Executive Board

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Dr Stefan Kannewischer, Switzerland

President
Dr Stefan Kannewischer, Switzerland
President

After completing his MBA and Ph.D. in economic sciences at University St.Gallen (Switzerland), Dr. Stefan Kannewischer has worked for four years at strategy consultants Bain & Company in Zurich, Munich and London. In 2001, he became Managing Director of the Swiss family business Kannewischer Management AG that is since 1972 a specialist in consulting, technical design and operations of public swimming pools and thermal spas. Kannewischer Collection operates six thermal spas in Germany. Stefan became President of IAKS Switzerland in 2009 and since 2015 he is President of IAKS worldwide. In 2017, he was appointed by Thomas Bach to the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission.

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Prof Dr Takazumi Fukuoka, Japan

Vice President
Prof Dr Takazumi Fukuoka, Japan
Vice President

Univ. Prof. Dr. at the Japanese Women’s College of Physical Education

President of the Japanese Institute of Sports and Culture

After his doctoral work in physics, he established the Japanese Institute for Sports and Culture in 1973 with support from the Japanese government. The Institute performs a wide range of tasks for sports and leisure facilities such as designing, planning, and construction. He is also chairman of the Science Committee of IVSI (International Federation of Snowsport Instructors), as well as being involved in many other organizations.

Conrad Boychuk

Gary-Conrad Boychuk, Canada

Vice President
Gary-Conrad Boychuk, Canada
Vice President

Conrad Boychuk is on the Executive Board of the IAKS and in 2017 was made a Vice President.  He is one of Canada’s foremost designers of multi-purpose mid-size spectator venues. He has been involved in the development of over 40 community recreation facilities throughout Canada and the United States including arenas, fitness centres, and aquatic facilities.

Conrad has extensive experience in the public consultation process and the development of master plans and feasibility studies that reflect broad-based community needs while recognizing and responding to financial and economic impact.

Conrad is Canada’s national representative on the International Union of Architects’ Sports and Leisure Group. He is a past executive board member of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.

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Dr Markus Fischer, Germany

Treasurer
Dr Markus Fischer, Germany
Treasurer

Dr.-Ing. Fischer Consult

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Klaus Meinel

Secretary General
Klaus Meinel
Secretary General
Karin Schwarz Viechtbauer

DI Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer, Austria

Member
DI Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer, Austria
Member
Wolfgang Becker

Wolfgang Becker, Austria

Member
Wolfgang Becker, Austria
Member

Since 1986, he has been managing the University and Provincial Sports Centre in Rif/Salzburg. From 2001 to 2013, he was also manager of the Salzburg Red Bull Arena football stadium before becoming a member of the stadium‘s directorate. Wolfgang lectures as an Assistant Professor at the University of Salzburg and at the private University “Schloss Seeburg”.

Haymo Huber, Austria

Member
Haymo Huber, Austria
Member

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Tom Jones, United Kingdom

Member
Tom Jones, United Kingdom
Member

BArch (Dist), BSc (Hons) Arch, UWCC, RIBA

Tom is a Senior Principal in the London office of Populous and has a keen interest in how sports and entertainment buildings and events can enhance cities and communities. He has a great passion for sport and has been able to use this in the design and delivery of a number of high-profile projects around the world, including the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  He has also worked on other major sports events, including the ICC Cricket World Cup and NFL Super Bowl.

In addition to running major projects, Tom has co-authored the technical guide to Sports Facilities in the Metric Handbook and contributed to a series of international publications. He is a member of the IAKS Executive Board since 2017 and sits on the Sports Economy Sector Advisory Group for DIT (Department of Industry and Trade).  He has also spoken at a range of conferences and events around the world on the sustainability of sports and entertainment buildings.

Prof. Dr. Robin Kähler

Prof. Dr Robin Kähler, Germany

President of IAKS Germany
Prof. Dr Robin Kähler, Germany
President of IAKS Germany

Prof Dr Robin Kähler works throughout Germany as a consultant, specialising in urban and regional development projects focusing specifically on sports, exercise, leisure and health development inclusive of the associated control, coordination and management tasks. He is a retired university lecturer and President of IAKS Germany.

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Roger Gut, Switzerland

President of IAKS Switzerland
Roger Gut, Switzerland
President of IAKS Switzerland

Roger Gut is the owner of maj Architekten in Berne, Switzerland, an architectural office specialising in schools and sports facility planning. Since 1976, Roger has been involved in many building projects for sports facilities, and mainly for sports halls, outdoor sports facilities and football pitches. Since 2016, he has been President of IAKS Switzerland.

Zbigniew Klonowski

Zbigniew Klonowski, Poland

President of IAKS Poland
Zbigniew Klonowski, Poland
President of IAKS Poland

Zbigniew Klonowski is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience of managing a series of companies including the operator of a 5,000 seats sport arena in Poland. Zbigniew is a member of business organizations and is involved as well in non-profit organizations like the National Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunication. He is the President of IAKS Poland.

Esben Danielsen

Esben Danielsen, Denmark

President of IAKS Nordic
Esben Danielsen, Denmark
President of IAKS Nordic

Esben Danielsen has been CEO of the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities since 2015. Since the early 1990’s Esben has been involved in grassroot organizations of the music industry. Esben has been the Art Director of the regional music venue Gimle in Roskilde, Denmark for eight years. In 2010 Esben became Head of Development for the Roskilde Festival where his work consisted of “city planning of a temporary city for 130,000 inhabitants”. As Head of Innovation of the special unit ‚Roskilde Festival Orange Innovation‘ he developed new experiences, events and products for the whole Roskilde Festival group. In May 2018, the IAKS Nordic General Assembly elected Esben for president.

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Jorge Ehlers, Chile

President of IAKS LAC
Jorge Ehlers, Chile
President of IAKS LAC

Architect. (1981) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Free practice of the profession, specialized in sports, from 1993 to date, with several thousand m2 in sports projects executed. Partner Jorge Ehlers & Partners, Architects. Founding member and former president of the Sports Facilities Committee of the College of Architects Chile. President of the Section of Latin America and the Caribbean IAKS. Professor of Infrastructure and Resource Management in Magister of Sports and Leisure of the Metropolitan University of Education Sciences, Santiago de Chile. Author of several publications related to the design, technical aspects and management of sports facilities, in the academic field.

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Jesús del Barrio Díez, Spain

President of IAKS Spain
Jesús del Barrio Díez, Spain
President of IAKS Spain
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Prof. Dr Mitsuru Senda, Japan

President of IAKS Japan
Prof. Dr Mitsuru Senda, Japan
President of IAKS Japan

Prof. Dr. Mitsuru Senda graduated from the faculty of architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology. After working for four years at Kiyonori Kikutake Architects and Associates, he established the Environment Design Institute in 1968. He has designed many sports facilities such as swimming pools, baseball stadiums, gymnasiums, tennis centers, children's "circular" play areas, mainly in Japan and China. His major works include the Shanghai Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center which received an IOC IAKS silver medal. In total, he has received two gold medals and three silver medals within the IOC IPC IAKS architecture prizes. He became President of IAKS Japan in 2011.