Karen AvelinoExecutive Director of Business Development and the Head of the Cruise Division at Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc
Katherine Avelino, better known in the industry as Karen, has been an active participant at various international maritime fora. She is currently the Executive director of Business Development and the Head of the Cruise Division of Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc., one of the biggest Crew Management and Crew Agency organization in the Philippines.
Karen has nearly 15 years of Maritime experience, covering Business Development, Training, Crew Development and Supply for Cruise line companies. She is currently the President of the Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc. and is one of the members The Women in Shipping Panel, formed by the International Chamber of Shipping, UK.
A pivotal moment for Karen came at the onset of the global pandemic, when she was front and center in advocating for the shared interests of principals and crew members alike in working on the repatriation of almost 17,000 cruise line crew members. With protocols and guidelines evolving almost every week and compounding pressure from the government sector, cruise line companies, families of the crew and the crew themselves, she and the rest of their team were able to successfully bring home safely the repatriated crewmembers.