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Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

Professional. Dynamic. Open Minded. Committed.

Formed in 1974, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) is a global organisation connecting female executives and decision-makers around the world. WISTA International serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,500 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry.

More than 50 countries support a National WISTA Association (NWA), each of which in turn is a member of and is guided by WISTA International. NWAs provide in-country and regional networking, business and skill-building opportunities, corporate visibility, and also facilitate relationships within the industry.

On a global scale, WISTA members have access to an incredibly diverse network of executives in the shipping and trading field on whom they can call for referrals, connections, advice or business collaborations.

Mission

WISTA is an international networking organization whose mission is to attract and support women, at the management level, in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors.
WISTA works toward:

  • Minimizing the existing gender leadership gap in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors.
  • Building a community among its members, facilitating the exchange of contacts, information, and experiences
  • Promoting the creation of business relationships among its members
  • Facilitating the professional development of its members
  • Providing liaison with other related institutions and organizations worldwide

Vision

WISTA promotes diversity in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors, empowering women to lead through their unique perspective and competencies, with the conviction that gender diversity is key in providing a sustainable future for the shipping industry internationally.

The success of WISTA is dependent on the trust and confidence we earn from our members and the industry at large. We gain credibility by adhering to our commitments, displaying honesty and integrity, and reaching our goals through honourable conduct.

 

 

Guiding and Governing Principles

  • Members of WISTA’s NWAs shall be honest and treat all members with dignity and respect;
  • Members of WISTA’s NWAs shall respect the opinions of members, as well as the cultural differences amongst members;
  • Members of WISTA’s NWAs shall work together cooperatively for the betterment of the Association and will not use WISTA for their own personal gain to the detriment of the Association;
  • Members of WISTA’s NWAs shall strive to be known by the maritime industry as fair, honest, diligent, hardworking, and caring people with integrity;
  • WISTA shall endeavour to advance the interests of women in the maritime industry and promote an exchange of contacts and experiences among the members of its NWAS, which could lead to new business and new business relationships;
  • WISTA supports the founding of new NWAs to broaden networking opportunities and encourages cooperation among neighbouring NWAs and regions, including sharing best practices and ideas to help all NWAs grow and be successful, for everyone’s benefit; and
  • Members of WISTA’s NWAs shall strive to be professional, dynamic, open-minded, and committed in all aspects of their professional and personal lives.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

The success of WISTA is dependent on the trust and confidence we earn from our members and the industry at large. We gain credibility by adhering to our commitments, displaying honesty and integrity, and reaching our goals through honourable conduct.

Events

WISTA Cyprus – “The Perfect Fix; Reality or Utopia?”

    WISTA Cyprus presents: “The Perfect Fix; Reality or Utopia?” on Tuesday, 7th of April, 2020, from 09:00am-14:00pm @ Columbia Plaza. Yet another Annual Forum on […]

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WISTA USA 10th National Maritime Awards Dinner – National Press Club

The National Maritime Historical Society in association with The National Coast Guard Museum Association with the Naval Historical Foundation invite you to join us at the 10th […]

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News

WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou interviewed by the Bimco Bullentin

“Men have been doing it for centuries; using all-male networks, clubs and role models to seek inspiration and support from like-minded professionals. For Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President […]

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Statement from WISTA on International Women’s Day 2020

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, WISTA wishes to thank all our members and supporters around the world. Exactly one year ago, we launched our Diversity […]

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WISTA Spain celebrates International Women’s Day

WISTA Spain celebrated International Women’s Day with a lunch meeting in Madrid attended by members and some relevant personalities from the Spanish Shipping Industry: Juan Riva (CEO […]

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OUR NETWORK

WISTA has 3,000+ members and 50 National WISTA Associations (NWAs).

OUR NETWORK

WISTA has 3,000+ members and 50 National WISTA Associations (NWAs).

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