Speakers

Andrew Parsons

President, International Paralympic Committee

Andrew Parsons is president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the global governing body of the Paralympic movement.

The Brazilian was elected to the role in September 2017, succeeding Britain’s Sir Philip Craven to become the first new IPC President in 16 years.

Parsons is part of a new, younger generation of global sport leaders, having risen from the ranks of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, where he began his career as an intern in the communications department, later becoming secretary general and president over a period that coincided with the Rio 2016 bid and Games.

Parsons, who also served as Americas Paralympic Committee president from 2005 to 2009, was voted onto the IPC governing board in 2009. Four years later, he was elected to the role of vice president under Craven.

Parsons has also served on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Games and now on the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020.

He has been nominated for IOC membership, with his appointment to the exclusive global body widely expected to be ratified in October 2018.