It will take place from October 25 to 27.


The WISTA 2023 International Conference will take place at the Radisson Victoria Plaza in Montevideo, Uruguay, from October 25-27 and will focus on the key maritime and trade activities that make Latin America an essential piece of the global economic puzzle. In addition, the event will examine shipping’s journey towards a greener and digitized future in Latin America and globally.


Agenda details


On Monday, October 23, activities will begin with meetings of international WISTA members. The following day, there will be a meeting of the presidents of the WISTA national organizations (NWA) and on October 25 there will be the annual general meeting exclusively for WISTA members.


The day on October 26 will begin with remarks by Elpi Petraki, president of WISTA International and Alessandra Bugge, president of WISTA Uruguay. Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO); Arsenio Dominguez, Director, Marine Environment Division of the IMO; and Rear Admiral Jose Luis Elizondo, Chief of the Uruguayan Coast Guard, will also welcome the participants.


The first panel entitled “Trade Developments in Latin America” will be moderated by María Belén Espiñeira, Managing Partner, IT&L Legal Consultants, with the participation of Sergio Abreu, General Secretary, ALADI (Latin American Integration Association); Rubén Martínez Baeza, COO Port Division, Navios South American Logistics; Arami Arias, Trader, Viterra Argentina (Argentinean Chamber of Grain Exporters); Luis Zubizarreta, President, Chamber of Private Ports of Argentina and Ricardo Sánchez, Former Regional Expert on Infrastructure and Ports, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. 


This will be followed by the panel discussion “Diversity today – Challenges to achieve equity” moderated by Guadalupe Concepcion, CARPAC HUB Planning Manager & AMR Business Compliance Ambassador, Maersk and President, WISTA Panama. Participants will include Teresa Perez del Castillo, UN Women Regional office for the Americas and the Caribbean; Mariana Noceti, IMO’s Principal Programme Assistant, Women in Maritime (WIM) Programme; Helio Vicente, Director, International Chamber of Shipping and Yelhis Hernández, Mexico Country Manager & Central America Market Development Manager, Lloyd’s.


The afternoon will continue with the panel “Ports and Shipping: Improving the customer experience” moderated by Alejandra Gómez Paz PhD, Nautica del Sur SA and Universidad de los Andes Colombia. Participants will include Rosina Lurato, VP Project Development, Safety & Quality Ports, Navios South American Logistics; Gabriela Heckler, Head of Legal and Compliance, Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP); Mariebke Loechle, Customer Service Manager, Maersk Líne Perú; Despina P. Theodosiou, Co-CEO, Tototheo Maritime, Immediate Past President, WISTA International; Pablo Domínguez, Country Manager – Uruguay, Ocean Network Express; Liliana Silveira, CFO, Maersk River Plate and Gonzalo Hontou, Commercial Manager, TCP Katoennatie.


Finally, the session “Sailing towards a greener future” will be moderated by Dorothea Ioannou, CEO, The American P&I Club. Participants will include Carmen Casás Ibáñez, Environmental Manager, Buquebus; María José González, Ministry of Industry, Uruguay Green Hydrogen Project; Catrien Scheers, Chair, Fast Lines Belgium; Alexis X. Rodríguez, Regional Head of Energy Transition Execution – LAM, A.P. Moller – Maersk and Katalin Dobránszky-Bartus, Senior Director, Innovation, Finance and Fiscal Affairs, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA).