Secretary General

† Patrick Baumann (1967-2018)

Patrick Baumann, a Swiss national, first joined FIBA as a lawyer in 1994 and was appointed as FIBA Deputy Secretary General in 1995.

In 2002, Mr Baumann was unanimously appointed by the FIBA Central Board as FIBA Secretary General. He had an impressive educational background consisting of an MBA from the Business School of the University of Chicago, a Masters in Sports Administration Management (MEMOS) from the University of Lyon in France and a law degree from the University of Lausanne. He spoke fluently five languages.

Mr Baumann became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2007. He participated as a member of the IOC Evaluation Commissions for the Olympic Games 2008 and 2020 and of the Coordination Commission for the 2012 Olympic Games, a member of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2012, chairman of the Evaluation Commission and Vice-Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2024. He was also appointed Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2028 and was a member of various other IOC Commissions. 

Mr Baumann was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the World Academy of Sport in 2009. He was a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 2010 and was elected as a Council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He was also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since 2013 and President of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.

In April 2016, Mr Baumann was elected President of GAISF

He has been a basketball player, coach and referee in Switzerland and Italy.

Mr Baumann was married and has two children.

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