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CrewConnect Global Conference & Exhibition

Londy Ngcobo
Ship Navigator | Africa’s First Female Dredge Master | Founder at Transnet National Ports Authority/ Global Maritime Youth


A Global Ship Navigator and Africa's First Female Dredge Master. Captain Londy is passionate about unlocking Africa's ocean economy. With over 15 years of experience in the Maritime industry, her background includes Maritime Studies, former ship navigational officer for the largest container shipping company - Maersk, Advanced dredging from the Netherlands IHC, an industry-shaking role as a former Executive Maritime Compliance Manager for the largest logistics company in South Africa, now she is a Chief Executive of Womaritime Experts and Founder of Global Maritime Youth, all of which continues to echo her well-known title "The BLACKMERMAID"

This Black Excellence and multi-award-winning woman serves on various boards in the transport sector and influential organizations within leadership, women, and youth spheres ensuring continuous development of Africa's transport professions through advocacy, training, and awareness as well as strengthening the competitiveness and employment creating potential for Africans.

As a leader, mother, and wife herself, Londy’s journey has equipped her with the ability to focus on providing sustainable tools for:

  • Corporates - to lead diversity and inclusion.
  • Women - She dared to dream big and became a ship Captain and therefore dares women to thrive and assume captaincy of their lives.
  • Youth - Her zest for a colorful life is so contagious the youth gets cultivated to reach for the endless horizons.

As seen on her Forbes Leading Women Africa speech with her piercing phrase “I chose not to be Rose from the Titanic, I chose to Captain the Titanic” and through her popular TEDx Talk “Anchors Aweigh, No Rest for The First” This Blackmermaid sure is making waves on land.

Agenda Sessions

  • Closing Keynote

  • The Future is Human: How to nurture soft skills, diversity, and authentic leadership