Nicolas Messner is the director of Judo for Peace, an organisation that uses the values of judo to help build a better society. Prior to being appointed Judo for Peace director in 2014, he began working with the Interantional Judo Federation in 2010 as media director. He is also a member of the IJF Development Commission.
Messner began practicing judo when he was four years old, and went on to become a black belt judoka, judo coach and teacher of teachers. He also spent seven years as a high-level judo competitor.
He graduated with degrees in physics and technology but followed his passion for photography and began a new career as a professional photographer in 2000. Between 2000 and 2010, Messner worked with the International University Sports Federation in the media department. During this time, he also developed programmes in Burundi, Africa, using judo as a social development tool.
Messner was born in Strasbourg, France and is a father of three.