Patrick Baumann, ’01
Secretary-General, Federation of International Basketball (FIBA)
Patrick Baumann was born on 5th August 1967 in Basel, Switzerland. He is a Swiss National but has spent a considerable part of his life in foreign countries.
In 1987 he concluded his A level examinations (Maturità Classica) in Sanremo, Italy. After that, he has spent most of his student time at the University of Lausanne were he obtained a law degree in 1990. He holds the Master in Sport Administration Management, obtained at the IOC and University of Lyon, France in 1996. In 2001 he obtained his MBA at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, in the USA.
Mr. Baumann speaks English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish fluently. He is married and has two children.
He was involved in the sport of basketball from an early age, first as a player then as a referee in Italy. He was a 1st division Referee, Referee Instructor and Supervisor in Switzerland. He holds 1st and 2nd level coaching degrees from the Swiss Sport School in basketball. He was also a basketball coach of young categories and a Co-organizer of youth tournaments and of multi-sport and basketball camps.
After University, Mr. Baumann worked for the Swiss Bank Corporation at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland and later as Assistant to Chief Legal Counsel in St. Gallen. He joined the FIBA at its Munich headquarters in April 1994, where he was appointed Deputy Secretary General of FIBA in April 1995. He was working aside with Borislav Stankovic until January 2003, when he took over the position of Secretary General of FIBA with its new offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
Over the years, Mr. Baumann has become one of the most respected experts in the international sports community. He was a member of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Games 2008 of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has recently been appointed as member of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2012 in London.