WISTA International


Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou President WISTA International

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou – President WISTA International

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WISTA International is an international organization for female managers in the shipping industry. It is comprised of 53 National WISTA Associations (NWA) around the world and more than 3,800 members. WISTA was approved for consultative status with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in July 2018, providing the organization with a formal voice for supporting IMO work in a variety of areas. WISTA works with a wide variety of global maritime and governmental bodies to support professional development, opportunities and networking for female executives in the maritime industry.

WISTA welcomed several new National WISTA Associations in 2020 and 2019: WISTA Angola, WISTA Bangladesh, WISTA Cameroon, WISTA Chile, WISTA Colombia, WISTA Guatemala, WISTA Mexico, WISTA Romania and WISTA South Africa. National WISTA Associations are formed in individual countries in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country. To launch a National WISTA Association, the association must first contact WISTA International and follow the formation processes set forth in Protocols, which include submitting drafts of the governing documents to WISTA International, filing appropriate paperwork in the home country, having at least ten members in management positions and paying annual fees to WISTA International.


News Releases

IMO Secretary-General opens WISTA International Conference in Hamburg

WISTA International began their two-day conference in Hamburg yesterday (14 October) with discussions exploring the theme of ‘Today’s Actions for Tomorrow’s Business’ in the maritime industry. Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General opened the conference with a broadcasted...

WISTA Recognise French Pioneer

This year’s WISTA International Personality of the Year has just been announced and recognises the outstanding work of a woman who has been a leading light in the French-based Fondation de la Mer. Sabine Roux de Bézieux is the founding chair of the Foundation and is...

WISTA Tackles The Real Issues at Hamburg AGM

The rapidly changing face of maritime shipping and what it means for the future will be the theme for this year’s WISTA International Conference to be held in Hamburg on 14 and 15 October. WISTA Germany is hosting the Conference and the AGM  from today (13 October)...

WISTA steering the way forward

WISTA is the first to conduct a survey focusing on impact of covid both positive and negative on women in the maritime sector, taking the lead building upon the research done indicating the impact of the global pandemic on women.   WISTA International has launched a...

IMO and WISTA International launch first Women in Maritime Survey

IMO and WISTA International survey will obtain baseline data on number of women and their positions in maritime and oceans fields The International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) have...


WISTA international – the global voice for female managers within the shipping industry  – presented its first Corporate Diversity Award at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held online on Thursday 5 November to Terminal Internacional del Sur (TISUR) nominated by WISTA...


Despite the global pandemic, WISTA International – the global voice for female managers within the shipping industry – held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 5 November. This online event was attended by more than 500 representatives from its worldwide...

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