Ingmar De Vos President of the FEi since 14 December 2014

Ingmar De Vos (BEL) was elected President of the International Equestrian Federation on 14 December 2014. He was re-elected for another four-year term as President of the FEI at the FEI General Assembly in Manama (BRN) on 21 November 2018.

Ingmar De Vos

Ingmar De Vos (BEL) was elected President of the International Equestrian Federation on 14 December 2014. It was a contested election with six candidates campaigning for the position after HRH Princess Haya (JOR) decided not to run for a third term.


The Presidential election took place at the FEI General Assembly 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan where De Vos was elected in the first round of voting. A total of 131 National Federations voted for the four remaining candidates in the race. Ingmar De Vos received an overwhelming majority with 98 votes followed by former Olympic athlete, France’s Pierre Durand on 21 votes and Switzerland’s Pierre Genecand and John McEwen (GBR) tied on 6 votes each.


Ingmar De Vos' Presidential manifesto presented in 2014 focused on five main pillars: "Serving our community", "Sport: our core business", "Equestrian Sport in the Olympic and Paralympic Games", "FEI Solidarity" and "Horses as our Partners". These five pillars served as his blueprint for the four-year presidential term 2014-2018 and are reiterated in his Presidential Programme 2018-2022.


Ingmar De Vos was re-elected for another four year term as President of the FEI at the FEI General Assembly in Manama (BRN) on 21 November 2018, where he pledged to build on the success of his first term in office. The Belgian native received unanimous support for a second four-year term from delegates representing the FEI’s 134 National Federations.


It was the first time since 2002 that there had been an uncontested election for the FEI’s top role. The Belgian native is the 13th FEI President since the Federation was founded in 1921, and only the fourth to become an IOC Member.


In a powerful acceptance speech after an extended standing ovation from the delegates, De Vos once again expressed his belief in “our sport, in our community and in our potential”. He continued by saying that these are exciting times for equestrian, with a fan base which is clearly diversifying, and seven unique disciplines to promote concluding with, “the sky really is the limit!”


Under his leadership, the FEI has seen greater youth engagement and universality, continued improvements in governance within the FEI and its member Federations, and a major evolution in the Federation’s broadcast and digital media strategy.



A Belgian native, Ingmar De Vos was born on 5 August 1963. He holds degrees in political science, and international and European law, and started his career as an advisor to the Belgian Senate. He joined the Belgian Equestrian Federation as Director General in 1990, and held the additional role of Secretary General from 1997 to 2011.


During his time at the Belgian National Federation, Ingmar De Vos was chef de mission for the Belgian Team at all six FEI World Equestrian Games™ between 1990 and 2010 and at three Olympic Games – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. He is a member of the Belgian Olympic Academy and is also on the board of the Belgian National Olympic Committee.


He was co-founder of the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) in 2010 and was also Secretary General from 2010 until 2011, when he joined the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), world governing body for horse sport.


After three years as FEI Secretary General, Ingmar De Vos was elected as FEI President in December 2014 and was re-elected for a further four-year term in 2018.


He was elected as an IOC Member in September 2017, where he is currently member of three Commissions, the Legal Affairs Commission since 2018, the Women in Sport Commission and the Los Angeles 2028 Coordination Commission both since 2019. He also served in the past as a member of the Digital and Technology Commission (2018-2019).


He is a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Governance Task Force since 2016 and became an ASOIF Council Member in April 2019.


In early November 2018 he was appointed to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Council and, since 2018, as the GAISF representative on the 12-member World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee. He became the ASOIF representative on the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board  in 2018. In December 2021, he was elected as SportAccord Convention, Executive Committee Member representing GAISF (2021- ).


In March 2017, he became a UN International Gender Champions (IGC), joining a leadership network that brings together female and male decision-makers determined to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence.


In 2014, Ingmar De Vos became Vice-President of the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC), an umbrella body created by the FEI and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) – the first formal vehicle for cooperation between the world’s leading governing bodies for equestrian sport. He served as IHSC President from December 2019 to April 2022, and will once again take on the role of IHSC Vice-President for a two year period.


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