FIATA General Meeting delegates elected the new Presidency and the new Extended Board of FIATA for the next two years in Kuala Lumpur.


From 5th to 8th October, the FIATA World Congress was held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia, attracting over 1,000 delegates from 77 countries. Based on the theme “Logistics bridging global trade”, various meetings of FIATA Institutes, Advisory Bodies, Regional bodies and Standing Committees were held to discuss topics like how e-commerce reshapes freight forwarding and logistic industry and how freight forwarders should adapt their services to this new trend.

On the day after the FIATA World Congress the FIATA General Meeting took place. It elected the new team of Presidency and Extended Board, the geographic diversity of which once again shows the global representation of FIATA.

The newly elected President is Mr Babar Badat from Pakistan, Chairman of TRANSHOLD (Pvt) Ltd, a leading logistics group in Pakistan.

Mr Badat succeeds Mr Zhao Huxiang, from China, who will now serve as Immediate Past President for the following two years. Mr Robert Voltmann, from United States, has been re-elected Secretary General and Mr Francesco Parisi, from Italy, also the previous Immediate Past President, was elected Treasurer. The three positions of Senior Vice President went to Mr Ivan Petrov of Bulgaria and Mr Basil Pietersen of South Africa, both were re-elected, and Mr Turgut Erkeskin of Turkey, who joined the Presidency as a new member and who has been working with FIATA for a long time. Again, this new Presidency represents all the four regions of the FIATA global constituency.

The General Meeting also elected the following Vice Presidents: Nadia Abdul Aziz, UAE; Marc Bibeau, Canada; Krishnan Chelliah, Malaysia; Ole A. Hagen, Norway; Bung Jin Kim, Korea, Republic of; Ahmed Moustafa, Egypt; David Nutakor, Ghana; Oleg Platonov, Ukraine; Jens Roemer, Belgium; Antonella Straulino, Italy; Neil Taylor Montgomery, Chile and Adelaide Yang, Chinese Teipei. Together with the Chairpersons of the Institutes, the Advisory Bodies and the FIATA Regional Bodies, these distinguished individuals (list as below) compose the Extended Board of FIATA. On the one hand, the new Extended Board manifests a good combination of old and new members, integrating years of experience in FIATA affairs and new impetus and vision of our industry. On the other hand, it is very encouraging to see that we now have four female members in the Extended Board, they are Ms Sandretto, Ms Aziz, Ms Straulino and Ms Yang. Their election and career path will inevitably encourage more women to actively work within FIATA.

The Presidency moved for approval and obtained the unanimous acceptance of the General Meeting for the following Chairpersons of the Institutes, Advisory Bodies and FIATA Regional Bodies:


Chairperson AFI

Keshav R. Tanna

Chairperson CAI

Steve Parker

Chairperson MTI

Robert Keen


Advisory Bodies

Chairperson ABIA

Paul Golland

Chairperson ABIT

Anne Sandretto

Chairperson ABLM

Richard D. Gluck

Chairperson ABVT

Thomas Sim

Chairperson ABSS

David Fielder                           


Regional Bodies

Chairperson RAME

Stephen Ngatunga

Chairperson RAMNS

Jorge Heinermann

Chairperson RAP

Chris Kanter                          

Chairperson REU

Turgut Erkeskin


Standing Committees

FIATA Logistics Academy

Issa Baluch

FIATA World Congress

Stanley Lim


In his opening speech, the then President and current Immediate Past President, Mr Zhao commented that for the past two years, FIATA’s global influence has been increasing and our annual report shows fruitful results of all FIATA bodies.

After taking over the helm, the newly elected President Mr Badat said “It is a great honour for me to assume this position. A lot of good work has been done in the past few years, keeping in pace of changes in world economics. I will try my utmost to inherit all the legacies in the past and move FIATA forward to the future”.


Notes to Editors:


Media Contact:

Hans Günther Kersten, Director General





FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926.  It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.


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