Air sports. FAI: Markus Haggeney new Secretary General
With immediate effect
The FAI Executive Board has named Markus Haggeney as the new Secretary General of FAI, the World Air Sports Federation, with immediate effect. He, who had been appointed FAI Acting Secretary General in December last year, formally accepted the new position.
In his role as FAI Sports & Events Director, which he assumed in 2014, he successfully and continuously drove air sports forward. He also strove to cultivate ties with all the Federation stakeholders, while building new bridges with the sports world and beyond.
A 60-year-old German, his dedication to sport dates back to his childhood and led him to a lifelong commitment to air sports.
After competing internationally in several ballooning championships, he decided to step through the looking glass and became the event organiser, official and contest director of numerous competitions and events. Willing to take an even more active role in the sports community and to participate in the rule-making and organisation of the sport, he represented Germany in ballooning for 15 years, before joining the FAI Office in Lausanne in 2014.
A seasoned pilot and official, Markus has also developed extensive corporate activities within and away from the air sports world, which gives him the insight into the business world that is vital for International Federations nowadays. He is currently training to become a paragliding pilot.
FAI, the World Air Sports Federation, is the world governing body for air sports and for certifying world aviation and space records. The Federation was founded in 1905 and is a non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Its activities include Aerobatics, Aeromodelling, Airships, Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft, Ballooning, Drones, Gliding, Hang Gliding, Helicopters, Manpowered Flying, Microlights, Paragliding, Paramotors, Power Flying, Skydiving and all other Aeronautic activities and Space records.
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