Sabrina Zeender Becomes 1st Woman Appointed FEI Secretary General

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Sabrina Zeender, new FEI Secretary Geeral
Sabrina Zeender, new FEI Secretary Geeral

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 16, 2015–Sabrina Zeender, a 49-year-old Swiss national, on Friday was appointed International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Secretary General, the first woman to hold the post since the organization’s founding almost a century ago.

The appointment of Sabrina, of Salvadorian, American, and Austrian descent who holds a bachelor’s degree in Science in Communications and History from Boston University. was proposed by Ingmar De Vos, the newly elected president of the governing body of international horse sports.

In addition to her Boston University degree, she has a diploma in Sociology, Politics and Management of Sport Science from the Universities of Lausanne, Switzerlamd; Leicester, England and Montpellier, France.

Since joining the FEI in 1991, she has served as Director, Governance and Executive Affairs since 2011. She previously held the positions of Human Resources, Finance & Administration coordinator; Sports administrator; and Manager of the Secretary General’s office. She left the FEI in 1995 to work in her family’s business in the United States, returning to the FEI in 1998.

Before working at the FEI, Sabrina was with Telecom Japan TV Productions in New York and the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (water sports) in Lausanne.

Sabrina is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and has two sons aged 18 and 21.