Who We Are

The Aquatics Integrity Unit is an operationally independent unit of World Aquatics. It was established in order to ensure all of World Aquatics’ stakeholders can have confidence that ethical issues in the sport will be addressed independently and expertly.

The Aquatics Integrity Unit handles all integrity-related matters in Aquatics, including ethical breaches, harassment and abuse, betting-related issues, result manipulation and anti-doping (in collaboration with the International Testing Agency). It protects the integrity of the sport by investigating and adjudicating violations; strengthening the capacity to prevent potential future wrongdoing; and ensuring World Aquatics complies with its obligations under the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Aquatics Rules.

The Structure of the AQUI


The Supervisory Council of AQIU

The Supervisory Council governs the AQIU and ensures it carries out its role and responsibilities in accordance with the Constitution, the Integrity Code and the World Aquatics Rules

Miguel Cardenal

Chair

Ken Lalo

Vice-Chair

Eugenie Buckley

Member

Asma Hilal

Member

Jouni Karvo

Member

Caroline Jouisse

Athlete Member

Milan Aleksic

Athlete Member

The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

The main responsibility of the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer is to deal with any claim and complaint addressed to the AQIU. He/she is supported in his/her activities and tasks by the AQIU staff and by a Deputy.

  • Marc Cavaliero (Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer) 
  • Maha Al-Morgen (Deputy Chief and Compliance Officer) 

The Adjudicatory Body

The main responsibility of the Adjudicatory Body is to take the appropriate decisions, including imposing the appropriate sanctions, in accordance with the World Aquatics Rules.

Members of the Adjudicatory Body:

  • Raymond Hack (chair)
  • Rashid Alanezi (vice-chair)
  • Anna Peniche
  • Elliot Saccucci
  • Alexandre Mestre

The Investigatory Body

The main responsibilities of the Investigatory Body are to investigate potential violations of the World Aquatics Rules and to perform the appropriate eligibility and background check on candidates for positions for which such a check is required.

Members of the Investigatory Body:

  • Abdon Degeunon (chair)
  • Britta Kamrau (vice-chair)
  • Katherine Porter
  • Ghada Darwish Karbon
  • Abdulwahhab Al-Hinai

The Anti-Doping Advisory Panel

The main responsibility of the Anti-Doping Advisory Body is to review and make recommendations to the Supervisory Council regarding World Aquatics’ anti-doping programme.

Members of the Anti-Doping Advisory Panel:

  • Katarina Fischer (chair)
  • Jordi Segura (vice-chair)
  • Bill Bock
  • Laura Lewis
  • Lubna Sibtain
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Miguel Cardenal is a professor of Employment Law and the Director of the Chair of Sports Law at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. He was also Secretary of State for Sports in Spain and a CAS Member.

Ken Lalo (64) is an Israeli businessman and lawyer, a horse rider and equestrian enthusiast. Ken earned his LLB at Tel-Aviv University, Master in Comparative Law at George Wahingtom University, studied International Law at Georgetown University and earned an MBA at Northwestern University/ Tel-Aviv University.

Ken has been in managerial positions with the largest conglomerates in Israel involved in traditional industries as well as high-tech and bio-tech businesses and sat on the boards of a large number of companies including companies traded on NASDAQ and on the Israeli and London stock exchanges. Currently, Ken manages a large automotive group operating in Europe which was established by him some 20 years ago.

In sports, Ken has been Chair of the FEI Tribunal (1999 – 2011), Member of the FEI Judicial Committee (1996-1999), Member of the FEI Bureau (1999 – 2007; now an Honorary Bureau Member), Member of the FEI Clean Sport Committee (2009- 2010), Chair of the FEI Atypical Findings Panel (from 2021), Chairman or Member of Appeal Committees for equestrian disciplines at Olympic Games, World Games and other major Championships, President of the Israeli NF for six terms (including currently) and is an Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport since 2011.

Eugenie Buckley is the CEO of Swimming Australia. She has previously held CEO roles at Brisbane Roar FC, ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 and the Australian Professional Footballers’ Association. Eugénie’s background is as a sports lawyer and she has held General Manager of Legal & Business Affairs roles for the International Cricket Council, Football Australia and Rugby World Cup 2003.

Eugénie was a member of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, a Tennis Australia Integrity Chair, Chair of Athletics Australia Ethics & Integrity Committee, member of AFC Legal Committee and a FIFA and AFC Match Commissioner.

Ms. Asma Hilal is an experienced Legal Advocate with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. She has more than 5 years of experience in Corporate Law, Employment/Labour and Immigration Law, She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northumbria University.

Mr. Jouni Karvo, is a Board Professional having a seat in multiple Company Boards, in most of them as a Chairperson. Mr. Karvo has a master’s degree in economics and business administration from the University of Vaasa Business School. He has during the past 40 years worked as an analyst, management consultant, investment banker, advisor and board professional. He is experienced in crafting and executing on strategy and operations, measuring, reporting and monitoring of performance. As Board Professional he is continuously involved in good governance, integrity, equality and non-discrimination.

Mr. Karvo is a FINA referee and has been involved with aquatics as a volunteer since early 2000, at present he serves as Vice President and member of the working committee of the Finnish Swimming Federation.

Caroline Jouisse is an international-level French swimmer who won the bronze medal at the 2016 European Open Water Championships, in the women’s 25 kilometer event. She also won the gold medal in the 25 kilometre open water swim at the 2022 European Aquatics Championships in Rome, Italy. She also holds an MBA.

Mr. Aleksic is an Olympic Gold medalist in Water Polo. He has represented Serbia at three Olympic Games and four World Aquatics Championships. He is now Sports Director at the Serbian Water Polo Federation.