The World’s Largest Conference for Diversity in Maritime is Back

The Maritime SheEO Conference 2024 sees delegates from all around the world, hosts important conversations with industry leaders, and acknowledges and rewards individuals and companies who have been actively working on promoting diversity.

November 15, 2024

Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

November 15, 2024 | Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

The World’s Largest Conference for Diversity in Maritime is Back

The Maritime SheEO Conference 2024 sees delegates from all around the world, hosts important conversations with industry leaders, and acknowledges and rewards individuals and companies who have been actively working on promoting diversity.

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Diversity and Leadership in Maritime Take Centre Stage

The Maritime SheEO Conference hosts its 5th annual conference in 2024, promising to be bigger than ever. Under the theme "Setting Sail for Equality: Empowering Women Leaders," this conference unites CXOs from across the globe to champion diversity and inclusivity.

Attendees will explore the importance of leadership in enhancing diversity, hear real-life stories highlighting the business case for inclusivity, and benefit from unparalleled networking opportunities.

Engage with Decision Makers in Maritime.

  • Attend high-level discussions and panels with industry leaders.
  • Gain insights into the latest trends and strategies driving the industry forward.

Network with Leading Individuals in Maritime.

  • Build valuable connections with top executives and influencers.
  • Exchange ideas and collaborate with peers to drive innovation and change.

Understand Industry Mindset and Market Trends.

  • Learn from case studies and real-life examples of successful diversity initiatives.
  • Celebrate the success of peers doing well.

Who Attended Last Year

Register At The Maritime SheEO Conference 2024

All Access Pass

Early Bird Pass: Rs. 11,000 + GST Rs. 8,000 + GST
  • Network with top executives across all maritime sectors.
  • Access insightful panels by industry leaders in maritime.
  • Interact with the current and future leaders of the maritime industry.
  • Meet companies championing diversity and inclusion.
  • Honor and celebrate individuals and companies for their industry excellence and innovation.
  • Enjoy networking, all meals, cocktails, and dinner.
  • Support a carbon-neutral conference.
  • Capture moments with photo opportunities and receive a gift bag.
  • Limited tickets available

International Delegate

Free (Limited Seats)

  • Includes all paid pass benefits.
  • Explore India's maritime hub with global leaders.
  • Free access to all day-conference sessions.
  • Gain insights from industry-leading speakers.
  • Connect with industry peers.
  • Engage in Q&A sessions with keynote speakers.
  • Certificate of attendance (if required).
  • Travel and accommodation not covered.
  • Your arrival in India (or Asia) allows you to visit local branches of your firm or partners.

Attend Online

Free (Unlimited Seats)

  • Free access to the entire conference from home/office.
  • Attend all sessions virtually throughout the day.
  • Receive an email reminder when the event goes live.
  • Participate in live Q&A sessions and polls.
  • Access to recorded sessions post-event.
  • In-person networking opportunities.
  • Does not include exclusive goodie bags.
  • Miss out on the live atmosphere and interactions.
  • Limited opportunities for spontaneous discussions with speakers and attendees .

Press Pass

Free (Limited Seats)

  • All-access in-person pass to the entire conference.
  • Opportunity to network with industry leaders.
  • Explore India's maritime hub with global leaders.
  • Free access to all day-conference sessions.
  • Gain insights from industry-leading speakers.
  • Engage in Q&A sessions with keynote speakers.
  • Receive exclusive goodie bags.
  • Certificate of attendance (if required).
  • Access is subject to prior official confirmation and approval.

Our Speakers

Maritime SheEO Conference 2024 will feature 50+ thought leaders and pioneers, including:

Chief Evolution Officer

Carleen Lyden Walker



Prof. Maximo Q. Mejia Jr.

World Maritime University

Managing Director

Jillian Carson-Jackson

JCJ Consulting


Birgit M. Liodden

The Ocean Opportunity Network (TOOL)

Secretary General

Guy Platten

International Chamber of Shipping

Maritime SheEO Awards 2024

Maritime SheEO Awards 2024



Best Practices in Diversity

Since 2020, Maritime SheEO has been presenting these Awards to Companies that have inculcated best practices for diversity in their firms through policies. They don’t just say it, they’ve done it too!

Best Practices in Sustainability

A company that has proven sustainable practices in the maritime industry is eligible for this award.

Board Diversity Excellence

Companies that have the most Diverse Boards with either 50% or more women will be considered for this award.

Media Company of the Year

This award is given to a publication company that reports news free of bias. This is selected at the discretion of the Jury and is not open for nominations.

Seafarer Workplace Diversity Award

Celebrate your company's commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities for seafarers. Companies with exemplary workplace practices and policies that prioritize diversity and empower seafarers are eligible.

Empowering Diversified Maritime Education Award

Nominate your institution to recognize your dedication to fostering gender diversity in maritime education, supported by comprehensive enrollment and placement data.



Seafarer Diversity Champion

Nominate individuals or teams within your company who exemplify outstanding support and motivation for seafarers.

Inclusive Faculty Excellence Award

Apply for Award to honor a teacher who demonstrates unwavering commitment to a bias-free environment.



SheEO to Watch Out For

This award celebrates women in the marine business who show exceptional potential and excel in their roles, positioning themselves for future success.

SheEO Leads

This award commends outstanding leadership exhibited by a Woman in Maritime.

Champion of Diversity

This award honors men who have made exceptional efforts to amplify women's voices and promote diversity within their organisation.

Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes women entrepreneurs who have achieved significant milestones in their own businesses.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given to a woman who has done incredible work over her life time in the maritime industry. This is selected at the discretion of the Jury and is not open for nominations.

SheEO Seafarer Rising Star Award

Nominate young seafarers to celebrate their exceptional achievements at sea. Those with notable accomplishments, leadership qualities, and contributions to the maritime industry, and who have showcased their potential as future leaders in the field are eligible.

Our Partners

Maritime SheEO Conference 2024 appreciates the support of our partners.

Partner With SheEO!

We want to give companies the opportunity to partner with us on different initiatives that will help us make the conference successful.

Thought Leadership

As a Partner, you will have the opportunity to showcase your expertise and thought leadership by participating in panel discussions and getting featured in a widely read magazine – She of Change.

New Relationships

Our conference will host experienced leaders and professionals from the maritime industry. Partnering with us offers a platform to build relationships and explore partnership opportunities.

Market Expansion

If your organization aims to expand or enter new maritime markets, the conference can connect you with potential clients or partners and facilitate data sharing.

Media Coverage

Our conference attracts media attention from many publications. As a special value-add, our Media Partner Maritime Gateway, is offering innovative publicity opportunities.

2024 Schedule of Events




Lighting of the lamp: Lighting of the lamp (It is a traditional ritual in India to light a lamp before an auspicious event. This will be followed by a welcome speech by founder Sanjam Sahi Gupta to kick off the event.)


Opening Ceremony

    • ​Mr. Saifuddin Hajee - Chairman at SHM
    • ​Mr. Arne Jan Flølo - Consul General at The Royal Norwegian Consulate General Mumbai
    • ​Shri Shyam Jagannathan, IAS - Director General of Shipping, Government of India
    • ​H.E. Folakemi Akinleye - Ambassador of Nigeria To The Philippines And Cambodia.
    • ​H.E. Cecilie Myrseth - Minister of Trade and Industries, Norway




Sustainability - «YardScore». Introduction by Pia Meling - Managing Director at Grieg Green


Sustainable Shipping Practices: Best Practices and Case Studies from the Industry:

    • ​Capt. Milind K Patankar - Head, Ship Owning Division, Transworld Group & MD, SSLL
    • ​Daljit Singh Kohli - India Representative Port of Antwerp-Bruges
    • ​H.E. Yasiel Burillo - Ambassador and Consul General, Government of Panama
    • ​Cailey Murphy - Head of Corporate Communications at Atlas Corp. and Seaspan Corporation
    • ​Moderated by Pia Meling - Managing Director at Grieg Green


  • Bringing Our Diversity Ambitions To Life: Alison MacDougall - HR Director at Subsea7


Charting the Course for Maritime Education: Empowering the Future of the Industry

    • ​Dr. Malini V Shankar, IAS (Retd.) - Hon'ble Vice Chancellor at Indian Maritime University
    • ​MarEngr. Atiqur Rahman Chowdhury, Business Development Officer at Bangladesh Marine Academy
    • ​Moderated by Jillian Carson-Jackson - Managing Director at JCJ Consulting


Presentation: Imad Al Khudhuri - Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for ASYAD Shipping Company (ASC)


Live From IMO: Speech by Arsenio Dominguez, IMO SG elect


Lunch Break




Entering a male-dominant environment & implementing a change of mindset

    • ​Introduction by Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria - VP, Regional Manager South East Asia, Pacific & India, Maritime at DNV
    • ​Anette Holte - Country Manager at Kongsberg Maritime
    • ​Siv Remøy-Vangen - Managing Director at Norwegian Electric Systems (NES)
    • ​Moderated by Geetha Sheth - Asst. Vice President, Container Terminals – Sales & Marketing, JM Baxi


Diversity and inclusion policies: exploring legal frameworks and best practices

    • ​Catherine Smith - Senior Legal Counsel at Oldendorff Carriers
    • ​Magdalene Chew - Director at AsiaLegal LLC.
    • ​Jacqueline Zalapa - Partner at Campbell Johnston Clark
    • ​Rania Tadros - Office Managing Partner at Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP
    • ​Amsha Gengan - Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
    • ​Moderated by Priya S - Independent Law Practice Professional


Speech: Mick Kinley - CEO, AMSA


Leveraging Diversity for Maritime Excellence: Strategies, Best Practices, and Impact:

    • ​Zina Sujith - General Manager - Shipping Lines, UAE/KSA/IRAQ, Gulftainer
    • ​Huma Qureshi - General Manager at Emirates Shipping Association
    • ​Zahra Al Lawati - Group Chief Audit Executive at ASYAD group
    • ​Moderated by Meera Kumar - CEO at Diabos Global Fze


Breaking Barriers: Women's Inclusivity & Gender Diversity in Biofouling and Marine Plastic Litter:

    • ​Reem Hasan Qutaish - Director of Financial and Administrative Directorate at Jordan Maritime Commission
    • ​Sandra Okoli-Ubong - Marine & Offshore Surveyor at American Bureau of Shipping
    • ​Paola Acuña-Chacón - Legal Adviser at Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports (INCOP)
    • ​Moderated by Capt. Arvind Shankar - Culture & Capability Manager Marine People Asia - Maersk Centre of Excellence


Tackling tomorrow's key maritime issues: the 3 Ds – Decarbonization, Digitalization and Diversity - Helen Buni - Technical Officer, Subdivision for Implementation, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization


Tea /Coffee Break


Psychological Security - Transforming Workplace Culture

    • ​Avishkar Srivastava - Chief Innovation Officer at The PDP Group
    • ​Mrs. HK Joshi - Former CMD of SCI
    • ​Gayani De Alwis FCILT - Immediate Past Global Chairperson of Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT)
    • ​Chris Hall - Managing Director and Lawyer at Shipowners Claims Bureau MCS
    • ​Moderated by Jillian Carson-Jackson, Managing Director at JCJ Consulting


The CEO Commitment

    • ​Ted Muttiah - Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT)
    • ​Vinita Venkatesh - Managing Director at Ocean2Door
    • ​Jayati Chakraborty - Managing Director at QSC India, Hapag-Lloyd
    • ​Raimah Chowdhury - Managing Director, HR Lines Ltd.
    • ​Uday Ganivada - Country Manager at DNV
    • ​Moderated by Capt. Dinesh Jairam - Global Talent Acquisition Manager at Seaspan India




Awards Sessions


More Winners! Raffle Draw with special prizes for lucky in-person attendees


Closing Note: Sanjam Sahi Gupta, Founder of Maritime SheEO

Venue: Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

Highlights of the 2023 Edition

In 2023, the Maritime SheEO Conference made waves as the largest conference on diversity in maritime in Mumbai. With a balanced 60:40 gender attendance ratio (women with the majority) and over 250 attendees joining in person and 1500 streaming online. It provided unparalleled inspiration, advice, and networking opportunities for men & women in the maritime industry worldwide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Maritime SheEO Conference 2024 about?

The Maritime SheEO Conference 2024 sees delegates from all around the world, hosts important conversations with industry leaders, and acknowledges and rewards individuals and companies who have been actively working on promoting diversity.

When and where is the conference taking place?

November 15, 2024 at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

Who are the speakers at this event?

To see the line up, please, click here.

How can I register for the conference?

To register, please, click here.

What is the cost of attendance, and what does it include?
  • Early Bird Ticket – 8,000 + GST
  • Early Bird Group Ticket (3+) – 7,000 + GST
  • Maritime SheEO Community Members – 25%
  • WISTA Members – 15%
  • Other Association Members – 10% Members – 10%
Is there a deadline for registration?

Registrations close on November 13, 2024

Is there a cancellation/refund policy?

To read our policy, please, click here.

Will there be any virtual attendance options?
Is there parking available at the venue?

Taj Santacruz provides valet service.

Are there any nearby accommodations recommended for attendees?

As the venue is located close to the international airport, there are many affordable and luxury hotels available.

Will meals and refreshments be provided during the conference?

Meals right from breakfast to dinner will be provided

Are there opportunities for networking with other attendees?

Yes, absolutely!

How can I become a sponsor at the conference?

Please see details here, or email us your request on

Is there a dress code for the conference?

Yes, we request you to be dressed formally as we have many dignitaries attending.

Is there accessibility support available for attendees with special needs?

Drop us an email on and we’ll see what we can do!

How can I contact the conference organizers for further inquiries?

Drop us an email on and we’ll see what we can do!

What if I can only attend the second half of the conference? Do I get a discount?

Drop us an email on and we’ll see what we can do!

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