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Mr Thierry Regenass


Director of Member Associations and Development at FIFA

Mr Thierry Regenass was the Director of Member Associations and Development at FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) between December 2008 and March 2016. As such, he was in charge of leading and organizing FIFA’s relations with its 209 member associations worldwide, including the strategic design, policy definition and implementation of a yearly budget of over 200 million USD for football development programs. In this position he was involved in frequent crisis management process and directed various high-level multi-stakeholders negotiations. He also designed, elaborated and implemented new programs and directed an extensive reform process leading to the complete revision of all the program implementation procedures.

Before joining FIFA, Mr Regenass has been a diplomat for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs between 1994 and 2008. As such he was the diplomatic adviser to the Swiss President Mr. Pascal Couchepin in 2008. He has also served as Deputy Head of the Africa and Middle East division (2006-2007), and he was posted in Washington DC (1999-2002) and Nairobi (2003-2006), as Counsellor for regional affairs. In this position he managed the peace-promotion activities of the Swiss government in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes, as well as the bilateral relations with four countries. Between 1994 and 1999 he held different positions at the Foreign Ministry and abroad (Bangkok and Bonn).

Prior to joining the diplomatic service, Mr Regenass was a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross between 1989 and 1993, serving in different capacities in the Palestinian Territories, in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Mozambique and at the headquarters in Geneva.

Mr Regenass is a Swiss citizen. He holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He speaks French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.