KATHARINA STANZEL - PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012

Katharina holds one of the most prominent and therefore responsible positions in the industry, acting as spokesperson for INTERTANKO in her role as Managing Director. In 2012 Katharina was unanimously voted as the fifth Managing Director since the Association’s foundation in 1970 - she is the first woman to take this position. INTERTANKO is a titan of the maritime industry, its influence is far-reaching, i act as advocates and lobbyists, their connection to the (controversial) fuel / energy industry is intrinsic. Katharina’s responsibility to steer these waters requires great expertise combined with diplomacy – the perfect platform for an environmentalist.
Katharina is a protector and a campaigner; she has been instrumental in defending the rights of man and the environment. In her 12 years with ITOPF and IOPC, she attended and was responsible for handling many major ship source pollution incidents including the “ERIKA” and “PRESTIGE”. Her offshore research along the coast of Indonesia resulted in the foundation of the country’s first National Marine Park – The Bunaken Park.
Katharina is a woman of action; she has been boarded by and survived a pirate attack in the south-east ocean, she has worked as bomb specialist in Algeria, and is a qualified diving instructor. She recently challenged her fear of flying by taking up paragliding and is now an enthusiast.
She is a highly educated and qualified scientist and environmentalist having studied at the best universities in Germany, Australia and the UK majoring in marine biology and costal management. Women have traditionally been under-represented in the area of science, technology, engineering and maths. Katarina gave up a promising academic career to “apply her learning to the real world”. Katharina champions the industry as a regular speaker to both undergraduates and industry professionals. Katharina passionately believes in inspiring the next generation.
She is dedicated to diversity and demonstrates this by her involvement in and commitment to equality steering committees. It was the industries truly global and diverse nature that was an attraction to her as a student. Katharina is a linguist speaking English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Indonesian Bahasa. She is a global citizen having lived and worked on all five continents from the ice of Alaska to the heat of Brazil
Katharina knows shipping; she knows what it takes to manage a ship all the way through to complex insurance issues in un-regulated environments. The coalescence of Katharina’s formidable mind with her years as a technical advisor and claims manager has given her a granular and common sense understanding of the maritime industry from the grass-roots up.
Finally, Katharina has challenged the INTERTANKO members to accept a 5 years environmental strategy. In 2012 she successfully achieved their unanimous support. Its implementation and foresight will change the shape of the Tanker industry.
Katharina has ‘PERSONALITY’, anybody who has met her or heard her speak knows her to be a clever and dynamic individual with a ready smile. She captivates an audience and has a natural ability to communicate complex issues in a common sense and engaging manner. Her presentations leave one invigorated and inspired. Katharina is well known and well liked in the industry and has the grace to be an excellent Ambassador.
Katharina extolls something different, a new breed, a pioneer; she represents the future. The Maritime industry is the foundation of global commerce and transport and with it this carries great responsibility. It is an inescapable and sad truth that that the environment and its resources is reaching a critical state. It is her passion and sense of urgency that will reach past the maritime industry. KATHARINA STANZEL IS: THE RIGHT PERSON - IN THE RIGHT ROLE - AT THE RIGHT TIME.