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Bureau Members

Per Rune Eknes

Born 1962 – Married with 3 children and one grandchild
Rune_eknesPer Rune Eknes was educated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in humanities, communication and technology and, since 1990, has worked as the Editor of SkoleMagasinet, a leading education magazine in Norway. Concurrently, he has worked as a journalist for Badeteknisk Forum, a leading magazine on the building and designing of swimming pools. He also operates as a freelance consultant for the construction of pools.
  • Member of the Norwegian Masters Committee, 1990-1996
  • Board member of the Norwegian Swimming Federation, 1990-1996
  • Vice President of the Norwegian Swimming Federation, 2001-2004
  • President of the Norwegian Swimming Federation since 2004
  • Member of the Facilities Committee of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee
  • President of the Nordic Swimming Federation, 2006-2010
  • LEN Bureau Member since 2012
  • Member of the FINA Facilities Commission, 2012

Aleksandar Sostar – Water Polo Liaison

Born 1964 – Married with 2 children
Aleksandar_SostarAleksandar Sostar is the only athlete in Serbia and Montenegro to have won all possible gold medals in water polo stretching from the Olympic gold medal in 1988 and the World Championships in 1991 and 2001 to the European Cup of Cups. He has played water polo in 3 countries- Italy, Spain and Yugoslavia and, since 2009, has been a member of the Executive Board of the National Olympic Committee of Serbia. A graduate of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Belgrade, he has been a member of the FINA Technical Water Polo Committee since 2009.
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Serbian Water Polo Federation since 2005
  • Director of Sports Department of Serbian Ministry of Education and Sport, 2004-2007
  • Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport, Serbian Government, 2007-2009
  • President of the Sports Association of Serbia since 2009
  • Member of the Executive Board of the National Olympic Committee of Serbia since 2009
  • LEN Bureau Member since 2012

Noam Zwi – Synchro Liaison

Born 1958 – Married with 4 children
Noam_ZwiNoam Zwi came from a swimming background. His mother was the first person to swim the Sea of Galilee 10k in 1941 and Noam both swam and played water polo before becoming the national coach for Israel for the 1992 Olympic Games. He established the Hapoel Jerusalem Swimming Club and was its director from 1990-2002, a period in which the club won the national championships 12 times. In 1993, he became a member of the Israel Swimming Federation and, during his Presidency, the country achieved its best ever results, particularly at the 2012 European Championships where it won 5 medals including 1 gold
  • President of the Israel Swimming Federation 2003-2012
  • Bureau Member of the Israeli Olympic Committee since 2000
  • LEN TOWSC member 2008-2012
  • LEN Bureau Member since 2012
  • FINA TOWSC member since 2009
  • COMEN Bureau member since 2005

Joe Caruana Curran – Open Water Swimming Liaison

Born 1957 son of the late Joseph and Anna Milena nee’ Turi. Two sons, Joe Jr and Gianluca
JOE_MLTHe received his primary education at St. Joseph School Sliema, his secondary education at the Lyceum in Hamrun and graduated in Economics (with Honours) from the University of Malta in 1977. He served as Deputy President and subsequently President of the Federation of Industries in Malta between 1997 and 2001.
He was Vice President of Valletta United Water Polo Club between 1982 and 1986 when he was elected President of Valletta FC. He retained this post for 18 years. He was elected President of the Malta Billiards & Snooker Association in 2008 and Vice President of the European Billiards & Snooker Association in 2009. Joe was elected President of the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta in 2010 and re-elected for a second term in 2013. He is also a member of the LEN Audit Committee since 2012.
He also sat on the Board of Directors of the Malta Sports Council from 2008 till 2014

Pia Holmen – Swimming Liaison

Born in 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria. Her parents were Danish citizens and they returned to Denmark in 1975. Pia is not married but lives with her partner: Tom Jensen.
Photo_Pia Holmen_DENPia has been a swimmer and started coaching when she was 14 years old. She worked as a coach until 1990 in three different clubs where she became volunteer – first in HEI swimming club in the swimming committee and thereafter as Chairman of the board. In 1994 she was recruited to the executive committee for the Danish Swimming Federation as a volunteer. She stayed on until 1999. She has also been a member of the NOCs Press Commission from 2006 to 2014. General Secretary for the Nordic Swimming Federation from 2002 to 2006. Member of the National Water Safety Council from 2008 to 2010. Member of the board of Anti-Doping Danmark from 2009 to 2012. Liaison officer for the City of Rio when bidding for the Olympic Games in Copenhagen in 2009. Vice president for the International Federation for Swimming Teachers associations from 2012 to 2014. President for the International Federation for Swibr.
Pia is Master of Science in Political Science (Aarhus University) and has a Master in Political Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
She became the CEO/General Secretary of The Danish Swimming Federation 2001 after working as a consultant in Team Denmark for five years. From 2013 to 2014 she completed the Nordic International Leadership Education offered by the Nordic NOC´s.

Marco Stacchiotti – Master Liaison

Born 1959 – Married with 3 children
Marco Stacchiotti got gradMarco_Stacchiottiuated in IT at Institut Supérieur Economique de Jemelle (B).
He had the chance to be part of the evolution of the IT world as a customer but also as a vendor reprensentative.
He came to swimming through his children going to swimming school. As a parent he took responsability at the club level, where he still is president of the Swimming Club le Dauphin Ettelbruck.
He more and more got engaged in Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Natation et de Sauvetage where he start as the tresorer in 2009 and becoming president as of 2014. He became LEN Bureau member in 2016.




Gilles Sezionale

President of the French Swimming Federation since April 2017.

PhD in pharmaceutical science, married with two children, owner of a pharmacy since 1983. Graduated with a bachelor degree in science in 1975. Military service in the marine as an aspiring officer, intern at the hospital Ste-Anne of Toulon and lieutenant colonel in the reserves.

Former swimmer, started getting involved in the French Swimming Federation in 1996.

From 1996 to 2000: elected at the Regional Committee of Côte d’Azur. From 2000 to 2004: Vice-President of the Regional Committee of Côte d’Azur and President of the Regional Swimming Sports Commission. From 2004 to 2008: President of the Regional Committee of Côte d’Azur, re-elected at the Regional Sport and Olympic Committee, member of the Federal Commission of Swimming and of the Anti-Doping organism.

Also President of the Association of Professional pharmacists of Côte d’Azur, which covers over 200 pharmacies, and President of a purchasing central.


Marius van Zeijts

Born 1958. Married with Marianne van Zeijts-Greven with two children

Former swimmer, water polo player and pentathlete. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy and graduated in addition at the University of Amsterdam and the Nyenrode Business University. Marius van Zeijts started his career as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Army and has been posted in various positions in different functional areas: operations, logistics, finance, personnel and policy. He also fulfilled numerous international positions among other in Sarajevo, in Brussels and in Bujumbura (Burundi). In the Army he achieved the rank of General. In his last position, from 2013 till 2017, he was stationed in Aix en Provence as director of a helicopter agency and responsible for the execution of a helicopter program on behalf of 10 European nations and Australia & New Zealand.

Marius van Zeijts has a lot of experience in management positions in sport. In the age of 20 he was president of a small swimming club. Later on he became president of AZ&PC, one of the most famous swimming clubs in The Netherlands; in 2004 he was appointed as honorary president. From 2005 – 2016 he was president of the Royal Military Fencing Association and from 2004 – 2014 he was member of the Supervisory Board of a large commercial sports company. In 2017 he has been elected as the new President of the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation.

Marius van Zeijts has been active in the International Military Sports Council as well (CISM is the second largest multi-sport discipline organization after IOC with 136 member countries). In 2013 he was nominated by CISM Europe to be candidate for the position of Secretary General CISM, but before the elections he started already in his new position in France.

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