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WISTA International Elects New Executive Board Members

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WISTA International Elects New Board Members and Honors 2018 Personality of the Year

October 30, 2018 – Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) elected Connie Roozen, Director of C&B More (WISTA the Netherlands) as Treasurer and Angie Hartmann, Vice President Crew Affairs, Starbulk S.A. (WISTA Hellas) as Board Member, to the WISTA International Executive Committee at their 38th International Annual General Meeting in TromsØ, Norway on October 24, 2018. Sanjam Gupta, Director Sitara Shipping Ltd (WISTA India), was re-elected to a third term on the Executive Committee. Kathy Metcalf, CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, was honored as the 2018 WISTA International Personality of the Year.

Connie Roozen is Director at C& B More, a tax consultancy firm. Roozen has served as Treasurer for WISTA the Netherlands since 2014. She takes over the position from Rachel Lawton (WISTA UK), who has reached her term limit on the committee.

“I am looking forward to empowering women in the shipping and trading industry around the globe,” said Roozen.

Angie Hartmann is President, Crew Affairs at Starbulk S.A., a global ship management company. Hartmann has been an active WISTA Hellas member since 1996 and has served as President of WISTA Hellas since 2014. She takes over the position from Katarina Stathopoulou (WISTA Hellas), who has reached the committee term limit.

“I am honored to have been elected to serve on the Executive Committee and continue the great work of all the dynamic women who have served before me. We are striving toward building avenues for more and more women to make a difference in the maritime world and equalize opportunity,” said Hartmann.

Sanjam Gupta was re-elected to her third term as a WISTA Executive Committee Board Member. Gupta founded WISTA India in 2012 and served until recently as the association’s president. Gupta also serves on the Executive Board of the World Maritime University.

“I am honored to be re-elected to a third terms as an Executive Committee member looking after the Asia Pacific and Middle East region. This region makes up more than a third of the global economy and half of the world’s population – there is great potential to have more NWAs in the region for the benefit of WISTA members all over the globe,” said Gupta.

Kathy Metcalf, CEO of The Chamber of Shipping of America, was honored as the 2018 WISTA International Personality of the Year at the Annual General Meeting. Metcalf, a fixture of the international maritime industry, was a pioneer for women in the industry, graduating with the first class of female merchant marines from the United States Maritime Academy in 1978. Today, Metcalf continues to be a force advocating for inclusion and equality in the industry. In addition to her role as CEO, Metcalf is also the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping’s Environmental Sub-Committee. Metcalf was nominated for the honor by WISTA USA.

WISTA 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; Connie Roozen, Treasurer, WISTA The Netherlands; Jeannie Grasso, Member, WISTA USA; Sanjam Gupta, Member, WISTA India; Angie Hartmann, Member, WISTA Hellas; Naa Densua Aryeetey, Member, WISTA Ghana.Representative of Representing nearly 3,000 members in 46 countries around the world, WISTA promotes increased competency, knowledge and development for women in the maritime industry. WISTA International members work in all sectors of the maritime industry, including finance, ship building, seafarers, governing and regulatory bodies, brokers and more. The International body meets annually to vote on protocols, guidelines and strategic direction. 31 Countries were represented at the 2018 International Annual Meeting. More than 300 individuals attended the parallel conference on “Breaking the Ice – Developing dialogues for sustainable business in the Arctic”.

Founded in 1974 with six women in London, WISTA International has grown to be the broadest network of women in shipping and trading around the world. With nearly 3,000 members in 46 countries, WISTA International promotes increased competency and diversity throughout the maritime sector. WISTA International proudly cooperates with maritime organizations around the world, including: International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), Intermanager, INTERTANKO, Women in Maritime Association (WIMA), Women in the Maritime Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA). In 2017, WISTA International was awarded the Safety4Sea Sustainability Award and entered into an MOU with Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) to award scholarships to females seeking diploma certification at ICS. In 2018, WISTA International became a consultative member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). More information on WISTA International can be found at www.WISTA.net

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