Speaker Profile
Managing Director at Sea Rangers and President at WISTA The Netherlands

Christel Pullens

Christel Pullens earned her stripes with various high profile roles in the maritime industry and she is on a mission to bring more diversity and inclusion into the industry.

As Managing Director of Sea Ranger Service, she aims to train 20.000 young people towards a maritime career by 2040 while at the same time restore 1 million hectares of ocean biodiversity. In addition she is President of WISTA the Netherlands, the Women in Shipping and Transport Association, which represents over 3,800 women at management level in the maritime industry worldwide.

Christel believes that by working together, beyond the divides of race, gender, age, religion and identity, we can all play a frontline role in ocean protection and regeneration. Her personal career is a perfect example of what can be accomplished and she hopes her story inspires others to build a career in the maritime industry too.



Oct 28 | 17:00 – 17:30 CEST
Diversity Keynote: Why women are in focus, and where we are headed.

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YoungShip Rotterdam is honored to be hosting this year’s Shipcon event in our beautiful port city of Rotterdam and for the first time virtually globally.

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Great events need support and we’re proud that many of Rotterdam’s youth focused maritime organizations are supporting Shipcon 2021.