Gina Panayiotou – Associate, Law & Ocean Sustainable Development

Gina Panayiotou, is a maritime lawyer and strategist. She is the Founder and CVO of Oceans Arenaa consultancy practise offering bespoke legal supports and brand strategies to startups, NGO’s, SMEs and corporates, especially those with ESG focus. Additionally, she is the Concept Founder, host and producer of the online broadcast “It’s ALL about Shipping” fireside chats and the “Global Legal Roundtable” series, which focuses on youth empowerment and raising awareness of key legal issues affecting the oceans industry respectively.


Gina has been shortlisted for the Greek International Women Awards 2021 and awarded the first Young Leader Award in Cyprus, for being a vigorous “Brand ambassador” of the shipping industry. Serving this mission consistently, she is the Brand Manager of YoungShip U.A.E, Secretary of WISTA UK, , has acted as communications content liaison for maritime related NGO’s such as WISTA Cyprus and WISTA UK, while she is also represents UK in the WISTA International Trade Committee.


An experienced maritime lawyer, Gina has been acknowledged by Legal 500, GC Powerlist Greece and Cyprus, as one of the Top 100 in-house counsel driving innovation within their sector. She has held numerous senior roles; ranging from Legal Manager of a shipowning company, Global Head of Shipping & Energy in a multijurisdictional law firm, to in-house legal counsel of an international cruise manager. Her main focus is in in transactional work, legal strategy and policy.


She has acted as Project Manager and Chair of various conferences, including among others, the International Maritime Organisation  IMO 2020 & Fuel Symposium 2019 conference, ShipCon 2018, various Maritime Informa Connect events, Digital Ship & VPO, as well as the Lloyds Maritime Academy.


A self-development enthusiast, any free time she has is devoted to personal growth, which she feels is key in  shaping a person  into a “change agent” of substance & purpose, facilitating the transition from dreams to reality.


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