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  • 20/05/2023
Halit Yaşar Nogay
We would like to thank Neğoy, Halit Yaşar Nogay, one of the leading figures in the social and political life of the North Caucasus, for his generous financial support in the development of the software of our website.

Halit Yaşar Nogay was born on March 15, 1942, in the suburb of Biga county of Çanakkale province, Turkey, called Bahçeli.  He is a member of the Neğoy family, a clan of the Yegerkoay Tribe of Adygea. Despite the original name of the district where he was born being "Yecerkoay", it was later changed to "İhsaniye" during the Ottoman period, and later to "Bahçeli" during the Turkish Republic period. Also, the surname of the family was registered as Nogay during the Turkification processes of the early republican period in Turkey.

After graduating from Primary School in "Bahçeli" and Secondary School in the county center of Biga. He attended the Kuleli Military High School in Istanbul and the Turkish Military Academy in Ankara. After the military coup attempt in 1963, he quit his career in the Army. After working for a bank for a year, he then worked for Turkish Airlines until his retirement from 1964 to 1989. He has always supported his fellow countrymen wherever he served in THY's domestic and international units. 

Halit Yaşar Nogay was among the founding cadres of the Caucasian Culture Association in Adana and served as its chairman for two years. As long as he was on duty in Israel and Germany for Turkish Airlines, he also supported the cultural associations of his compatriots in these countries.

After returning to Istanbul, he pioneered the establishment of the Istanbul Friendship Club consisting of Caucasian businessmen in 1988 and served as its chairman for 3 years. He supported the work of other compatriot organizations in Istanbul such as the Bağlarbaşı Caucasian Cultural Association, Kafkas Foundation, Şamil Foundation, and Gazi Osmanpaşa  Caucasian Cultural Association. He participated in the establishment of other Caucasian NGOs such as KAFFED, KAFDAV, and KAFIAD in Ankara, and provided regular support to these organizations.

When USSR was dissolved, he was one of the first to go to his homeland, the Caucasus. He was one of the pioneers in business investments Adygea. He established an aviation company Nart Tour which became an air transportation bridge between Turkey and the North Caucasus for repatriates and tourists for 20 years.

Halit Yaşar Nogay was the chairman of the Istanbul Caucasian Culture Association for two terms between the years 2007 and 2011, He financed Istanbul Uzunyayla Caucasian Cultural Association and Bursa Circassian Associations in purchasing their headquarters. In 2012 he moved to Bursa where he participated in the works initiated by the Bursa Circassian Mothers Union and the Central Asian Caucasus Association, and encouraged young people between the ages of 10 and 16 for joining the youth camps in the North Caucasus Republics such as Adyghe, Circassian, and Kabardino Balkaria as well as the countries Jordan, Israel, and Syria where a considerable number of North Caucasian immigration lives.

Halit Yaşar Nogay has been living in Maykop, the capital of the Republic of Adygea since 2016.