UIAA Management Board
About the Management Board
The Management Board (formerly Committee) came into being with the Articles of Association on 1 January, 2008. Its functions are described in the current Articles of Association.
The Management Board is responsible for implementing all the policy directives and decisions made by the General Assembly. This includes preparing the agenda for the General Assembly and the preparation of the annual accounts.
The Management Board also makes recommendations to the General Assembly about long-term strategies for the UIAA, rules and regulations that are voted on by the General Assembly. This includes the admission of new members, the creation and dissolution and the tasks of Commissions, the appointments of a President of each Commission upon recommendation of the Commission itself, recommendations for any proposed changes to these Articles of Association, recommendations on the terms and conditions of contracts to be concluded with third parties, membership issue and to decide the official means of information of the UIAA.
Members are elected for a four-year period and consist of the Executive Committee, representatives from the five largest member associations, one representative from each continent and three to five representatives elected by the General Assembly. They make recommendations to the General Assembly on matters such as budget and admission/expulsion of member associations. In addition, the Management Board creates projects, oversees the work of commissions, assigns responsibilities and has the power to dissolve commissions.
Management Board Members
As confirmed by the UIAA General Assembly (October, 2023)
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 Alpine Club of Canada (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.
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.
Lode Beckers was elected to the EB in 2019, becoming General Secretary shortly after. He was re-elected in 2023. Over the course of his career, Lode has developed broad knowledge and experience within the world of investment banking, risk management and business strategy.
Born in Boorsem, Belgium, Lode graduated from the University of Leuven with degrees in Law and Political Science. He went on to enjoy a distinguished career with Citibank from 1969-1996 as a prominent banking expert for the construction and engineering and agribusiness and food industries.
Upon leaving Citibank, Lode established LOBO N.V. an advisory and equity investment firm in 1996, where he still serves as Chairman. Lode has served as a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and on the Board of Trustees of SITE Foundation.
Since 1991 he has been a member of the Belgium Alpine Club and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. In parallel with his role as General Secretary, Beckers is also part of a number of the EB’s Working Groups including those dedicated to External Relations, Finance and Communication.
In October 2020, Françoise Jaquet was elected to the UIAA Executive Board as Treasurer. Françoise became President of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) in 2013 and has sat on the UIAA Management Committee for six years until her election to the EB.
Having served as President of of the largest and most historic federations in the UIAA, Françoise has amassed vast experience in management, mountaineering, as well as through her professional career. Françoise has been a member of the SAC since 1987. From 2007-2011 she served as President of the SAC Moléson Section. In 2014, she became a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Alpine Rescue (SAR), before becoming Vice-President in 2016.
In her spare time, Françoise enjoys ski-Alpinism and has travelled extensively, mountaineering and trekking across the globe. She has successfully climbed both Mont-Blanc and Cotopaxi.
Françoise obtained a degree in natural sciences and in her professional career has spent over 30 years involved in the clinical development of new medicinal products, acting as the Head of Division Clinical Trials for Swissmedic.
Simon Alden, founder of the Malta Climbing Club (MCC) in 2010, joined the Executive Board in October 2023.
Simon has been an active rock climber for over 30 years. He has climbed extensively across Europe. In 2011, Alden organised Malta’s first bouldering competition, along with weekly climbing meets, clean-ups and climbing workshops.
In 2016, he facilitated a Kids Zone section of the MCC with the aim of introducing climbing to children at an early age. In 2019, the first Maltese youth participants took part in a climbing competition overseas.
He was a founder member of EUMA in 2018 and continues to work on establishing training and certification for climbers and instructors in Malta.
In his professional career, Malta works as General Manager for an electronics manufacturing company he established in 2004.
Before joining the EB, he was a member of the UIAA Management Committee from 2019 to 2023.
Martín Lascano González was elected to the UIAA Executive Board in 2020.
Martín’s association with the UIAA stretches back to 2008 when he became a member of the UIAA Safety Commission (2008-2016). From 2016 he has sat on the UIAA Management Committee as Central and South American representative. The following year he was elected on to the Board of Directors of the Panamanian Council of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC). González served as General Secretary of the Federación Argentina de Ski y Andinismo (FASA) from 2010-2018.
He graduated as an Industrial Designer form the University of Buenos Aires in 1998, before moving to the city of Bariloche to further his passion for mountaineering.
He has climbed extensively throughout the Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, the Peruvian Andes as well as across Europe. Martín has considerable experience teaching rock and climbing courses and has developed and led Wilderness First Responder courses since 2007. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in emergency training and risk management which he utilises in his professional career as the CEO of Expertia Capacita.
Yongfeng Wang was elected onto the Executive Board in October 2023.
He previously sat on the EB from 2015-2019.
A full profile and photo of Yongfeng Wang will be published shortly.
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Davide Avagnina (CAI) was elected to the Management Committee in October 2023.
A full profile and photo will be added shortly.
Josef Klenner has sat on the UIAA’s Management Committee since 2014, though his association with the UIAA goes as far back as 1992, when he was a member of the UIAA Council.
He was President of the German Alpine Club (DAV) from 2010 until 2022, having joined as a member in 1974. In addition, he was a two-time President of the Club Arc Alpin (CAA).
Josef was instrumental in DAV rejoining the UIAA in 2013 after a brief hiatus. He was Chairman of the Restructuring Working Group (2003-04) and in 2011 was awarded the Cross of Merit 1st Class by the Federal Republic of Germany in honour of his volunteer work with the German Alpine Club.
In his professional career, Klenner is a qualified engineer.
Juan Jesus Ibañez Martin
Juan Jesùs Ibáñez Martín represents the Spanish Federation for Mountain and Climbing Sports (FEDME) on the UIAA Management Committee. He initially joined the Access Commission in 2000 serving in a number of capacities before eventually becoming the UIAA Access Commission President in 2013, a position he held for eight years.
He is the current Vice-President of the European Union of Mountaineering Associations (EUMA) and served as Secretary for the Access, Huts and Environmental area of FEDME from 2009-2021.
A highly experienced mountaineer, Juan Jesùs has climbed Peaks in Iceland, the Alps and Huascarán in Peru among others. He is a local mountain leader and has also served as a Skyrunning referee.
Having obtained a degree in Physics, Juan Jesùs has also been a personal tutor for over 30 years.
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Anne Arran represents the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) on the UIAA Management Committee.
Anne represented Great Britain and was British climbing champion in 1997, competed in the World Speed Championships in Paris that same year and served as the BMC’s National Junior Climbing Team Coach between 2000-2005.
She is a qualified international mountain leader, a former President of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML) and has led numerous expeditions in some of the most remote areas of the world.
Anne is a founder member of the UIAA’s Rock Climbing Festival Award Panel. In her professional career, she is Director of Spa Adventure Treks Ltd, a company that specialise in historic escapes and cultural mountain adventures.
Paul Carstensen is the President of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) and sits on the UIAA Management Committee as the Continental Representative for Africa.
He is a long-serving member of the MCSA having joined the Johannesburg section of the Mountain Club through the Scouting Association in 1992, and the Cape Town Section in 1998.
Paul has supported the Johannesburg section for many years as a Committee member in the portfolios of Legal, Land and Access and Meets.
He has significant climbing experience having led a team of 1st Edenvale Scouts to summit Kilimanjaro, and along with Peter Lazarus, led a MCSA expedition to summit Mount Kenya.
In his professional career, Paul is a senior advocate at the Johannesburg Bar and a qualified mediator and arbitrator.
Phil Powers, a long-serving and highly respected member of the climbing community, was elected on to the UIAA Management Committee in 2020 where he serves as the Continental Representative for North America.
Phil has amassed significant experience, not only throughout his time immersed in the climbing and mountaineering world, but also through over 20 years working in senior leadership and management roles throughout his professional life.
He served as CEO of the American Alpine Club for 15 years (2005-2020). During his tenure, the AAC saw a significant growth in membership, promoted greater diversity and inclusion, and oversaw the development and implementation of projects such as Campaign for Climbers, which raised over $5 million in order to build campgrounds, buy hostels and hire regional staff across the country.
During this period, the AAC hosted the 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in downtown Denver, an event which witnessed record crowds of over 25,000 people for the two-day competition.
Phil began climbing as a teenager, and has since gone on to lead dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and The Karakoram Range in Pakistan. He made the first ascent of both the Washburn Face on Denali, as well as that of the Lukpilla Brakk’s Western Edge in Pakistan. In 2011, he sustained serious injuries when falling some 70ft while climbing at High Wire Crag in Clear Creek Canyon, a popular spot close to the AAC’s headquarters in Golden.
Phil is an experienced climbing instructor having taught NOLS courses around the world. He acted as Chief Mountaineering Instructor for five years at the National Outdoor Leadership School, where he also served as Development and Partnerships Director.
He remains owner of Mountain Guides, which owns and operates Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Climbing School, a company who seek to deliver climbing education and guided trips with an emphasis on personal attention. Phil was also the President of the American Mountain Guides Association for 16 years.
In his professional life, Phil acted as Vice president at Naropa University, a liberal arts university inspired by Buddhist educational traditions. His responsibilities included all university fundraising, trustee cultivation and contributed to the completion of a ten-million-dollar campaign.
Phil is an active board member of Ascend, Leadership Through Athletics – a not-for-profit organisation – which seeks to use climbing as a tool to empower young women through athletic based leadership training in countries such as Afghanistan.
He is also a published author, having written Wilderness Mountaineering and Climbing, a comprehensive guide to climbing self-sufficiently.
Stuart Gray has been the Oceania Continental Representative on the UIAA Management Committee since 2013.
He is the former President of the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) and has a keen focus on the issues of governance, strategy and communication.
In his personal time, Stuart is a keen climber and active mountaineer having trekked and climbed in South America, Tibet, Nepal, Central Asia and Europe. He is a geographer by training with a longstanding interest in human impacts on mountain and wild environments.
In his professional career, Stuart spent over 30 years involved in the dairy industry in New Zealand working as a business executive for Fonterra. He currently sits on the Board of a community art gallery in Auckland.
Willy Montenegro Garcia sits on the UIAA Management Committee as the representative for Central and South America.
He currently holds the position of President of the Federación De Andinismo De Chile (FEACH) and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Pan-American Council of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).
Willy has amassed over 40 years’ experience in mountaineering, completing a number of technical ascents throughout Chile and South America, including the 6282m Pomerape Volcano.
He has significant management experience having been President and Founder of Templar Mountaineering Club and President of the Santiago Association of Mountaineering and Hiking.
In his professional career, Willy has worked within the Information Technology industry for over 30 years.
Young Hoon Oh
Anthropologist, mountaineer, lecturer and journalist, Young Hoon Oh was elected onto the UIAA’s Management Committee in 2022 where he serves as the Continental Representative for Asia.
With a background in rock and ice climbing, Young Hoon Oh has a long-held passion for the mountains.
His interest in climbing began at university upon joining the Seoul National University Agricultural Alpine Club.
As a mountaineer, he has climbed walls and peaks across Asia and North America, including Mount Everest on four separate occasions, as well as peaks in Nepal and Pakistan.
With a young family and little time for climbing, Young Hoon has incorporated his passion for mountaineering into both his academic and professional life.
He has an MA & BA in Anthropology, completing his PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. As part of his studies, Young Hoon spent 2 years living among the Sherpa communities in Nepal, studying the significant contribution they make to modern Himalayan mountaineering.
Young Hoon moved back to Korea in 2020, where he created, and became editor-in-chief of Alpinist Magazine Korea for a year. He also is the Korea Correspondent for the American Alpine Journal and writes for Mountain Monthly.
He is currently an Anthropological researcher specialising in mountaineering sports, sherpa guides and mountain protection. Young Hoon lectures in anthropology at Seoul University, South Korea, where he combines his passions for teaching, research and climbing advocacy.
Young Hoon has authored Climbing Sherpas in the Himalayas: An Anthropology of Sherpa Ethnicity, along with a number of academic articles on Sherpa mountaineering and the mountaineering history of Korea.
He is administrator for the Korea Alpine Federation and as Vice president of the Korea Mountaineering Institute.
Young Hoon resides in Daejeon, South Korea.
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Joachim Driessen has sat on the UIAA Management Committee since 2017. He brings a wealth of management experience in the international sport sector having served as the President of the Royal Dutch Climbing & Mountaineering Club (NKBV), one of the largest and most active UIAA member associations, for nearly ten years,
Joachim also is a member of the Dutch Olympic Committee and sat on the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Broadcasting Company VARA between 2010-2013.
He was the co-founder of Blink Media, an innovative educational and magazine publisher and runs his own advisory practice Acletta Management.
Having studied business economics at the University of Amsterdam, Joachim obtained an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria
Kul Bahadur Gurung
Kul Bahadur Gurung sits on the UIAA Management Committee as the representative of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
Kul has been heavily involved in the tourism industry in Nepal for the past 30 years where he has helped promote sustainable and responsible tourism. He has served as a trek and mountain guide, is a keen climber as well as the founder and owner of several companies.
He owns Alliance Treks & Expedition and Nepal One Travel & Tours, is the Founder Secretary of Nepal Tourism Entrepreneurs’’ Association (NEAT) and previously founded the Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee.
He has travelled and climbed extensively across Asia, including one of Nepal’s most popular climbs, the 6189m Island Peak.
Kul has a Master’s in Tourism Studies and is currently conducting a PhD research project into Expedition in Nepal.
Steve Long is a member of British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and is current President of the UIAA Training Commission. He has been involved with the UIAA Training Panel, former name for the Commission, since 2004.
Steve is a qualified instructor and mountain guide and has acted as the Technical Officer for Mountain Training UK for the last 16 years, where he co-ordinates all NGB mountaineering leader and instructor courses within the UK.
Steve has significant climbing experience having begun rock climbing in 1979. He currently leads Grade V1 on ice and Grade VII on mixed climbs. In 2019 he won the Veteran Category at the Welsh Indoor Climbing Championships.
He brings a wealth of technical and management experience having acted as Project Manager for the global mountaineering qualifications QA programme and directed numerous assessor and coaching courses for Mountain Leader Training and British Mountain Guides.
Jean Miczka was elected to the UIAA’s Management Committee in 2020 where he represents the Fédération Française des clubs alpins de Montagne (FFCAM).
Jean has a keen interest in youth participation, environmental protection and sustainability. In 2020, he participated in the The Cross Border Mountain Trip, a multi-dimensional project which focused on human issues affecting local people and cultures, academic research highlighting borders’ issues, as well as a skiing, mountaineering and trekking trip from France to Pakistan.
Jean has Master’s Degrees in both Political Science and International Relations and International European Law. He is currently studying for a PhD at Lausanne University.
Stein Tronstad has been President of the NKF since 2015. During this period, the federation has become one of the largest of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports.
He served on the Executive Committee of the NCF from 1996 to 2014, with a responsibility for the federation’s climbing and mountaineering safety work.
Stein has experience working with the Norwegian Alpine Rescue Teams and Norwegian Mountain Sports Forum, the body tasked with developing and maintaining the national training standards for mountaineering.
He began climbing in Tromso nearly forty years ago, where he has enjoyed the region’s abundant opportunities for rock climbing, alpine climbing and ski mountaineering.
In his professional career, Stein’s background lies in polar research and scientific data management with the Norwegian Polar Institute.