Four EM Normandie students reached the first step on the podium during the final phase of the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) international contest, on 21 June 2019 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Students Yunus Ozbay, Dhruba Jyoti Saha, Henando Tejeda and Anca-Lona Mos, from the M2/MSc International Logistics and Port Management and Bachelor's International Management Year 3 (International Business and Logistics Option) programmes, pooled smartly their knowledge and drew on their complementarities to win this port of the future contest.
Ports of the future: sustainable and above all female
Beyond economic profitability and the ecological dimension shown in their recommendations, the team focused especially on the social aspect. They started from the assumption that organisations equipped with gender diverse boards of administration perform 26% better than others and they put forward key performance indicators to assess the place women have in the port industry and to highlight this major development lever.
Female success in port activities: a critical stake for IMO and IPER
This conclusion shares the dynamics of those actions carried out by the International Maritime Organisation and its entire membership, including EM Normandie’s Institute for Teaching and Port Research (IPER).
Clear evidence of this was the theme for the World Maritime Day 2019, « Empowering Women in the Maritime Community ». Organised on 26 September in London, this event will be replicated on 3 July in Le Havre through the contest organised by IPER, ENSM, Haropa – Port du Havre, Union Maritime et Portuaire du Havre, Cluster Maritime Français and Wista France.
Under the aegis of IMO and in partnership with Haropa – Port du Havre, IPER has also trained since 2008 female professionals from the world maritime sector. About 300 women have already attended their advanced seminar and quite a good many of them have thus gained senior executive positions in port companies or institutions.