Below is a list of the current ISPA Board of Directors.  The ISPA Board of Directors is comprised of five volunteers who have been elected by the ISPA membership to serve for a term of up to two years (depending on position) to continue the progress of guiding and structuring the sport, however deal with ISPA business via email on a daily basis.  The Board meets regularly, at least once per month (times vary because of multiple time zones that Board members are in) via Skype conference call.

Alexander van Riesen
Chairman

Born in Sweden in 1971
Segway Polo: Stood on a Segway the first time in 2008 and said “you just have to use this machine to play a form of polo – segway polo”. Googled and found that such a sport where already in creation! Where teams had formed in USA, Barbados and Germany among other places. Directly then created the team Stockholm Saints in 2008 as well as founding Stockholm Segway Polo Club in 2010. Sthlm Saints played in its first major tournament, Woz Challenge Cup (World Cup), in 2010 in Barbados, coming fifth place out of eight. Have participated in every World Cup ever since. 2012 he took initiative for Stockholm Segway Polo Club to arrange Woz Challenge Cup in Stockholm, acting as a Chief Event Manager. In 2013 Sthlm Saints became World Champions at the World Cup in Washington DC, USA.2014-2016 he was Vice Chairman on the BoD of ISPA. Has a big heart and passion for Segway Polo: “The Sport of Equals”, and a ambition to let more people of all ages experience this great sport.
Professional background: Founder, CEO, Entrepreneur and Management Consultant. A results-oriented person with over 20 years experience working with sales, marketing, business development, technology /digital development (web, social media, mobile and e-commerce), management, strategy and organizational consulting. Have had consistent success in creating and executing on strategies, leveraging teams, establishing new IT-solutions, change management projects, rolling out programs, establishing new solutions as well as forming partnerships and alliances.
Hobbies & Interests: Are spanning over a wide area from Segway Polo, Sailing, Diving, Snowboarding and Traveling among others.

Mark Weller
Vice Chairman

Born in the UK in 1974
Started playing Segway Polo in 2013
Introduced Segway Polo to the UK in 2014 and co-organised the UK’s first ever International Segway Polo Tournament in April 2015, followed by the UK’s first National Tournament 2015 and Warwick Winter Tournament 2015.
Tournaments: Zurich Cup 2013, Zurich Cup 2014, Woz Cup 2015.
Hobbies: Squash, rackell ball, skiing, Bikram yoga, mountain biking, but mostly playing Segway Polo.
History: Previously played and taught horse polo, during which time he’d also met his now wife April Weller.  But when he came across Segway Polo, which he referred to as the ‘Sport of Equals’, he was hooked.  On discovering the sport, he enjoyed the games and its community so much that he then embarked on a tour of Germany visiting the various teams and playing alongside them.  Shortly after deciding the sport was one to offer everyone an opportunity to play in the UK, he bought an additional 11 Segways, a van and all of the essential equipment required for playing games.  Together with April, they left the world of traditional polo, created ‘UK Segway Polo’ and set about introducing the sport to the UK. The sport has been enjoying a steady growth and with the support of existing UK players, the first ever UK based Club is undergoing creation and has been named ‘Warwick Segway Polo Club’. Aside from also providing coaching at the practice sessions, Mark is also currently reviewing the fundamental Segway Polo rules to look into whether any adjustments might benefit the sport, whilst simultaneously maintaining its overall appeal.

Ralf Luther
Treasurer

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1968, married to Lidia since 1996, no children
Lived and worked in Germany, Ecuador, UK, USA and since 1999 in Barbados.
Fluent in German, English and Spanish, currently working as Senior Trader at Carib LPG Trading Ltd.
Hobbies: running, travel, large scale model trains
Segway Polo: Started playing in 2010, Major Tournaments: WozCup 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and Zurich Cup 2013
Organized Segway Polo in Paradise tournament in Barbados in 2014 and 2016
Vice President Segway Polo Club of Barbados 2012/2013, President Segway Polo Club of Barbados 2013/2014/2015/2016
Organized and financed several road races from 5K to marathon as well as two Segway Polo tournaments. Familiar with budgets and basic accounting principles. As President of the Segway Polo Club of Barbados I am ultimately responsible for the financial well being of the club. Lived and worked in the USA for three and a half years. Familiar with the US banking system and have been involved in international shipping and trading for more than 25 years.

Reto Jungkind
Secretary

Reto was born and raised in Ascona (in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland) and has been living in Geneva for almost 20 years. He is the operations manager of Cityhwheels, a company specialized in Segway tours and events and has been infected with the Segway Polo virus since the 2015 Woz Challenge Cup in Cologne. Whenever his “home Team” (the Swiss “Helvetic Vipers”) cannot play due to insufficient number of players, and if time allows it, he is always ready to join another team that is looking for a player. So far he has been a guest-player with the “X-Turtles”, the “Hannover Hot Wheels” and the “Funky-Move Turtles”, as well as on an ad-hoc teams at the “Niklaus Turnier” in Solingen. Reto is eager to make a contribution to the Sport of Equals, has already started refereeing games at the Euro/Klingen Cup in Solingen and at the ISPA European Championship in Denia and now commits to foster and further Segway Polo as ISPA’s Secretary.

Jens ‘Bo’ Krahforst
Member at Large

Jens Krahforst (who is known best by his nick name Bo) has been playing Segway Polo since February 2011 in Solingen, Germany.  His first major tournament was in the Woz Challenge Cup in Folsom, California.  Since that time Bo has played in the European Championships in Berchtesgaden in 2011, the German Masters 2012 in Möhnesee, the Woz Challenge Cup 2012 in Stockholm, and the 2012 European Championships in Balve, Germany. Together with other players from the “Blade All Stars”, he founded the “Segway Polo Bergisches Land e.V.” in 2012 where he is an active board member.  The club currently comprises four teams: Blade Pirates, Blade Dragons, Blade Gliders, and Blade Knights.  Bo is the current team captain of the Blade Dragons. Segway Polo is truly a passion for Bo, “I have never met so many crazy positive people like the Segway Polo family.” Bo lives with his wife Bärbel in Solingen Germany.

Jens Krahforst (Spitznahme “Bo”) spielt seit Februar 2011 Segway Polo in Solingen, Deutschland. Er nahm das erste mal am Woz Cup 2011 in Folsom als Kapitän der Blade Gliders teil. Danach spielte er bei den Europameisterschaften in Berchtesgaden 2011, den German Masters 2012 Möhnesee, dem WOZ Cup 2012 Stockholm und den Europameisterschaften 2012 in Balve. Zusammen mit den anderen Spielern der “Blade Allstars”, gründete er 2012 den Verein: Segway Polo Bergisches Land e.V. und ist dort ebenfalls im Vorstand tätig.
Der Verein umfaßt im Moment vier Mannschaften: Blade Pirates, Blade Dragons, Blade Gliders und die Blade Knights. Als erster Segway Polo Verein weltweit, haben die Blade Allstars seit Januar 2013 einen eigenen Segway Polo Platz. Segway Polo ist für ihn eine Leidenschaft geworden: “Ich habe selten soviele positiv Verrückte getroffen wie bei der Segway Polo Familie.” Bo lebt zusammen mit seiner Frau Bärbel in Solingen.