Below you can see who does what at FIH
Our staff are mostly based in Lausanne. Although with events and National Associations all over the world we are often travelling. When we are not working hard to deliver our strategy you can find us playing, watching and supporting hockey. To meet the team read on.
With more than 35 years’ of experience as an executive leader and a proven track record working at the highest levels of sports administration on the global stage, French national Thierry Weil is multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-lingual leader. His strong international reputation in the highest echelons of the sports industry has been cemented thanks to his executive roles at two companies – Adidas Global and, most recently, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The former ‘Vice President, Global Football Sports’ at Adidas and 'Director of Marketing' at FIFA believes the values and respect within all levels of hockey are unique, whilst new international events, including the FIH Pro League and the Hockey Series, present exciting opportunities for the sport.
Jon joined the FIH in April 2018, returning to the sport he has played since childhood. A double Olympian from the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Games, he has spent the last 15 years working in the Sports Marketing industry, working with sports organisations, sponsors and the media to raise the profile of sport and demonstrate its power to make the world a better place. Having worked across Olympic and Paralympic sports, football, rugby and many other professional sports, he is most excited about bringing this experience learnt from other sports to hockey as we continue to professionalise the sport and grow it across the world.
Eduardo joined FIH in October 2016 after being the Sport Manager of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Its main function is to guarantee together with local organizing committees the best delivery of field of play to the teams and officials. What most impresses him about Hockey is the dynamics of the matches.
Alastair joined FIH from Labosport International where he was Deputy CEO having worked alongside FIH for a number of years. He has over 35 years’ experience of the testing and setting of standards for the performance of sports facilities and sports equipment, being recognised as an international expert on synthetic turf sports surfaces. He is the author of the FIH Hockey Turf and Field Standards and heads the FIH Quality Programme.
As the Finance Director, Diana oversees all the financial aspects of FIH and is responsible for the flow of financial information to the Chief Executive, the Board and, where necessary, external parties. She is also the Secretary for the FIH Finance Risk and Compliance Committee. With more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and banking, Diana’s favourite thing about hockey is the FIH hockey family.
As Finance & HR Assistant, Adam assists the team with day-to-day financial operations as well as with some HR duties. He joined the FIH in 2019 following 4 years at PwC right after his studies.
Hilary joined FIH in 2015 as Head of Event Delivery overseeing FIH events. Having worked at England Rugby 2015, 2014 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and as the coaching & events manager for Badminton Scotland, Hilary brings a wide range of skills and expertise to the team. A retired player she loves that hockey is an equitable sport for life with a great international family.
Gabrielle Van Zwieten
Antoine joined the Events team in January 2018. He has always worked in sport, first for a Ski & Snowboard Company as european marketing and export manager and then organising international rugby events across Asia and for the French Rugby Union (FFR). In his new role Antoine will be focusing on the Hockey5s, FIH Pro league and the Olympic Games.
He loves the values that hockey generates and the potential the sport has in terms of development across the world.
Nicolas joined the FIH in October 2018 after having been involved in sports and communications for more than 20 years. His experience includes various functions in communications at FIFA as well as at the French Football Association. In his role, Nicolas is overseeing communications and PR matters, including media relations, international relations, corporate communications and event communications. Nicolas enjoys the rhythm of the game and the skills of hockey players as well as the values of the sport.
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Richard has been heavily involved with media operations planning & coordination for FIH events since 2006. As well as working for FIH, Richard has been a journalist and editor of various hockey publications and websites, looked after media operations at the Euro Hockey League (EHL) and worked for LOCOG as Venue Media Manager for Hockey at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He first picked up a hockey stick at the age of nine and finds that the combination of speed, skill and athleticism makes this sport truly special.
Sarah is a player, coach and hockey writer. Her love of the game started from the age of five when she spent every weekend on the side of the pitch watching her parents play. She started playing for her local club side when she was 13. Her best hockey experience so far has been leading the Olympic News Service hockey journalists team at the 2012 Olympics. For her, hockey is a truly inclusive sport that offers competition and playing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
Harsimran Singh Virk
Harsimran is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining secure IT solutions and digital services across the FIH. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering and a MBA in Sports Administration.
Holding a Master of Sports Law, Laurent’s role at the FIH is to manage all legal and governance matters as well as advising on Anti-Doping issues. Laurent’s favourite thing about hockey is the intensity of the game that makes people feel strong emotions as well as the educational and social values conveyed through the sport.
Mélanie coordinates the logistics of FIH meetings and the FIH Congress. She also follows up with the FIH National Associations on governance matters. Prior to joining FIH, Mélanie studied International Relations in Geneva and was the Ceremonies Coordinator for UEFA at EURO 2012. Mélanie’s favourite thing about hockey is the gender balance of the sport.
Joined the FIH in March 2018, to coordinate Travel and Accommodation for the FIH Family.
Worked on the Travel Industry since the last 15 years, I was in charge of organizing travels of Match Officials at the UEFA during the last 8 years.
A fan of a lot of sports, what I like about Hockey in addition to the intensity of the game and the passion it gives to such many people around the world, is the fact that, as every other Team sports you will only be able to achieve a common goal by working / playing together.
Daniela already worked within sports, at the International Olympic Committee Sport department, and at the Olympic Museum Events and Seminar Department. She then moved to the German part of Switzerland for a couple of years. Back in Romandie, Daniela worked for a training center based in Lausanne, organising the course logistics for a big multinational before travelling the world for 6 months around Oceania and Asia. Once back, she was proposed a job as Guest relations officer in the Maldives, which she could not refuse, an amazing way to combine her love for the ocean and a way to meet people from all over the world. Daniela has always loved sports: in her spare time she is a keen sailor, scuba diver and underwater photographer. In fact, anything to do with the water!
Mike joined FIH from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Department in June 2018, having previously held roles with the FIH, England Hockey and with sport in the private sector. As a self-professed “hockey badger”, Mike has also been an active hockey volunteer in a wide range of roles for over 30 years. Mike is passionately committed to promote and develop hockey throughout the World.
A recent addition to the Sport team, Andre coordinates the FIH Hockey Academy. Prior to joining the FIH he was technical director at the Portuguese Hockey Federation (PHF) and technical official for FIH, EHF and PHF.