Decision Making and Governance Structure - Executive Committee

The IKA Executive Committee

The duties and responisbilities of the executive committee are to supervise the day to day business of the association as conducted by the Executive Office (Executive Secretary / General Manager)

The Excutive committee implements decisions and policy guidance of the General Assembly and working parties.


The current members of the Executive Committee are:

mircobabini   President

  Mirco Babini

Term: Until 2017


Mirco has been a windsurfer of the early days, including winning several italian championships, competing on the international pro circuit and campaigning in the Olympic windsurfing class.

He has been involved with kiteboarding from the very beginning, as marketing and sales specialist for various brands, competitor and later event organiser.

Mirco has professional experience in professional sailing including the Italian Americas Cup Challenger "Luna Rossa" and is always looking for future opportunities for the sport. He has been also involved in the development of the World Sailing "Learn to Kiteboard" syllabus and is leading the IKA since 2014.

brunodewannamaeker   Vice President   Bruno de Wannemaeker

Term: Until 2016


Bruno, also president of the International Funboard Class, was one of the founding fathers of IKA.

He was initially adopted, representing Belgium, for his Race Management and Rules Skills.

Bruno is one of the few IRO, IJ and IM in this world and has been working close with IYRU, later ISAF and now World Sailing for decades. His experience and contacts in windsurfing can now also be used to develop further the Kitesurfing disciplines.

gizzeria profile   Executive Secretary   
  Markus Schwendtner

Term: Until 2016


Markus was one of the founding members of the IKA in 2006 and has been responsible for the day to day business of the association since then.

He has a professional career as IT and management consultant before focussing on sports management.

Markus is World Sailing International Race Officer, International Judge, and has recently be appointed as Chairman of the World Sailing Classes Committee which he represents in the World Sailing Council.

As the IKA's competition manager he is dedicated to bring the best possible conditions on and off the water to the riders and to highlight their skills in media world wide.

alexandralockie       Alexandra Lockie

Term: Until 2017

  Alexandra was appointed to the IKA at the 2015 General Assembly. Alexandra is a professional in the kiteboarding industry, working for national class association, Kiteboarding Australia. She has had a professional career as a commercial litigation lawyer and brings to the Executive exception governance, advocacy and communication skills. Alexandra is focussed on improving the governance structures and transparency of the IKA for the benefit of the sport.
pilarlopez       Pilar Lopez Fernandez

Term: Until 2017

  Pilar is the Chief Measurer of the IKA classes and Executive Member since 2015
mikegebhardt       Michael Gebhardt

Term: Until 2017

  After a successful Olympic Career in Windsurfing, Michael (Gebi) has been one of the first kiteboarders and is now focussed on coaching World Champions and World Record holders, and bring kids to the Youth Olympic Games.
brunomarques   Treasurer   Bruno Marques

Term: Until 2017


Bruno was appointed to the IKA Executive Committee at the 2015 General Assembly. He holds both a MBA and a MA in Economics and was a successful businessman until he retired last year.

Bruno has been an International Judge since 2006 and was the organizer of the 2009 ISAF Youth World Championship, of the 2009 Laser 4.7 World Championship and of the 2012 RS:X World Championship all held in Buzios, Brasil.

For the past four years, he has been the World Sailing Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee chair. He is dedicated now improve governance and  financial flows and controls at IKA.

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