Gianni Infantino was born in Brig, Switzerland on 23 March 1970. He holds both Swiss and Italian citizenship. Since 26 February 2016, he has been president of FIFA, having been elected at the end of the Sepp Blatter era. A graduate of the University of Freiburg and qualified lawyer, he was general secretary of the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel, before starting work within the UEFA administration in August 2000. In 2004 he was appointed as director of UEFA’s Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division and in 2009 became general secretary during the presidency of Michel Platini. He was the architect of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play initiative. At FIFA, Infantino put forward the idea of increasing the number of teams competing at the World Cup to 48, from 2026, and oversaw the introduction of VAR at the 2018 edition in Russia. He is married to Lina Al Achkar and has four daughters (Alessia, Sabrina, Shanïa Serena and Dhalia Nora). He speaks Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.