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Fiata and sponsor the TT Club have named their Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year as Umair Aamir Sheikh, from the Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association.
He also won the regional title for Asia Pacific.
Mr Sheikh joined the industry four years ago, and comes from a country where 64% of the population is under 30 years old. His dissertation took into account the effects of digitalisation on freight forwarding activities and concluded that, despite the technology currently available, the role of the freight forwarder remains essential.
“In the face of such a difficult year due to the pandemic, we are heartened to receive very high-quality dissertations from all four Fiata regions,” said Thomas Sim, Fiata senior vice president.
“Candidates have demonstrated tenacity, versatility and high standards of research and applications in their various domains and areas of operations. Fiata’s continuous efforts towards nurturing and motivating the youth in logistics and freight forwarding will persist in the face of our industry’s disruption and digital transformation.”
The YIFFYA selects four regional winners who are invited to attend the annual Fiata World Congress, and receive one week’s practical experience of multimodal transport infrastructure and one-week academic training in the TT Club’s head office in London.
“This year more than ever we at TT want to pay tribute to the freight forwarding fraternity across the world that have helped keep essential global supply chains flowing,” said Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s managing director, loss prevention.
“In turn the young, talented employees of these regional and international companies have excelled. The entries into YIFFA and particularly the finalists have exemplified this talent and dedication.
“I want to congratulate them all, and in particular the regional finalists: Femke Marie Fürst (DSLV – Germany) ; Vimbai Loreen Manyumbu (SFAAZ – Zimbabwe) and Anastasia Gureeva (CIFFA – Canada).”