80th BWF Annual General Meeting

Nanning - 23 May 2019


Commissions are specialist groups with particular expertise and are made up of Council members and at times, external expertise. Except for the Athletes’ Commission and the Para badminton Athletes’ Commission, the terms of reference and the membership of the Commission is approved by Council. The Commissions are:

BWF Commissions



HR Commission

Oversee effective and sustainable human resource development and provide guidance on HR policy development for the BWF.

Vishu Tolan (Chair)
Poul-Erik Høyer
Lim Teong Kiat
Robbert de Kock
Thomas Lund

Awards Commission

Responsible for implementing in a fair and transparent way, the system of annual awards as outlined in the BWF Awards Regulations which recognise excellence, achievement and service to the sport and to the badminton community.

Nora Perry (Chair)
Geraldine Brown
Battushig Batbold
Stuart Borrie (Secretariat)
Patricia Wong (Secretariat)

Governance & Ethics Commission

Responsible for the on-going review of BWF governance and ethics regulations and documents and making recommendations to the Council on the optimal structures, rules and processes to ensure good governance.

Vishu Tolan (Chair)
Emma Mason
Ng Yoke Weng
Nigel Skelt
Khunying Patama
Torsten Berg

Gender Equity Commission

Responsible for providing advice on policy development around gender and diversity, guiding education and awareness on gender and diversity, and providing guidance on how to implement initiatives towards gender balance and greater diversity across the BWF structure and our badminton community.

Geraldine Brown (Chair)
KhunyingPatama Leeswadtrakul
Nora Perry
Nigel Skelt
Hadia Hosny – Africa
Imelda Wigoeno
Jassem Kanso – Asia
Chipo Zumburani
Sharon Springer (Secretariat)

Para badminton Commission

Responsible for providing technical advice on regulations, policies, programmes, event development and the promotion of Para badminton.

Paul Kurzo (Chair)
Wayne Sommers
Torsten Berg
Shamsul Azhar Shah
Dr. Silvia Albrecht
Guenter Kluetzke
Lyndon Williams
Richard Perot
Raul Eduardo Anguiano Araujo
Syahmi Sabron – (Secretariat)
John Shearer – (Secretriate)

Athlete Commission 

Responsible for canvassing the view of athletes, providing information for athletes and building the links between decision making bodies of the BWF and the athlete community. The Commission represents the needs and views of athletes to the BWF Council and Committees.

Marc Zwiebler (Chair)
PV Sindhu
Kirsty Gilmour
Peter Briggs
Ville Lång
Saina Nehwal(ex-officio)
Thomas Lund (Secretariat)
Rachel Jayaratnam (Secretariat)

Tournament Doctor Commission

Responsible for providing medical advice to the BWF as it relates to the medical servicing at tournaments and the role of the On-Court Doctor.

Dr. Dato’ Guru (Chair)
Peter Tarcala
Dr Ashwin Patel
Dr Martin Fahlström
Dr Carmen Jahya

Sport Science & Medical Research Commission

Sport Science & Medical Research Commission focuses on the promotion of health and well being of athletes and the coordination of research in badminton specific science, athlete health and injury prevention.

David Cabello  (Chair)
Prof. Keiko Fonseca
Dr. Tengku Fadilah binti Tengku Kamalden
Dr. Martin Fahlström
Dr. Mark King
Prof. Dr. Hanno Felder
Dr. Niels Christian Kaldau

Technical Official Commission

If/Where specifically requested by Council, Events Committee, Events Department Group or Staff, to propose changes to Technical Official (TO) policy and strategy, Laws and technical regulations, and review all proposed changes to Laws and technical regulations submitted by BWF stakeholders.

To assist staff with regular oversight of TO activities, including those of the BWF Referee and Umpire Assessment Panels, TO assignments, Semi-Professional TOs, educational resources and other TO projects and programmes.


Giles Cavert (Chair)
Jane Wheatley
Malcolm Banham
Diraj Gooneadry
Chen Chih-Shen
Sven Serre
Peter Cocker
Enrique Charadan
Christopher Trenholme
Suvashini Sivapathasundram (Secretariat)