WISTA International and the Maritime SheEO announced the start of the formal partnership, initiating the second Maritime SheEO Leadership Accelerator Programme.
he two organization signed the MoU after a successful history of working together on multiple projects.
It was a privilege that the first working together under the MoU looking at how we can increase and support leadership skills for women in maritime was at The Maritime SheEO conference
said Sanjam Sahi Gupta, the founder of Maritime SheEO, founder of WISTA India and co-chair of the WISTA International Diversity Committee.
In addition, President of WISTA International, Elpi Petraki, stated that “many maritime organizations have found that women in the workforce and even more so in positions of responsibility have contributed significantly to enhanced innovation, increased productivity and competitive advantage.”
It was a genuine pleasure to be invited to speak at the Maritime SheEO conference, an initiative which, like WISTA, is passionate about driving change. It is widely known that diversity drives results
Ms. Petraki further mentioned that “if business leaders strive to offer equal opportunities to those with diverse cultural backgrounds, hiring without regard to gender, religion and nationality, we’ll be best placed to tackle the industry’s challenges related to sustainability, decarbonization and more.”
Recently, IMO and WISTA International created the new Maritime Speakers Bureau platform, intending to end the tradition of all-male speaking panels.
The launch of the Maritime Speakers Bureau is another joint project under the IMO-WISTA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting greater diversity and inclusion through enhanced cooperation activities in the maritime sector. The MoU, singed in 2020, aims to set a framework for both IMO and WISTA to promote gender diversity and inclusion as vital factors in providing a sustainable future for the shipping industry worldwide. Earlier this year, IMO and WISTA provided the results of the first, 2021, IMO-WISTA Women in Maritime survey.