FIATA YIFFY Winner 2014


The 2014 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award has been presented to South African forwarder Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni at the FIATA Annual Congress in Istanbul.

On 15thof October those who were in the Bomonti spacious meeting hall and witnessed Fortunate's presentation during the FIATA Region Africa Middle East meeting know precisely why we chose this title. 

Fortunate repeated, shouted and exalted her performance in the award with a masterpiece show. The winner of the 2014 YIFFYA set the tone and drew all the eyes and ears in the Congress to her continent; she made no bones about showing everyone that these young motivated professionals are our future and they are ready for any challenge.

Earlier this year entrants from all over the world submitted outstanding papers in any conceivable FIATA members' speciality.  The transportation of tunnel drilling equipment to Bolivia, the delivery of a catamaran in Indonesia and moving radioactive isotopes from South Africa to Namibia were setting the corners of the battlefield, which also included the expedited deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team in the Philippines.

From this bewildering yet highly professional array, the YIFFY Steering Committee selected a shortlist of four regional finalists. The four regional finalists who proudly represented the future of the international freight forwarding industry in Istanbul were –

Africa/Middle East: Miss Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni, South Africa

Americas: Mr Douglas Whitlock, Canada

Asia-Pacific: Mr Saiful Ridhwan Bin Zulkifli, Singapore

Europe: Mr Christian Hensen, Germany

After their final presentation on their dissertations, the four regional finalists were waiting for the judges to choose the winner. 

Ms Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni  from South Africa was selected; she works as an Airfreight Import Controller at Bidvest Panalpina Logistics in Johannesburg.  She was presented with her award by TT Club's Regional Director for Europe, Andrew Kemp. 

The award is presented in recognition of forwarding excellence and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent with additional valuable training opportunities.

Thomas Sim, Chairman of the FIATA Advisory Body Vocational Training, mentioned: "At FIATA, our primary mission is to build optimal conditions for our members, one being the creation of capacity in logistics by promoting the training of young professionals. This honour is proof we're not only enhancing talent in freight forwarding, but living it. I'm proud to be part of the jury of an award I very much believe in, and even prouder knowing the winners see the award as a serious challenge and as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Speaking at the award ceremony, TT Club's Kemp, said, "We are proud to have been able to continue our sponsorship of this unique award, now in its sixteenth year. Once again, the competition proved to be successful in terms of attracting candidates from across the globe. The quality of the dissertations and presentations were of the usual exceptional standard and it was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into their preparation."


Media Contact:

Hans Günther Kersten, Director General

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FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926.  It  is  a  non-governmental  organization  that  today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 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), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport 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. 


28 October 2014

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