Cypriot elected as new WISTA president

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, the CEO of Cypriot tech firm Tototheo Maritime has been elected as the new international president of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).

Panayiotou Theodosiou 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 years.

“WISTA has an important role in the shipping industry and it is one we should embrace, remaining true to the values and identity that make us what we are,” she said on being elected at the association’s 37th annual general meeting, which was held in Rotterdam on Thursday.

Representing nearly 3,000 members in 40 countries around the world, WISTA promotes increased competency, knowledge and development for women in the maritime industry.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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