Founded as the International Badminton Federation (IBF) on July 5, 1934, the organisation began with nine inaugural members — Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales — and has blossomed to a 182-member association.
In June 2005, the IBF headquarters moved from England to the Malaysian capital and a year later the IBF was re-christened as the BWF.
George Thomas of England was the first IBF president, serving 21 years — the longest term of anyone in that capacity. Since May 2013, Poul-Erik Høyer of Denmark has led the BWF with Peru’s Gustavo Salazar Delgado as deputy president. Thomas Lund is the BWF secretary general.