WISTA Australia - 2018 AGM
WISTA International President to join WISTA Australia 2018 - AGM 3 day conference event
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou
Despina is President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), since October 2017, having previously served as the Secretary of the organization from 2015 to 2017. Despina founded WISTA Cyprus – a member of WISTA International – and was the Association’s President for 7 years (2011-2018).
She also sits on the first Board of Governors of the Cyprus Maritime Academy and on the Board of Directors of the Cyprus-Germany Business Association.
In December 2017 leading international shipping publication Lloyd’s List selected Despina as one of the Top 100 Most Influential people in shipping. This publication is one of the main highlights of the maritime year, with its insights into the personalities and trends in the industry. Despina has entered this venerable list for the first time and attained a further credit as one of Lloyd’s List’s Top 5 Next Generation executive.
She won the titles of “Top Professional” and “Cyprus Business Woman of the Year” at the 9th National Cyprus Business Woman of the Year Awards 2015. She has been awarded by the global Women Economic Forum in New Delhi as the “Woman of the Decade in Innovation and Leadership” (May 2017) and named as one of the “10 Women to Watch” by Youngship International during Norshipping 2017. She was also proclaimed as an Honorary Fellow of the Cyprus Institute of Marketing (April 2017).