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Webinar #9 | The impact of women in the transport industry: Digitalisation as a mean of empowerment

 Thursday, 27 August

 16:00 – 17:00 CET

The transportation industry has traditionally been a male-dominated sector. While the number of women ashore and on board has significantly increased over the past years, still only 22% of transport workers are women. Even to date there are only a few best practices in place and no systematic gender inclusion procedures are available for transport. Neither the training of professionals nor the design and planning of systems, services and equipment reflect the requirements of over half of the world’s population. Due to the lack of protocols or sanctions applicable to those who fail to consider gender aspects, the topic of gender diversity in transport is often overlooked.

Learn from Birgit M. Liodden and Sylvia Boer about their experiences in the shipping industry, their efforts to make the transport sector gender balanced and how they promote diversity to the maritime community. They will also illustrate how innovation and digitalisation will lead to diversity, inclusion and new opportunities for women in transport.

Their insights and ideas will inspire for a lively discussion for which we have allocated sufficient time within our one hour session.

Lastly, as the 58th Annual Congress also marks the end of our current President’s and Vice-Presidents’ term, you will have the opportunity to say goodbye to the current team and to get to know the future Commission Officers. We have prepared a special ceremony to take them on board which you definitely cannot miss!

AIJA Commission: Transport Law

General Reporters:

  • Hendrikje Herrmann, Ahlers & Vogel, Germany
  • Cherry Almeida, Caland Advocaten, Netherlands
  • Javier Zabala, MEANAGREENMAURA, Spain
  • Lucas Leite Marques, Kincaid, Brazi
  • Ansam Alexandra Okbani, Delviso Avocats, France
  • Davide Canepa, Studio Legale Mordiglia, Italy

Please register to the congress to attend this session.


Javier Zabala


Moderator & General reporter

Jeremy Herschaft

Blank Rome LLP, US


Birgit Liodden

The Ocean Opportunity Lab, Norway

Birgit has been a change agent for next generation & sustainable leadership in the maritime industry for more than a decade. Her former roles include; Director of Nor-Shipping, Founder & SG of YoungShip International, and Project Manager Global Systems & Processes at Wilh.Wilhelmsen, Director of Sustainability, Ocean Industries & Communication at Oslo Business Region, and Project Manager for Oslo European Green Capital’s cross-industry Business program. Birgit holds executive board roles in The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, The Factory, GreenStat and Bellona Foundation, and is the Working Chair of the Norwegian Organization for Electric Boats. She serves on the Executive Committee of Polytechnic Association (Norway) and the advisory boards of REV Ocean, SHE Community, Generation Mobility and Southern Africa Norway Association. She is also a popular speaker & moderator, having moderated a.o. President Barack Obama, several Norwegian Ministers and corporate executives. She has received a number of awards & rankings for her leadership in Norway and abroad. In 2018, she was among the 150 top finalists for World Economic Forum´s Young Global Leaders.

Sylvia Boer

Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports, Netherlands

Sylvia Boer is Director of Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports (AYOP) and she is President of WISTA The Netherlands. Sylvia has spent her whole life close to the maritime industry. She feels it is important to share her enthusiasm for the industry by emphasising its richness and vitality. This, she feels, is best achieved via the promotion of diversity in the industry. Sylvia is passionate about empowering women in the industry and is a regular speaker on the subject, regionally and internationally. She feels it’s time to make gender equality a reality! Sylvia holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Her maritime career started in 2007 at Holland Marine Equipment (HME) where she worked as an Export Manager. After which she became a Policy Advisor Export & Finance at Holland Shipbuilding Association (‘Netherlands Maritime Technology’ nowadays). In 2012 Sylvia started as a Marketing Manager within Damen Shipyards and from September 2016 until the end of January 2020 she was their Head of Communications. Last February Sylvia started as Director AYOP, an association of companies, local authorities and knowledge institutions in the North Sea Canal region that delivers future proof solutions for the offshore energy industry. Sylvia is also President of WISTA the Netherlands. Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is a dynamic and international networking organisation of women at management level positions in the maritime industry. WISTA unites over 4,000 members in 50 countries. WISTA the Netherlands counts more than 180 strong and ambitious women.

General reporters

Hendrikje Herrmann

Ahlers & Vogel, Germany

Cherry Almeida

Caland Advocaten, Netherlands

Lucas Leite Marques

Kincaid, Brazil


Delviso Avocats, France

Davide Canepa

Studio Legale Mordiglia, Italy