Nilu Wickremasinghe appointed WISTA President

SALOTA International (Pte.) Ltd. Director Nilu Wickremasinghe was elected as the President of the Sri Lankan arm of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 21 August at the Kingsbury Hotel, which also celebrated six years of presence of WISTA in Sri Lanka.

“Nilu brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience in the shipping and logistics industry to lead and achieve the objectives of WISTA,” the association said.

Addressing the gathering, newly elected President Nilu Wickremasinghe expressed her confidence in leading WISTA to be a strong force in the industry during a very challenging period. She also stressed on the importance of empowering women and encouraging more of them to join the workforce where the new normal has changed how we work with more flexible work patterns.

GAC Shipping Ltd. Correspondent Manager Debbie Jones was elected as the Vice President. GAC Marine Services (Pte.) Ltd. Senior Executive – Operations Felicita Alwis was elected as the Secretary, Ocean Network Express Lanka (Pte.) Ltd. (ONE) Assistant Manager Ishani Caldera as the Assistant Secretary, Maersk Sri Lanka Head of Finance/Director Sujani Kumarasinghe as the Treasurer, and Prudential Shipping Lines (Pvt.) Ltd. Manager Surangi Gunasekara as the Assistant Treasurer.

The newly elected Executive Committee for the year 2020/21 consists of Shehara Jayawardana, Swabha Wickramasinghe, Diruni Chanmugam, Catriona Jayasundara, Anoma V. Ranasinghe, Chamila Bandara, Amali Mendis, Keshani Jayasekara, Shalinie de Silva, Kalani Dassanayake, Omalika Jayathilaka, Shiyamalee Karunanayake, Shamala Rebecca, Randima Krishnaratne, Chandula Rambukwella, and Kanchana Bopitiya. The Executive Committee will work towards implementing many initiatives in accordance with the WISTA mandate on improving gender parity and women empowerment in the industry.

This event was graced by Kasthuri Chellaraja Wilson who shared her journey to have become the first female Group CEO of a conglomerate in Sri Lanka, inspiring the many WISTA members. Wilson, who had been a WISTA member, addressed the audience, sharing her success story of how she broke the glass ceiling encouraging more women in a male-dominant industry to come forward. She also outlined the key factors women should consider in taking up leadership roles and how to be successful, keeping the audience inspired and motivated.

During the event, felicitations were offered to Wilson as the “WISTA Personality of the Year” for her outstanding achievements and service to the industry.

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) was once again the corporate partner and pledged to extend their support for yet another year of activities that promote and strengthen gender diversity and women empowerment in the industry.