Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

WISTA Cyprus holds 7th AGM – Empowering women on top of the Association’s agenda

December 16, 2019

WISTA Cyprus held its 7th Annual General Meeting and elections on the 27th of November, 2019, at Columbia Plaza Venue, Limassol. The Agenda of the AGM included an address by President of WISTA Cyprus, Anna Vourgos, coverage of other AGM matters and of course the elections for the positions of Treasurer and Young Board Affiliate.

Mrs. Vourgos, delivered the President’s report, for 2019 which was a year that saw the Association meet its goals and grow from strength to strength. As Mrs. Vourgos noted “It was a year of progress, remarkable growth, stability and recognition of the collective work of the whole of the WISTA membership and the valuable contribution of women in the shipping industry. Within this spirit we aim is to create more opportunities for women to enter the sector, and at the same time encourage more conversation for gender equality in the maritime space.”

The President’s report was followed by the treasurer’s report and an address by candidates running for election, concluding with the voting results.

Outgoing member Tassoula Tsakania, was presented with an honorary award for her long-standing contribution to the Board, having served the role of Treasurer for 3 consecutive terms, completing the maximum tenure allowed. Additionally, an honorary award was presented to Mrs. Anna Pittalis,, outgoing member of the 2016 – 2018 Board, for the contribution to the association.

Following the AGM the new Board of Directors of WISTA CYPRUS for 2020-2021 is assembled follows:

PRESIDENT – ANNA VOURGOS, Co-Founder & Director, Aphentrica Marine Insurance Brokers Ltd.


SECRETARY GENERAL – HELEN JOANNOU CHRYSOSTOMOU – Managing Partner, Maritime Executive Recruiters

TREASURER – MONICA POTSOU, HR Manager, P & O Maritime Logistics (Cyprus)


GINA PANAYIOTOU, Global Head of Shipping & Energy, Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

NATALIA BURY LOYAL, Chief Governance Officer, Tototheo Maritime

UTA STEFFEN, Managing Director, JPC Shipmanagement (Cyprus) Ltd.


Photo attached: WISTA Cyprus 2020-2021 Board, from left to right: Koula Louca, Georgia Demetriou, Natalia Bury, Anna Vourgos, Helen Joannou Chrysostomou, Monica Potsou. In absence: Gina Panayiotou and Uta SteffenPhoto Credit: Konstantinos Georgiou Photography

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