The 2016 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award was announced at the World Congress in Dublin this week. The winner was Shanon Gould from Australia
Together TT Club and FIATA celebrate the achievements of young freight forwarders working for logistics companies around the globe at the FIATA Annual Congress each year. This year the winner of the award representing the Asia-Pacific region was Shanon Gould from Australia.
Insurance provider to the international freight transport industry, TT Club is proud to have sponsored the award for the last eighteen years and continues to do so. TT Club Claims Manager, Mike Yarwood was on hand to announce the winner and present the award. He emphasised the important achievements made by FIATA and its members to train the future freight forwarding and logistics professionals. Commenting on the outstanding quality of the work presented to the judges this year Yarwood said, “From a bewildering, yet highly professional array of entries the YIFFY Steering Committee selected a shortlist of four regional finalists. These four young professionals were then invited here to the FIATA World Congress to present their dissertations to the judges. Congratulations to all four finalists for their hard work and excellent presentations and especially, of course to our winner Shanon.”
In addition to Shanon the regional finalists were:
Lorraine Zhou, Zimbabwe - Africa/Middle East region
Evgeny Kapustin, Canada - Americas region
Kostiantyn Hapii, Ukraine – European region
The entries this year were, as ever of a 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 service it.
Among the diverse subjects covered by the dissertations prepared by this year's entrants are the shipping of cotton bales; the challenges of transporting tyres and turbines and the solution to moving a 40’ tall fire breathing dinosaur robot across continents.
The TT Club sponsored award is presented in recognition of operational excellence in the logistics field 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 and enhanced visibility. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception and remains firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding and logistics community, which is regarded by FIATA as a strategic important cooperation.
Speaking on behalf of TT Club, Yarwood said, “We are pleased to be continuing our sponsorship of this unique award, with the finals to be held at the FIATA Congress next October in Kuala Lumpur. Once again, we hope that the competition will prove to be successful in terms of attracting outstanding candidates from across the globe to improve even on the record entry of twenty-seven this year. Despite the high volume, the quality of the dissertations and presentations were of a consistently exceptional standard and it was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into their preparation.”
The Advisory Body Vocational Training Chairperson, Mr Thomas Sim, said, “I am delighted with the level shown and that this investment has been through the years the best way to ensure that FIATA of the future professionals is well mounted in our today's programmes. The YIFFYA has an in-built gender balance nature which comes naturally as networking does in Dublin”.
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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.
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General of FIATA