Joel Bouzou is President and Founder of "Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport”.
In 1991, he founded the association “Rassemblement par le Sport (RPS)”, which encourages the social integration of young people living in the outskirts of cities through sport.
Peace and Sport was founded as an extension of RPS based on an observation and a certainty.
The observation was that governments, international organizations and major stakeholders in civil society are always looking for ways to bring about sustainable peace in regions where conflicts persist.
The certitude was that sport is a universal language in which there is one rule that unites everyone. Much more than a game, it is a tool for dialogue, brotherhood and respect that transcends political, social, racial and religious differences that are often at the heart of conflicts in this world.
Thus, in 2007 Peace and Sport was founded with the aim of taking concrete action for peace, offering actors for peace solutions based on core values generated by sport and by mobilizing the sports movement to promote peace.
An elite Pentathlete, Joel has participated in four Olympic Games (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) receiving the bronze medal at the 1984 Games.
In 1987, he won the title of World Champion in Modern Pentathlon.
Deeply involved in the development of his preferred sport, since 1997 Joël has been Secretary General of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM).
He has also been an Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco since 2006.
A French national, Joel has been awarded the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit. He has also been decorated with the French medal ‘Médaille d’Or de la Jeunesse et des Sports.’
In 2009 he was awarded a Honoris Causa Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University for Peace in recognition of “his unique worldwide leadership role in promoting peace and mutual understanding among different cultures, and his leadership of organizations devoted to these objectives.”
Finally, Joël Bouzou is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Sport and Citizenship Association.
He holds a Masters degree in Law and Sport Economics.