1960 elected to IBF Council
1966 elected VP of IBF
1971 elected President of IBF
Greatly respected on court for his touch and consistency and off-court for his diplomatic skills and initiative, Ferry Sonneville was an ideal choice as official and leader of the International Federation.
His language skills and university education (PhD in Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam 1965) as well as his many years in Europe were valuable assets for the federation and for himself.
In 1962, Ferry Sonneville joined the IBF Council and in 1966 he became Vice-President.
Elected President in 1971, he strongly supported the Olympic ambitions of our game and he much appreciated to represent Badminton and the IBF at our first Olympic appearance as a Demonstration Sport in the 1972 Games in Munich.
In 1974, Ferry Sonneville passed the torch of the presidency to Stuart Wyatt of England.
Ferry Sonneville was a co-founder of the PBSI in 1961, with Dick Sudirman and Suharso Suhandinata, and also a founder member of the Indonesian Olympic Association KONI in 1966. He later served both PBSI (1981-85) and KONI as president.
Ferry Sonneville was a businessman, mainly in real estate both in Indonesia and abroad.
He was also heavily involved in education and founded and served on the board of several institutions and foundations, including the Trisakti University, which he took initiative to establish.
For his service to the country, he received the Star Class III award from the president Suharto of Indonesia.
Ferry Sonneville was a born leader, organizer, academic and diplomacy was his strength.
He greatly contributed to Badminton, the game he loved.
-- By Torsten Berg