FIATA General Meeting elected the new Presidency and the new Extended Board of FIATA for the next two years in Cape Town, South Africa

Press Release
29 November 2019

Zurich, 29th November 2019 - At the recent FIATA General Meeting held in Cape Town in conjunction with its World Congress changes took place in the FIATA leadership team with a new President, and changes to the Presidency and Extended Board.

The newly elected President Mr Basil L.S. Pietersen, South Africa, is the former Chair and longtime director of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders. He succeeds Mr Babar Badat, Pakistan, who is now the Immediate Past President.

Mr Robert Voltmann, United States, has been re-elected Secretary General and Mr Huxiang Zhao, China, as Treasurer.

The three Senior Vice Presidents elected were Mr Ivan Petrov, Bulgaria and Mr Turgut Erkeskin, Turkey these members being reelected and Mr Thomas Sim, Singapore, who joined the Presidency as a new member.

The General Meeting also elected the following Vice Presidents:   

Nadia Abdul Aziz, United Arab Emirates

Marc Bibea, Canada

Mark Bromley, United Kingdom

Krishnan Chelliah, Malaysia

David Fielder, Australia

Richard D. Gluck, United States

Ahmed Moustafa Hamed Khaleel, Egypt

Byung Jin Kim, Republic of Korea

Galo Nicolas Molina Aguilar, Ecuador

David Nutakor, Ghana

Jens Roemer, Belgium

Neil Taylor Montgomery, Chile

Together with the Chairpersons of the Institutes, the Advisory Bodies and the FIATA Regional Bodies (referenced below) these elected delegates represent FIATA’s multiregional, cultural, ethnic and gender diversity.


Chair Airfreight Institute (AFII), Keshav R. Tanna

Chair Customs Affairs Institute (CAI), Steve Parker

Chair Multimodal Transport Institute, Robert Keen

Advisory Bodies

Chair Advisory Bod International Affairs (ABIA), Paul Golland

Chair Advisory Body of Informational Technology (ABIT), Anne Sandretto

Chair Advisory Body Legal Matters (ABLM) , Yuntao Yang

Chair Advisory Body Safety and Security (ABSS), Brian Lovell

Regional Bodies 

Chair Region Africa / Middle East (RAME), David Phillips

Chair Region Americas North and South (RAMNS), Jorge Heinermann

Chair Region Asia / Pacific (RAP), Adelaide Yang

Chair Region Europe (REU), Antonella Straulino

Standing Committees

Chair FIATA World Congress (FWC), Stanley Lim 

Media Contact:

Stephen Morris, Acting Director General

Email: [email protected]


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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Glattbrugg, 29 November 2019