7th December 2020 marked the 8th
Anniversary of WOMEN INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AND TRADING ASSOCIATION, India.
This association for women in managerial roles in the maritime sector was
launched in India in 2012, by founder members SanjamSahi Gupta and
SumiSahiDutt , Directors of Sitara Shipping Ltd.
WISTA India has achieved
many milestones by focusing on providing a platform for networking, sharing of
knowledge, education through workshops/seminars and mentoring of young members
to enhance their competence and also empower their career success. To encourage and recognize its’ members’ achievements, WISTA India holds the “WISTA Personality of the Year
Award” each year. Over the years, WISTA
has held events for its members that include visits to ports and container
freight stations, opportunities to attend overseas conferences, seminars on
current industry topics, training
programs for members’ professional development.
Commenting on the occasion of the 8th Anniversary, SummiitCheema,
current President of WISTA, India said “We at WISTA, India have consistently
kept member care as our ethos and post pandemic we feel the need to further
strengthen this quality about the association. She also mentioned that bearing
in mind the pandemic situation, WISTA, India had a lot of events and initiatives
around wellness, be it physical fitness or mental health. She further added
that “our founder member SanjamSahi Gupta delivered a very successful Maritime
SheEO conference on “Diversity and Sustainability” on 23rd November
2020 that surpassed all barriers of geography, time zones and cultures”.
WISTA is driven by the core values of Gender Diversity and
Equality and looking ahead WISTA India with the support of Maritime SheEO plans
on making this a reality.
Founder Member and
President Emeritus Sanjam has been a driving force for gender equality in the
Maritime Industry not just in India but also overseas. Her vision was to make
WISTA India a platform for women in the Indian Maritime
Industry and quotes “A big Thank you to each of our members and the Indian
maritime industry for always being there for us. With SummiitCheema at the
helm, we will continue to grow leaps and bounds.”