Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) has been established in 1974 in London and is an international organization for women in management positions involved in maritime transportation business and related trades. WISTA aims to be a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. With networking, education and mentoring in focus, WISTA sets out to enhance members’ competence and empower career success. WISTA counts around 1,800 individual members in 35 national WISTA associations.
WISTA UAE was established by Jasamin Fichte in 2010 and as the first WISTA organization in the Middle East has by now more than 60 active members.
The UAE chapter’s mission is to raise awareness of the Middle East shipping industry amongst professional women inside the country and abroad, to encourage more to join the maritime & trading sector and to build a network platform for women within mainly male dominated industries.