FIA Foundation marks 20 years of activity at 2021 Annual Meeting

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Honorary Chairman of the Foundation, Rosario Alessi, who was inaugural chairman from 2001-08, joins Executive Director Saul Billingsley to mark the 20th anniversary.
Honorary Chairman of the Foundation, Rosario Alessi, who was inaugural chairman from 2001-08, joins Executive Director Saul Billingsley to mark the 20th anniversary.
Daniel Cornudella, Director of International Relations, RACC, talked on the subject of ghost driver detection.
Daniel Cornudella, Director of International Relations, RACC, talked on the subject of ghost driver detection.
Pedro Cofiño Ortega, President, Automobile Club Guatemala during his presentation on grassroots motor sport.
Pedro Cofiño Ortega, President, Automobile Club Guatemala during his presentation on grassroots motor sport.

The FIA Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary, launching a commemorative review at its Annual General Meeting in Paris.

The Foundation was established by the FIA in 2001, and began its work in earnest in early 2002. With a remit to work on road safety, sustainable mobility and safe motor sport, the charity has been a leader and funder in global road safety advocacy, and has supported many successful initiatives over the past two decades.

Speaking at the AGM, the FIA Foundation’s Chairman, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, highlighted some of the Foundation’s achievements including:

  • Helping to build the global road safety movement from literally nothing twenty years ago to deliver several UN resolutions, three Ministerial conferences, a World Bank facility and a UN fund, two Decades of Action, and a UN development target.
  • Funding many of the major safety improvements in motor sport, from fire resistant clothing to extrication training, from high-speed barriers to the Halo.
  • Returning tens of millions of euros in charitable grants to our member clubs, for mobility and motor sport activities, campaigns and projects.
  • Supporting innovative research on road safety and poverty; transport and social exclusion; impact investing; the needs and rights of women in transport; and much more.
  • Working with technical experts, the NGO community and FIA member clubs to build the leading global programmes on crash testing, road assessment, fuel efficiency and safe journeys to school.

Lord Robertson told the charity's members: "I hope you are pleased with the track record of your charity, and you are proud that the decision of the FIA, twenty years ago, to invest for the long term in the public interest has produced such results. We don’t pretend that we have succeeded in everything we attempt, far from it, and there are still mountains to climb in all the areas in which we work. But with your support, we will continue together to face these challenges."

The AGM, which was attended by the Foundation’s inaugural Chairman, Rosario Alessi, and by the outgoing FIA President Jean Todt, also received reports on the Foundation’s activities during 2021, including our participation in the COP26 Climate Summit, support for the UN’s Streets for Life campaign, rollout of several new motorcycle safety activities, funding for rally safety research led by the FIA sport department, and success in working with a coalition of governments, UN agencies and activists to secure a first ever UN youth summit.

The AGM voted honorary memberships for three outgoing trustees: Marilena Amoni, Alan Gow and Jean Todt. Michelle Yeoh and Jose Abed were re-elected for new terms of office, and new trustees Abdelrahman Al-Mannai, President of the Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation, and Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, the African Union’s Infrastructure & Energy Commissioner, were appointed.

Read the FIA Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Review here

Read the FIA Foundation’s Annual Review 2021 here