Inside FIH

Team FIH

Below you can see who does what at FIH

Our staff are mostly based in Lausanne. Although with events and National Associations all over the world we are often travelling. When we are not working hard to deliver our strategy you can find us playing, watching and supporting hockey. To meet the team read on.

Thierry Weil

CEO Chief Executive Officer

With more than 35 years’ of experience as an executive leader and a proven track record working at the highest levels of sports administration on the global stage, French national Thierry Weil is multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-lingual leader. His strong international reputation in the highest echelons of the sports industry has been cemented thanks to his executive roles at two companies – Adidas Global and, most recently, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The former ‘Vice President, Global Football Sports’ at Adidas and 'Director of Marketing' at FIFA believes the values and respect within all levels of hockey are unique, whilst new international events, including the FIH Pro League and the Hockey Series, present exciting opportunities for the sport.

Jon Wyatt

Sport Sport Director

Jon joined the FIH in April 2018, returning to the sport he has played since childhood. A double Olympian from the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Games, he has spent the last 15 years working in the Sports Marketing industry, working with sports organisations, sponsors and the media to raise the profile of sport and demonstrate its power to make the world a better place. Having worked across Olympic and Paralympic sports, football, rugby and many other professional sports, he is most excited about bringing this experience learnt from other sports to hockey as we continue to professionalise the sport and grow it across the world.

Eduardo Leonardo

Sport Senior Sport Manager

Eduardo joined FIH in October 2016 after being the Sport Manager of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Its main function is to guarantee together with  local organizing committees the best delivery of field of play to the teams and officials. What most impresses him about Hockey is the dynamics of the matches.

Alastair Cox

Sport Facilities and Quality Programme Manager

Alastair joined FIH from Labosport International where he was Deputy CEO having worked alongside FIH for a number of years. He has over 35 years’ experience of the testing and setting of standards for the performance of sports facilities and sports equipment, being recognised as an international expert on synthetic turf sports surfaces.  He is the author of the FIH Hockey Turf and Field Standards and heads the FIH Quality Programme.

Cédric Ribeiro

Sport Sport Manager

Cédric joined the FIH in January 2019, after working in football at UEFA. Passionate about all sports in general, it was with great pleasure that he took the challenge to embrace hockey in his daily life. As a Sport Manager, he mainly takes care of all the logistics around Officials and the tournament management system. What he enjoys the most in his role is to be close to the pitch, athletes and officials and feel the tension in the air whilst two teams are battling for the victory. What he likes about the sport is how skillful the players are as well as the power, the passion and the values of the hockey family.

Stéphanie Croset

Sport Sport and Events Assistant

Stéphanie has joined FIH in June 2015 as an Administrative Assistant within the Executive Office where she mainly provided administrative and logistics support to the CEO but also to the Executive Office Director and Head of Legal Affairs.
She then joined the Sport and Events teams in 2017 as Sport & Events Assistant to provide administrative and logistical support across the departments. She is mainly involved on the FIH Quality Programme, contributes to the FIH Congress’ logistics since 2015 but is also involved on the organization of the FIH Committees meetings, Stars Awards and Officials’ kits and accommodation for the FIH Pro League.
Prior to joining FIH, Stéphanie worked for a School Hotel Management in Montreux and for a Business law firm in Geneva.

Diana Capsa

Finance and HR Finance and HR Director

As the Finance Director, Diana oversees all the financial aspects of FIH and is responsible for the flow of financial information to the Chief Executive, the Board and, where necessary, external parties. She is also the Secretary for the FIH Finance Risk and Compliance Committee.  With more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and banking, Diana’s favourite thing about hockey is the FIH hockey family.

Adam Roman

Finance and HR Finance and HR Manager

As Finance & HR Manager, Adam assists the team with day-to-day financial operations as well as with some HR duties. He joined the FIH in 2019 following 4 years at PwC right after his studies.

Printhy Pramakumar

Finance and HR Finance & HR Assistant

Printhy joined the FIH family as an intern in the department of Finance and HR. After completing her internship, she joined as an Finance and HR Assistant to pursue her dream career. Her passion for Language has led her to be fluent in French, English, German, and Tamil. As Finance & HR Assistant, Printhy assists the team with day-to-day financial operations as well as HR tasks.

Hilary Atkinson

Events FIH Pro League and Olympic Games Director

Hilary works as Director of FIH Pro League & Olympic Games for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) having joined the FIH team in Lausanne in 2015 as Head of Event Delivery.
Hilary, a retired hockey player has a wide range of international sports event & stakeholder management experience having previously worked at England Rugby 2015, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the National Governing Body for Badminton in Scotland.

Gabrielle Van Zwieten

Events Events Director

Marc Chovelon

Events Events Project Manager

Marc joined the Events team department in November 2021 after having been involved in International Sport Federation for more than 16 years. First for UCI in the Road department including the organization of UCI Road World Championships and Olympic Games, where he endorsed the position of Technical Delegate. Secondly at the FEI, where he was in charge of the management of the Endurance discipline, including the Calendar and set up of the FEI Endurance Championships. Marc is a former cyclist and find in Hockey some great sport values. Marc enjoys the Gender equity of this sport, as well as his dynamism, that gives a real potential of development worldwide. Marc new role will involve him specially in Hockey5s and Olympic Games Events.

Emma Kayser

Events Events Coordinator

Emma was born in Canada, grew up in Switzerland, and studied international sports management and business in the Netherlands. She thus became a citizen of this connected world and knows how to navigate different cultures. Her multiple roots had her become a cyclist, trail runner, powder skier but most importantly a hockey player. After working in the organisation of mountain bike and ski/snowboard events at the Freeride World Tour, she joined the FIH in 2021 where she now works as events coordinator.

Nicolas Maingot

Marketing & Communications Senior Communications Manager

Nicolas joined the FIH in October 2018 after having been involved in sports and communications for more than 20 years. His experience includes various functions in communications at FIFA as well as at the French Football Association. In his role, Nicolas is overseeing communications and PR matters, including media relations, international relations, corporate communications and event communications. Nicolas enjoys the rhythm of the game and the skills of hockey players as well as the values of the sport.

Marianela O'Mahony

Marketing & Communications Marketing Manager

Naïs Del Todesco

Marketing & Communications Design & Communications Coordinator

Naïs joined the FIH Team in September 2019. She has previously worked as the Graphic Design Manager for Porte des Alpes where she was also part of the LOCs for the IFSC Climbing World Cup, Ski Mountaineering World Cup and the Special Olympics National Winter Games in Villars. As Design and Communications coordinator, Naïs creates the branding for every FIH events, World Cups and projects. What she likes the most about hockey is the passion and the values of the hockey family.

Nishant Mehta

Marketing & Communications Social Media Manager

Nishant joined the FIH in July 2018. He has previously worked as a sports journalist and Television Producer in India. His last assignment in India was with Star Sports where he worked as a Producer. He holds a Bachelor’s in Media Studies and Post Grad Diploma in Journalism and a MBA in sport administration and technology. Nishant has been FIH’s Social Media Manager since early 2020.

Richard Stainthorpe

Marketing & Communications Media Coordinator

Richard has been heavily involved with media operations planning & coordination for FIH events since 2006. As well as working for FIH, Richard has been a journalist and editor of various hockey publications and websites, looked after media operations at the Euro Hockey League (EHL) and worked for LOCOG as Venue Media Manager for Hockey at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He first picked up a hockey stick at the age of nine and finds that the combination of speed, skill and athleticism makes this sport truly special.

Sarah Juggins

Marketing & Communications Media Coordinator

Sarah is a player, coach and hockey writer. Her love of the game started from the age of five when she spent every weekend on the side of the pitch watching her parents play. She started playing for her local club side when she was 13. Her best hockey experience so far has been leading the Olympic News Service hockey journalists team at the 2012 Olympics. For her, hockey is a truly inclusive sport that offers competition and playing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Ricky Thussu

Commercial Sponsorship Sales Director

Segundo Vila

Broadcast & TV Senior TV and Broadcast Manager

Harsimran Singh Virk

Technology Senior Technology & Digital Manager

Harsimran is leading the development and implementation of business IT solutions, data and digital products. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering and a MBA in Sports Administration.

 

Kaushik Turlapaty

Technology Technology Coordinator

Kaushik joined the FIH in January 2022 after successfully finishing his internship with the International Olympic Committee. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Science along with a Master's degree in Sport Administration. He has previously worked with International Olympic Committee and as a Senior Business Analyst at the Accenture Technology Labs in Bangalore. At the FIH, he his responsible for all IT day-to-day operations. His role also includes assisting the Senior Technology and Digital Manager in all the IT and digital services projects.

Laurent Molliet

Executive Office Legal Affairs Manager

Holding a Master of Sports Law, Laurent’s role at the FIH is to manage all legal and governance matters as well as advising on Anti-Doping issues. Laurent’s favourite thing about hockey is the intensity of the game that makes people feel strong emotions as well as the educational and social values conveyed through the sport.

Melanie Baumer

Executive Office Operations Manager

Mélanie coordinates the logistics of FIH meetings and the FIH Congress. She also follows up with the FIH National Associations on governance matters.  Prior to joining FIH, Mélanie studied International Relations in Geneva and was the Ceremonies Coordinator for UEFA at EURO 2012.  Mélanie’s favourite thing about hockey is the gender balance of the sport.

Brian Howells

Executive Office Travel Coordinator

Joined the FIH in March 2018, to coordinate Travel and Accommodation for the FIH Family.
Worked on the Travel Industry since the last 15 years, I was in charge of organizing travels of Match Officials at the UEFA during the last 8 years.
A fan of a lot of sports, what I like about Hockey in addition to the intensity of the game and the passion it gives to such many people around the world,  is the fact that, as every other Team sports  you will only be able to achieve a common goal by working / playing together.

Daniela Stettler

Executive Office Executive Assistant

Daniela already worked within sports, at the International Olympic Committee Sport department, and at the Olympic Museum Events and Seminar Department. She then moved to the German part of Switzerland for a couple of years. Back in Romandie, Daniela worked for a training center based in Lausanne, organising the course logistics for a big multinational before travelling the world for 6 months around Oceania and Asia. Once back, she was proposed a job as Guest relations officer in the Maldives, which she could not refuse, an amazing way to combine her love for the ocean and a way to meet people from all over the world. Daniela has always loved sports: in her spare time she is a keen sailor, scuba diver and underwater photographer. In fact, anything to do with the water!

Mike Joyce

Development Head of Membership & Development

Mike joined FIH from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Department in June 2018, having previously held roles with the FIH, England Hockey and with sport in the private sector. As a self-professed “hockey badger”, Mike has also been an active hockey volunteer in a wide range of roles for over 30 years. Mike is passionately committed to promote and develop hockey throughout the World.

Andre Oliveira

Development Sport and Development Manager

A recent addition to the Sport team, Andre coordinates the FIH Hockey Academy. Prior to joining the FIH he was technical director at the Portuguese Hockey Federation (PHF) and technical official for FIH, EHF and PHF.

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