AWIMA Session

Hosted by Arab Women in Maritime Association (AWIMA)

We are delighted to announce the AWIMA Session "To What Extent Does Women Empowerment Benefit the Industry?" taking place during Seatrade ShipTech Middle East.

Tuesday 24 September, 1515 - 1715 | Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah

Moderator: Effat Mostafa, Executive Director of Tactics Creative Communication and Marketing Media Head of AWIMA

1515 – 1525

Welcome Speech
H.E. Eng. Hessa Al Malek
, Executive Director of Maritime Transport, Federal Transport Association and President, AWIMA

1525 – 1545

Presentation about AWIMA and its main objectives

1545 – 1615

The IMO has chosen “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” as its theme for 2019 which has been widely discussed in the industry. What are some of the tangible actions / initiatives that have been made by the local community regarding empowering Arab women in the Maritime industry?
International efforts vs Local efforts – in comparison to the global market, where does the local maritime communitystand in terms of women empowerment and achieving the goals set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) of creating equal opportunities for women?


H.E. Eng.Hessa Al Malek, Executive Director of Maritime Transport, Federal Transport Association and President of AWIMA 
Fazel Fazelbhoy, Chief Executive Officer, Synergy Offshore  
Jasamin Fichte, Managing Partner, Fichte and Co. 
June Manoharan, Managing Director, Lukoil Marine Lubricants 
Ghazalah Moloobhoy, Director, A.S Moloobhoy
Lars Seistrup, Managing Director, Albwardy Damen

1615 – 1645

Maritime Education is a topic of interest in the industry, and more maritime personnel are paying attention to its significance. This session will discuss:

What can be done to make the presence of women in the maritime education sector stronger (locally and regionally)?
What has already been done in this sector, with examples of successful female maritime educators/ scholars?

Looking at career development for women. What are some of the government efforts to support the SDG5 - to help create an environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes?
Aligning the maritime community with the business market latest trends; smart technologies have been heavily incorporated into the maritime industry. Are women being given the opportunity to be trained on the smart technologies sector of the maritime industry?


Noora Rashid Al Dhahiri, Cruise Terminal Manager, Abu Dhabi Ports
Capt Gamal Fekry, Managing Director, MC Ship Management 
Sanaz Taransari, Commercial Director, Seaport UAE
Pia Terese, Maritime Law Researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant at City University of London
Dr Ahmed Youssef, Dean, Maritime Transport and Technology College, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Marine Transport, Sharjah 
Dr Ksenia Zudinova, St.Petersburg State University of Economics, International Economics and Maritime Researcher 

1645 – 1715

In comparison to last year, is there now more conversation about gender equality in the community? Does the local community hold the same stereotypes it held a year ago?
The UAE is considered the business hub of the Arab world, and it is evolving with each passing day. How can the involvement of women in the workforce benefit the private business sector in the maritime industry?


Kirsty Cattanach, Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla
Parisa Kaveh, General Manager, Kaveh Logistics
Mariam Mubarak, Government Accounts Manager, Maqta Gateway
Capt Sahar Rasti, CEO, SJR Group 
Ronak Shaikh, Ship Brokers in Dry Bulk Cargo Department, Clarksons Dubai 
Katherine Yakunchenkova, Commercial Director Maritime, CKS International 

1715 – 1800

Networking Reception