Who are the top 100 women in shipping 2021?


Every year, the British media selects and reveals their top 100 women in the shipping industry. A list consisting of admirable and prominent women, who’s career and hard work are recognized and have made a significant change in the industry.

152 women out of 1610 participating women share the top 100 places and for a consecutive year, Program Director of the Blue MBA at Copenhagen Business School, Irene Rosberg tops the list. Irene writes in a thank you note to “It is an incredible honour to be announced number 1 out of the top 100 women in the shipping industry for a second consecutive year. I owe this prestigious award and recognition to all those in the maritime community who supported me along this journey.”

Furthermore, she elaborates: “We proved that we can indeed go beyond welcoming only people with a technical background, which might have excluded some women, and create an all-inclusive executive education with a level playing field for women who will be groomed as the upcoming leaders for the industry.”

It is no secret, that the shipping industry is still a male-dominated industry. However, the list proves that in many ways, the industry has opened up, and the gender gap becomes smaller. More women aspire for more, they level up and take management positions.

Nevertheless, it is still essential to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality and highlight the valuable contribution of women all over the world to the maritime industry. This is a way of helping the industry moving forward and to give exposure to those women who will take the maritime industry into the 21st century.

Anny Zade, the owner of writes in her announcement: “We very much believe that we can improve a lot of things in possibly the most demanding industry of all, that of shipping, by pulling together and making diversity a MUST.”

MARPRO congratulates all the involved, both top 100 women and all the participating women. Also thanks to for recognizing the contribution of women in the industry, making diversity a MUST.

The full ranking - TOP 100 WOMEN IN SHIPPING 2021


1.  Irene Rosberg, Programme Director Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (The Blue MBA) Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, president and co-founder of Maritime Network of Women (M-NOW)

2.  Semiramis S. Palios CEO Diana Shipping Inc., President of HELMEPA, Greece

3.  Dr. Marina Papaioannou, Head of the Maritime Academy Hellas, Maritime Service Centre & Advisory at DNV GL Maritime, Greece

4.  Katharina Palmer, Global Head of Sustainability at Lloyd’s Register, UK

5.  Sabrina Chao, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, Hong Kong and President of BIMCO

6.  Dr. Aleka Mandaraka- Sheppard, Maritime Arbitrator, Chairman and Founder of the London Shipping Law Centre, UK

7.  Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director at Intertanko, London, United Kingdom

8.  Nicola Good, Journalist and Global Head of Brand & External Relations Marine & Offshore at Lloyd’s Register, UK

9.  Elvia Bustavino, lawyer and General Secretary in the Panama Maritime Authority, Panama

10.Pailette Palaiologou, Vice President, Marine & Offshore Division, Hellenic, Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas Hellas A.E., Greece

11. Dr. Helen Thanopoulou, Professor at the University of the Aegean at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, Greece

12. Elpi Petraki, president WISTA Hellas, Chartering  Manager at ENEA Management Inc., II Vice President at EENMA, Greece

13. Danae Bezantakou, CEO at Navigator Shipping Consultants, Secretary at the International Propeller Club Port of Piraeus, founder YES Forum, and president iforU, Greece

14. Despina Panagiotou – Theodosiou, WISTA International president and CEO Tototheo Group, Cyprus

15. Hu Xiaolian, Chairwoman/Party Secretary at the Export–Import Bank of China, China

16. Katerina A. Mahera, Commercial director in Greece for Q88.

17. Anna Vourgos, co-founder Aphentrica Marine Insurance Brokers and WISTA Cyprus President

18. Maria Dixon, Director, ISM Shipping Solutions Ltd, former WISTA UK president

19. Elina Souli, Regional Business Development Director, V.P- FD&D Manager, The American P&I Club, Piraeus, Greece, vice president WISTA Hellas

20. Maria J. Angelikousis, CEO Angelikoussis Group., Greece

21.Maria Ntouka Montesantou, Legal Adviser at A1 Yachting Paleon Faliron/Marina Zeas, Piraeus/Athens, Greece (15); Angela Smith, Customer Services Manager, DP World London Gateway, UK; Captain Jessica Tyson, Master Mariner, United Kingdom

22. Irene S. Daifas, CEO at Stavros Daifas Maritime Corporation, president of the Piraeus Marine Club, member of WISTA Hellas and HELMEPA, Greece

23. Jillian Carson-Jackson, President of The Nautical Institute, United Kingdom                            

24. Christine Cabou Woehrel, director of Assets at CMA CGM and former head of Port of Marseille Fos, France (12); Maria Karahaliou, PA to GEMA Marine Manager Marine Internal Training Coordinator at  Lloyd’s Register EMEA, Greece

25. Suzanna P. Laskaridis, Director Lavinia Group, Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd. and founder Real Time Graduates, Greece

26. Boriana Farrar, Chief Legal Officer at Patriot Contract Services, LLC and WISTA USA president

27. Natalia Margioli, Head of HMC and ICS Piraeus Branch, Greece

28. Elena Sendona, Fashion designer and journalist, the heart and soul in fashionality and beyondgreeksalad, hospitality, tourism including maritime tourism

29. Eleni Letoni, Communications, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator for Greece, Cyprus & Malta, CSR officer at SEEBA Zone, Bureau Veritas Hellas, Piraeus, Greece

30. Daphne Angelidou, president WISTA Argentina and CEO at Agencia Maritima Intercontinental

31. Frances Baskerville, Secretary General of CIRM, London, United Kingdom (37); H.E. Natalia Royo, Panamanian Ambassador in the United Kingdom

32. Katerina Skourtanioti, managing director, Venlys Greece (41); Rasmina Rauber, Swiss Maritime Services, WISTA Switzerland past president

33. Prof. Averil MacDonald, OBE, DSc, DUniv, FRSA Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and Freelance Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, United Kingdom (13); Teresa Peacock, Managing Director Spinnaker Global and WISTA UK

34. Claudia Ohlmeier, DNV, Head Of Section Class Systematics Data and Operation Centre at DNV in Hamburg, president WISTA Germany; Tracey  Gunnlaugsson, CEO ExxonMobil/Sea River, Houston, USA

35. Olga Lazovskaya, a founder member of WISTA Russia and leading marine insurance specialist, Russia

36. Susan Terpilowski, OBE, Founder Image Line and former president WISTA UK ; Captain Radhika Menon, Indian Merchant Navy Captain, India

37. Dr. Sasha Heriot, Business Development and Portfolio Manager, Wärtsilä Corporation,

38. Helle Hammer, CEFOR, Represents Cefor in external forums such as stakeholder committees in Bureau Veritas, RINA & DNV GL, and as a Board member of the Norwegian Maritime Forum. Chair of the IUMI Policy Forum, and Secretary to the Cefor Technical Forum, Norway; Ioanna Prokopiou, CEO Sea Traders and founder  of Prominence Maritime S.A., Athens, Greece

39. Claire N. Tsavliris, Tsavliris Salvage Group

40. Lesley Bankes-Hughes, publisher, director of publishing, Petrospot Ltd (Bunkerspot and, UK

41.Anna-Maria Monogioudis, Director, Aegean Protective Coatings, Piraeus, Greece and WISTA Hellas former president

42. Mary Carmen Barrios, Senior Vice President Ports, Terminal & Stevedoring Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group, Panama

43. Bridget Hogan, Director of Publishing and Membership at The Nautical Institute, WISTA-United Kingdom

44. Dorothea Ioannou, Chief Commercial Officer at Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., as Manager of the American P&I Club and WISTA Hellas

45. Teresa M Stevens, Founder and Director, Guardian Maritime Limited, UK

46. Judith Patten, MBE, Renewable Energy, Journalist and Media, UK

47. Dr. Anne Marie Warris, founder ecoreflect Ltd, United Kingdom

48. Heidi Heseltine, co-founder of the Diversity Group, United Kingdom; Angeliki Frangou, CEO of Navios, Greece

49. Evgenia D. Chandris, entrepreneur and founder A Magic Cabinet, former joint president of BHCC, Greece

50. Alexandra Anagnostis, president Total Marine Services, past WISTA International Secretary, WISTA USA Ex Officio Board Member and past president; Anne H.   Steffensen, Director General of the Danish Shipowners Association, Denmark

51. Margaret Fitzgerald, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)

52. Charlotte Røjgaard, Global Technical Manager for Verifuel, Bureau Veritas, Denmark

53. Anna Angelikousis, Principal of Alpha Bulkers, Alpha Gas and Pantheon Tankers, Greece; Shoko Kamimori, president Fukada Salvage & Marine Works, Japan and WISTA Japan president

54. Debbi Bonner, founder of j-l-a media in UK

55. Martina Meinders – Michail, managing director at MSM, WISTA Cyprus

56 .Clara Wahnich, Digital Innovation Partnerships Lead, Inmarsat, French

57. Kathy Metcalf, CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America, USA

58. Monica Kohli, GARD (UK) Ltd office and WISTA UK president

59. Patty Apostolopoulou, Lloyd’s Register, United Kingdom and HESGB Secretary

60. Natasha Brown, Media and Communications at the IMO, London, United Kingdom

61. Debora Valera, President of VSV Marine & Port Group, President of WISTA Venezuela, President of the Venezuelan Maritime Cluster, Venezuela.

62. Sadan Kaptanoglou, Kaptanoglu Shipping Group of Companies, ex-President & Chairperson of the Board, BIMCO, Turkey; Pia Meling, Massterly AS and WISTA Norway ex-president

63. Melina Travlou, Head of Neptune Lines Shipping  and Managing Enterprises, Head of Neptune Dry and President of the Union of Greek Shipowners

64. Eugenia Benavides, Terpel, WISTA Colombia and IBIA (56); Nazli Selek, NSN law firm and president of WISTA Turkey

65. Maria Kouliga – Pavlou, CEO / founder of Trinity Insurance Brokers, president of the Hellenic Committee of Lloyd’s Brokers Associates, WISTA Hellas

66. Maria Christina Ktistakis, Genmar Shipping and WISTA Hellas, ex-president WISTA- Hellas,

67. Camila de Oliveira Diniz, HESGB, Brazil; Birgit Liodden , Founder/CEO, The Ocean Opportunity Lab, Chair, Norwegian Environmental Boats Association, Board Member, Bellona and WISTA Norway; Victoria Freeman, Chief Financial Officer at KPI OceanConnect

68. Kristie Loutsiou, PA to Professor C. Th. Grammenos, Administrator for the Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance at CASS Business School, United Kingdom

69. Maria Mavroudi, marine insurance broker and Founder of Searock Marine Insurance Brokers. Founder also of Kallichoron Boutique Hotel, Island of Astypalaia Greece, and WISTA Hellas member

70. Makiko Toni, Deputy Manager, Cyber Security Team, ClassNK, Japan; Eleni Polychronopoulou, ERMA First and the full group of companies owned by them – also President of METIS and HEMEXPO, and Vice Chair of Sea Europe.

71. Carly Fields, editor ICS membership magazine, United Kingdom; IsabellRyckbost, ESPO secretary general, Brussels, Belgium

72. Carleen Lyden Walker, CEO at Morgan Marketing & Communications, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador, NAMEPA, SHIPPINGInsight, WISTA USA               

73. Janet Porter, journalist at Informa, United Kingdom (59); Artemis Vamvakopoulou, co-founder/managing partner at Exrovert Business Communications and Posidonia Exhibition Press Office, Greece

74. Olga Jaques, Business Development & Events Manager at Maritime London, UK; Aurette Arkas; president of ARKAS HELLAS (0); Melissa Williams, Vice President of Shell Marine

75. Sofia Falida, Business Development Manager at Polyeco Group, Greece

76. Maria Papadoyanne, Manager at Seascape Marine & Trading Ltd, WISTA Hellas, Greece

77. Capt. Ayse Asli Basak , Mid-ship group LLC, Turkey; Sandra Spears, writer. The heart and mind of The Maritime Advocate

78. Michelle Wise Bockmann, Markets editor at Lloyd’s List

79. Gabriela Aresu, of Studio Legale Aresu and WISTA Italy; Gianela Rivas Justiniani, Attorney, Illicit Trade Prevention Executive, Philip Morris Central America and the Carribean, Panamanian ;Isabella Jones, The Bahamas Maritime Authority in the United Kingdom, Bahamas

80. Patricia Velasquez, Commercial director and  Deputy Registrar at Macosna Corporation, former president of Panama Chamber of Shipping 2018-2019 and WIST  Panama member; Katerina Fitsiou, director and relationship manager at XRTC Greece and treasurer of the Association of Banking & Shipping Executives of Hellenic Shipping – the only woman in the board and long lasting member, Greece

81. Isabellla Ryckbost, ESPO secretary general, Brussels, Belgium; Tamara de Gruyeter, President Wartsila Marine Systems and vice president and head of portofolio business

82. Holly Birkett, of Tradewinds News; Stavriana Asprogianidou, director, head of Mediterranea at Willis Towers Watson

83. Savanti Selvaranam, QC at Stone Chambers, London,; Roula Tzamtzi, Charterwell Chartering Department, Glyfada, Athens, Greece

84. Natasa Vassilaki, of Naftiliaki/Seatrade, WISTA Hellas, Greece; Karin Orsel Marin Ship Management BV and former WISTA International president, The Netherlands; Jenny Pournara, Secretary at the Piraeus Association of Maritime  Arbitrators and WISTA Hellas member

85. Anna Kalliani co-president BHCC (British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce), Athens, Greece

86. Kira Phoenix K’inan, Glass Artist Photographer, Painter, Environmentalist and Glass Tutor, London, United Kingdom; Stella Mantzari, CEO of AS Marine Ltd and   philanthropist, Greece

87. Rosana Velasco, HISPANIA P&I Correspondent, WISTA Spain; Olga Bornozis, Managing director at Capital Link, USA; Maria Yiassa, The Swedish Club, Greece  and WISTA Hellas

88. Clare Gomes, Strategic Planning & Communications Executive at AMSOL, South  Africa and WISTA South Africa President; Iris D. Liaskoni, Director Seascape, WISTA Hellas and Propeller Club Port of Piraeus member, Greece

89. Euridice Livada Ntouka, Author, Historian, Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece; Anjie Hartmann, head of Crew Dept at Star Bulk and former president of WISTA- Hellas

90. Laia Politou, solicitor, the Swedish P&I Club, Greece; Katerina Stathopoulou, MICS, Executive director at Investments & Finance, Tutor, WISTA Hellas and Greece; Katrina Davis, marine insurance broker at Gallaghers

91. Jean Grasso, attorney, partner at Black Rome LLP and WISTA USA board member USA; Mia Jensen, Greek director & events manager at Marine Money International; Maria M. Tripolitis, director PMS and Special Secretary at the Chios Marine  Club, Greece

92. Ana Irene Delgado, Senator in Panama, former Ambassador of Panama in  the United Kingdom, Ireland and Iceland and member of Panama’s  Olympic team in fencing, devoted participant at the annual Davos Forum, Panama

93. Sherice Arman, Maples and Cadler, president WISTA Cayman Islands; Aspasia Rallis, Events Governor, Yacht Club of Greece, Greece; Anna Kaparaki, Lecturer in Maritime Law at John Moores University, Liverpool, and Senior Solicitor at Mackinnons Solicitors LLP, United Kingdom

94. Ida Stier, founder Stier Group, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands; Parker Harrison, SVP and General Councel at Crowley Maritime Corp, former WISTA USA President; Jan Webber, Director of Development, The Mission to Seafarers

95. Margareth J.Musquera, Lawyer at Arias & Associates, Panama; Irene K. Notias,    Founder and Managing Director at Prime Bunkerplus, Propeller Club  Port of Piraeus  BoG member, founder Project Connect and Adopt a Ship, Athens, Greece; Elina Papageorgiou, UK&I Marine and Offshore Area Manager, Lloyd’s Register

96. Chrysoula Patrikiou, CEO & Founder of Potentia, Greece; Ioanna Topaloglou,  CEO at Orion Insurance Brokers & Consultants, ex BoD at WISTA Hellas; Sophia Konstantopoulou, Global head, marketing & events at IBIA and founder of GIWA (Greek International Women’s Awards), London, United Kingdom

97. Marina Tzoutzouraki, co-founder & CFO at eShipfinance, Athens, Greece; Consuelo Rivero Diaz, SAU, Ship agency and WISTA Spain

98. Maria Angelidou, Manager at GAC Greece and Board member at WISTA-Hellas, Greece; Peggy Papastavrou, lawyer at ATHEX Exchange, WISTA Hellas

99. Gina Panagiotou, lawyer, Founder of Oceans Arena, Concept Founder of It’s All about Shipping, journalist and WISTA UK member; Saleha Shaikh, Founder and CEO, Dynamic Marine Solutions, based in Istanbul, Turkey

and 100. Shelagh Ingledow, Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards and Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Events secretariat, Greece; Unni Einemo director of IBIA, IBIA’s representative at the IMO


Blog of the week by Narjiss Ghajour, Marketing Manager at MARPRO. Read more about MARPRO.



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