Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou is joint CEO of TOTOTHEO MARITIME, a leading global service provider specialising in innovative solutions in the fields of digitalization, maritime satellite communications, automation, and navigation systems.A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in maritime, from 2017-2022 Despina has been President of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). She was instrumental in receiving consultative status for WISTA at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018 and has since established numerous initiatives to support diversity and gender equality in the maritime sector.She is a board member of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and also sits on the Board of Governors of the Cyprus Maritime Academy. In July 2020, she was elected as a Member to the General Committee of the Association of SA and Limited Companies in Greece where she is also Chair of the Shipping Companies Sector Committee and the Women's Committee. For 5 consecutive years spanning 2017 – 2022, Lloyd’s List has selected Despina as one of the Top 100 Most Influential people in shipping. Despina holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, an Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics from the Copenhagen Business School, a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy from the University of Oxford and a Master of Science degree in Major Programme Management at the University of Oxford.