The Maritime Speakers Bureau was set up by Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) International and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve representation of women on industry conference panels and programmes.
In less than one month, over a hundred women leaders and experts have registered as speakers for the directory, and event organisers are encouraged to use the directory to bring an end to all-male speaker line-ups.
IMO and WISTA believe the directory will help bring a diversity of thought to industry discussions, with speakers already signed up with expertise covering topics from decarbonisation, law and regulations through to AI, robotics, naval architecture and more.
Elpi Petraki, President of WISTA International, said: "The IMO and WISTA International are committed to promoting and making the voices of women in the shipping industry heard. Increasing the number of women speaking at events will not only enhance the quality of discussions by providing a more diverse range of perspectives - which is essential when discussing how to address the challenges we face as an industry - but it will also highlight the leadership roles held by women, therefore creating more role models for the next generation.
“The excellent response we have received in the short time since the platform launched highlights the industry’s appetite to hear from a variety of people and the need to make the process of finding speakers easier. Another great advantage is that speakers and event organizers can register and use the platform for free."
The speakers bureau can be accessed at https://maritimespeakers.com/