Announced in January 2018, the WISTA Diversity Committee is comprised of WISTA members from around the world working together to develop resources and recommendations for increasing gender diversity and inclusion in the shipping industry.  

The 2018 Diversity Committee includes:

Lucrecia De Boutaud Bernal (WISTA Argentina)

Tami Ray (WISTA Bermuda)

Nanalie Cover (WISTA Cayman Islands)

Beatrice Witvoet (WISTA France)

Fabiana Simões Martins (WISTA Brazil)

Agatha Savvidou (WISTA Cyprus)

Sylvia Asana Dauda Owu (WISTA Ghana)

Katerina Konsta (WISTA Greece)

Preetika Mehrotra  (WISTA Hong Kong)

Tiziana Murgia (WISTA Italy)

Yulia Kashina (WISTA Russia)

Maryana Yarmolenko (WISTA Switzerland)

Sarah Brennan (WISTA USA)

Cecilia Osterman (WISTA Sweden & HR Committee Representative)

Executive Committee Representatives:

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou

Jeanne Grasso

Sanjam Gupta


The Committee mandate, as provided by ExCo is:

  • Create recommendations and guidelines for increasing the capacity of women in the industry by promoting diversity, inclusion, and open-mindedness.
  • Write a pledge to challenge the maritime community to advance diversity and inclusion in the industry.  This pledge should outline a limited number of specific actions that companies, individuals, and leaders in our industry can take to enhance diversity, such as pledging to only participate on panels with diversity at conferences, etc…
  • Recommend actions to the ExCo and membership on a forward strategy for increasing diversity and inclusion in our industry.
  • Build a robust list of resources, including training, online workshops, kits, materials, etc…for the WISTA website for members and the general public to use related to diversity and sexual harassment/assault in the workplace.


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