News of WISTA Hellas
“Women in Maritime” Survey
The first joint survey of IMO and WISTA International has been launched. The participation in this survey by all companies in the maritime industry will assist IMO and WiSTA International greatly to fill the existing gap in sufficient data.
Even though there are efforts to raise awareness on gender equality, it is hard to know the true dimensions of the issue. The survey is part of a series of activities to help further discussions on how to build a more diverse workforce.
This initiative follows the 2020 signing of the IMO – WISTA MoU on promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the maritime sector.
Scholarship WISTA Hellas
Alba MBA in Shipping
Recognizing the continuous increase and importance of women working in the maritime sector, WISTA Hellas, in collaboration with Alba Graduate Business School, offers two partial scholarships in the form of financial aid (50% of the tuition fees) to two women working in the maritime sector for the Alba MBA in Shipping Program, for the academic 2021-2022.

Kindly contact WISTA Hellas for more information on the application procedure.
Online 26th Annual General Meeting - 8th April 2021
WISTA Hellas Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 8th April. The AGM was held online due to the restrictive measures for the pandemic.
The Members at the AGM welcomed Mrs. Christiana Kalogirou, Secretary General for the Aegean and Island Policy, at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, as Honorary Member of WISTA Hellas. It is noted that Mrs. Kalogirou is the first woman to be appointed Secretary General of the Ministry. Mrs. Kalogirou addressed her greetings and noted that she looks forward to a constructive collaboration between the Ministry and WISTA Hellas.
She then passed on the greetings of the Minister, Mr. Ioannis Plakiotakis to all the Members. President, Elpi Petraki, presented the activities of the Association since June 2020 that the new BoD took over, stressing to the fact, that it has been an active and creative year, despite the adverse conditions, due to the tireless efforts of all the members of the BoD, and she thanked Elina Souli, Vice President, Elina Kassotaki, General Secretary, Christiana Prekezes, Treasurer, Despina Kalfa, Member, as well as the substitute members Mary Kresta and Anna Giatra and the executive secretary Ifigenia Papagianni. Briefly, the activities and work areas of WISTA Hellas reported during the AGM are as following:

  • The establishment of the WISTA Hellas Award to the Hellenic Coast Guard, under the auspices of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, in recognition of the Coast Guard’s role in the protection of life at sea during Search and Rescue missions.
  • The cooperation with ISALOS NET, aiming at enhancing and recognizing the role of gender diversity in shipping and to provide the best possible information to the young people.
  • The online Industry Panel Discussions on various shipping topics, with WISTA Hellas members and distinguished maritime professionals as panelists.
  • The online WISTA Hellas Survey, that provided valuable feedback for future actions.
  • The launching of the executive education program «WISTA Women in Leadership» in collaboration with ALBA Graduate Business School.
  • Networking actions for the Members The construction of a website in both Greek and English, for better informing the Members and the public, was further announced, as was the establishment of the WISTA Hellas
  • Leadership Award, aiming at recognizing the role of women in Leadership, either as company executives or as entrepreneurs.

Furthermore, as part of WISTA Hellas social responsibility, the Members voted for "ELIZA" - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for the Annual WISTA Hellas Charity Donation. Mrs. Petraki thanked all the Members on behalf of the BoD, who, she called, the true driving force of the Association and said: “Your participation is integral to our events’ success, your immediate response assists our work, your remarks and comments give us food for thought, all of which are very important to achieve continuous progress and to meet the Association’s objectives”. During the past year many female maritime professionals have joined the Association. WISTA Hellas is the largest second NWA (National WISTA Association) with 350 full members.
Mrs. Petraki also thanked all the supporters and the sponsors of the events and WISTA Hellas actions, who contribute greatly to the achievement of the Association’s objectives.
The AGM was concluded with a pleasant discussion among the members, during which they shared ideas and suggestions, while all committed to continuous contact and interaction with any means possible

Clean Seas - May 12th 2021, Online Discussion
"Hellenic Initiatives for Clean Seas" was the subject of the online event organized by WISTA Hellas on 12th May 2021.
In line with Wista Hellas' policy for social and environmental responsibility, we invited organizations involved in the protection of the marine environment and biodiversity and discussed about their initiatives in the area of conservation and sustainable use of the sea. 
Mrs. Elpi Petraki, President of Wista Hellas BoD was the moderator of the panel consisting of distinguished speakers Mrs. Vera Alexandropoulou, Vice-President of the BoD, Thalassa Foundation, Dr. Angeliki Kosmopoulou, Executive Director, A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Souzana Laskaridis, Founder/Director, Blue Cycle │ Associate Director/General Secretary, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation Mrs. Anastasia Miliou, Hydrobiologist │ Scientific Director, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation and Mrs.  Semiramis Paliou, Chairperson of the BoD, HELMEPA 
The online event was made possible with the kind sponsorship of DEPA Commercial S.A. and Thomas Miller.
WISTA Hellas Small Gathering
Krabo Beach, Zoska Bay
28th May 2021

As we have all missed our physical social interaction, we were happy to plan the first very small, short gathering that took place on Friday, 28th May,

We view these small gatherings as an alternative way to meet up, take a break of the online events and catch up with our news.

Women in Leadership
In line with WISTA Hellas' policy to support education as a means of professional development, we were very pleased to launch the “Women in Leadership” Executive Program in collaboration with ALBA Graduate Business School, exclusively for WISTA Hellas members. The program, that was offered at a very discounted price to the members and was partially funded by WISTA Hellas and by the president Elpi Petraki, took place in April 2021.
Program evaluations can be found at the following links:
Executive Seminars Series
Ms A. Skoura & Ms E. Lamprouli-Women in Leadership
The initiative launched in November 2020, titled “Who is Who” continues. Since then and until today, 35 members have been presented. As part of the Association’s networking and engagement activities, this initiative gives members the opportunity to communicate in brief their talents, experiences, views, and thoughts. So we all get to know each other and professionally connect, especially now that physical gatherings are not possible.
Members wishing to participate, please contact WISTA Hellas.
WISTA Hellas 10 Years Ahead
WISTA 10 years ahead. The primary focus of this action is the younger members of WISTA Hellas. The coordination of this initiative is entrusted to Anna Giatra, substitute member of the BoD.  

Casual gathering

WISTA 10 years ahead participants met at a casual gathering at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Park on Saturday 17th April.
Synergy & Collaboration
Webinar by
“Attracting the Right People for the future: Reflections from inside the Maritime Industry”
with moderator the President, WISTA Hellas, Elpi Petraki, on March 11, 2021
In line with our collaboration with, President Elpi Petraki moderated isalos' webinar titled “Attracting the Right People for the future: Reflections from inside the Maritime Industry” on 11th March.
The webinar included an honest and meaningful dialogue between representatives of Greece & Norway, countries with significant maritime tradition and know-how in relation to the new technologies and regulations that radically reshape the shipping industry.
EU Maritime Women Project - WISTA Focus Group discussion

EU Maritime Women Project organized an online group discussion with the WISTA NWA and the participation of the Vice President of WISTA Hellas, Elina Souli, on March 17th 2021.
The President of WISTA Hellas, Elpi Petraki participated on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in the panel of

Navigator - The Shipping Decision Makers Online Week
Digital discussion on
"Crew changes: New conditions, vaccinations and travel"
19th May 2021
Elina Kassotaki, General Secretary and WISTA Hellas and Business Development Manager of Holland Hellenic Shipping Agencies Ltd, participated in this open digital discussion.
Published Articles
Share your professional opinion and expertise with you fellow Members!
If you are a WISTA member, send your published journal articles to [email protected] to be published in our Newsletter.
WISTA HELLAS Upcoming Events
Don’t miss out on our upcoming events!
Stay tuned for the upcoming WISTA Hellas events for which you will be notified by email in due course or check our website

 We look forward to seeing you all there!

12-15 OCTOBER 2021.

WISTA AGM & Conference will take place as a hybrid event,  in Hamburg between October 12 – 15, 2021

Check the event's invitation here.

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