FIS Council

Gian Franco Kasper

FIS President Gian Franco Kasper

Gian Franco Kasper (*1944) was elected FIS President in May 1998. He was re-elected for his fifth four-year term at the 49th International Ski Congress in Barcelona (ESP) in June 2014.

Following his studies in psychology, philosophy and journalism at the University of Zurich, Mr. Kasper contributed to different newspapers and edited the "Courrier de St-Moritz" in four languages from 1969 onwards. In 1974, he took charge of the management of a new Swiss Tourist Office at Montreal (CAN) before entering the management of FIS in 1975.

Prior to joining FIS, Mr. Kasper also worked at the St. Moritz tourist office while belonging to the organizing committees of several FIS World Cups and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz in 1974, where he presided over the publicity, press and public relations sections. He has also worked for the World Championships in Bobsleigh and the European Championships in Yachting and Riding. In 1975, FIS President Marc Hodler brought Mr. Kasper to Berne to take over the function of FIS Secretary General.

Subsequently he became a SportAccord Council Member (formerly GAIFS), member of the IOC, Vice-President of the IOC Olympic Channel Services and the IOC Coordination Commissions for the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022. He served as Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck 2012 and was a member of the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer 2016.

Furthermore he is President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and has been elected as IOC Executive Member in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). He is also Member of the Executive Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Mr. Kasper is married with an adult son, and lives near Thun, Switzerland.