Captain Husain Al-Musallam of Kuwait is the new FINA President since 5th June 2021.
He was FINA First Vice-President since July 2017, after serving as Vice-President for many years. He initially joined the FINA Bureau in 1996. He received the FINA Gold Pin in recognition to his contribution to swimming at all levels throughout his life.
Al-Musallam joined the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Executive Board in January 2003 and is the OCA General Director (since 2005).
Before becoming an important sports administrator, Al-Musallam debuted his career as a swimmer in the national team of Kuwait. He competed in all Pan-Arab, Asian and World Championships from 1974 to 1976.
Husain Al-Musallam was born on May 19, 1960, in Kuwait. He is married with children and is an airline captain by profession.
First Vice President
Sam Ramsamy of South Africa is FINA First Vice-President since May 2021, after serving many years as Second Vice-President (2017-2021) Vice-President (2004-2017) and Bureau member (1996- 2004).
Ramsamy was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1995 and served on the IOC Executive Board (2006-2014).
Ramsamy was president of Swimming South Africa (1991-1996) and the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (1991-2004).
Besides his active role as a sports administrator, Ramsamy was a member of the Organising Committee for the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. He was awarded the Order of Ikamanga by the South African Government.
Ramsamy has over 60 years of experience in sport and was an athlete in several sports; athletics, football and swimming.
Sam Ramsamy was born on January 27, 1938, in Durban, South Africa. Besides his teaching diplomas, he also holds a diploma of the Carnegie College of Physical Education, Leeds and is an Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Leeds Metropolitan, Surrey and Toronto.
Second Vice President
Matthew Dunn of Australia is FINA Second Vice-President since May 2021.
Already FINA Bureau Member for Oceania since 2012 (and Vice-President since 2019). Prior to this role he was a member of the FINA Athletes Commission, for which he is now the Bureau Liaison.
Dunn is the President of the Oceania Swimming Association (OSA) and Board Member of Swimming Australia.
Achievements as a swimmer include having represented Australia in every major swimming event from 1991 to 2000 including three Olympic Games and two FINA World Championships. Results include four World Records, eight World Short Course Gold, six Pan Pac Gold, six Commonwealth Gold and 33 National Titles.
Dunn was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2009 for his contribution to Swimming.
Matthew Dunn was born on September 2, 1973, in Sydney, Australia. He is married with three children and has extensive experience in commercial property development having worked for the World’s largest industrial property company and large private developers before focusing on his own developments. He graduated with a Masters of Commerce (Commercial Law and Accounting).
Dale Neuburger of the U.S. is FINA Tresurer since May 2021.
FINA VicePresident for the last fourth mandates, In 2015, he was elected as a member of the FINA Executive. He is also Chairman of the FINA Development Commission (since 2009), FINA Bureau Liaison to the Technical Swimming Committee (since 2005), and Chairman of the FINA Technical Swimming Commission, serving as Technical Delegate for Swimming in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games and the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Neuburger was the President of the Union Americana De Natacion (UANA) since July 2015 (2015-2019).
Neuburger is currently a Board member of US Aquatic Sports, USA Swimming, and the USA Swimming Foundation and previously served as President of United States Aquatic Sports, President of USA Swimming, and Chairman of the Board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
With 30 years of experience, Neuburger was a Board member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and a member of its Executive Committee, serving as chairman of the National Governing Bodies (NGB) Council.
Dale Neuburger was born on November 28, 1949, in New York, USA. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Princeton University, and holds two Masters degrees from Indiana University in philanthropic studies and in public administration.
Paolo Barelli of Italy is FINA Vice-President since 2017. He initially joined FINA in July 2009, when he was then named Honorary Secretary (2009-2017).
Barelli was re-elected Ligue Européenne de Nation (LEN) President for a second term in May 2016, a role he has been serving since 2012.
An Italian Senator, Paolo Barelli is also President of the Italian Swimming Federation since 2000.
Barelli is a former swimmer who broke 23 times the Italian record in several distances, including the 100m butterfly and relays. He swam for Italy at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, where he reached the Olympic final with the 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay (7th) and the 4 × 100 m Medley Relay (8th). In 1975 he won the 100m butterfly at the 1975 Mediterranean Games (58.10).
Paolo Barelli was born on June 7, 1954, in Rome, Italy. He is married with children.
Juan Carlos Orihuela Garcete of Paraguay is FINA Vice President since May 2021.
FINA Bureau Member since 2017, Orihuela is the President of the South American Confederation of Swimming (CONSANAT).
Orihuela is the President of the Paraguayan Swimming Federation and is an Executive Committee Member of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee (COP), while he also fulfils the roles of Secretary General and Sports Director for the same organisation.
In addition, he is the Autonomous University of Asuncion Sports Director and exercise the same role for the Paraguayan Olympic Academy.
Juan Carlos Orihuela was born on May 16, 1967, in Asuncion, Paraguay. He is married and obtained a BA in Business Administration.
Zhou Jihong of China is FINA Vice President since May 2021.
She was FINA Bureau Member since 2015 but initially joined FINA as an Athletes Committee member (1998-2001), a Committee she chairs since 2014. She was a member of the FINA TDC (2001-2009), which she later chaired (2001- 2016).
In parallel, Zhou chaired for six years the TDC of the Asian Swimming Federation (AASF) and is currently Vice-President and Diving Liaison of the AASF.
Zhou was Coach of the national Diving Team of China from 1990-1997 and has been the Team Leader since 1998 up to today. She is currently the Chair of the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA).
Zhou debuted her career as an elite diver: She finished 3rd in the women’s 10m platform event at the 4th FINA World Championships in 1982, 1st in the women’s 10 platform event at the 2nd FINA World Cup in 1983 and 1st in the 10m platform at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Zhou Jihong was born on January 11, 1965, in Hubei, China. She is married and has a BA in English and a Masters of Sport Training, both from Beijing Sports University.
Erik Van Heijningen of the Netherlands is a FINA Bureau Member since 2013 and is also the Liaison of the FINA Doping Control Review Board (DCRB).
Van Heijningen used to serve as Vice-President of the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) from 2008-2017, and prior to this he was a Member.
An ambassador of the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation, Van Heijningen was the President’s organisation from 2001-2017.
Van Heijningen’s athletic background includes water polo and football.
Erik Van Heijningen was born on August 28, 1961, in Vootschoten, in the Netherlands. He is married and studied Dutch Law in Leiden (1979-1984).
Immediate Past President
Dr. Julio C. Maglione of Uruguay was FINA President for 12 years: from 2009 to 2021. He previously was Member of the Bureau from 1984-1988, Vice-President (1988-1992) and then Honorary Treasurer from 1992-2009.
Maglione was an IOC Member from 1996-2015, and became an Honorary Member in 2015.
He was President of the South American Swimming Confederation (1976-1978) then Honour President (1984), as well as President of the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas (1979-1983, 1995-1999). He is the Honorary President of PanAm Sports.
He is the President of the Uruguayan Olympic Committee since 1987. He formerly also headed the Uruguayan Swimming Federation (1969-1985).
In Uruguay also, Maglione was President of the National Committee of Physical Education and Sport of Uruguay (Ministry of Sports) (1985-1990; 1995-2000) and Vice-Minister of Public Health (1991-1992).
For his great achievement in the sport throughout his career, Maglione received the following awards and distinctions: FINA Gold Pin; ANOC Order of Merit (1994); IOC Centennial Trophy (1994); NOC gold insignia; Royal Order of Merit in Sport of the Spanish Minister of Education and Science (1996); Legion of Honour of the French Republic (1998); Order of the Chinese Olympic Committee (1999); Order “Bernardo O’Higgins”, Chile (2000); distinction of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (2001); Honorary Citizen of Montevideo (2007).
Maglione debuted his career as an elite swimmer. He was the national champion and record holder in the 100m and 200m butterfly and breaststroke (1949-1954). He swam for Uruguay at various international events, such as the Latin American Games and the Pan American Games in Mexico (1955).
Dr. Julio Maglione was born on November 14, 1935, in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is married with two children and is an odontologist by profession.