One of the goals from the IBVPA is to create strong communication channels between the athletes, the FIVB, the promoters and potential sponsors. As a result, we have formed a board with athletes from across the globe, each designated to different departments in the association, heavily supported by IBVPA’s lawyer, Vassilios Koutsogiannakis. We are always looking for members to assist IBVPA support groups so if there is a department that suits you, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madelein Meppelink and Anouk Vergé-Dépré are the main contacts for you as a player. Should you have any question, contact them directly and they will direct you to the right person to help you with your question or problem. We have also listed all the members that have joined, whose support is the foundation of the association. See below for the entire list of athletes.
Madelein is a 2-time Olympian and part of the Nederland’s top female duo. She got a 9th place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and after 10 years on the FIVB senior world tour, has won 2 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. Madelein got two-time European Champion and her highest rank in the world ranking has been #1. Madelein has a bachelor degree in Pharmacy and speaks fluent English, Dutch and German. She’s committed to work for the IBVPA to create a better working situation for all beachvolleyball players.
Anouk finished 9th at her first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At 26 years and 8 years on the FIVB senior world tour, she has won 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. She’s 4-time Swiss Champion and her highest rank in the world ranking has been #7. Anouk studies media, communication and economics and speaks fluent English, German and French. She’s committed to work for the IBVPA to help beachvolleyball to grow as a sport and create the base to better market one of the best sports products worldwide.
Comm. & Media Director
Melissa got 3 FIVB gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals after 5 years on the senior world tour. Her highest rank in the world ranking has been #1. Melissa has a bachelor degree in media and communication and speaks fluent english and spanish. She’s committed to work for the IBVPA because in her opinion beach volleyball is in need of growth and appreciation. She thinks the athletes should show the example and create a legacy.
Robert captured the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He won the World Championships in 2013 and has earned 6 FIVB gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals throughout his 9 years on tour the senior world tour. His highest rank in the world ranking has been #1. Rob studied IT and marketing and speaks fluent english and dutch. He’s committed to work for the IBVPA to lift beachvolleyball to the next level and create a strong base for players to be able to play this sport professionally.
Strategy & Devel. Director
Barbara won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Throughout her 7 years on the FIVB senior world tour, she has won 9 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals including a World Championship title in 2015. Her highest rank in the world ranking has been #1. Barbara speaks fluent english and portuguese. She switched from Medical university to dedicate her life to beach volleyball. She fell in love with the sport at a young age and she’s committed to work for the IBVPA because the association will bring more value, organization, power and unity to the players.
After studying law at the University of Zurich, Vassilios worked at a small law firm in Zurich and wrote his PhD thesis in international sports and employment law addressing the issue of the termination of employment contracts in international ice hockey. As head of sports law at Ernst & Young Zurich he’s a very successful lawyer today. Since a young age Vassilios has been active in beach volleyball as an amateur player and coach. He’s committed to work for the IBVPA because now he can combine his passion with his legal profession. Vassilios speaks fluent English, French, Italian, German and Greek.