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.


In February 2015, Diane Edwards, General Manager People & Processes, Ports of Auckland, New Zealand, stepped down as Chair of IAPH Women’s Forum, after contributing to its development over the past 18 months. Naomi Kogon-Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates, U.S.A., the Forum’s Founding Chair (pictured above), has immediately stepped in as an interim chair until the Hamburg Conference, June 1-5, 2015, where a new chair is expected to be named.

At the beginning of January 2016, Mrs. Siti Noraishah Binti Azizan was officially appointed as the forum’s chair to take over from Naomi Kogon-Steinberg who had been interim chair since February 2015.



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







Vice Chairs 

(For Africa)
(For Europe)
Jastine Camoin
Project Manager
MGI, Marseille
(For Asia and Oceania)
Viv Bull
Culture and Capability Manager
Port of Napier Limited
New Zealand
(For Americas)
Rachel Vandenberg
Intermodal & Ports Director


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:




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

■ News
IAPH Women’s Forum Scholarship has been launched!  Please click here for details.

■ Documents

Draft agenda for 2016 Mid-term Ports Conference in Panama