Ingmar De Vos

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Ingmar De Vos
Ingmar De Vos, FEI President.jpg
13th President of the
Fédération Equestre Internationale
Assumed office
14 December 2014
Preceded byHRH Princess Haya
Personal details
Born (1963-08-05) 5 August 1963 (age 56)
Spouse(s)Sabine Cox
ChildrenOlivier, Philippe, Jacco and Flo

Ingmar De Vos (born 5 August 1963) is a Belgian professional sports manager serving as the thirteenth and current President of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Equestre Internationale) (FEI). Educated in sports management, business administration and international law, he began his career in mainstream politics before working for the Belgian Equestrian Federation and supported that nation's equestrian teams at the Olympics and the FEI World Equestrian Games. He was one of the founders of the European Equestrian Federation and became secretary-general of the FEI in 2011 prior to being elected President of the organization in 2014

Education and Career[1][edit]

Studying at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (V.U.B), De Vos began his university education gaining master's degrees in Political Science (department International Relations) and International and European Law. He also studied business administration and later went on to gain further degrees including Sports Management from the Belgian Olympic Academy.

Following completion of his Masters in International and European law, De Vos joined the Belgian Senate,[2] as an advisor to the Liberal Group.

Equestrian organisation management career[edit]

Ingmar De Vos began his career within Equestrian Sports Management in 1990 at the Belgian Equestrian Federation,[3][4] first taking on the role of Managing Director which was later combined with the Secretary General role.[5] In his time at the Belgian Equestrian, De Vos was successful in modernising the organisation and administration including the restructuring of the organisation to allow the regional federations to receive government funding.[citation needed]

Alongside his core responsibilities as Managing Director and Secretary General, De Vos was also Head of the Belgian Equestrian Delegation at the Olympic Games from 2000-2008 in Sydney, Athens and Beijing as well as heading up the Belgian Delegation at the first five FEI World Equestrian Games between 1990 and 2010.

In 2010, Ingmar De Vos was one of the founders of the European Equestrian Federation and the first Secretary General of the organisation.[3][4]

From 2011 to 2014, Ingmar De Vos became Secretary General of the FEI which headquarters are based in Lausanne (SUI) he was elected FEI President in Baku (AZE) in 2014 and re-elected for a second four-year term in Manama (BRN) in 2018.

Since 2017, Ingmar De Vos is Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

In 2018, he was appointed Member of GAISF Council; Member of the following IOC Commissions: Legal Affairs and Digital and Technology; Member of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee and Foundation Board.

Fédération Equestre Internationale[edit]

Ingmar De Vos joined the FEI as Secretary General in 2011[6] during the second presidential term of HRH Princess Haya. During his time as Secretary General he worked closely with HRH Princess Haya, implementing a number of reforms to improve lines of communication with the National Federations and stakeholders. One of the key steps in this process was the creation of the FEI Sports Forum in 2012[7] to provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss matters relating to the sport in an open and transparent manner.

He was also instrumental in the restructuring of FEI's Commercial strategy which subsequently resulted in the signing of the organisation's biggest commercial deal with the Swiss watchmakers, Longines.[6][8][9][10]

Following the decision of FEI President HRH Princess Haya not to run for a third term,[11][12] Ingmar De Vos stepped forward as one of six candidates. The Presidential election took place at the 2014 FEI General Assembly in Baku, Azerbaijan where De Vos was elected in the first round of voting. A total of 131 National Federations voted:[3][4][13][14][15][16][17]

FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, Lanaken (2015) from the left: Judy Ann Melchior, Rik Van Miert (WBFSH), Ingmar De Vos (FEI), J. Pijarowski (KSPSK)
Presidential Candidate Votes
Ingmar De Vos (BEL) 98
Pierre Durand (FRA) 21
Pierre Genecand (SUI) 6
John McEwen (GBR) 6

Note: The two other candidates, Ulf Helgstrand (DEN) and Javier Revuelta del Peral (ESP) withdrew from the election process prior to the vote.

Ingmar De Vos' Presidential manifesto[18] focused on five main pillars: "Serving our community", "Sport: our core business", "Equestrian Sport in the Olympics", "FEI Solidarity" and "Horses as our Partners". These five pillars will serve as his blueprint for the four-year presidential term. De Vos' manifesto speech prior to his election can be seen here.[19]

As FEI President, De Vos has been very active; he attended Australian Sport Achievement Awards Night in July 2015[20][21] and in the same month visited the Bulgarian Federation Summer Camp supported by FEI Solidarity. Watch the FEI Reportage to learn more about the 4 pillars of FEI Solidary.[22] On 7 December, an FEI delegation composed of Ingmar De Vos, Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Secretary General, John Madden, FEI 1st Vice-President and Chair of the Jumping Committee and Frank Kemperman, Member of the Executive Board and Chair of the Dressage Committee were received at Al-Safriya Palace by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. De Vos presented King Hamad's with the first FEI Decoration in recognition of his pioneering role and dedicated efforts to promote the equestrian sport, preserve its heritage and support FEI governing body.[23]

On 20 November 2018, during its General Assembly held in Manama (BRN), Ingmar De Vos, uncontested candidate, was re-elected as FEI President for a four-year terms.,.[24][25] In a powerful acceptance speech here.[26] after an extended standing ovation from the delegates, De Vos once again expressed his belief in “our sport, in our community and in our potential”. He continued by saying that these are exciting times for equestrian, with a fan base which is clearly diversifying, and seven unique disciplines to promote concluding with, “the sky really is the limit!”

International Olympic Committee[edit]

On 15 September 2017, Ingmar was elected as a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the IOC Session in Lima, he is currently member of two Commissions, the Legal Affairs Commission and the Los Angeles 2028 Coordination Commission, while he has also served in the past as a member of the Digital and Technology Commission.

Ingmar De Vos is a member of the Governance Task Force set up by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in 2016.[27] and since April 2019 he is also an ASOIF Council Member.

In early November 2018 he was appointed to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Council and as the GAISF representative on the 12-member World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee. As of 1 January 2020, he will be the ASOIF representative on the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board. He is also on the board of the Belgian National Olympic Committee.


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  3. ^ a b c "Ingmar De Vos sweeps to win in FEI presidential election". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Ingmar De Vos Elected As FEI President". The Chronicle of the Horse. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  5. ^ FRBSE-KBRSF. "Equibel". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b "ASOIF - News". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Inaugural FEI Sports Forum Focuses on Show Jumping on Day One". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Longines & FEI Sign Sponsor Deal Worth At Least $130 Million Over 10 Years". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  9. ^ "FEI signs record deal with Longines". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  10. ^ "FEI signs biggest sponsorship deal in history with Longines". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Statement from FEI President HRH Princess Haya". FEI. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Princess Haya will not stand for third term". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  13. ^ "AIPS Web Site - Belgium's Ingmar De Vos elected FEI President". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Ingmar De Vos: Baku will be in memory of FEI as a city where new FEI president was elected". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Ingmar De Vos, 14ème Président de la Fédération Equestre Internationale / Actualités Fédérales / Accueil / Sites FFE - Portail FFE". 17 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Belgium's Ingmar de Vos is New FEI President". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  17. ^ "IEOA, International Equestrian Organisers' Alliance". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
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  19. ^ Ingmar De Vos - Election Speech - About FEI. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "FEI President to attend Australian Sport Achievement Awards Night". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Equestrian Australia Sport Achievement Awards - Equestrian Australia". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  22. ^ "#FEIReportage - Solidarity". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  23. ^ "Bahrain News Agency - Crown Prince meets President of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
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  26. ^ Ingmar De Vos: "These are exciting times" FEI Ordinary General Assembly 2018 – via YouTube.
  27. ^ "ASOIF Governance Task Force". Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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