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Nima Roy

Project Manager – V.Group

Nima graduated with a masters in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from University of Southampton, she was one of the 6 girls in her cohort. She has just completed her graduate programme and currently working as a project manager in V.Group, one of the largest Shipmanagement organization in the world. She is also a co-founder of BLK Global, one of UK’s top 50 tech start-ups.


H.E Eng. Hessa AlMalek

Executive Director of Maritime Transport, The Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime “FTA”

Well-educated and equally experienced, Eng. Hessa Ahmed Hamdan Al Malek has been a trailblazer in maritime both regionally and globally. Accomplishing a number of noteworthy achievements on both personal and professional levels, she has paved a path for ambitious women all over the world to follow. Currently, Eng. Hessa serves as the Executive Director of the UAE Maritime sector at the Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime – UAE. With over 20 years of experience in distinctive fields such as urban planning and development, maritime transport, land design and management, and public works, Eng. Hessa is well-versed as it pertains to the ins and outs of the industry.

Jasmin Fichte

Managing Partner - Fichte & Co

One of the region’s most experienced legal experts, Jasmin Fichte founded Fichte & Co in Dubai in 2005. Her company has since grown into one of the largest full-service law firms and represents not just shipowners, P&I Clubs, Banks, Trading Houses but also every sector every industry, achieving numerous landmark judgments that have revolutionized legal practice in the UAE.
As part of her ongoing mission to improve awareness and interest in the region’s maritime sector, Fichte is the Founder and President of the UAE chapter of WISTA, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association.

June Manoharan

Managing Director - Lukoil Marine Lubricants DMCC

Ms. Manoharan has firmly established herself throughout the international offshore oil and gas sector and maritime landscape. Boasting over over 25 years of expertise and industry know-how, June has solidified her position as one of Lukoil’s key decision makers. A self-made success she has broken the barriers and proven sceptics wrong through her sheer determination and passion for facing a challenge. Ms. Manoharan and the company have a common thread that pulls them close together. Both had humble beginnings and are now big players in the booming Oil Industry. What set her apart was her avid appetite to explore and learn. June is also a founding member of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) in the United Arab Emirates

Effat Mostafa

Executive Director - Tactics Creative Communication & Managing Director- Marasi News

Effat has more than 9 years of experience in different media fields such as PR, Publishing, Event Management, Reporting and TV Script Writing. Effat has a special passion for the maritime sector and is proud to be the youngest Arab Journalist who successfully published more than 500 articles covering different fields within the maritime sector. Effat is also a contributing writer in several UAE newspapers such as Gulf Today and Al-Watn.

Capt. Sahar Rasti

CEO – SJR Group

Capt. Sahar Rasti, is the UAE’s first Emirati woman to hold such a title. Currently, Rasti is the Chief Executive Officer of SJR General Group (SJR), her own self-founded business. The company’s primary focus is import oriented, as it supplies quality manufactured accessories with a vision of continually enhancing the marine industry. Additionally, SJR also manages a multitude of subsidiaries conducting work related to creating smart home designs, goods and services exporting, and stable management and horse training.

Nicola Good

Head of Brand & External Relations, Marine & Offshore - Lloyd’s Register

Nicola has worked in the maritime industry for more than two decades. Until November 2018, she was journalism director at IHS Markit, a leading global provider of maritime data, analysis and consulting and the executive editor of Fairplay. Prior to joining IHSM, Nicola was a long-standing member of the Lloyd’s List editorial team and responsible for a number of flagship product launches and was the custodian of the Top 100 listing. She was named Seahorse International Editor of the Year in 2016.

Noura AlShamsi

Head of Community Engagement, The Arab Academy for Science,Technology and Maritime Transport in Sharjah “AASTS”

Noura is a highly competent, motivated and entrepreneurial minded professional, with over 16 years of rich experience in managing HR & administration specifically streamlining employee welfare, productivity improvements, and policy formation , & implementation, IT Operations along with managing adequate security facilities.


As the Shipping industry navigates with many complexities of COVID-19, digitalization, sustainable shipping and so on, industry requires a full talent pool of both men and women to tackle such demanding matters. Companies which promote women leaders are the ones who have an inclusive mindset and corporate DNA which makes them an attractive place for caliber. This is without doubt one of the reasons that the financial performance of these companies is consistently better than their peers.

Discussion points are listed below:
  • 1. Personal Journey to being recognized as Women Leaders; Challenges faced and how they overcome to Succeed
  • 2. The role of media to empower gender diversity in a sustainable way
  • 3. Preparing Women Employees for the Leadership Roles of tomorrow
  • 4. International efforts VRS. Local efforts – in comparison to the global market, where does the local maritime community stand in terms of women empowerment and achieving the SDGs goals of creating equal opportunities for women in the industry?
  • 5. Learning lessons from Covid-19 pandemic experiences
  • 6. Business Outlook - Post Covid
  • 7. How to build allies for Women Advancement