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.


Events Director - Svetla Otzetova (BUL)

E-mail: svetla.otzetova(at)

  • Event Management - competition facilities and operations
  • Coordination of technical and operational aspects of Olympic Games, Paralympic and Youth Games, World Championships and World Cup regattas
  • Management 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


Controller - Emilio Pastorello (ITA / SUI)

E-mail: emilio.pastorello(at)

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


Development Director - Sheila Stephens Desbans (CAN)

E-mail: sheila.stephens(at)

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


Events Manager - Nathalie Phillips (SUI / GBR)

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, European Rowing Championships and European Rowing Junior Championships
  • Management of the bid process for all World Rowing events
  • 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


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 Logistics and Technology Manager - Prateek Gumbar (IND)

E-mail: prateek.gumbar(at)

  • Event related logistics and accreditation for the FISA group
  • 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


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

E-mail: natalie.schmutz(at)

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


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 Rowing Masters Regatta; World University Rowing Championships; and World Rowing Coastal Championships
  • General support for event operations at World Rowing events


Governance Manager - Lucy Trochet (GBR)

Email: lucy.trochet(at)


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 - Jillian O'Mara (USA)

E-mail: jillian.omara(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


Special Communication Projects Manager - Débora Meier-Feutren (FRA / SUI)

E-mail: debora.feutren(at)

  • Management of communications projects
  • Writing for 

Development Coordinator - 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