Young Traders Group

BIR Young Traders GroupChairwoman

A message from Alexandra Weibel Natan of Manco, our current BIR Young Traders Group Chairwoman

I’m glad to welcome you to this new edition of the Young Traders Gazette - a well-established publication by now, written for the young traders by the young traders themselves.

The recycling sector seems to be recovering this semester. Busy times are coming and hopefully plenty of new young traders will join the sector. At the beginning, of course, young traders can feel impressed with so many experienced people around, and even overwhelmed by the new situation; but when one feels supported and represented, everything is easier. The Young Traders Group is here to welcome young traders and support first-time attendees in good and bad times. Young traders now represent more than 16% of BIR Convention attendees; we really are the future of this profession.

Among other things, we organize a networking event in order for those aged 35 years or under to meet with their peers, network, catch up and make new friends.
Unfortunately, I will miss the New Delhi Convention but I’m certain this will be a great event. I wish you all a great time. Please feel free to send me your feedback and suggestions for the Young Traders Group.  See you soon in Barcelona.

A brief history of the Young Traders Group.

Established in 2001, the BIR Young Traders Group has been fostering the industry leaders of tomorrow alongside the development of a world-wide community of fellow industry peers.

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„I owe a considerable amount to the YTG, it’s a great group of young people that are the future leaders of BIR“. (Mark Sellier, OneSteel)

The Young Traders Group was created by BIR so that young executives (those aged 35 years and under) could start to become more involved in the activities of the organisation.

The first meeting of the then called Young Executives Committee took place in London in 1995 under the chairmanship of Mitchell Padnos of Louis Padnos Iron & Metal (USA). In 2001, it changed its name to Young Traders Club and was given fresh impetus with the broadening of its framework to include regular Young Traders networking evenings during BIR conventions. These dinners gave younger delegates the possibility to get to know each other and network in a more relaxed setting.

In recent years, the YTG has been developing programmes and activities and is represented in the board of each commodity division. It is a platform for young traders to become part of the wider BIR organisation and become involved in its decision making.

The YTG continues to grow and look towards the future providing opportunities for all those interested in becoming involved.