TT Club and FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award Regional Award Winners Announced

Maintaining its sponsorship of FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award is a primary aim of leading international freight insurer, TT Club. This support of FIATA's training and development award is now in its seventeenth year.

TT Club and FIATA believe the annual award and the associated entry process is crucial in identifying, recognising and encouraging young talent throughout the freight forwarding community around the world.

The four regional finalists, selected this year from among 16 entries representing national forwarding associations are:

Region: Africa/Middle East    Mrs Daniella Smal, Zambia

Region: Americas                   Mr Kaya Karakaya, Canada

Region: Asia/Pacific               Mr Madi Kassebekov, Kazakhstan

Region: Europe                       Mrs Jennifer Taylor, England

The entries this year were of a particularly high standard and drew from a wide range of dissertation topics. The work of the entrants demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to serve it.

Examples of the diverse subjects covered by the dissertations of this year's entrants are the transport of: Liquid Argon, Copper Cathodes, High Fashion Garments and Air Separation.

The regional finalists will be invited to the FIATA's World Conference in Taipei, Chinese Taipei ( 8th – 13th September 2015) in order to present their dissertations to the judging panel and for the eventual announcement of the International Award winner at the Opening Ceremony.

The prize to be awarded to the winner principally consists of practical and academic training, including a week based at one of TT Club's regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey plus a week in TT Club’s Head Office in London. Additionally, one year's subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ), Switzerland is granted to all four regional winners.

Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Claims Executive and Chairman of the Award Steering Committee, commented, "This award aims to contribute to the development of quality professionals in the freight forwarding industry and rewards young talent with valuable training. At TT Club, we are proud to have been a sponsor of the award since its inception and firmly believe in the importance of nurturing the talents and enhancing the skills of young individuals in freight forwarding."

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 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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22 July 2015


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