IFSC Staff

Simona De Mari [ITA]
Bookkeeper

Born in Turin, Italy, Simona loves the mountains, enjoying hiking since the age of 20 and learning to ski aged 45, giving her a lot of satisfaction and leaving her wondering why she did not take up the sport sooner. Working as an administrative employee for a research body in the field of ICT for 17 years, Simona produced cost reports for projects funded by the European Union and the Regione Piemonte. She volunteered for several months in a sports association organising international football events, where she was in charge of registering teams in championships and organising athletes’ accommodation. Simona likes to travel and explore cultures other than her own. She also sings in a vocal pop group, being a choral singer starting from the Gospel.

Alessandro DI CATO [ITA]
Event Officer

During the completion of his Master’s Degree in Management, Organisation and Business Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Alessandro gained experience studying and working abroad for three years. Before returning to Italy to join the IFSC, Alessandro completed an internship at Systemd, the IFSC’s Communications Agency in Montmélian, France, where he supported various facets of IFSC operations and attended multiple IFSC events. Outside of working life, Alessandro enjoys both watching and playing team sports, particularly football.

Federico FERRO [ITA]
Venue Delegate

From a young age Federico has been passionate about sport, starting out as an Athlete and moving on to become an Event Specialist. Following a Master’s degree in Law in Rome, Federico specialised in event management with a Sport Management Master’s at the Luiss Guido Carli University. He then joined the Venue Management Team of the Baku 2015 Operational Committee for First European Games. Federico continued to become Executive Director at the European Boxing Confederation in Lausanne, supervising the organisation of over 50 tournaments and being responsible for the European Championships. Working for Balich Worldwide Shows in 2017 as an on-site Consultant, Federico managed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Anne FUYNEL [FRA]
Marketing & Communications Director

Prior to joining the IFSC as Marketing & Communications Director in 2012, Anne worked at the Grenoble École de Management for thirteen years as Press Officer, followed by International PR Manager and subsequently, Director of Communication and Operational Marketing. With experience in a number of communication agencies, Anne’s role at the IFSC focuses mainly on the development of sponsorship and TV deals. Anne is a fan of sports, as well as being her son’s number one fan.

Hazel Han [KOR]
Sport Assistant

A native of South Korea, Hazel has studied and lived overseas for more than 12 years. Passionate about the vibrant field of international sporting events, she previously held a position within the Protocol team at the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games. Hazel received a BA degree from Trinity College, USA, and a joint MA degree in Public Policy from the Central European University, Hungary & University of York, UK. Her previous roles include non-profit organisations, a bouldering gym, and voluntary positions for a climbing charity and mountain film festival. Hazel loves spending time in the mountains and climbing outdoors, plus the challenges and inspirations that accompany the great outdoors.

Tamaris HIGHAM [GBR]
COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

Tamaris gained a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with Public Relations from Edge Hill University, UK, in July 2017. Whilst studying Tamaris fell in love with climbing, taking every opportunity to try new disciplines on both rock and plastic, as well as watching IFSC competitions online and connecting with the climbing community on Instagram. Following the completion of her degree, Tamaris spent one year working for the British Mountaineering Council as Marketing & Events Coordinator, before relocating from the UK to Turin, Italy, to join the IFSC. Prior to and during her studies, Tamaris’ career ranged from social media management to dressing up as a Disney princess for children’s parties.

Francesca JENGO [ITA]
Administration Director

Born and raised in Turin, Italy, Francesca enjoys learning languages and discovering new cultures, hence she studied Foreign languages and International Communication at university. One of Francesca’s favourite things about working for the IFSC is the chance to meet people from across the globe, speaking their native language wherever possible. Now an MBA graduate, Francesca is one of the longest-standing staff members at the IFSC, beginning her IFSC career back in 2010 when the Federation had just three part-time employees. Having contributed heavily towards the growth and development of the IFSC’s structure, Francesca’s role as Administration Director involves managing the IFSC Office, coordinating institutional meetings and keeping a watchful eye over finances. Francesca enjoys organising dinners with friends, exploring new corners of her hometown which she shares with the IFSC Headquarters, trying new sports and spoiling her family and colleagues with homemade cakes.

Jérôme MEYER [FRA]
HEAD OF OLYMPIC COORDINATION

Jérôme was introduced to skiing and hiking in the mountains when he was just a child, then at the age of twelve he started climbing at his local gym in Chambéry, France. Not long after this, Jérôme began competing in both local and regional climbing competitions, followed by the IFSC World Cup circuit, where he secured three Bouldering World Cup gold medals in 2001, 2003 and 2006. Jérôme retired from competitions in 2008 following his victory in the European Championships and since, has worked to shape the IFSC’s Sport Department. Originally Sport Director for the IFSC and the first President of the IFSC Athlete’s Commission, Jérôme is now the IFSC’s Head of Olympic Coordination, guiding Sport Climbing towards its Tokyo 2020 Olympic debut.

Piero rebaudengo [ITA]
General director

Piero joined the IFSC as General Director in 2019, after having gained professional executive experience at a national and international level in both sport and business. A University of Parma (Italy) Pharmacy graduate, he started his career in the pharmaceutical industry managing a number of tasks. Passionate about sport since his youth, Piero was a professional volleyball player in the 80’s and from 2006-2013, he served the international volleyball family Sport Events Director of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Piero has led a life filled with unique sporting experiences, participating in 4 Olympic Games with different roles: competing as an athlete he was a bronze medallist in Los Angeles 1984, working as Paralympic Director in the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games, then managing the Volleyball events as FIVB Technical Delegate in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Skiing, hiking and from now on, also climbing, are his favourite leisure experiences.

Erica RICCI [ITA]
ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Originally from Rome, Italy, Erica spent six years in the UK where she started working in hospitality and event organisation, taking part in the organisation of movie premieres, London Fashion Week and other private events. Upon her return to Rome, she worked for four years as the Office Manager for the European Association of Plastic Surgeons, a non-profit scientific organisation, where she took care of educational programmes at European level, and organised an annual conference as well as other institutional meetings. Erica joined the IFSC in June 2018, which put together her great passion for climbing and her international upbringing. Working within the Administration Department, she started off taking care of logistics and meeting organisation among other administrative tasks, and recently took on a more specific focus on membership and development, to support more closely existing and to-be National Federations.

Daniel TORCHIA [ITA]
PARACLIMBING DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

After spending ten years abroad, during which he obtained a PhD in Business and Management from the University of Manchester, UK, Daniel returned to his hometown of Turin, Italy, in 2017. Since completing his Master’s degree at the University of Liverpool, UK, he has been involved with several sporting organisations, researching how they can foster social development. This keen interest has then translated into his work at the IFSC where, since October 2018, he has been contributing to the growth of Paraclimbing at an international level. Following the unanimous approval of the Paraclimbing Development Plan, during the 2019 IFSC Plenary Assembly in Tokyo, Japan, Daniel is now overseeing the implementation of the plan and also helping the recently formed Paraclimbing Committee in their operations.

Additionally, Daniel collaborates with the School of Management and Economics at the University of Turin and publishes research articles in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Silvia VERDOLINI [ITA]
SPORT DIRECTOR

Silvia joined the IFSC in 2017, transforming her passion for climbing into a full-time job. Having been appointed as Sport Director in 2019, Silvia manages all technical commissions and oversees the sport’s development, including improvements to regulations and Officials progression alongside event format and sport equipment. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics in Italy, Silvia spent a year in California for her Master’s then did a PhD in The Netherlands. After a short research period, she left academia and worked as project coordinator for Science Communication in India, South Africa, Malta, and UK. She managed EU funded projects aimed at public engagement, improving science literacy, and developing the next generation of bright minds.

Marco VETTORETTI [ITA]
EVENT SPONSOR & MEDIA OFFICER

After working as a care-giver in Venice for eight years, Marco gained a bachelor’s degree in Communication at the University of Padua and a master’s degree in Sport Business Strategies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. From 2015 to 2019 he worked for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) as a member of the media crew, travelling to a number of international competitions around the world, including the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. Prior to this, Marco has attended basketball, beach soccer, biathlon, cycling and football events. Marco has practiced swimming, handball, basketball and futsal and whenever he can, travels back to Venice to support the local basketball and football teams.

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