Young Traders Group

BIR Young Traders Groupsandra 2

A message from Sandra Vrielink of OneSteel Recycling Hong Hong Limited, our current BIR Young Traders Group Chairwoman

Welcome to the 14th edition of the Young Traders Gazette.

With all the changes going on at the moment in China and the rest of the world, it has been - and will be - a challenging time for everyone. This is why it’s ever so important to network and get to know more people.

I remember my first BIR convention seven years ago in Munich. I was completely overwhelmed. I only knew a handful of people. Being part of the Young Traders helped a lot. It gives unique chances to get to know people of your own age in a much less formal setting. Besides new business relationships, new friendships are created for life.

I encourage all those who are 35 and under to join our next Young Traders event. This time it will take place at “Opium Barcelona” - an amazing venue where we will have a terrace on the beachfront.  I hope to see you all in Barcelona, and please feel free to walk up to me for a chat!

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.