Halim Mete

He was born in Rize Iyidere on 15.05.1948. He completed his primary education in Rize, secondary education in Rize High School and Pendik High School, and higher education in Istanbul University Faculty of Economics. During his high school years (1964), he started to work in a maritime company with his

father, and he has been in this business for 56 years. In the following years, he generally continued his business in the international maritime transport sector as a partner of companies. For many years, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors in companies within the family companies of Mete Kardeşler Group of Companies and outside the group. Apart from his job, he took part in the management of many institutions and organizations in both his sector and various social issues. Many of these are still ongoing.

Some of these organizations;

  • The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB);Former Vice President
  • İMEAK Chamber of Maritime Trade ;Former Vice President,Member of Assembly
  • TOBTIM A.Ş. Former Chairman of the Board
  • Tobbund ; Chairman of the Board
  • University of Economics & Technology Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Piri Reis University Founding Committee Member,
  • Member of the Turkish Shipowners Association,
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Black Sea Education Culture and Environmental Protection Foundation,
  • The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV); Member of the Board
  • Former President of the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation (TÜDEV).
  • Founding Member of the Board of Trustees of the TOBB Education and Culture Foundation (TOBEV).
  • Türk Loydu Foundation Board of Directors Accounting Member
  • Former Chairman of the Board of the İyidere Education Culture and Solidarity Foundation.
  • Honorary Board Member of the Faculty of Economics Alumni Association (İFMC).
  • Former President of Rizespor Football Club,
  • Honorary President of Ardeşen Sports Club,
  • Member of Istanbul University Faculty of Economics Alumni and Members Foundation,
  • Member of ITU Maritime Faculty Graduates Social Assistance Foundation (DEFAV),
  • Rize Education Culture and Social Aid Foundation,
  • Darülaceze Foundation,
  • Rize Dernekler ve Vakıflar Birliği Vakfı,
  • Turkey Spastic Children's Foundation and many more like founder is a former Board Member.
  • As a result of his contributions to the Turkish-Italian relations, he has been rewarded with "Republic of Italy High Order of Merit" on 11.11.2008.

Due to his services to TOBB he holds a certificate of honor. Thanks to his services to Besiktas Gymnastics Club (BJK) for 20 years, he holds a

certificate of honor and he is still a member of High Council Board.

His articles being published in numerous newspapers and magazines, he has attended to hundreds of conferences as a speaker. He is married, father of three and grandfather of five. He is known for his jokes, and as a philanthropic person who knows how to smile and make people around him laugh.

Ömer Çetin Nuhoğlu

Gratuated from the faculty of Economics at Istanbul University, Mr. Nuhoğlu started his professional career in the international transportation sector and in 1977 founded Tırsan Company. Since 2014, Mr. Nuhoğlu is the president of TIRSAN Solutuions – the investor group behind Kaessbohrer, Talson and Tırsan companies.

Participating personally in all of Tırsan’s total quality management projects, Mr. Nuhoğlu also led quality management initiatives in the Turkish international transportation sector. Within this scope, he played a major role in winning of the Grand National Quality Award by UND – International Transporters’ Association in the NGO category back in 2004. Mr. Nuhoglu served as the president of the UND for two successive terms between 2001 and 2007. He was reelected again in 2012 and still holds the position. Between April 2006 and April 2008, Mr. Nuhoğlu served as the president of the Turkish Society for Quality – KalDer, following his one term vice presidency at the same organization.

Çetin Nuhoğlu was the president of Federation of Industrial Associations – SEDEFED between 2008-2010, while he is still the Member of Board of Trustees of Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey – TEGV, Member of Advisory Board at Okan University, Founding Member of Community Volunteers Foundation – TOG, President of Turkish Transportation and Logistics Council at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey – TOBB, Vice President of Black Sea Education, Culture and Environment Foundation and President of Advisory Board of Nuhoğlu Family Foundation.

İzzet Salah

He was born in Istanbul in 1947. He graduated from Ankara Economic and Commercial Sciences High School, Department of Finance and Banking.

Salah, who started his business life in the spare parts industry, continued as a Manager in Selamoğlu International Transport in 1968. He is still working in the same company with the title of Coordinator and is the Vice President of UND (International Transporters Association). At the same time, TOBB (Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye) TR Committee member serves and Turkey Transportation and Logistics Assembly


He holds the Italian Order of State; He speaks Italian, English and French.

Yunus Altun

He was born in Turhal in1964. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Turhal. Between 1982-1988, he worked in the private sector in Istanbul as Production Chief, Marketing and Sales Person, and finally as Assistant General Manager in a company that produces bathroom accessories and bathroom furniture. In 1988, he continued his duty in the company, which was newly opened in Ankara and operates as Ankara and Central Anatolia Regional Directorate.

He established his current company Aymer Yapı in November 2004. He was found as the founding partner of Kare Bathroom Systems, which was produced in Kurtköy, İstanbul on July 2005. He still continues his duty. In 2005, he was in the establishment of the Plumbing Construction Industry Materials Association, whose short name was TIMKODER, and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for 6 terms. He continues his duty as a Member of the Advisory Board. In 2007, he was in the establishment of TIMFED (Plumbing Construction Industry Materials Federation), of which Istanbul, Ankara, Denizli and Antalya associations and TIMKODER are founding members. He continues to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors.

In Ankara Chamber of Commerce;

  • 4th Committee Vice President in 2005-2008
  • 54th Committee Chairman in 2009-2012
  • 15th Committee Chairman in 2013-2017
  • Committee Member between 2018-2022
  • He was elected as a High Advisory Member of Ankara Chamber of Commerce in 2018. His duty still continues.

He has been serving as a Member of the Board of Directors since the establishment of Tobbund Lojistik Yatırım A.Ş. He is married, father of two and grandfather of one.

Mehmet Kaya

He was born in Şanlıurfa on 01.01.1965. He has started his working life in 1982 at Vegetables and Must Marketplace. As of now he is running a grain trade business. He has become a member of Şanlıurfa Commodity Exchange on 15.11.1989 and he has served as Board Chairman and Council Chairman in different periods. Now he is the Chairman of Board in Şanlıurfa Commodity Exchange.

At the same time he is the Board Chairman of GAP Şanlıurfa Tarım Ürünleri Lisanslı Depo A.S. (GAPLIDAS), The Board Chairman of Şanlıurfa Pamuk Tarım Ürünleri Lisanslı Depoculuk A.S.(PAMLIDAS), Board Member of National Cotton Council, Board Member of TOBB UNDP Logıstıcs Investment inc., Council Member of TOBB Commerce Exchanges, Vice President of Şanlıurfa Teknokent and Vice Chairman of Şanlıurfa Food Organized Industrial Zone.

He is married and father of seven.

Hasan Yalçın Meçikoğlu

He was born in Bucak in 1967. He has studied in Bucak. The commerce and the industry have been parts of his life since his youth due to his family. As a merchant and an industrialist of third generation in his family, he has conducted business in different fields until today.

Traced back to his grandfather in 1940s in vehicle body manufacturing, their business operations involve a variety such as brick production, automobile, truck and wheel dealership, spare part commerce, bus management, gas station management, marble factory, mine management and hotel management.

During his three terms Council Membership of Bucak Municipality, he was elected to the Board of Bucak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and worked in many areas the principal of which being the Board Member of Bucak Organized Industrial Zone. In 2005 he has been elected as the Board Chairman of Bucak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and he still conducts this role. In addition to being Board Chairman of Bucak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Board Chairman of Bucak Organized Industrial Zone, he also serves as a board member of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB) and as a board member of the International Transporters’ Associaton of Türkiye(UND).

He is married and father of two.

Şerafettin Aras

He was born in 1962 in Eleşkirt. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Mersin. Between 1979-1994, he worked in various positions in different logistics companies. He is the Founding Partner and Chairman of the Board of Hilal Trans A.Ş., which was founded in 1994. He is the Partner of GAT Lojistik A.Ş., which was established in 2002, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2018.


Apart from his job, he took part in various institutions and organizations.


2001-2005 UND Board of Directors Alternate Membership


2010-2012 MUSIAD Logistics Sector Board Presidency


2011-2013 UND Vice Chairman of the Board


2013-2018 19th Term ITO Assembly Membership


2013-2015 UND 2nd Chairman of the Board of Directors


2015-2017 UND Board of Directors 2nd Presidency


2017-2021 UND 2nd Chairman of the Board of Directors


He continues his duties as the 2nd Chairman of the Board of Directors of UND for 2021-2024 and as a Member of the ITO Assembly for the 2018-2022 20th Term.


He is married and has 3 children.

Mehmet Uylukçu

He has completed International Relations Master's degree at PennState University after obtaining the Bachelor's degree in the same subject at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences.

He started his professional life in 2001 in, then-called, the Ministry of Customs and Trade as a Customs and Trade Expert, and until 2015 he had experiences in areas principally as export legislation and controls, origin legislation, execution of legislative and technical applications of Common Transit and NCTS projects, and also in TIR system, Free Trade Agreements, and trade facilitation. During his duty there, he worked for support of transit systems in different ways such as support to the National Transit Coordinator, attendance to Taxud AB-EFTA Common Transit Commission meetings, and ECO (EIT) customs transit national consultancy.

In 2015 he began to work for International Road Transport Union (IRU) as Academy and Passenger Transport Executive, taking part in Turkey and the Middle East IRU Academy projects, TIR agreement, and relationship management with accredited establishments.

Since 2019 he has been conducting General Manager duty for Tobbund, where he started as Vice General Manager responsible for Operations and Customer Relations. In the meantime,he has been serving as the Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization BSEC-URTA and a member of the TOBB Transport and Logistics Sector Assembly . He also works as an expert at the Istanbul Arbitration Center (ISTAC-Istanbul Arbitration Center)

He is the writer of the books known as "National and Common Transit Regime: Basic Concepts, Guaranties, Operations, NCTS and Facilitations" and "Handbook of Common Transit and NCTS: 100 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers". Most recently, a case study containing a case study titled "Collateral Applications and Risk Management in the Transit System in Turkey: The Tobbund Example" was published in the June 2022 issue of the Journal of Transporation and Logistics (JTL), the refereed journal of Istanbul University Faculty of Transport and Logistics.

He speaks advanced-level English.