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About Us

WISTA is an international networking organisation whose mission is to attract and support women, at the management level, in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors. It has 3,800+ members and 56 National WISTA Associations (NWAs). 

WISTA's vision is to empower women to lead through their unique perspective and competencies with the conviction that gender diversity is key in providing a sustainable future for the shipping industry internationally.

(Women's International Shipping and Trading Association

WISTA International approved the Chapter of WISTA UAE at its Annual General Meeting on 26 October 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.

WISTA UAE Focuses on: 

  • Industry Research and Reports: Conducting research activities to gather data on gender diversity in the UAE maritime industry. These findings can then be used to support advocacy efforts and influence policies and practices.

  • Professional Development: Supporting professional development for women in the industry by regularly organising seminars and training sessions to help members enhance their knowledge. 

  • Networking Opportunities: Organising networking events to provide opportunities for its members to connect, share experiences, and learn from each other. 

  • Educational Initiatives: Engaging in educational initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in maritime-related fields. 

  • Mentorship Programmes: Running mentorship programmes where more experienced professionals mentor younger members to help enhance their skillset and knowledge and to provide support for career growth.

  • Promoting Leadership: Promoting leadership among women in the industry. We are in partnership with the International Maritime Organisation and Maritime SheEO to enroll members to the Leadership Accelerator Programme.

  • Collaborations and Partnerships: Collaborating with governmental bodies, industry associations, and other organisations to promote gender diversity and inclusion in industry. 

  • Awareness Campaigns: Conducting awareness campaigns to highlight the challenges faced by women in the maritime sector and the benefits of a diverse workforce. 


Board Members


Rania Tadros has been involved in the world of shipping and trade since she started her career at a shipping

law firm in London in 1998. She is the Managing Partner of the Dubai office for international law firm,

Stephenson Harwood, where she also heads the marine and international trade department in the Middle

East. With a career spanning over two decades, ten of which have been based in the UAE, she specialises in supporting clients within the marine, offshore, trade and logistics industries. Rania serves as a trusted advisor

to major global shipping businesses, representing them on some of the world's leading and reported maritime cases. Rania also has significant experience in relation to non-contentious matters and advises clients on their commercial contracts and large-scale projects.

Rania Tadros

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Dr Meena Mathews is General Manager P&I at ES Global and performs a dual role as Director at AOS, looking after the legal, compliance, insurance and finance for the group. She is spearheading ES Global’ s drive to improve services to the P&I Clubs and Ship Owners throughout the Middle East Region. She was previously

with the GAC Group for 20 years, as their Regional P&I Manager Middle East. And the General Manager/

Director of TTMS (Gulf).

Dr Meena Mathews 
Honourary Treasurer

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Liana Kouimtzi is a Commercial Manager at GAC Hub Services, the specialised business unit of the GAC Group, coordinating agency services and port call management on a global scale. With over two decades of experience in the maritime sector, she has held various roles, including operations executive and SME with the GAC Group in Greece and the UAE. Liana also leads the "Agency on Demand" department at GAC Hub Services, which primarily caters to requests in non-GAC locations utilising global network of GHS agents.

Liana Kouimtzi
Marketing & Events Manager

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Christine Mavromichalis, is a Deree Alumna holding a BSc. in Marketing Management, a GDL and an LL.M. in Maritime Law with commendation from City University London. She started her career in Athens with (Asset) Ogilvy PR working for a number of international brands on various large-scale PR/event projects and media campaigns, then she continued her career with the Libra Group in London, where she relocated and subsequently joined the shipping & trading industry.
In the past few years, Christine has been focused on the setting-up of international trading teams in the Commodity/oil trading sector while sitting on the trading floor offering advice on trading contracts and compliance. She is the Group Head of Human Resources at the VS GROUP, a conglomerate with oil & shipping investments across the GCC region. Christine specializes on employee relations, dispute resolution, Employment laws of UAE/UK/Switzerland & Singapore, talent acquisition, drafting Company policies & procedures, change mgt. integration including compensation & benefits policies and corporate affairs.
She is a Founding Member and the Secretary General of WISTA UAE since 2022, advocating on diversity, equity and women’s empowerment for female professionals in Shipping & Trading, a member of WISTA UK since 2018 and one of the Founding Members of the Women in Business initiative of ICC Hellas (founded 2020).

Christine Mavromichalis 
Secretary General & Memberships 

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Dina Kottoros is the Dubai office Managing Director and Legal Counsel for Mercuria Trading, a world leading independent energy and commodity group. She has held positions as a Shipping & Corporate Legal

Consultant at regional law firm, Fichte & Co, then joined Ashlee Group as an In-House Legal Counsel,

managing negotiations, contracts, and internal legal affairs. She has also served as a Legal Advisor at

Emirates Advanced Investments Group.

Dina Kottoros
Board Member

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Our Committees - Chairs & Members


Proud to introduce the current assignments with aim to advancing the objectives of each of the Committees.  


Diversity Committee

Katie Lea

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Events & Marketing

Sponsorships Committee

Pia Han Lindberg

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Events & Marketing

Marketing & Digital Content

Mae Marie Guarino

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Trading Committee

Zina S. 

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Events & Marketing

Marketing & Digital Content

Sarah Haidar

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Events & Marketing

PR & Coordination of events

Charlotte Fernandes

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** Dear Members, 

Please reach out directly to the Chairs if you wish to join a Committee. 

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