Today it was announced that WISTA Cyprus President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou is the first woman to be nominated for a position on the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber.
Despina is the Chief Financial and Operations Officer of Tototheo Group of Companies and holds a bachelor in Economics. For 12 years she was a member of the national Cypriot Judo Team, from which she retired when she became a member of the Technical Committee of the Cyprus Judo Federation. She has been a member of the PR Committee of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber since last year.
In 2011 Despina founded WISTA Cyprus and she has proven to be an inspiring leader, so far during her presidency WISTA Cyprus has organized the WISTA Med conference in June of 2012 and a number of very successful members’ meetings, such as the last meeting on 11 April about MLC 2006 at the Amathus Hotel in Limassol. She is also the driving force behind the WISTA International AGM and Conference to be held in Limassol in 2014.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber is the trade association of the Shipping Industry in Cyprus whose Member-companies located in Cyprus and the wider Shipping Sector in Cyprus, collectively employ around 4500 persons ashore and more than 55, 000 seafarers of various nationalities onboard their vessels. The main purpose of the Chamber is: “…promoting the interests of Cyprus Shipping and furthering the reputation of the Cyprus flag, whilst promoting and protecting the interests of its Members both nationally and internationally…”
Despina, with her positive outlook and progressive ideas will be a valuable member of the CSC in these difficult times, in order to maintain and improve the conditions for the industry on the island.