Executive Board

President Frits Vrijlandt  was president of the Mountaineering and Climbing Association of the Netherlands(2006 to 2012) and UIAA Management Committee member for six years.  He has climbed major peaks in North and South America, Europe, Russia, Africa and the Himalaya including Mount Everest. He is also an active ski mountaineer.

Peter Farkas is from Hungary and started in the UIAA in 2002 as journal editor. He is an active rock climber and was a member of the Hungarian Youth National Team and is the president of the Hungarian Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation.He is a civil engineer and manager of several international infrastructure development projects.

Helène Denis is a member of the French Alpine Club (FFCAM) and a retired lecturer in economics and economic history. She has climbed extensively in the massif des Ecrins (South Alps) and in the Fontainebleau forest. Denis loves hiking, walking in the mountains and ski tours and is vice-president of the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps.

Pier Giorgio Oliveti is  a journalist, tourism consultant and long-time member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI). He specializes in tourism and the environment and has written for numerous journals and magazines. He works as a consultant for tourism, planning and management of local development projects and was a former editor-in-chief of The Journal of the Italian Club.

Thomas Kähr is a former president of a regional section of the Swiss Alpine Club. His communications consulting firm specializes in brand positioning, corporate communications and management coaching. His passion for the mountains took him twice to Nepal where he climbed peaks of over 6'000m and to Russia and Mt. Elbrus on skis. He is also a dedicated trail runner of mountain marathons in the Alps.


James "Marc” Beverlyis from the American Alpine Club. He is an IFMGA Mountain Guide, DiMM, Physician Assistant, and is pursuing a PhD in Exercise Science. He is also a UIAA World Cup competition ice climber and sits on the International Commission of Alpine Rescue.