Gian Franco Kasper

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Gian Franco Kasper (born January 24, 1944 in St. Moritz ) is a Swiss sport functional . He has been the incumbent President of the International Ski Federation (FIS) since 1998 and was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 2000 to 2018 , and has been an honorary member since 2018.


Kasper first studied psychology, philosophy and journalism at the University of Zurich . After graduating, he worked as an editor for the Courrier de St-Moritz . In 1974 he took over the construction of a new Swiss tourist office in Montreal and in 1975, at the suggestion of then President Marc Hodler, he switched to the International Ski Federation. There he took over the post of General Secretary from Sigge Bergman . He held this office for 23 years and was elected president of the association by the FIS Congress in May 1998 as the successor to Hodler.

The International Olympic Committee elected Kasper to its member in September 2000 during its 111th session in Sydney , he was a member of the committee until 2018 and since then has been an honorary member without voting rights.

Since January 1, 2003, he has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

In December 2007, Kasper was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sofia by the Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov in recognition of his many years of service to sport, the dissemination of Olympic ideas and the promotion and management of international skiing .

In April 2014, together with his re-election as FIS President for a further five years, he was also elected President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF).

Kasper is married with one grown son and lives near Thun .


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