Andrew Craven

President, IPC

Andrew Parsons was elected President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body in September 2017.

Preceding his election as IPC President, Andrew was the IPC Vice-President from 2013-2017 and an IPC Governing Board Member between 2009-2013. He was also the President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee from 2009-2017 and during his time he helped to transform Paralympic sport in his native country, making Brazil one of the strongest Paralympic nations in the world.

Throughout the years Andrew has been the Chef de Mission or Deputy Chef de Mission in the Paralympic Games and various World Championships including Para athletics, Para swimming, and Para powerlifting.

He has been involved with the Paralympic Movement for more than 20 years and has held various different positions in the Movement during this time. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and educated at the Fluminense Federal University, where he received his bachelor’s in Marketing and Communications.

Andrew has also been the recipient of the Commander of the Order of Rio Branco – the highest distinction given by the President of the Republic of Brazil.

As a strong proponent of education as a tool for social change, Andrew believes I’mPOSSIBLE will help continue transforming society’s perceptions toward people with impairments across the globe.