Access World welcomes Bernadine Willis

Access World is delighted to welcome Bernadine Willis to the team as the Senior Executive of the Africa Clearing and Forwarding Division.

Having previously resided in Austin, Texas, Bernadine developed a deep appreciation for the start-up culture and sought to be a part of establishing a business with significant impact and scalability. Her top priority in advancing her career was to find a company that could provide her with the platform to establish a division that genuinely contributes to the sustainable growth of the African market and its people.

“My choice to go back to Africa took many by surprise, yet I recognised the chance to engage in the growing development of this untapped market. Few can claim, ‘I understand Africa, and I aspire to contribute to the upliftment of our people and economy.’ My life philosophy has always been rooted in Ubuntu – ‘I am because we are.’ There is no greater satisfaction for me than witnessing people prosper. Access World’s culture is founded on authenticity and genuine care for its people, and I felt embraced by the Access World family as if they were welcoming me back to Africa.”

The population growth and significant mineral discoveries in Africa are key drivers of economic growth, leading to an increased demand for specialised logistics services. With over 40 years of experience in navigating the challenges of diverse logistics environments worldwide, Access World has expanded its presence to encompass:

  • Operations in more than 30 active countries
  • A global workforce exceeding 1200 employees
  • Handling over 28 million metric tons of cargo
  • Storage of over 3 million metric tons of cargo
  • A network of over 155 warehouses worldwide
  • Over 1 million square meters of under-roof warehousing
  • More than 1 million square meters of outdoor yard space
  • Booking of over 140,000 containers

Access World’s understanding of the complex socio-political and economic landscapes of Africa has been instrumental in its success. Building on this success and the recent growth in renewable energy, Access World recognised the necessity to expand its team to diversify its range of services and footprint across Africa.

We eagerly anticipate the fostering of the Ubuntu culture through Bernadine’s vision for expanding our clearing and forwarding division and presence in Africa.

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