UIAA Executive Committee

Each UIAA Executive Committee member is elected for a four-year period. The current UIAA EB consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Treasurer and three other members.

Together they carry out the decisions made by the General Assembly, control finances and support both the commissions and office staff.

The seven Committee members include representation from four different continents.

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Peter Muir


Alpine Club of Canada


On 24 October 2020, Peter Muir became the new President of the UIAA. Muir, elected during the federation’s first ever online General Assembly, is the UIAA’s 14th President (including two Acting Presidents) and the second from Canada.

Peter’s association with the UIAA began in 2014 from when he sat on the Management Committee eventually becoming Continental Representative for North America. He became part of the EB in 2018, initially as General Secretary and then as Treasurer prior to his election as President.

His association with the ACC stretches back to 1986 when he joined his local section in Manitoba. A member of the ACC’s national executive committee from 1996 to 2016, Peter held in succession the positions of co Vice–President Activities, Vice-President Access and Environment, Secretary and President.

In his professional career, based in Winnipeg, Canada Peter has practiced law for over thirty years mostly as a commercial lawyer.

Outdoors, as well as his work as a soccer coach, he enjoys traditional rock climbing, backcountry, resort and cross-country skiing, mountaineering, hiking and biking. Peter has received a number of climbing related awards including the Order of the Buffalo-Hut Mantioba in 1992 for the first ascent of Mount Manitoba and in 2015 the AAC’s Wheeler Legacy Award, the highest honour given by the club to its members for outstanding and varied contributions over the years.

UIAA Presidents

1932 – 1976

Count Charles Egmond d’Arcis

1932 – 1964

Edouard Wyss-Dunant

1965 – 1968

Albert Eggler

1968 – 1972

Jean Juge

1973 – 1976

1976 – 2005

Pierre Bossus

1976 – 1984

Carlo Sganzini

1985 – 1989

Pietro Segantini

1990 – 1995

Ian McNaught-Davis

1995 – 2004

Alan Blackshaw

2004 – 2005

2005 – PRESENT

Pierre Humblet (*)

2005 – 2006

Mike Mortimer

2007 – 2011

Jordi Colomer (*)

2011 – 2012

Frits Vrijlandt

2012 – 2020

Peter Muir

2020 – present

(*) denotes acting President

Executive Committee Members

Amit Chowdhury

Vice President

Indian Mountaineering Foundation


Lode Beckers

General Secretary

Climbing & Mountaineering Belgium


Françoise Jaquet


Swiss Alpine Club


Simon Alden


Malta Climbing Club


Martin Lascano


Federaciòn Argentina de Ski y Andinismo


Yongfeng Wang


Chinese Mountaineering Association


Amit Chowdhury

Vice President

Indian Mountaineering Foundation


Elected to the EB in 2020, Amit Chowdhury has amassed a formidable body of work as a member of the mountaineering community over the last 45 years.

Amit has acted as climber, instructor and administrator, developing knowledge both in technical training and management consultancy. He has served the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, holding the positions of Honorary Secretary (2011-2013), Vice-President (2013-2017) and since 2017, as Chairman of the Mountaineering Steering Committee.

Amit acted as President of the UIAA Safety Commission from 2017 to 2020 and previously was on the UIAA Management Committee.

He has significant climbing experience, having led the successful expedition to Mt Jogin in 1980 and has climbed extensively in the Himalayas, including expeditions to Kamet (7756m) and Satopanth (7075m).

Having graduated from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 1976, Amit was commissioned in the Indian Air Force. Upon leaving the IAF, Amit established his own Management Consultancy practice and has since been a passionate advocate of mountain safety.

Amit became UIAA Vice President in 2023.