Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

Karin Orsel Named 2019 Personality Of the Year

November 1, 2019

2019 WISTA Personality of the Year Honoree Karin Orsel accepted teh award the 2019 WISTA International AGM & Conference on 30 October 2019.

Karin Orsel, CEO, MF Shipping Group and Co-Chairman, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, was honored as the 2019 WISTA International Personality of the Year at the 2019 WISTA International Annual General Meeting in the Cayman Islands on 30 October 2019.

Every year, the WISTA Personality of the Year award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the shipping industry, who embrace and champion diversity, inclusivity and equity, and whose passion and commitment for the industry and its people are sources of inspiration.

Orsel is extremely active in the maritime community.  She currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR), Vice Chairman and Board Member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), on the Executive Committee of INTERTANKO, on the Board of BIMCO, as a Trustee of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), Chairman of MFG Seafarers fund, and is Immediate Past President of WISTA International.

“We are incredibly proud of Karin’s accomplishments for our industry,” said President of WISTA The Netherlands President Sylvia Boer. “She is dedicated to help others develop themselves and she is active in many boards trying to make our amazing industry more sustainable and visible. Thank you for being a source of inspiration, you deserve to be WISTA Personality of the Year 2019. Congratulations on behalf of all WISTA The Netherlands members.”

WISTA International is the leading network of decision-making women in shipping and trading around the world.  Previous honorees include: Kathy Metcalf, CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America; Captain Radhika Menon, Indian Merchant Navy; Rod Jones, CSL President and CEO; Captain Analia Soledad Viggiano, Argentine Coast Guard;  WISTA Hellas; Angie Redhead, Chairwoman CruiseBritain; Carmen DeWilde, Trainer, NOA Trainings; Kathi Stanzel, Managing Director, INTERTANKO, Mfon Ekong Usoro, Managing Partner, Paul Usoro & Co; Suzanne Williams, Hostage Negotiator; Pamela C. Conover, President and CEO at The World Residences at Sea; Rodi Kratsa, Governor, Ionian Islands; Stelios Hadlioannou, Founder, EasyJet; Elisabeth Greig, Chairman of the Board, Grieg Star Group.

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