Meet the founder

Hey Seafarers. Welcome to Against The Tide and this is my Colourful, Pen-Your-Story Style of Blog for sharing stories of female seafarers across the globe.


My name is Elizabeth W. Marami, born and raised in Kenya. Career wise, I am a Second officer in command on board the merchant navy foreign going ships, a marine pilot at the Kenya Ports Authority.

Professional Background

  •  In 2013: Bsc. Nautical Technology, at the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.
  •  In 2014: Successfully passed the International Unlimited 2nd Mate license examination, making her the first female marine pilot in Kenya, at age 25
  • Currently: Pursuing an MBA in Operations Management at the University of Nairobi.


  • GEC Kenya (Girl Education Challenge), which aims to help the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through education and find better ways of getting girls in school ensuring they receive a quality of education to transform their future.
  •  WOMESA (Women in Maritime in Eastern and Southern Africa), which aims to advocate gender equity, improve women’s access to maritime training and technology and promote their advancement to key decision making levels in the maritime sector.
  •  KUZA Project, Mombasa, which intends to address selected root causes of youth unemployment in Mombasa, Kenya’s 2nd city, as well as encourage productive and sustainable job creation.
  • Akili Dada, an organization that aims in nurturing transformative leadership in girls and young women from underprivileged backgrounds.


  •  WIMA (Women in Maritime in Africa): National Coordinator, Kenya
  •  The Business Daily’s Kenya Top 40 Under 40 Woman, 2015
  • Brand Endorser with Proctor & Gamble in Kenya on the Always Sanitary Pad campaign “Stand Up and Keep Girls in School Campaign”, highlighting the plight of girls who have to miss school due to lack of sanitary pads.

Media Appearances : TV Interviews