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All About Shipping’s Top 100 Women in Shipping 2023

We are delighted that Spinnaker’s Managing Director of the Executive Search division, Teresa Peacock has been voted one of the Top 100 Women in Shipping for the 5th year running and has increased her ranking from number 49 in 2022 to 32 in 2023.

This is well-deserved recognition for Teresa who has worked with Spinnaker since 2008. She is not only a Board Member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) but also a Committee Member of Maritime UK’s Diversity & Inclusion in Maritime Taskforce.

Teresa is also involved with promoting careers within shipping, with the ‘Inspiring the Future’ project, which connects schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work.

You can see the full list of winners below and well done to everyone who was nominated.

  1. Mia Krogslund Jørgensen, Head of People, Culture and Strategy at HAFNIA, (Denmark) (4).
  2. Sabrina Chao, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, Hong Kong and former president of BIMCO, Hong Kong (3)
  3. Semiramis S. Paliou, CEO Diana Shipping Inc, President of Helmepa and Intermepa, Greece (1)
  4. Melina Travlos, head of Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprise, head of Neptune Dry and president of Union of Greek Shipowners, Greece (14)
  5. Elina V. Papageorgiou, Lloyd’s Register Global Strategic Growth Director, and LR’s Greece Vice President, Greece (0)
  6. Mary Carmen Barrios, senior vice president for Ports, Terminals, Stevedoring Ops for Europe, Middle East & Africa at Wallenius Wilhelmsen (7)
  7. Dr. Marina Papaioannou, Head of DNV Maritime Academy Hellas, Maritime Service Centre & Advisory at DNV GL Maritime, Greece (2)
  8. Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director at INTERTANKO, London, U.K (5)
  9. Lesley Bankes-Hughes, Maritime Journalist, publisher, co-owner and director of publishing Petrospot Ltd (Bunkerspot and, Director of Shipping Innovation, organiser of London International Shipping Week, U.K (19)
  10. Elpi Petraki, president WISTA-International and WISTA-Hellas, Chartering Manager at ENEA Management Inc., and II vice-president EENMA (USSDS), Greece (11)
  11. Akanksha Batura Pai, Head of Strategy & Growth Sinoda Shipping Agency Pte Ltd, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Goodwill Maritime Ambassador (GMA) representing Singapore, Singapore (0)
  12. Angeliki Frangou, CEO of NAVIOS, Greece (52)
  13. Maria J. Angelikoussis, CEO Angelikoussis Group, Greece (18)
  14. Nicola Good, Journalist and Global Head of Brand and External Relations Marine & Offshore at Lloyd’s Register (9)
  15. Maria Karahaliou, Lloyd’s Register, Global Technical Client Care Training & Development Manager (27)
  16. Dr. Helen Thanopoulou, Professor at the University of the Aegean, Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, Greece (10)
  17. Anne H. Steffensen, Director General and CEO at Danish Shipping, Denmark (53)
  18. Dorothea Ioannou, CEO at the American P&I Club – the first female for over a century, Governor of the Propeller Club of Greece, and WISTA-Hellas Member, Greece (12)
  19. Maria Theodosiou, Managing Director at GP General Procurement Company Limited (GENPRO) Gen-Pro, Cyprus (0)
  20. Eleni Letoni, Communications, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Greece (25)
  21. Ida Stier, founder of Stier Group, Las Palmas de Canaria, Canary Islands (92)
  22. Maria-Christina Ktistakis, CFO Genimar Shipping & Trading S.A. and WISTA-Hellas former president, Greece (24)
  23. Debora Madrid, Maritime Lawyer, former WISTA-Venezuela president; she was 61st in 2021 (see under Debora Valera), now owner and CEO at Madrid Painting Kc, Venezuela (0)
  24. Katerina Mahera, Senior Business Development Executive Data Intelligence at VESON, Greece (13)
  25. Monica Kohli, Senior Lawyer, FD&D, Gard (UK) Limited; WISTA UK president, UK (60)
  26. Danae Bezantakou, CEO at Navigator Shipping Consultants, First Vice president at the International, Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus, founder of YES Forum and president iforU, Greece, (15)
  27. Pailette Palaiologou, vice President Marine & Offshore Division, hellenic, Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas Hellas S.As, Greece (22)
  28. Philippa Charlton, Chief Marketing officer of Lloyd’s Register and member of the Executive Leadership Team , UK (31)
  29. Zoe Upson, FACT director of Freight and Commodity Talent and founder of WOMEN TOGETHER, UK (65)
  30. Dr. Sadan Kaptanoglou, Director / Board member at Kaptanoglu Denizcilik San Ve Tic As, president TURMEPA and vice president of INTERMEPA, former BIMCO president, Turkiye (64)
  31. Isabella Ryckbost, Secretary General at ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation), Belgium 72)
  32. Teresa Peacock, Managing Director Spinnaker Global and WISTA -UK BoD member, UK (49)
  33. Dorota Lost-Sieminska, Director Legal Affairs and External Relation Division at the IMO, UK (0)
  34. Katerina Raptakis, Digital Transformation, Cyber Security and e-Governance, Navios Group, Greece (20)
  35. Suzanna P. Laskaridis, Director Lavinia Group, Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd and founder of Real Times Graduates, Greece (28)
  36. Claudia Ohlmeier, DNV, head of section Class systematics Data and Operation Centre at DNV Hamburg, former president of WISTA Germany (37)
  37. Daphne Angelidou, ExCo Member for the Americas / WISTA Argentina President and CEO at Agencia Maritima Intercontinental, Argentina (32)
  38. Ioanna G. Prokopiou, CEO at Sea Traders and founder of Prominence Maritime S.A., Athens, Greece (36)
  39. Jucilla Walters, Marketing and Communications Manager at Waves Group, UK (0)
  40. Sanjam Sahi Gupta, founder of Maritime SheEO, also director for Sitara Shipping (India) (43)
  41. 41.Dr. Sasha Heriot, Product Development Business Manager, Evac Group UK (40)
  42. Susan Terpilowski OBE, Founder Image Line and former president WISTA UK, UK, (39)
  43. Kristie Loutsiou, EA to Professor Costas Th Grammenos CBE Dsc, Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance, Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) UK (47)
  44. Anna Vourgos, co-founder Aphentrica Marine Insurance Brokers and former WISTA-Cyprus president, Cyprus (30).
  45. Martina Meinders-Michail, Managing director at MSM, WISTA Cyprus member, Cyprus (58)
  46. Patty Apostolopoulou, Marine Client Manager at Lloyd’s Register EME Greater Southampton Are and Secretary at HESGB (Hellenic Engineers Society of Great Britain (UK) (61)
  47. Lady Teresa M Stevens, founder and director, Guardian Maritime Limited, UK (48)
  48. Despina Panagiotou Theodosiou, CEO Tototheo Maritime and ex WISTA International president, Cyprus (16)
  49. Karen Martin, Commercial Director, LISW (London International Shipping Week) UK (8)
  50. Elina Souli, Deputy head of Brittannia Piraeus office and WISTA-Hellas secretary-general, Greece (21)
  51. Elvia Bustavino, Deputy Administrator & ViceMinister of Maritime Affairs, Panama Ship Registry, Former President RedMAMLa, Maritime Award of the Americas, 100 Most Powerful Women Forbes, WISTA member, Speaker, Panama (6)
  52. Natalia Margioli, head of HMC and ICS Piraeus Branch, Greece (29)
  53. Elena Sendona, Fashion designer and journalist, the heart and soul of fashionality and beyondgreeksalad, Greece (23)
  54. Unni Einemo, former director of IBIA and IBIA’s representative at the IMO, UK ( 51)
  55. Milena Pappas, Commercial Director of Star Bulk Carriers Corp., Greece (66)
  56. Anna-Maria Monogioudis, Director, Aegean protective Coatings, Piraeus, and WISTA-Hellas former president, Greece (44)
  57. Natasha Brown, Media and Communications at the IMO, London, United Kingdom (62)
  58. Alison Cusack, Cusack & Co, UK (0)
  59. Dorthe Bendtsen, Chief Operating Officer (COO), former head of Corporate Services at global marine energy provider KPI OceanConnect, UK (54)
  60. Maria Mavroudi, Marine Insurance Broker and Founder of Searock Marine Insurance Brokers. Founder of Kallichoron Boutique Hotel, Island of Astypalaia, Greece and former WISTA-Hellas BoD secretary, Greece (69)
  61. Claudia Paschkewitz, Diversity & Inclusion Director, Columbia Group, Hamburg, Germany (0)
  62. Ashlee Williams, Vice President of Data Operations, Client Services & Customer Care, S&P Global Market Intelligence, UK (0)
  63. Katrina Davis, Executive director and Marine Insurance broker at Gallaghers, United Kingdom (55)
  64. Eleni Polychronopoulou, ERMA FIRST and the full group of companies owned by them – also president of METIS and HEMEXPO and vice chair of Sea Europe, Greece (71)
  65. Shelagh Ingledow, lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards and Greek shipping Hall of Fame, Greece (63)
  66. Kate Bollanou of KB Training and Consulting UK (0)
  67. Natalia Bury, Chief Operations Officer at Tototheo Maritime and President of WISTA Cyprus (0)
  68. Catherine Mulvihill, CEO of the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN), UK (0)
  69. Maria Papadoyanne, manager at Seascape Marine & Trading Ltd, WISTA Hellas member, Greece (77)
  70. Carleen Lyden Walker, Chief Executive Officer at Morgan Marketing & Communications, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador, member NAMEPA, USA (73)
  71. 71.Artemis Vamvakopoulou, co-founder and managing partner at Extrovert Business Communications and Posidonia Exhibition Press Office, Greece (74)
  72. Olga Jaques, Business Development & Events Manager at Maritime London, UK (75)
  73. Katerina Fitsiou, director and relationship manager at XRTC Greece and treasurer of the Association of Banking & Shipping Executives of Hellenic Shipping, Greece (81)
  74. Sandra Speares, Journalist/writer; the heart and mind of The Maritime Advocate, UK (78)
  75. Maria M. Tripolitis, director at PMS (Piraeus Marine Services) and secretary-general of the Chios Marine Club, Greece (86)
  76. Evgenia Benavides, Terpel, WISTA Colombia and IBIA member, Colombia (83)
  77. Maria Yiassa, Senior Marketing Manager at the Swedish Club and co-founder at Seaorama, Greece (0)
  78. Karin Orsel, Marin Ship Management BV, The Netherlands (82)
  79. Chrysoula Patrikiou, CEO and founder of Potentia, Greece (98)
  80. Gina Panagiotou, Lawyer, UK (85)
  81. Maria Angelidou, Manager at GAC Greece and former BoD member of WISTA-Hellas, Greece (91)
  82. Namrata Nadkarni, Journalist, CEO of Intent Communications, United Kingdom (0)
  83. Laia Politou, Attorney-at-Law, Claims and Insurance Manager at Goldenport Shipmanagement, Greece (90)
  84. Irini K. Notias, Country Manager for Sing Fuels, ex-governor of the Propeller Club Port of Piraeus and founder of Project Connect and Adopt a Ship, Greece (89)
  85. Carly Fields, Journalist at Break Bulk Magazine, UK (0)
  86. Julia Siebert, COO of COLUMBIA Blue, UK (0)
  87. Elisabeth Cosmatos, CEO of Cosmatos Shipping Services and Cosmatos Group, President of The Heavy Lift Group (THLG), Greece (0).
  88. Jaqueline Burton, Kongsberg Maritime, Head of Creative Design, and chair for the board for SAMS, Sustainable Autonomous Mobility Systems (97)
  89. Liona Bacha, Shipbroker, Founder and CEO of Hellaschart, Greece (0)
  90. Holly Birkett, journalist at TradeWinds, UK (68)
  91. Olga Bornozis, Managing Director at Capital Link USA (87)
  92. Anna Kaparaki Lecturer in Maritime Law at John Moores University, Liverpool and senior Solicitor at Mackinnons Solicitors LLP, United Kingdom (95)
  93. Camila de Oliveira Diniz, HESGB Events (Brazil) (67)
  94. Holly Bibby, Marketing Manager at KVH Industries, UK (0)
  95. Frances Baskerville, Small Ship Cruise Management at Noble Caledonia, ex-vice president at CIRM, UK (33)
  96. Debbi Bonner, journalist and founder j-l-a media, UK (57)
  97. Anastasia Kuzmenko, VP-Marketing & Communications at IEC Telecom Global, Dubai (0)
  98. Ergi Guven Kale, Chief Clinical Officer at Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS), Turkey(0)
  99. Pam Kern, licensed Clinical Maritime Psychotherapist, UK (0)
  100. Julia Anastasiou, Board of Directors of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, and Chief Crew Management Officer / Managing Director of OSM Thome, Cyprus (0)

This list is taken from the AllAboutShipping website which published the list of winners on February 21st 2024.

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