Mr. Philipp Rosenauer

Philipp works with PwC Zurich and is a member of its Legal FS Regulatory & Compliance Services practice. In his position as Head Legal Function & Legal Strategy Advisory Philipp focuses on disruptive Innovation in the LegalTech and RegTech market. He is responsible for managing large scale legal regulatory projects. As a legal expert in the financial services industry, he is supporting clients like Banks, Asset Manager, Traders or Insurance Companies in order to comply with Swiss and EU financial regulations.

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Deputy Chairman

Mr. Corsin Derungs

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The international obstacle sports landscape is enriched and delivered through the service and support of volunteers. Volunteer boards, committees, commissions and administrators carry extra responsibilities and burdens associated with the complex legal and regulatory environment within which they must operate.


The purpose of the OSFGC is to:

  • assist national federation members, organizations, boards, officers and managers of sporting organisations to develop, implement and maintain a robust system of governance
  • provide the mechanisms for an entity to establish and maintain an ethical culture through a committed self-regulatory approach
  • provide members and stakeholders with benchmarks against which to gauge the entity’s performance


The size, complexity and operations of sporting organisations differ, so to optimise performance, flexibility must be allowed in the structures and systems they adopt. This flexibility must be balanced against accountability, contestability and transparency. There is an obligation for all sporting organisations to explain to stakeholders if any alternative approach to the best-practice principles is adopted.


Governance is the system by which organisations are directed and managed. It influences how the objectives of the organisation are set and achieved, spells out the rules and procedures for making organisational decisions and determines the means of optimising and monitoring performance, including how risk is monitored and assessed.

The OSFGC recognises that effective sports governance requires leadership, integrity and good judgment. Additionally, effective governance ensures effective decision making, with the organisation demonstrating transparency, accountability and responsibility in their activities and use of resources.

Governance structure has a significant impact on the performance of sporting organisations. Poor governance may include director inexperience, conflicts of interest, failure to manage risk, inadequate or inappropriate financial controls, poor business systems and reporting. Ineffective governance practices impact the sport and undermine confidence in obstacle sports in general.

Key issues:

  • how an organisation develops strategic goals and direction
  • how the board of an organisation monitors it’s performance to ensure it achieves these strategic goals, has effective systems in place and complies with its legal and regulatory obligations
  • ensuring that the board acts in the best interests of the members

The OSFGC advocates structures that support good leadership and decision making, and ensures sound and effective governance.

General principles for a sporting organisations board members operation and conduct are:

  • Board composition, roles and powers
  • Board processes
  • Governance systems
  • Board reporting and performance
  • Stakeholder relationship and reporting
  • Ethical and responsible decision making

Governance Commission

The OSF Governance Commission (OSFGC) is the OSFs statutory authority responsible for developing and funding obstacle sports worldwide. As such, the OSFGC is responsible for assisting member national federations and sporting organisations develop operational and sporting excellence and increase participation.

Obstacle Sports Federation