IAPH Women’s Forum

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 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
Panama Maritime Authority


Vice Chairs

For Africa Region For Europe Region
Ms. Fiona Mbandi
Senior Human Resources Officer
Kenya Ports Authority
Ms. Justine Camoin
International Business Developper
MGI, Marseille


For America, Central & South Region For America, North Region
-Vacant- Ms. Elizabeth Blanchard
Port Commissioner
Port of Stockton, California


For Asia, South East and Oceania Region For Asia, South/West, East and Middle East Region
-Vacant- -Vacant-






Current Projects 

  • 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


2018: Baku Conference


2017: Bali Conference


2015: Hamburg Conference


2012: Jerusalem Conference


Women’s Forum on SNS