About us
We aim to be a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions.

Welcome to Wista Norway

Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an international organization for maritime professionals with 3,500 members in more than 50 countries.
WISTA Norway consists of some 200 business and thought leaders – both men and women – who want to drive diversity for a sustainable future

We aim to be a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. With networking, education and mentoring in focus we can enhance members’ competence and empower career success.

Would you like to learn more about WISTA Norway, attend one of our events as a guest and/or apply for membership, please do not hesitate to contact us at wistanor@gmail.com.

  • WISTA Norway is a national branch of WISTA working to achieve the overall mission of our organization by;

    • Facilitating exchange of contacts, information and experiences among our members
    • Promoting and encouraging education of our members
    • Serving as a liaison with other related institutions and organizations
    • Promoting the industry and female leadership in our industry as a whole

    We strive to be a relevant, exiting and useful organization through regular networking events and lectures for our members.

    – We take an active role To address key industry topics, promote female leadership on a wider platform and acknowledge the female workforce in the maritime industry.

    Since 2006 the WISTA Leadership Award has been handed out to a distinguished person working in the maritime industry. WISTA International arrange an annual conference  attracting members from all over the world. In 2020 this will be hosted by WISTA Germany in Hamburg.

WISTA 40 BY 30

In November 2021 the Norwegian government decided to launch an equality survey and strategy of the maritime sector. This as an important step towards increasing equality in our industry in which the percentage of women in leading positions is a mere 15%. WISTA Norway have since our inception in 1988 worked towards attracting women to the maritime industry, and retaining them, to improve diversity and accelerate reaching sustainability goals.

WISTA Norway are now launching our ‘40 by 30’ CEO Pledge which will allow you and your company to show that you actively commit to promoting diversity in the maritime industry, most importantly by striving towards increasing the share of women in leading positions in your company to 40% within 2030 as one of your diversity measures.

By singing our pledge you commit to:
1. Create specific goals to increase diversity anchored by you, the CEO
2. Ensure that the diversity goals are measured, regularly followed up and published on your company’s website
3. Strive towards 40% women in leading positions by 2030

Through signing the WISTA Norway ‘40 by 30’ CEO Pledge you will make an active choice in
embracing Diversity, making that a natural part of the Digitalisation and Decarbonisation process.



  • We bring WISTA forward by setting strategic objectives and working for common goals
  • We aim for growth through individual and national memberships
  • We pursue and support the creation of both national and international business relationships among WISTA members


  • WISTA Ltd is a legal entity which complies with corporate governance regulations
  • WISTA is managed by a board of directors – Exco – who are elected and accountable to the membership
  • Our brand and activities, such as our annual conference, set high standards
  • Our members are wel educated women at management level


  • We seek diversity and innovation for the industry
  • We see changes as opportunities
  • We support people who are interested in making shipping a career


  • The WISTA-network has been around since 1975, and is constantly growing
  • We work on a long term basis. always having WISTA’s and its member’s best interests in mind
  • We continuously make contact with new countries trying to establish new National WISTA Associations
  • We intend to be part of the development within the shipping industry


WISTA is a networking organization for women and men at management level in the maritime industry. WISTA shall:

  • Facilitate the exchange of contacts, information and experiences among its members
  • Promote and facilitate the education of its members
  • Provide liaison with other related institutions and organizations worldwide


WISTA shall be acknowledged as a professional and reputable shipping organization with focus on improving levels of competency in the shipping industry and shall:

  • Attract qualified people to the industry
  • Attract qualified people to the organization
  • Improve level of competency through focus on education and knowledge

Board members

Siri Sundal Shield

Siri Sundal Shield


Emilie Christiansen


Kari Ytreland

Benedicte Bjørøy

Benedicte Bjørøy

Stine Mundal

Stine Mundal


Carine Møller Mortensen


Caroline M. Whittle


Agnieszka Sledz


Sarah Soon


Henriette Kästel Bergesen


Deputy Board Member Jaquelyn E. P. Burton

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