WISTA International (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) elected their new President, Elpi Petraki, at its Annual General Meeting on 26 October, in Geneva, Switzerland. In a statement, Ms. Petraki said “I am truly honoured to have been elected as President of WISTA International. Diversity and inclusion in maritime have never been in the spotlight like today and whilst much has been achieved in recent times, there is still a great deal to be done. WISTA International has a powerful voice that must be heard, continuing to raise awareness for the incredible contribution women make to the industry. I look forward to working with the WISTA NWA’s and other international bodies to address how our organization can support evolving objectives – such as decarbonization, digitalisation and attracting new talent – and provide equal and equitable opportunities for all.”
Formed in 1974, WISTA International is a global organization connecting female executives and decision-makers around the world. WISTA International serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,800 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. 56 countries support a National WISTA Association (NWA), each of which in turn is a member of and is guided by WISTA International. NWAs provide in-country and regional networking, business and skill-building opportunities, corporate visibility, and also facilitate relationships within the industry. On a global scale, WISTA members have access to an incredibly diverse network of executives in the shipping and trading field on whom they can call for referrals, connections, advice or business collaborations.