Mrs. Gertrude Adwoa Ohene-Asienim has been elected the new president of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association, Ghana Chapter (WISTA-Ghana) for term 2023 to 2025, following its Annual General Meeting held in Accra.
She took over from Madam Jamilat Jawula Mahama, who stepped down after completing her three terms and is currently the first Black woman elected Secretary of WISTA International.
Profile of Mrs. Gertrude Adwoa Ohene-Asienim
Mrs. Ohene-Asienim is the Executive Director of Whitestone Shipbrokers and West Africa School of Shipping, and a Chartered Shipbroker, Lecturer and Maritime Consultant with over twenty years’ combined experience in Shipping, Oil and Gas, and academia.
She is currently the Global Membership Committee Chairperson, a member of the Controlling and Executive Councils, and an Assessor and Assistant examiner of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London.
Mrs. Ohene-Asienim is a part-time Lecturer of Maritime law and Marine Insurance at the Regional Maritime University (RMU) Ghana, as well as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Global Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission and Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Diversity Committee.
She holds a Master of Laws degree in Maritime Law from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London, UK.
The new WISTA-Ghana president expresses her sincere gratitude to her predecessor and past executives for their devotion and achievements toward WISTA International’s cause, and also appreciates the members who vote for them to serve an organisation connecting female executives and decisionmakers around the world.
She outlined her goals for being elected, and explained the importance of WISTA to women in the shipping industry.
“WISTA represents the future of women in the maritime industry – to create opportunities for a more diverse, inclusive and stronger maritime community,” she stressed.
Mrs. Ohene-Asienim pledged that, together with the executives, they will forge ahead and continue the good works done.
Members also elected four new executives, and six old executives retained their positions.
The news executives are: Rosevera Nsiah, Vice President; Paulina Abrokwah, Secretary; Doris Oboubi, Assistant Secretary; and Juliana Boateng, Assistant Media and Press Secretary. The old ones are: Gifty Boibiboi, Second Vice President; Alice Odoi, Treasurer; Doreen Akuaku, Assistant Treasurer; Mariama Dauda,Public Relations Officer; Esi Fleming, Assistant Public Relations Officer; and Josephine Antwi Adjei, Media and Press Secretary.