Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

WISTA CYPRUS 10th Anniversary

February 4, 2022


On 2nd of February, WISTA Cyprus kicked-off 2022 with an online celebration of its 10th Anniversary.

The Association, which holds a position as one of the strongest and most widely recognized National WISTA Associations, commemorated this important milestone with members & friends of WISTA Cyprus from around the globe.

Among them were the President and members of the board of WISTA International, Presidents of other National WISTA Associations, the President of ECSA, the Secretary General and Members of the Board of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, the President of CYMEPA, the Chairwoman of the Cyprus Nautical Institute and other esteemed industry guests.

WISTA Cyprus President Anna Vourgos welcomed the audience and expressed thanks to the founding members and the members who served on the various boards during this 10 year journey, as well as each and every one of the 120 members of the Association for their commitment and contribution to the growth of WISTA Cyprus. “We have the privilege of working and operating in a country where the shipping community in its entirety embraces and enhances our vision and efforts to empower women in maritime” she concluded.

“WISTA Cyprus is a part of my heart and always will be” quoted WISTA International President and WISTA Cyprus founder Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou as she emphasized how WISTA Cyprus also benefits WISTA International. “Women in Cyprus hold positions of strength and authority and have shown how we can influence the industry debate beyond the important discussions about gender balance and diversity”.

In his message, Shipping Deputy Minister Vassilis Demetriades, highlighted the important role of women in the industry and reconfirmed the Ministry’s commitment to support WISTA Cyprus’ aims and objectives in promoting women in shipping, at sea and onshore. “I look forward to cooperating with WISTA Cyprus in promoting our common goals”. All the 10th Anniversary celebrations and activities of the Association were placed under the auspices of the Shipping Deputy Ministry.

Before closing, members and friends joined the Board of Directors in the cutting of a cake and toasted to the next 10 years of growth, learning and collaboration.



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