Born in Athens, George Andreadis grew up in Greece, and after finishing high-school, he completed his studies in Economics at the University of Geneva.
His love for the sea was evident from a young age and soon led him to become a passionate and dedicated sailor. He took part in the 1968 and 1976 Olympic Games, competing in both Flying Dutchman and Soling classes, and has since been continuously sailing in a wide range of international events for the past 40 years. He has also been serving the sport he loves from various positions throughout the years in all the echelons of sailing administration.
George Andreadis was elected as a Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) at the ISAF General Assembly on 10 November 2012, and will work as a member of the ISAF Executive Committee for the quadrennial, November 2012-November 2016. He feels passionately about the role of ISAF in leading and governing the sport and the following is a summary of the goals he would like to see ISAF deliver:
Leadership - evolve ISAF to be more dynamic and transparent, with capacity to meet the increasing pressures demanded of an Olympic Sports Federation. Improve representation within ISAF debating and decision making processes.
Partnership - increase engagement and partnership with MNAs, Continental Federations, Classes, Athletes, Industry, other Sports Federations and NOCs. Improve understanding of partner's needs.
Commercial - manage ISAF as a commercial business and generate viable revenue streams, through professional management and delivery of ISAF events, products and intellectual property. Develop a global brand to capture interest, position sailing as an attractive commercial investment and showcase sailing's values.
Events - develop a viable programme for Olympic and other pinnacle sailing events, supporting a club to national to elite participation pathway.
Communication - increase use of technology and improve communication and share knowledge across all aspects of sport.
Athletes - provide services to support Olympic campaigners and sailors wishing to establish a career in the sport.
George Andreadis has been involved with ISAF and IYRU over the past forty years, across many areas of the sport, from Olympics to Offshore, Technical to Officials. He has been a member of and chaired ISAF Committees, and served as an ISAF Council Member and ISAF Vice-President.
As a sailor, George is driven by a passion for the sport and the benefits it brings to us all. As an International Federation, he believes the most important role ISAF can provide is leadership and partnership with its membership, to strengthen the cooperation and unity within the ISAF family.