee
    • Member – Administration Committee
  • Akhilesh Gupta

    India India
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    Akhilesh Das Gupta (India)

    Council

    Elected to the Council in May 2013, Dr Gupta is the President of Badminton India and Chair of the Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association. Elected to the Indian Parliament for the first time in 1996, Dr Gupta has served three terms as a Member of Parliament.

    Dr Gupta has a long association with badminton, and through his leadership of Badminton India it has developed its national structure and athlete pathways and he has been a strong supporter of hosting international events in India including a leg of the BWF World Superseries, and annual Grand Prix event and most recently, the Thomas and Uber Cups in Delhi, in May 2014 where Badminton India also hosted the BWF AGM. 

    Dr Gupta was a former national level player (1977-83), represented his State for eight years at the national championships and captained the state side four times.

    BWF Committees

     

    • Member - Events Committee
    • Member – Development & Sport for All Committee
    • Member – Marketing Committee
  • Mehdi Karbasian

    Iran Iran
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    Mehdi Karbasian (Iran)

    Council Member

    Elected to the Council in 2003, Mehdi is currently in his third term as a Council member having been re-elected in 2009 and 2013 after a short break (2004 – 2009). He served as the Deputy Chair of the Finance Committee for a 4-year term (2009 – 2013).

    A badminton stalwart, Mehdi held the chairmanship of the Badminton Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran for a period of 21 years (1989 to 2010), Vice President of Asian Badminton Confederation for 7 years (2003 – 2010) and founded the Badminton Confederation of West Asia head-quarters in Iran with a membership of 17 countries.

    He served as the Treasurer and Board Member of the Iranian NOC from 2006 – 2000 and was re-elected in 2008, a post which he still holds. In 2011, he was elected as a member of the Olympic Council of Asia and has served in the Finance Committee since.

    Mehdi has held positions in many international organisations and is a board member of numerous public and private companies in Iran. 

    He has held the portfolio of Deputy Minister & Chairman of the Board of IMIDRO (Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization) since 2013.

    He received the BWF Meritorious Service Award in 1994.  

    BWF Committees

    • Member – IOC International Relations Committee
    • Member – Administration Committee
    • Member – Finance Committee
  • Sergey Shakhray

    Russia Russia
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    Sergey Shakhray (Russia)

    Council Member

    Elected to the Council in 2009, Dr Shakhray has been President of National Badminton Federation of Russia since 2005 and has had more than 35 years involvement in badminton. Dr Shakhray is a professor with a doctorate in law and has held very senior positions in the Russian Government.

    An expert in the field of sport legislation development in Russia, Dr Shakhray has been an Arbitrator of Russian Court of Arbitration for Sport since 2005, an Umpire Sports Arbitration Court of Russia since 2005 and has been Chairman of the Legal Committee of Russian Olympic Committee since 2011.

    Dr Shakhray is a visiting Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is chairman of the Audit Committee of the Association of Lawyers of Russia and has been the General Secretary of Accounts Chamber of Russian Federation since 2000 and the Scientific Director of State Research Institute of Systems Analysis since 2003.

    Dr Shakhray has an extensive background in government and was Vice Prime Minister of the Russian Government (1991-1996) and Member of Parliament of Russia (1990-1998)

    BWF Committees

     

    • Member  –  Development & Sport for All Committee
    • Member – Administrations  Committee