Women’s Forum

9010550667_c3890b0249_oAbout IAPH Women’s Forum

The 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. 


During the IAPH World Ports Conference, 6-10 May 2013, Los Angeles, USA, IAPH Women’s Forum sessions were successfully held (Click here to see the session on YouTube).  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.  


Since its first session, the Women’s Forum has steadily proceeded with measures to advance the status of women in the port industry such as IAPH Women’s Forum Scholarship, Women in Ports Mentoring Program and so on.  


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.



Chair and Vice Chairs



Flor Pitty

General Director of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries
Panama Maritime Authority



Vice Chairs 


For Africa Region


Fiona Mbandi
Senior Human Resources Officer
Kenya Ports Authority

For Europe Region


Justine Camoin
International Business Developper
MGI, Marseille


For America, Central & South Region



For America, North Region


Elizabeth Blanchard
Port Commissioner
Port of Stockton, California



For Asia, South East and Oceania Region



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








Current Projects 




2020: Antwerp Conference

IAPH World Ports Conference –  Parallel technical sessions at Radisson Blu Hotel


2019: Guangzhou Conference


2018: Baku Conference

2017: Bali Conference


Women’s Forum on SNS


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