Chairman’s corner

Gianluigi CASTELLI
Chairman of the board
of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane FS (Italian Railways)

Gianluigi Castelli


  • Letter to UIC members sent by Gianluigi Castelli, chairman FS Italiane and UIC
    2 October 2018
  • Farewell message from Renato Mazzoncini
    30 July 2018
  • Message given at the occasion of the 92nd General Assembly, 4 July 2018, Madrid
    4 July 2018
  • Message given at the occasion of the 10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail (Ankara, May 2018)
    16 May 2018
  • Renato Mazzoncini, UIC Chairman, highlights the 2018 priorities for UIC and its Members
    18 January 2018
  • Letter to the Ministers of Transport, sent by R. Mazzoncini, I. Apaydin, JP Loubinoux (May 2017)
    4 July 2017


Gianluigi Castelli is the Chairman of the Board of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, CEO of Nugo S.p.A and Associate Professor of Practice with SDA Bocconi and Director of the SDA Bocconi DEVO Lab.
From September 2016 to July 2018 he was Executive Vice President of Innovation and Information Systems of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and CEO of Nugo S.p.A.
Until February 2015 he was Eni’s Executive VP & CIO, where he led a large ICT Transformation programme and initiated a digitisation programme of the entire company named Eni Digital Enterprise.
From 2001 to 2006 he worked for Vodafone Group: initially as Vodafone Italy CIO, then CTO, then Global IT Director, with the goal of integrating the IT infrastructures and key applications of the operating companies within the Group.
From 1997 to 2001 he worked for Fiat Group, first as Fiat Auto’s CIO, then as CEO and Managing Director of Fiat’s IT service company (GSA).
From 1978 to 1997 he worked for Etnoteam where his last assignment was Head of the System Integration Division.
Also, between 1978 and 1997 he was a researcher with the Information Science Department of the University of Milan.
Between 2006 and 2014 he was Adjunct Professor with the Business School of the Politecnico di Milano (MIP) and an ELIS Fellow.
He was involved in the creation and initial management of a few start-ups.
He won the European Commission Information Technology European Award in 1995, the EUCIP Champion Award in 2009 and the Oracle Excellence Award – CIO of the Year EMEA in 2013.
Between 2009 and 2015 he also served as chairman of the Italian branch of EuroCIO, the European CIO Association.

UIC Vice Chairman

TCDD (Turkish State Railways)
Chairman of the Board and Director General

İsa APAYDIN(UIC Vice CHairman


  • Message given at the occasion of the 10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail (Ankara, May 2018)
    16 May 2018
  • Message from Mr İsa Apaydın for 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail
    10 April 2018
  • Isa APAYDIN, UIC Vice Chairman, highlights the 2018 priorities for UIC and its Members
    23 January 2018


Born in 1965 in Ankara, Turkey, Mr. İsa APAYDIN graduated from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering of Istanbul Technical University in 1987. He received his master degree from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering of Sakarya University in 1996.

Starting work as an engineer at the Directorate General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) in 1987 and assigned different positions, Mr. Apaydın worked as Deputy Director General and Member of the Board in TCDD between 2005-2015.

Mr. Apaydın took office of Chairman of the Board and Director General of TCDD on 13 May 2016.

Mr. Apaydın exercised many tasks and responsibilities during his tenure of Deputy Director General. Many projects in the fields of “National Train Project”, improvement of structure for Research-Development and training etc. were carried out under the responsibility of Mr. Apaydın for the construction and commissioning of Ankara-Eskişehir, Ankara-Konya and Ankara-İstanbul high speed and rapid railway projects, maintenance and rehabilitation of the existing conventional railway lines and establishment of domestic railway industry. Mr. Apaydın has held the following high level positions:

  • National Train Project Execution Group Administration,
  • Member of General Assembly for the European Railway Research Council,
  • Chairman of the Organising Board for the 1st International Railway Symposium, Chairmanship of Organising Board together with International Railways Union (UIC) for the 2nd International Railway Symposium and Exhibition and 1st Global Conference on Train Management and Control Systems,
  • Chairman of Anatolian Railway Transportation Systems Cluster (ARUS).

On the other hand, Mr. Apaydın led the development of the railway domestic industry and established cooperation between University-Industry by ensuring the establishment of the Railway Research and Technology Centre (DATEM) in which the studies regarding localisation and development of the products with high technology are being carried out; contributed to conducting 8 Research-Development projects and development of the existing infrastructure of TCDD within the scope of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme; was the coordinator of the National Competency System Project in the Railway Sector funded by the European Union. Within the scope of the project, he ensured the preparation of 18 railway occupational standards and competencies.
He actively supported the clustering activities regarding the development of the railway industry in Ankara and Eskişehir, the cities of railways.
He also personally initiated the certification processes for the railway occupations for the first time in our country by establishing the RAYTEST Certification Centre.

Mr. Apaydın is actively involved in international railway cooperation as Vice President of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Chairman of the Regional Assembly of the Middle East (RAME).