FIBA Secretary General
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FIBA Secretary General


Patrick Baumann was born on 5th August 1967 in Basel, Switzerland. He is a Swiss National but has spent a considerable part of his life abroad.

In 1987, he concluded his A level baccalaureate examinations (Maturità Classica) in Sanremo, Italy. Thereafter he attended the University of Lausanne, from which he graduated with a law degree in 1990. He obtained a Master in Sport Administration Management at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and University of Lyon, France, in 1996. In 2001 he completed his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business in the USA.

Mr Baumann is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. He is married and has two children.

His involvement in basketball dates back to an early age, first as a player then as a referee in Italy. He has served as a 1st division referee as well as referee instructor and supervisor in Switzerland and he holds 1st and 2nd level coaching degrees in basketball from the Swiss Sport School. He was a basketball coach in youth categories and a co-organiser of youth tournaments and of multi-sport and basketball camps.

Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Mr Baumann went to work for the Swiss Bank Corporation at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and later as Assistant to Chief Legal Counsel in St Gallen. He joined FIBA at its Munich headquarters in April 1994, where he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation in April 1995. He worked alongside Borislav Stankovic until January 2003, at which time he took over the position of Secretary General of FIBA at its new offices in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Over the years, Mr Baumann has become a highly respected expert in the international sports community. In 2000, he was made a member of the IOC's Evaluation Commission for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in 2007 he was appointed to the IOC's Coordination Commission for the 2012 London Olympics. He was elected as a member of the IOC in July 2007.

More recently, he became a member of three main IOC Commissions – the International Relations Commission, the Sport and Law Commission and the Evaluation Commission for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

In 2010, he was appointed to the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) and 2011 saw him elected as a council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

Interview with Patrick Baumann