Robbert Leopold comes from the Netherlands and worked with and for the UIAA for a total of 27 years.

He first became connected to the UIAA when he was Secretary General of the Royal Dutch Alpine Club (KNAV). In this position he was in charge of relations with mountaineering associations abroad and with the UIAA. As Secretary General and later as President of KNAV he represented his association at UIAA General Assemblies from 1965-1978.

Four years later, in 1982, Leopold was asked by the UIAA Board to lead a working group with the task of studying the structures and methods of the UIAA. The working group was later also asked to analyse the effi­ciency of the UIAA office and to draft a proposal for new Articles of Association and General Rules for the UIAA Commissions. Leopold’s group presented reports and drafts for the new documents to the Council and General Assembly in the period 1983-1985.

In 1990, Leopold was elected member of the UIAA board and in 1995 he took over as Secretary General, a position he held until he stepped down in 2000. The same year he was made honorary member of the UIAA for his many years of voluntary service to the federation.  

In 2002 he was also given a Dutch royal decoration for his volunteer work over the last decades.