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12 Sep 2019

IMO Emphasis on Empowering Women

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s World Maritime theme for 2019 – “Empowering women in the Maritime Community” has featured prominently in events at the London International Shipping Week (9-13 September).A seminar co-hosted by Inmarsat and WISTA international (10 September) explored the theme of Diversity and Digitization in the Shipping Industry.Opening the event, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “If the fundamental nature of work is changing, this is the perfect…

07 Jun 2019

IMO's Gender Program in Spotlight

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

In a year when promoting and empowering women is a dominant theme throughout the maritime community, International Maritime Organization (IMO) hosted a special event at the Nor-Shipping exhibition (6 June) to highlight the some of the challenges – and the solutions – around encouraging women to take up seafaring roles.An all-female panel of experts, with many years' combined seagoing experience, spoke of some of the issues they have faced and which still need to be tackled. Many…

02 May 2019

Empower Women in Maritime

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Breaking down gender stereotypes in the maritime industry is not just important in its own right, it is also beneficial for the industry as a whole.That was one of the key messages to emerge from a special event held at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London, on International Labour Day (May 1), said the UN body.In a year when IMO is highlighting its efforts to empower women in the maritime community, a panel discussion among five high level female maritime…

08 Mar 2019

WISTA Pledges for Inclusion of Women in Shipping

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The Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) has launched its inclusion pledge which addresses the under representation of women in the maritime industry.The pledge addresses the underrepresentation of women in the maritime industry through a series of statements aimed at embracing diversity through individual action and personal responsibility. Individuals are encouraged to sign the pledge in support of a diverse and inclusive maritime sector. Signatories of the pledge commit to “Embrace diversity of thought (including gender…

27 Feb 2019

Iro Gidakou Becomes First female Captain in Cyprus

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The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) said that its member at Cyprus chapter Iro Gidakou has officially became Captain. Iro Gidakou, the first Cypriot female to qualify as Captain, said a press release from WISTA Cyprus.It gives us great pride and joy, that  “a life’s dream has been accomplished,” as Iro described it, said the release."A difficult journey without doubt, Iro has served on commercial vessels since 2008 and has managed to prove that hard work and pursuing your aspirations with passion…

05 Nov 2018

WISTA Elects New BoD, Honors 2018 Personality of the Year

Kathy Metcalf, CEO CSA

Kathy Metcalf, CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, was honored as the 2018 WISTA International Personality of the Year.New WISTA BoardWomen's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) elected Connie Roozen, Director of C&B More (WISTA the Netherlands) as Treasurer and Angie Hartmann, Vice President Crew Affairs, Starbulk S.A. (WISTA Hellas) as Board Member, to the WISTA International Executive Committee at their 38th International Annual General Meeting in TromsØ, Norway on October 24, 2018.

31 Oct 2018

WISTA International Elects New Board Members

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Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) elected Connie Roozen, Director of C&B More as Treasurer and Angie Hartmann, Vice President Crew Affairs, Starbulk  as Board Member, to the WISTA International Executive Committee.Sanjam Gupta, Director Sitara Shipping, was re-elected to a third term on the Executive Committee. Kathy Metcalf, CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, was honored as the 2018 WISTA International Personality of the Year.Connie Roozen is Director at C& B More, a tax consultancy firm. Roozen has served as Treasurer for WISTA the Netherlands since 2014.

19 Sep 2018

Portugal Joins WISTA International

Image: WISTA's official Twitter page

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) has welcome Portugal to the global network of executive women in shipping.The launch of WISTA Portugal was announced today by Ana Paula Vitorino, Portugal’s Minister of the Sea at Portugal Shipping. WISTA Portugal joins 44 other National WISTA Associations (NWAs).“WISTA International has had a strong relationship with Portugal’s women in shipping,” said WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou. “We are proud to formally include Portugal in the WISTA family.

11 Jun 2018

WISTA Japan Re-launched

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Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) has announced the re-launch of WISTA Japan. "We are delighted to welcome Japan back to our WISTA family. Japan plays an important role in the maritime industry, being the second ship owing nation in the world and we are positive that WISTA Japan will contribute greatly to the aims and mission of WISTA International," said Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President of WISTA International. "I am very gland to re-launch WISTA Japan and to be registered as the official member of WISTA International.

08 Mar 2018

WISTA International Appoints Diversity Committee

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The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is proud to announce the formation of its Diversity Committee. A member-driven project created as a next step after the #METOO campaign, the WISTA Diversity Committee will focus on providing practical solutions to increase opportunities for gender diversity in the maritime industry. The committee works as part of WISTA International’s 2018 theme: The Women Who Move the World. “WISTA has always advocated for increased gender diversity in the maritime industry.

31 Jan 2018

WISTA Singapore Launches Asia Conference

Magdalene Chew - President of WISTA Singapore (Photo: WISTA)

Women leaders from all over the world will gather in Singapore to attend the forthcoming WISTA Singapore Asia Conference taking place on May 10, 2018. The theme of the conference is “#UnlockingAsia – Opportunities and Threats” and topics such as “Ports & Terminals”, “Cyber Security” and “One Belt One Road Initiative” will be explored by experts in these areas in various panel discussions. Hosted by WISTA Singapore, a National Chapter of WISTA International and the first to be founded in Asia in 1998…

16 Dec 2015

Orsel Joins ISWAN Board

Karin Orsel (Photo: ISWAN)

The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has announced that Karin Orsel has joined the board as a trustee. Orsel is the Chief Executive Officer of MF Shipping in the Netherlands, President of WISTA International, and Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping. ISWAN is the international NGO that works to improve the welfare of seafarers worldwide. ISWAN is a membership organization that works with shipowners, maritime companies, unions, welfare organizations, and governments.

27 Jul 2015

WISTA-Sri Lanka Celebrates 1st Anniversary

SANJAM PRESENTING THE PRESIDENT OF WISTA SRI LANKA , SHEHARA A TOKEN FROM WISTA.

WISTA International Board Member and INDIA President Ms.Sanjam Sahi Gupta attended the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) of WISTA Sri Lanka that was held on 22nd of July 2015 .The event was graced by government heads such as the Hon. Minister of Shipping and Aviation Mr. Arujuna Ranatunga , State Minister Mrs. Rosy Senenayake together with other industry heads in the Maritime sector and WISTA members. After a highly successful year, the Sri Lankan branch of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)celebrated a year during which its members worked together…

15 Jun 2015

WISTA USA Hosts 2015 AGM & Conference

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This year's WISTA USA Annual General Meeting (AGM) brought together more than 120 maritime industry professionals from across the United States and around the world. Declared a major success by WISTA USA president, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons (president, Total Marine Solutions), the event was hosted by the New York/Jew Jersey chapter in Manhattan. WISTA USA membership, as well as the WISTA International Executive Committee and several international WISTA members including Canada…

12 May 2015

WISTA USA Takes Manhattan

Alexandra Anagnostis

On the eve of its Annual General Meeting in Manhattan, Alexandra Anagnostis Irons, founder and president of Total Marine Solutions and current president of WISTA USA, discusses the role of Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) in the modern maritime community. As President of the Board of WISTA USA, you are the face of the world’s largest woman’s maritime networking group. What are your goals for the organization under your tenure and what is the vision for the future when it comes to WISTA itself?

11 Mar 2015

MF Shipping’s Orsel to Keynote WISTA Luncheon

Karin Orsel (left) President and CEO of MF Shipping Group, will be the keynote speaker at WISTA USA’s tenth annual luncheon, kicking off the CMA Shipping 2015.  (Photo: http://www.managementfacilities.nl)

Karin Orsel, a prominent leader in the shipping industry and President and CEO of MF Shipping Group, will be the keynote speaker at WISTA USA’s tenth annual luncheon, kicking off the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 conference. The luncheon is scheduled for March 23, 2015 at the Hilton Stamford in Stamford, Connecticut. “We are pleased that Karin Orsel will be sharing her experiences as a business owner and thought leader in the maritime industry,” said Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, WISTA USA President and Total Marine Solutions owner/founder.

03 Feb 2015

2nd WISTA India Forum Receives Strong Support

Deepak Shetty, the  Director General of Shipping, the chief guest, alongwith the Office Bearers of WISTA India

On 23rd January 2015, the Royal Mumbai Yacht Club saw around a hundred dignified members of the shipping fraternity gather for the second WISTA Annual Forum, an event that lived up to the industry’s expectations. The select crowd included long-term supporters of WISTA India and WISTA members, as well as members who flew down from Delhi, Chennai, Cochin and Bengaluru especially for this conference. The program commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by key dignitaries – Hon Mr Deepak Shetty…

17 Oct 2014

First Indian Elected on WISTA Board

Indian Contingent at WISTA International

At the 34th WISTA International AGM & Conference held in Limassol, Cyprus, Sanjam Sahi Gupta, President of WISTA India was elected to the board of WISTA International.She is the first Indian lady and the youngest to be on the board. The conference with the theme: 'Shipping Connects' was supported by Ministry of Communications and Works which include the creation and implementation of government policy in the sectors of transport, communications, public works and antiquities. The current Minister of Communications and Works, Mr. Marios Demetriades attended the program.

12 May 2014

WISTA Meeting Emphasizes Infrastructure Investment

Col Hansen

At its Annual General Meeting in New Orleans last week, members of WISTA USA (Women’s International Shipping &Trading Association) were urged to support investment in infrastructure projects in order to maintain and grow the transportation of waterborne commerce in the United States. From U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to Spencer Murphy of Canal Barge Company, Rick Calhoun of Cargill, Gary LaGrange of the Port of New Orleans, Joel Dupre of Southern Recycling and Colonel Richard Hansen of the U.S.

24 May 2011

State Secretary Lind Receives WISTA Award

WISTA Norway announces Rikke Lind as the “Shipping name of the year” during Nor-shipping 2011. Lind receives the award as recognition of her dedicated efforts to support women in the maritime industry for more than 10 years. Rikke Lind will accept the award this afternoon at a ceremony in Oslo. Women´s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an organisation for women at management level in the maritime industry. Its mission is to facilitate networking and professional development for women in shipping.

12 Sep 2013

Dr. Anne-Marie Warris: WISTA-UK Personality of the Year

Dr. Anne-Marie Warris (Courtesy of ISO)

Dr. Anne-Marie Warris, an internationally respected expert in the fields of sustainable shipping, climate change and environmental management, has been chosen as Personality of the Year 2013 by WISTA-UK, part of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association. Dr. Warris recently retired from a leading environmental role at Lloyd’s Register to initiate a new venture, ecoreflect ltd, a U.K.-registered company, whose purpose is “to explore ‘eco’ and to ‘reflect’ on the…

21 Oct 2013

WISTA USA Leadership Changes

Alexandra Anagnostis

At the recent global Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) annual meeting and conference held in Montreal, Jeanne Grasso, a partner at Blank Rome LLP, was elected to the Executive Committee of WISTA International. Jeanne has been the President of WISTA USA for the past five years, during which time its membership has increased by nearly 30% to become the largest in the global Association. In addition to activities within each of the eight regional Chapters…

19 Dec 2013

WISTA Russia Formed to Support Women in Shipping

WISTA President Karin Orsel announced the formation and accreditation of WISTA Russia, which has been developed under the leadership of prominent Russian executives. The inauguration of this National WISTA Association (NWA) was held during a post RUMI (Russian Union of Marine Insurers) conference reception on November 21 in Moscow. The Russian National WISTA Association becomes the 33rd Member of the WISTA organization. "I am proud to be present for the birth of this important WISTA Member," stated Ms. Orsel.

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