In 1974 in the U.K. a handful of women brokers met for a Christmas lunch and decided to repeat the experience on a regular basis to exchange views on professional matters of common interest.
Over the years contacts, from overseas were invited to join the meeting and the group gradually expanded throughout Europe to include women from other areas of shipping. Women from Germany took part in this event right from the start.
In a relative short period of time 25 women were involved and it was then decided that an association should be founded. WISTA (Women's International Shipping & Trading Association) was born.
The first international WISTA conference was held in Hamburg / Germany in 1981.