About 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. The first meeting of Women’s Forum was held on May 23, 2012. The chairperson was Ms. Naomi Kogon Steinberg who is the Founding Chair of Women’s Forum. Ms. Steinberg was selected as Honorary Member of IAPH in 2013.
The Forum’s objectives include discussing women’s issues in the maritime industry, to find ways of attracting women to join the industry and to retain and develop female talent. The Forum also visibly promotes training programs, enabling women to better compete for positions at all levels, including those previously not open to women.
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 and is now establishing a future roadmap with deliverables, which includes collaboration with maritime industry organizations, including WISTA and IMO’s Women in Maritime Program.
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 to develop best practices and capacity building.
The IAPH 2021 World Ports Conference featured 23 senior women speakers and facilitators of the 126 experts in the port and maritime sector, also including a pre-conference webinar “Can ports leverage diversity to propel innovation?” which can be viewed on demand.
The Conference also had an IAPH Women’s Forum session featuring IAPH Women’s Forum Chair Flor Pitty. To request this session on demand, please contact our media partners IHS Markit.
The link to the public IAPH Women’s Forum Facebook page can be found here
Chair and Vice Chairs
Ms. Flor Pitty
General Director of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries
|For Africa Region||For Europe Region|
|Ms. Fiona Mbandi
Senior Human Resources Officer
Kenya Ports Authority
|Ms. Justine Camoin
International Business Developper
|For America, Central & South Region||For America, North Region|
|-Vacant-||Ms. Elizabeth Blanchard
Port of Stockton, California
|For Asia, South East and Oceania Region||For Asia, South/West, East and Middle East Region|
- Tentative Agenda of Antwerp Meeting (February 2020)
- IAPH Women’s Forum Scholarship 2021-2023
—The call for Application was closed on 8th April, 2021. We will open the next Women’s Forum scholarship in 2023. Thank you for your kind cooperation.—
2020: Antwerp Conference
IAPH World Ports Conference – Parallel technical sessions at Radisson Blu Hotel
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
- 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
2015: Hamburg Conference
- IAPH Training Scholarship(2014)
- Womens 150501 FINAL IAPH Women Forum Scholarship-Proposal to Board of Directors 2015 (revised)
- 150519 Women’s Forum Lunch Meeting Hamburg- Final Agenda_CP
2012: Jerusalem Conference