Women’s Forum

9010550667_c3890b0249_oThe International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH), at its Board of Directors meeting held in Jerusalem on May 22, 2012, passed a resolution to establish a Women’s Forum that will aspire to advance and empower women in the maritime industry; create a platform for discussing women’s issues in the maritime industry, ways to encourage women to join the industry and to promote training programs enabling women to better compete for positions at all levels, including those previously not open to women. 


The forum is open to any women, both IAPH members and non-IAPH members, who are interested in networking, examining best practices, solving professional challenges and working together towards reaching the goals of this forum.


During the IAPH World Ports Conference, 6-10 May 2013, Los Angeles, USA, IAPH Women’s Forum sessions were successfully held.  On 9 May, Naomi Kogon-Steinberg kicked off by saying that “We are making history here today, as this is the very first IAPH Women’s Forum in 58 years, only led by women.”  Following Naomi’s enthusiastic remarks and the IMO film entitled “Women at the Helm” shown, a panel discussion moderated by Anne Sigrid Hamran, Port Director, Port of Oslo, Norway, took place, where Marcia Ferranto, President Chief Executive Officer, WTS International, Susan Wise, Harbor Commission President, Port of Long Beach, and Karin Orsel, International President, Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WIT) discussed the challenges facing women in the port industry.


Thanks to the Port of Los Angeles, the full video of this session can be viewed on YouTube at:





Siti_Noraishah Azizan_Sabah_Port_Sdn_Malaysia_160105Siti Noraishah Binti Azizan
General Manager
Sabah Ports Sdn. Bhd.







Vice Chairs 


For Africa Region
Fiona Mbandi
Senior Human Resources Officer
Kenya Ports Authority

For Europe Region
Jastine Camoin
International Business Developper
MGI, Marseille


For America, Central & South Region

Guimara Tuñón Guerra
Director General of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries
Panama Maritime Authority

For America, North Region
Elizabeth Blanchard
Port Commissioner
Port of Stockton, California


For Asia, South East and Oceania Region
Jeanine Drummond
Harbour Master-Newcastle
Port Authority of New South Wales

For Asia, South/West, East and Middle East Region





■ Women’s Forum on SNS
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/126585944210142/  (closed group)
* LinkedIn: http://goo.gl/bgaVYQ


* Ms. Jeanine Drummond and Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard are appointed as new Vice Chair (May 18, 2018) 

* New booklet that summarizes activities of the IAPH Women’s Forum is available online.  Please click here.  (February 26, 2018)




2019: Guangzhou Conference

Draft Agenda & Chair’s Presentation

* Women In Ports Mentoring by Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master Newcastle, Port Authority of New South Wales

* Mentorloop Program by Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master Newcastle, Port Authority of New South Wales

* Mentorloop Example Pulse Survey Report Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master Newcastle, Port Authority of New South Wales

* Draft Minutes


2018: Baku Conference

* Draft Agenda for Women’s Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan

* Booklet 

Enhancing the Productivity of Women in the Maritime Industry through Workplace Health and Wellness Initiatives by Ngozi Obikili, Asst. General Manager, Occupational Health, Nigerian Ports Authority

Social medias update by Justine Camoin, Project Manager, MGI, Marseille, France

IAPH Women Forum Africa Update by Fiona Mbandi, Senior Human Resources Officer, Kenya Ports Authority


2017: Bali Conference

Draft agenda for Women’s Forum during 2017 World Ports Conference

CULTURE & DIVERSITY by Viv Bull, Culture & Capability Manager, Napier Port