Our Candidates in the FIE Elections 2021

The Swedish candidates at the FIE elective congress in Lausanne are:

Pia Björk for the SEMI Commission

Ana Valero-Collantes for the Promotion, Communication and Marketing Commission

Pierre Thullberg for the Rules Commission

Below you find a presentation of the candidates.

Pia Björk, candidate for the SEMI Commission

Qualification and professional background

Masters of science in Materials Sciences (specialisation metallurgy) from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden (1984-1989)
32 years of experience in an intergovernmental organisation in Germany (as patent examiner and since 2008 in managerial functions)
Currently director of quality audit.

Fencing experience:

  • Started fencing foil in Ottawa, Canada in 1983
  • Continued in Stockholm, Sweden 1984-1989 with foil and épée
  • Since 1989, training and competing in épée in Munich, Germany
  • 1991-1996: member of the national Swedish female épée team
  • Active in veteran circuit, bronze medal in Cat.50 women épée at the World Championships in Cairo, Egypt 2019
  • Board member of the Swedish Fencing Federation since 2020,
  • Member in the SvFF commissions for Competition organisation and of International representation

As a member of the FIE SEMI commission, I would contribute with my knowledge and experience of international competitive fencing, my eye for technical details and quality from my professional experience in patents and innovation and my experience as manager in an international regulatory organisation.

Ana Valero-Collantes, candidate for the Promotion, Communication and Marketing Commission

International and National sport experience

  • Member Executive Committee of European Fencing Confederation (2013 – present)
  • Chair Promotion & Marketing Commission of European Fencing Confederation (2013 – present)
  • Social Media & Communication Manager of European Fencing Confederation (2013 – present)
  • Vice President Swedish Fencing Federation (2014 – present)
  • Head of Media and Communication for the Swedish Fencing Federation
  • Board member Swedish Fencing Federation(2011 – present)
  • Member working group for International Collaboration of The Swedish Sports Confederation(2015 – 2018)
  • Organizer Stockholm GP Challenge Bernadotte(2011 – 2012)
  • Project Manager fencing event for the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games i Stockholm in presence of their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden(2012)
  • Career as active referee, FIE B referee épée(2012 – present)

Professional Experience

  • HR specialist/Senior manager, Project Manager for customer center, Communication Officer, Project Manager of Internet applications for labor market at the Swedish Public Employment Services
  • Producer and project manager for several theatre productions, Stockholm

Education

  • Project Management and Multimedia productions, Capital School of Multimedia, Stockholm/London
  • Production Management for Performing Arts, Stockholm

Pierre Thullberg, candidate for the Rules Commission

Work experience and education

  • Secretary General Swedish Fencing Federation 2012-
  • PR Consultant 2006-2012
  • Director Swedish Centre for International Youth Exchange 2003-2006
  • Accounting Manager Swedish Centre for International Youth Exchange 1997-2003
  • Risk Manager CB Asset Management 1995-1997
  • Copywriter Rönnerdal Advertising 1994-95
  • Master of Business Science and Economics, Stockholm School of Economics 1995 Studies in history, ethnology and french at the Stockholm University 1988-1992

Main fencing experience

  • Member of FIE Rules Commission 2004- . Active in several ad hoc commissions and workings groups during this period.
  • FIE Event Manager for GP’s and OG Test Competition 2013-20
  • Member of the Directoire Technique at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Rio 2016, London 2012 and Athens 2004
  • President of the Directoire Technique at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018, Nanjing 2014 and Singapore 2010
  • President of the Directoire Technique at the World J/C Championships in Belfast 2009, Acireale 2008 and Belek 2007.
  • Member of the Directoire Technique at the World J/C Championships in Torun 2019, Plovdiv 2017, Taskjkent 2015, Moscow 2012, Dead Sea 2011, Plovdiv 2004, Trapani 2003 and Antalya 2002
  • Member of the Directoire Technique at the World Championships in Wuxi 2018, Catania 2011, Paris 2010, Leipzig 2005 and Havana 2003
  • President of the Directoire Technique at the African Championships in Kairo 2011
  • President of the Directoire Technique at the European Championships in Plovdiv 2009, Kiev 2008 and Gent 2007
  • Member of the Directoire Technique at the World Veteran Championships Tampa 2001
  • Member of the Directoire Technique at the European Junior Championships in Bratislava 1998
  • Organiser in charge of the men’s épée A Category/GP competition Challenge Bernadotte in Stockholm 1998- 2010
  • Successful practical exam for degree of “Maître d’armes de l’Academie Internationale d’Escrime” – Started fencing in 1978