FISA Headquarters are located at:

Maison du Sport International
Av. de Rhodanie 54
1007 Lausanne

Tel  +41 21 6178373
Fax +41 21 617 8375


Executive Director - Matt Smith (SUI/USA)

E-mail: matt.smith(at)

  • Management of FISA, within the policies and objectives approved by the FISA Council.
  • Management of the FISA Headquarters, staff, consultants,
  • Responsible for the effective relationship with the President, the Chairmen of the Commissions and the National Federations.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the Annual Business Plan as well as the Olympic Cycle (four year) Business Plan for approval by the Council.


Sport Director - Colleen Orsmond (RSA)

E-mail: colleen.orsmond(at)

  • Oversight of all World Rowing, Olympic and Paralympic rowing events in terms of general operations and sport aspects
  • General sport-related issues
  • Sustainability


Technical Director - Svetla Otzetova (BUL)

E-mail: svetla.otzetova(at)

  • Oversight of technical and operational aspects of Olympic Games, Paralympic and Youth Games, World Championships and World Cup regattas
  • Management of the technical aspects of the bid process for Olympic and Paralymic Games
  • Development of new and upgrading existing regatta venues


Marketing Director – Andrew Couper (GBR)

E-mail: andrew.couper(at)

  • Marketing Strategies and Planning
  • Coordination of marketing and televisual aspects of World Championships and World Cup regattas
  • Development of new commercial activities


Development Director - Sheila Stephens Desbans (CAN)

E-mail: sheila.stephens(at)

  • Management and administration of Development Programme and Strategic Plan
  • Implementation of policies and guidelines for the Development Programme, international training camps and coaching academy
  • Contact with developing countries, boat building and coaching courses
  • Olympic Solidarity and IOC Sports Department relations regarding development
  • Facilitation of assistance for development teams at FISA events


Coaching Director - Gianni Postiglione (ITA)

  • Coordination with the Development Director on the delivery of activities to support the Strategic Plan as well as the related policies and guidelines
  • Mentorship and guidance for coaching education and elite coach and athlete development
  • Establishing projects around coaching education and performance pathways for athletes
  • Policies for International Training Camps and Coaching Academy
  • National Federation Consultation on Development and Strategy


Senior Events Manager - Nathalie Phillips (GBR/SUI)

E-mail: nathalie.phillips(at)

  • Contact point for organising committees and coordination of the preparation process for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Rowing Championships, World Rowing Cup and European Rowing Championships
  • Manager of FISA's event knowledge transfer service, including the World Rowing Knowledge Centre and Observers' Programmes at events
  • Anti-doping - FISA office contact point
  • Point of contact for continental and regional events including multisport games


Events Manager, Teams - Daniela Oronova (BUL)

E-mail: daniela.oronova(at)

  • Team contact for FISA office
  • Event entries and changes/withdrawals process
  • Coordination of the accreditation/registration process
  • International Regatta Calendar and website calendar


Event Services Manager - Prateek Gumbar (IND)

E-mail: prateek.gumbar(at)

  • Contact point for Organising Committees and coordination of the preparation process for World Rowing Masters Regatta, World Games, European Rowing Under 23 Championships and European Rowing Junior Championships
  •  Accreditation and Logistics coordination
  • Athlete Registration and accreditation at the events
  • Crew changes/withdrawals during the events
  • Management of database of athletes and results
  • Coordination of the Media accreditation
  • General Technological Support


Events Manager - Cameron Allen (AUS)

Email: cameron.allen(at)

  • Contact point for organising committees and coordination of the preparation process for the World Rowing U23 Championships; World Rowing Junior Championships; World University Rowing Championships; and World Rowing Coastal Championships
  • General support for event operations at World Rowing events


Sport Manager / Classification Coordinator - Liz Soutter (CAN)

E-mail: liz.soutter(at)

  • Management of the disciplines of indoor rowing, coastal rowing and para-rowing
  • Coordination of all para-rowing classification matters
  • Management of the Strategic Event Attribution Bidding Process


Development Manager - Daniela Gomes (POR)

​Email: daniela.gomes(at)

  • ​Management of FISA development activities in the Americas and Africa
  • General support with development nations in the Americas and Africa
  • Management of the FISA Women's Strategic Plan
  • Coordination of Olympic Solidarity projects: development of national sport structures, training camps, courses, scholarships
  • Management of the Row Values Olympic Values Education Programme
  • Assistance for development teams at FISA events
  • Reports and participation statistics


Development Manager - Yihuan Chang (NED)

E-mail: yihuan.chang(at)

  • Coaching education content and distribution
  • Organising Olympic Solidarity projects: training camps, coaching courses, scholarships, etc
  • Para-rowing
  • Assistance for development teams at FISA events


Communications Manager - Content - Melissa Bray (NZL/USA)

E-mail: melissa.bray(at)

  • Management of all content in World Rowing publications
  • Writer for and other World Rowing publications
  • Media Guide


Communications Manager - Digital - Tim Cetinich (SUI/GBR/AUS)

E-mail: timothy.cetinich(at)

  • Management of all World Rowing digital platforms
  • Development and strategy for World Rowing digital platforms and World Rowing communities  
  • Updating and developing content for and World Rowing social media platforms
  • Media Relations


Controller - Emilio Pastorello (ITA/SUI)

E-mail: emilio.pastorello(at)

  • Accounting
  • Preparation and control of budgets and financial planning
  • Contract management
  • Purchasing control


Governance Manager - Lucy Trochet (GBR)

Email: lucy.trochet(at)

  • FISA governance and integrity matters, including FISA Code of Ethics and governance related initiatives
  • Governance meetings & Congress organisation: Ordinary and Extraordinary Congresses, Council & Executive Committee meetings, Joint Commissions Meetings and member federation conferences
  • Governance related documentation: including the FISA Rule Book, Annual Report and Congress papers
  • Office contact for Council & Commission members


Administrative Assistant - Elisabeth Waroux (SUI/CAN)

Email: admin(at)

  • Executive & administrative support
  • Governance meetings - logistical arrangements
  • Proof reading, editing, translations, in particular for Governance related documentation
  • Office contact for Umpire Commission


Anti-Doping Programme Coordinator - Natalie Schmutz (AUS/SUI)

​E-mail: natalie.schmutz(at)

Development Manager - Yihuan Chang (NED)

  • ​Anti-doping testing programme, whereabouts programme, ATUE / TUE programme
  • Sports Medicine Commission relations

Email: yihuan.chang(at) 

Development Manager - Yihuan Chang (NED)

  • Coaching education content and distribution 
  • Organising Olympic Solidarity projects: training camps, coaching courses, scholarships, etc
  • Para rowing
  • Assistance for development teams at FISA events

Email: yihuan.chang(at) 

  • Coaching education content and distribution 
  • Organising Olympic Solidarity projects: training camps, coaching courses, scholarships, etc
  • Para rowing
  • Assistance for development teams at FISA events