Women's International Shipping and Trading
Association (WISTA) elected Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO of TOTOTHEO
Maritime, as International President and Diane Edwards, General Manager People,
Systems and Technology Ports of Auckland as International Secretary at their
37th International Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on
October 4, 2017.
Panayiotou Theodosiou is the CEO of TOTOTHEO Maritime, a leading maritime
technology and satellite communications enablement business. She has served on
the Executive Committee of WISTA International as Secretary for the last two
years and is the founding President of WISTA Cyprus. Panayiotou Theodosiou is
on the board of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber.
She is taking over the position from Karin
Orsel, CEO of MF Shipping Group, who has held this role for the last six
She said that
it is an honour to take over the role of President of WISTA which has an
important role in the shipping industry. She added that they should remain true
‘to the values and identity’ that make them what they are.
is the General Manager People, Systems and Technology at the Ports of Auckland
Limited. Working with the port since 2011 following a consultancy roll at
the New Zealand Ministry of Transport and roles with P&O Nedlloyd and
Maersk New Zealand, Diane has had an eclectic career which includes teaching,
banking, accounting, IT, training change management and human resources.
In her six years with Ports of Auckland Limited she has helped revitalize the
port through technological innovation and coalition building with the port
International is the leading network of decision making women in shipping and
trading around the world. WISTA International is guided by the Executive
Committee: Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President, WISTA Cyprus; Diane
Edwards, Secretary, WISTA New Zealand; Rachel Lawton, Treasurer, WISTA UK;
Jeannie Grasso, Member, WISTA USA; Sangam Gupta, Member, WISTA India;Katerina
Stathopoulou, Member, WISTA Hellas; Naa Densua Aryeetey, Member, WISTA
3,000 members in 40 countries across the world, WISTA promotes development for women
in all sectors of the maritime industry, like finance, ship building, governing
and regulatory bodies etc.
International body meets annually to vote on protocols, guidelines and
32 Countries were represented at the 2017
International Annual Meeting. More than 280 individuals attended the
parallel conference on Future-Proof Maritime Solutions.