Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou

President of WISTA International, Joint CEO Tototheo Maritime

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou is joint CEO of TOTOTHEO MARITIME, a leading global supplier of equipment and services for maritime satellite and radio communications as well as bridge navigation systems, automated applications and operational efficiency solutions.

Despina is President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International), since October 2017 and she sits on the Board of Directors of various organizations, like the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, the Cyprus Maritime Academy, the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation, the Cyprus-Germany Business Association, and on the Strategic Committee of Crans Montana - Club of Ports.

She has received industry awards and recognition, including being selected by Lloyd’s List as one of the Top 100 Most Influential people in shipping internationally in 2017 as well as entering its Top 5 Next Generation executive list. She won the titles of “Top Professional” and “Cyprus Business Woman of the Year” in 2015, she has been awarded by the global Women Economic Forum in New Delhi as the “Woman of the Decade in Innovation and Leadership” (May 2017) and named as one of the “10 Women to Watch” by Youngship International during Norshipping 2017. She was also proclaimed as an Honorary Fellow of the Cyprus Institute of Marketing.

Despina holds degrees from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, the Copenhagen Business School and from the University of Oxford.