Women's International Shipping & Trading Association


May 8, 2020


Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA – Sri Lanka) together with Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) held a thought-provoking session on innovation and transformation in the supply chain industry on 6th March at the Hilton Colombo Residencies.

Former Army Commander Daya Ratnayake, Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) who was the chief guest shared his views on transformations needed in the Industry with lessons learnt in the battle field which kept the audience inspired.

Mrs. Reshma Nilofer Naha added color to the event as the guest speaker and enthralled the audience with her success story of being the first Indian female marine pilot, holding the responsibility of steering ships from sea to Kolkata & Haldia ports. She shared her expertise and experiences in a male dominant Industry where she qualified as a river pilot in 2018 and then went on to become the first Indian Marine Pilot topping the list of very few female Marine Pilots around the globe.

Mr. Ankur Seth Transformation program Director of Maersk Global Service Centers shared an insightful presentation on the 2 year Transformation journey of Maersk and the challenges faced in large enterprise transformations. He addressed the common failure points faced by enterprises and the required strategies Companies must adapt to ensure  successful transformations take place whilst generating sustainable results.

Mr. Bingumal Thewarathanthri CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Sri lanka spoke about positioning Sri Lanka as the next supply chain hub. He shared valuable insights in to the trends in Industry 4.0 and how Sri Lanka should position as a regional hub to maximize opportunities emerging in the region.

The eminent panel moderated by Mr. Ana Senanayake, Managing Director- Lanka Shipping & Logistics Pvt Ltd. and panelists , Mr. Rakhil Fernando, Managing Director – Daraz (Alibaba Group) , Dr. Ashan Amarasinghe, Group Innovations Officer – McLarens Holdings Ltd , Mr. Ankur Seth and Ms. Reshma Nilofer shared timely insights about disruptions and digital transformations taking place and how Companies in Supply Chain must adapt to seize every opportunity. Reshma was able to give many tips to the many industry women who attended the session to commensurate Women’s Day and she was able to share many inspiring success stories which was quite relevant to the event.

Over the years WISTA collaborated with CASA and  has been successful in carrying out many initiatives along with their Corporate Partner South Asia Gateway Terminals and been a trend setters in the Industry and this event was yet another feather in their cap.  The event was well supported by Hayley’s Advantis as the Gold sponsor and 3M, Scanwell Logistics & Maersk who were the Silver Sponsors.


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