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 (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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13 May 2019 - Ingmar De Vos, President of the FEI, was elected to the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Council at its General Assembly held in the Gold Coast (AUS)
20 November 2018 - The 2018 winners of the FEI Awards five categories
20 November 2018 - Ingmar De Vos and ?? about to unveil the name of the winner of the Fosun Best Athlete Category
20 November 2018 - From L to R: Xiaodong Wen (CHN), Vice President Fosun Group, Simone Blum Fosun Best Athlete 2018, Ingmar De Vos, FEI President
20 November 2018 - Ingmar De Vos, newly re-elected FEI President, acceptance speech
20 November 2018 - FEI President Ingmar De Vos and FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez
18 November 2018 - From L to R: HH Sheik Khalid Al Khalifa, HH Shaik Faisal Bin Rachid Al Khalifa and Ingmar De Vos
15 November 2018 - From L to R: Ingmar De Vos, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Highness Shaikh Faisal Bin Rashid AL KHALIFA, His Excellency Shaik Khalid BIN ABDULLA AL KHALIFA
12 October 2018 - FEI President Ingmar De Vos and IOC President Thomas Bach at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018
12 October 2018 - Ingmar De Vos and Thomas Bach attending the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018
20 October 2018, on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse, in the presence of (from R to L) Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing M. Juan-Carlos Capelli, IFHA Chairman Mr Louis Romanet and FEI President Mr Ingmar De Vos
FEI President welcomes delegates to IF Gender Equality in Leadership Forum on 27 March in Lausanne, Switzerland (Image: www.philippewoods.com)
8-11 February 2018 - The closing address by the FEI President at the Asia Horse Week in Hong Kong. ©Power Sport Image for EEM
From L to R): Chairman of the Asia Horse Week Raphael Le Masne de Chermont, President of HKEF Michael Lee, FEI President Mr. Ingmar Devos, EEM CEO Asia Horse Week Christophe Ameeuw, and international even rider. ©Power Sport Image for EEM
21 November 2017 - Winners of the 2017 Edition of the FEI Awards and FEI President Ingmar De Vos © FEI / R. Juilliart
21 November 2017 - FEI President Ingmar De Vos and Longines Vice-President Juan Carlos Capelli congratulate Harry Allen, winner of the Longines FEI Awards Rising Star category © FEI/R. Juilliart
19 October 2017 - From left to right: Karim Lahleh (FEI Commercial), Peter Bollen (IEOA President), Ingmar De Vos (FEI President) and Jack C. Huang (FEI Bureau Member) © FEI / J. Huang
8 October 2017 - FEI partners with China National Sports International for equestrian growth. Mr Sun Liming, Executive Director of CNSI with FEI President Ingmar De Vos. © FEI / Yuanpu Xia
15 September 2017 - New IOC member Ingmar De Vos and IOC President Thomas Bach © Greg Martin / IOC
15 September 2017 - Newly elected IOC member Ingmar De Vos © Greg Martin / IOC
October 2017 - FEI President Ingmar De Vos is interviewed by the DoReMi sisters while attending the Longines FEI World Cup China League Final in Beijing, Chaoyang Park
27 August 2017 - Longines signs long-term title partnership of FEI Nations Cup Jumping and extends global agreement as FEI Top Partner © (FEI/Claes Jakobsson)
27 August 2017 - Longines signs long-term title partnership of FEI Nations Cup Jumping and extends global agreement as FEI Top Partner © FEI / Claes Jakobsson
11 April 2017 - FEI President Ingmar De Vos holding The Sky Is The Limit sculpture offered by IOC President Thomas Bach. © FEI / R. Juilliart
11 April 2017 - HH Prince Faissal bin Abdullah Al-Saud (KSA) presented with the FEI Lifetime Achievement Award by FEI President Ingmar De Vos at a special ceremony in Lausanne (SUI) © FEI / R. Juilliart
22 September 2017 - FEI Delegation composed of FEI President Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI CEO Claude Praz and FEI NF Liaison Officer Lucinda Arsenio visit the Federación Ecuestre de Colombia. © FEI
22 September 2017 - National Olympic Committee President, FEI President Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, Manager President's office Lucinda Arsenio, NF President. © FEI
22 September 2017 - FEI President Ingmar De Vos and FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez meet with Juan Martin Clavijo, a young promising vaulter from Colombia, and his father © FEI
19 September 2017 © FEI
19 September 2017 © FEI
19 September 2017 © FEI
17 September 2017 - Mr Carlos Neuhaus showing the Venue Plan to FEI President Ingmar De Vos and FEI Communications Director Grania Willis. © FEI
17 September 2017 - FEI President Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Communication Director Grania Willis and NF Liaison Officer Lucinda Arsenio visit the Federacion Peruana de Deportes Ecuestres in Lima © FEI
12 September 2017 - Ingmar De Vos, FEI President, Sabrina Ibáñez, FEI Secretary General and Lucinda Arsenio, FEI NF Liaision Officer with the representatives of the Regional Group IV © FEI
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