Elpi PetrakiPresident/ Operations, Chartering & Business Development Manager / Second Vice President at WISTA International/ ENEA Management Inc / Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association (HSSA)
Elpi Petraki has been working for ENEA Management Inc. for the last 24 years, a Greek shipping company that manages a fleet of small sized, clean and specialized tankers. During this time, she has been involved in various parts of the business, with a primary focus on both operations and chartering of its fleet as well as business development.
Elpi is currently the President of WISTA International, the Women in Shipping and Trade Association, where goal is to encourage diversity and inclusiveness in the maritime sector, as well as to support women in furthering their careers, and ensure equal opportunities for all.
Prior to her appointment, Elpi was the President of WISTA Hellas, a position she is still holding, where she was instrumental in the National WISTA Association’s growth, and a number of initiatives designed to support women working in maritime and encourage the next generation to consider a career in the industry.
Serving as the 2nd Vice President of the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association (HSSA), Elpi is involved in the promotion and the overall development of short sea shipping within National and European borders. Additionally, Elpi is a member of the board of directors for the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and is an active member of Intertanko. Most recently, Elpi was invited to be an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the highest honor to be bestowed by the institute in recognition of an individual's contribution to commercial shipping.
Elpi is also a member of the board of the Hellenic Maritime Museum, assisting in the preservation of maritime history and the development of a culture whereby younger generations are exposed to and come to appreciate maritime and naval traditions.
She is a well-known personality in shipping, both in Greece and internationally, and an active member of the shipping community. Elpi regularly speaks at industry conferences and events on a wide range of topics, from diversity in maritime and attracting the next generation of talent, to decarbonization, new technologies and how to address the challenges facing the industry.