Benjamin Cohen has been appointed by WADA as its new Director, European Regional Office and International Federations Relations ©Linkedin

Benjamin Cohen is to replace Frédéric Donzé as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s Director, European Regional Office and International Federations Relations, it has been announced.

Cohen is currently head of governance and legal affairs for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), where he has been managing FIBA’s legal Services since 2009.  

Prior to FIBA, Cohen held various roles with the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace in New York City and UEFA in Nyon in Switzerland.

In his new role, Cohen will reinforce WADA’s mission by ensuring that anti-doping programmes are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and WADA's objectives are successfully met.  

Cohen will support the International Federations with their development of high quality programmes; liaise with umbrella associations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other sports bodies, and, engage as appropriate with governmental and intergovernmental bodies in the European region such as the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Cohen also works with various other bodies, including the IOC, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations and the International Association of Athletics Federations. 

He is also President of the Legal Commission for the International League against Racism.

Cohen has a Bachelor and Masters of Law from the University of Fribourg n Switzerland and the University of Durham in England.  

Donzé is due to take up a new role as WADA’s chief operating officer in Montreal on October 3.