Regional Offices

Regional offices are a key element to WADA's fight against doping in sport, increasing understanding and facilitating implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).These offices carry out a number of duties in conjunction with the staff in Montreal, aimed at furthering WADA's vision of promoting a doping-free culture in sport.

All regional offices share a number of core roles and responsibilities, including:

  • liaising with stakeholders in their respective regions;
  • actively promoting WADA and its mission;
  • coordinating projects such as those related to education, communications and the implementation of the Code.

The regional offices are in the best position to identify and understand the needs of their individual regions and have great responsibility in ensuring that WADA’s work is best tailored to suit these needs. View the breakdown of government representation.

More information about each of the regional offices and their activities can be found below.

Latin America


WADA's Africa Regional office in Cape Town is run by Director Rodney Swigelaar, along with Assistant Nathalie Bashala, whose work includes regional outreach, global education and implementation of regional strategies in the fight against doping.

Contact Information

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
8th Floor
Protea Assurance Building
Greenmarket Square
Cape Town 8001
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 483 9790
Fax: +27 21 483 9791


Nathalie BASHALA


The Asia/Oceania Regional Office's first task is to reach out to governments who have previously worked with WADA only through headquarters.

Director Kazuhiro Hayashi and Coordinator Yuko Otaki's work includes developing common regional strategies and working with WADA's headquarters in Montreal to better equip countries in educating athletes and their entourage regarding the dangers of doping.

Contact Information

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
c/o Japan Institute of Sports Sciences
3-15-1 Nishigaoka, Kita-Ku
115-0056 JAPAN

Tel: +81 3 5963 4321
Fax: +81 3 5963 4320

Kazuhiro HAYASHI



The European Regional Office, based in Lausanne, Switzerland is mainly responsible for liaising with International Federations (IFs) and IF umbrella organizations (ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF, GAISF, etc.) as well as sports and public authorities in Europe.

Its main responsibilities include:

  • Actively promoting WADA and its mission;
  • supporting the development of effective IF and National Anti-Doping Organizations’ (NADOs) anti-doping programs that are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code;
  • coordinating projects relating to various areas of anti-doping in Europe;
  • organizing and leading the annual WADA Anti-Doping Organization Symposium.
Contact Information

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Maison du Sport International
Av. de Rhodanie 54
1007 Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 343 4340
Fax: +41 21 343 4341

Benjamin COHEN
Director, European Regional Office and International Federation Relations

Manager, International Federation Relations

Manager, Government & NADO Relations

Manager and team lead, ADAMS

Manager, Athlete Biological Passport

Pierre-Edouard SOTTAS
Senior Advisor

Office Coordinator

Latin America

At its May 2005 meeting, WADA's Executive Committee decided to establish a Regional Office for Latin America in Montevideo, Uruguay. This decision was in response to numerous expressions of need from countries in the region for local anti-doping support.

The office was opened in November 2005.

Contact Information

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
World Trade Center Montevideo
Tower II
Unit 712 - 7th Floor
Calle Luis A de Herrera 1248
Montevideo, Uruguay

Tel:  +598 (2) 623 5206
Fax:  +598 (2) 623 5207


Edna Lorna Serra HERNÁNDEZ

Historical Background

When WADA was established in Lausanne, Switzerland, in November 1999, stakeholders always intended to ensure that its mandate would be global. As an international organization, WADA has an obligation to serve all its constituents in all regions of the world.

WADA's Foundation Board agreed, in 2001, to move the Agency's headquarters to Montreal, Canada. The Board Members also agreed that regional offices in other parts of the world were necessary to facilitate the Agency's work and communication with stakeholders on a grassroots level.

In April 2002, when the Agency's headquarters were moved to Montreal, an office remained in Lausanne to serve the European Region. In November 2003, similar offices were set up to serve the Asia/Oceania Region (based in Tokyo, Japan) and the African Continent (based in Cape Town, South Africa). A Latin American Regional Office was created in 2005 in Montevideo (Uruguay).