Sanjam Gupta, President of WISTA India and Director Sitara Shipping Ltd. Was re elected to the WISTA International Board where More than two hundred and twenty-five shipping and trading executives from 30 countries joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) aboard the ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line’s newest vessel, on November 9th for the WISTA 2016 International Conference and Annual General Meeting. This is her 2nd term and she looks after the Asia Pacific and Middle East region.
The Conference, hosted by WISTA USA under the leadership of its President, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons of Total Marine Solutions, featured the Annual General Meeting (AGM), a robust Conference program agenda, and a variety of workshops designed to transfer knowledge on the industry, leadership, and growth.
WISTA International President, Karin Orsel of MF Shipping Group, opened the AGM by underscoring the dramatic growth of WISTA, which is now active in 40 countries and boasts nearly 3,000 members. This growth has been fueled by its successful networking, representation of the entire industry at the membership level, and collaborations with other international organizations.
To that end, Ms. Orsel announced that WISTA has entered into new collaborative agreements with Marine Money, Mare Forum and North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) to support having WISTA members included on global conference speaker rosters. This is in addition to existing relationships with IMO, World Maritime University, ISWAN and Crew Connect.
As part of the Conference, WISTA honors an individual in the maritime community for their professional excellence and outstanding achievements. For the first time in WISTA history, the 2016 Personality of the Year award honored two individuals: Rod Jones, President and CEO of the CSL Group, and Captain Maria Soledad Viggiano of the Argentine Coast Guard patrol vessel Madryn. Rod Jones, who has enjoyed a lifelong career in the shipping world, including as an officer in the United States Navy, and various roles at Navios Corporation and Van Ommeren Shipping. In 1985, he joined Canada Steamship Lines and rose to be president and CEO of the CSL Group in 2008.