Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2018, Hong Kong

November 14, 2018 to November 16, 2018

WISTA supports the World Ocean Council (WOC), organizing the Sustainable Ocean Summit, where women leaders from across the maritime business sectors will convene in  Hong Kong, 14 – 16 November – in a high-level plenary discussion to advance women’s leadership in Corporate Ocean Responsibility.



The SOS panel on “Women in Ocean Industries: Leadership and Sustainable Development” will be chaired by Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International), and CEO of TOTOTHEO Maritime.

This inaugural SOS panel on Women’s Leadership will include:

  • Shipping: Sabrina Chao, Executive Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime
  • Fishing: Lori Kennedy, CEO, Louisbourg Seafoods
  • Aquaculture: Donna Lanzetta, CEO, Manna Fish Farms
  • Cruise Tourism: Helen Huang, President China, MSC Cruises
  • Offshore Renewable Energy: Alla Weinstein, Founder and CEO, Trident Winds


WISTA International President Theodosiou stated, “Bringing together such a knowledgeable and experienced group of women executives advances the conversation on sustainable development in the industry. This SOS panel represents WOC’s leadership, collaboration, and action on sustainable development and I am honoured to serve as the panel chair on behalf of WISTA International. We look forward to expanding our interaction with WOC.”

This important high-level, multi-industry panel will consider how well women’s leadership in the ocean business community is advancing and the challenges and opportunities for improving leadership by women in the ocean business community, especially regarding ocean sustainable development and the Blue Economy. Additional leaders from other sectors will be joining the panel as their availability is confirmed.

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