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FIATA's Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA)

Each year at the FIATA World Congress the achievements of young freight forwarders from around the world are celebrated via an awards programme. The TT Club sponsored award, now in its twentieth year, 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 in 1998 and remains firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding and logistics community.

The process commences each year in January, when National Forwarding Associations elect a candidate to represent them in the competition. Each National Association may select their candidate in any way they consider appropriate, whilst some run national competitions this is not mandatory. The candidate is asked to write a 4-6,000 word dissertation focusing on a key import and a key export commodity from their country. This provides the candidate the flexibility to select a challenging cargo and demonstrate their expertise within the complex industry they operate.

Cargoes covered in recent years have included the transportation of diamond excavating equipment to Canada the delivery of a catamaran in Indonesia, the shipment of radioactive isotopes from South Africa to Namibia and the movement of a robotic dinosaur to Australia.

Scroll down or skip to read the winning dissertations and find out who the judges are.

Why take part?

The YIFFYA competition provides a unique opportunity for young freight forwarders to develop their respective career and open new horizons. From the invaluable networking possibilities in attending at the FIATA World Congress through to the unparalleled learning opportunities afforded throughout the entire experience, the YIFFYA competition genuinely offers a fantastic opportunity for the ambitious young freight forwarder.

The Prize

Each Regional Winner receives a prize consisting of:

  • Attendance at FIATA World Congress (including an allowance towards travel and accommodation costs)
  • A Regional Winner’s Certificate and a personal trophy.
  • One year’s free subscription to International Transport Journal in English, French or German.

The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year will also receive the following:

  • An International Certificate and an additional personal trophy.
  • One week’s practical experience to be held at one of TT Club’s regional offices (London, Hong Kong, New Jersey)
  • One week’s academic training in the TT Club’s Head Office in London.

How to take part

The award is open to any young freight forwarder, providing that their company is a member of their National Forwarding Association. Each National Forwarding Association is entitled to select one candidate, who will be no more than 32 years old in the year that the dissertation is to be written and who has 2 years of full-time forwarding work experience – though the latter is preferable but not mandatory.

For more information on entering the YIFFYA competition, you can contact your National Freight Forwarding Association or contact yiffa.admin@thomasmiller.com.

To find out more about FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) and the FIATA World Congress, visit www.fiata.com.

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What does it take to write a winning dissertation?

With a high standard of writing and a diverse range of subject cargoes entered each year, we have compiled a word cloud (download) with some common focus areas for inclusion within your dissertation, which we hope will assist you in the writing of a winning entry.

It is good practice to review the topic set for the dissertation and focus on the elements mentioned in the word cloud. A great starting point is an unusual or complex cargo!

For further inspiration, read this year's top dissertations below or click here to view previous winners.

2019 Winner - Evgeniya Khokhlova

Region: Europe

Dissertation: Forwarding of oversized and overweight cargoes

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2019 Finalist - Phillip Burgess

Region: Asia Pacific

Dissertation: Big Irrigation and Infant Formula

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2019 Finalist - Enos Chapara

Region: Africa/Middle East

Dissertation: Hinterland complexities and challenges for exportation and importation through land linked country: case of Zimbabwe

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2019 Finalist - Rachael van Harmelen

Region: Americas

Dissertation: The power of finding the best solution, on a large or small scale.

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Administration of the award is undertaken at TT Club's Hong Kong office and is managed by Loretta Wong. 

Loretta Wong

Executive Secretary & Office Manager, TT Club

Loretta joined TT Club in 2001 and took up the role as YIFFY Award Administrator in 2008. Loretta obtained an MSc in Management and a BBS (Hons) from National University of Ireland, Dublin.


There are 9 judges in total on the Young Freight Forwarders Award panel and 4 members are part of the steering committee. 

Michael Yarwood

Chairman of the YIFFYA Steering Committee

Senior Loss Prevention Executive, TT Club

Mike joined TT Club in October 2010, having previously worked in operational management roles within the logistics industry for 13 years. Previous roles have incorporated full responsibility in terms of budget, legislative, operational and health and safety compliance, including being the nominated dangerous goods safety advisor.

Mike is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, he is also a Member of ICHCA International Safety Panel and a Specialist member of the Institute of Risk Management. 

Thomas Sim

Member of the YIFFYA Steering Committee

Chairman of ABVT, FIATA

Mr. Thomas Sim is the Chairman of ABVT, FIATA (Advisory Body Vocational Training -International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) which oversees FIATA National Associations’ training programs, assisting to setup and qualifying the standards of international freight forwarding & transport logistics training materials/curriculums, international trade and the eventual FIATA Validation of their national training programs since 2002. He is also the Chairman of FIATA Foundation Vocational Training (FFVT) Management Committee which manages the application and recommendation of building trainers’ capacities in numerous FIATA Members across the 4 vast regions of the world of FIATA.

In August 2017, Thomas received the coveted and prestigious national ‘SkillsFuture Fellowships Inaugural Award’ from the President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, and the Singapore Minister for Education, Mr. Ong Yi Kung.

Verena Schaer

Member of the YIFFYA Steering Committee

Manager of the Advisory Body on Education, FIATA  

Verena is the Manager of the Advisory Body on Education, the FIATA Logistics Academy and the Advisory Body Information Technology for FIATA. Verena is also the regional Manager for the Americas and a member of the Management Committee of the FIATA Foundation.

Julien Horn

Director of TTMS, Thomas Miller

Julien has been with Thomas Miller since 2003 initially working for the UK P&I Club then TT Club since 2006 in London before moving to Dubai in 2014. Julien is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Insurance (FCII) holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Insurance from the World Maritime University. Julien has been a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners since 2013.

Andrew Kemp

Senior Underwriting Director, Thomas Miller

Andrew has worked for Thomas Miller since 1995 holding various management and underwriting roles. Prior to his role as Senior Underwriting Director, Andrew worked for the TT Club, also managed by Thomas Miller. Andrew has worked and lived in London, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong and brings a depth of shipping and logistics underwriting experience. He served as Regional Director for Asia Pacific from 2006 to 2010, and on his return to London became the Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining Thomas Miller, Andrew worked as a cargo underwriter in the London commercial market. 

Antonella Straulino

Member of the YIFFYA Steering Committee

International Relations, Fedespedi

Since June 1995 Antonella has been working for Fedespedi, the Italian association of the freight forwarding companies, where she's in charge for international relations.

She is a full AFI, ABLM and ABVT member and she's also deeply involved in the work of Clecat's bodies, being member of the board of the European Association. Antonella was one of the members of the ABLM working groups which provided FIATA with the guidelines for issuing standard trading conditions, the FIATA Sea Waybill and the Model Correspondents' Agreement. Since 1999 she is particularly involved in vocational training, being dedicated to the validation of the training material and deputy chair of the ABVT and nominated within the management committee of the FIATA Foundation on Vocational Training and the steering committee of the FIATA Logistics Academy. As AFI, she participated in the CAMP working group, whose work gave birth to the new IATA/ FIATA Air Cargo Program. Since 2013 she is one of the 12 FIATA Vice Presidents within the Extended Board.

Philip Wylie

Founder, Freight Partner

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Philip is intimately familiar with the supply chain management environment and consults to various customers in South Africa and abroad and is the founding member of Freight Partner, a niche consulting practice, started in 2008 after he had served as an Executive of various large Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics firms for more than a decade. Counting the highly respected South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) as one of his valued clients, he manages the Regional Integration portfolio which dovetails well with his role as Exco Member of the SADC Regional body, FCFASA. Philip Also administers the final assessment, set by SAAFF on behalf of aspirant graduates of the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding and is passionate about training and development and he looks forward each year to participating in the adjudication this prestigious competition.

Markus Schoeni

Freight Forwarding Specialist, Retired

Markus started his professional career in a medium sized freight forwarding company in Basle. Later he moved to Geneva and worked for a rail transport organisation (ERMEWA) with a large fleet of rail tank cars and tank vessels, mainly for liquid foodstuffs. In 1971 he took up an employment with German freight forwarders Schenkers in London.

In 1974 he relocated back to Switzerland and started work with an organisation specialising in the transport of containers by rail INTERCONTAINER. In 1987 he took up an executive position with DANZAS (now DHL) in the Eastern part of Switzerland.

In 2000 Markus joined the FIATA Headquarter in Zurich. There he worked as Manager of the Advisory Bodies Vocational Training (ABVT) and Dangerous Goods (ABDG). Markus was also Head of the Administration and lecturer of the FIATA Foundation Vocational Training.

Markus retired in 2012. Throughout his career he was engaged in Vocational Education and Training with the Swiss Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association (SPEDLOGSWISS). He was also an active Member of the Examination Board for the Higher Diplomas in Freight Forwarding. He still teaches freight forwarding matters to apprentices – mainly on road/rail transport – in a vocational college.

Christian Doepgen

Editor-in-Chief, International Transport Journal

Christian is the Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the International Transport Journal, based in Basel, Switzerland, where he has been working since 2002. Prior to this, he worked as the CEO´s assistant of the Ganske Verlagsgruppe in Hamburg and as Publishing Director of the Paul Parey Publishing House, Germany. He started his career as an MP´s assistant in the German Bundestag, Bonn. He holds a Master degree in History and Political Science from the University of Bonn and a C.E.A. from the Sciences Po, Paris.

Press Releases

The winner of this year’s award, announced on Friday at the FIATA World Congress in Cape Town, is Mrs Evgeniya Khokhlova, who represents the Russian association (FAR) and is a Specialist in Project Logistics for SVH-Freight.

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