Dr. Marina Papaioannou
Dr. Marina Papaioannou graduated from the department of Geology of the University of Patras, Greece, in 1989 and later on continued with her PhD on Geophysics and specifically on Archaeological Geophysics. The title of her thesis was “The application of geophysics in the investigation of underground structures in urban environment”, which was the conclusion of several projects she worked on for the construction of the Metro of Athens.
Between, 1992 and 2000 she participated in several research projects involving many archaeological sites, some of them being:
- the archaeological site of Akrotiri – Santorini, Greece (with the University of Hawaii)
- the archaeological site of Ancient Knossos – Crete, Greece (with the University of Cambridge)
- Geophysical investigations for the location of the lost city of Ancient Heliki (with the Smithsonian Institute)
- Geological-geophysical investigations for the Metro of Athens (for Olympic Metro and Attiko Metro SA)
- Science for Stability – NATO program – “Geophysical Investigations In the Czar’s Winder Palace in St. Petersburg – Russia”. (University of Patras – Mining Institute of St. Petersburg)
- Science for Stability – NATO program – “Geophysical investigations in the Altai mountains – Siberia”. (University of Patras – Russian Academy of Sciences)
After more than 10 years of research, in September 2000, Marina felt she needed a change and turned to shipping. She started with HELMEPA – the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association, where, until 2008 she was involved in various sectors, participated in the works of the Committees for the Protection of the Marine Environment (MEPC) and Maritime Safety (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, was involved in the translation and simplification of maritime laws and regulations and delivered seminars with relevant subjects. She also coordinated projects that the Association undertook with the European Commission, UNEP MAP and other organizations and kept the statistical databank regarding accidents, incidents and Port State Control. She was also the Quality Representative of the organization since 2007.
After 8 years with HELMEPA, in April 2008she joint Germanischer Lloyd in Piraeus as the Academy Coordinator for Greece, the first training hub created outside Hamburg. The success of the GL training center in Piraeus led to the creation of similar training centers in other countries which currently sum up to more than 15, covering most of the Globe. Later she was appointed as Regional Academy Manager for Greece, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus and Spain. Currently she in Principal Academy Advisor for DNV and is very active in training issues, training methods, competence assessment and mentoring, being also a senior trainer.
She served WISTA, as a Board member from the position of General Secretary for the term 2016-2017 and has been active in supporting and offering to the purposes of the organization.
Marina has a significant participation inScientific Conferences and Symposiums and has a list of over 30 papers and abstracts presented at conferences and/or published at conference proceedings or scientific magazines/publications. She also publishes articles related to shipping and training in various shipping magazines and sites.
Marina made it to No 5 of the 100 Top Women in Shipping for 2020 amongst very special, successful professionals and is also shortlisted amongst top 9 for the GIWA award.
www.allaboutshipping.co.uk continues the presentation of the women who made it in the Top 100 Women in Shipping for 2020; we look forward receiving each one’s story in 400 to 700 words.
N.B. Dr. Marina Papaioannou was in 5th place in 2020 and 13th in 2019.