Young Traders Group

BIR Young Traders GroupChairwoman

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

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

It is an honour for me to be chosen as the new chairwoman of the Young Traders Group. It is with great emotion that I take on this new role within BIR as this wonderful experience began for me in Amsterdam seven years ago. The first Convention is always a bit daunting; so many experienced people were gathered there and they all seemed to know each other. The Young Traders Group is there precisely to support first-time attendees. Our networking event has become more and more successful over the years. It is a great occasion for those aged 35 years or under to meet their peers, to network, to catch up and to make new friends. The people I sat beside at my first Convention networking dinner are still my friends today.

I’d like to thank Paul and Graeme for the great job they have done in the Chairman’s role. Since my first Convention, the Young Traders Group has grown and strengthened significantly. We must never forget that we, the young traders, are the future leaders of our industry.

I look forward to meeting you all in Amsterdam. 

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.