has served as a Director since April 2021. Mrs. Paliou is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Company since November 2021. Mrs. Paliou has served as a Director of Diana Shipping Inc. since March 2015. She has also served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairperson of the Executive Committee and a member of the Sustainability Committee of Diana Shipping Inc. since March 1, 2021. She previously served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Diana Shipping Inc. from October 2019 until February 2021. Mrs. Paliou also served as member of the Executive Committee and the Chief Operating Officer of Diana Shipping Inc. from August 2018 until February 2021. Mrs. Paliou also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Diana Shipping Services S.A. From November 2018 to February 2020 Mrs. Paliou also served as Chief Operating Officer of Performance Shipping Inc. Mrs. Paliou has over 20 years of experience in shipping operations, technical management and crewing. Mrs. Paliou began her career at Lloyd΄s Register of Shipping from 1996 to 1998 as a trainee ship surveyor. She was then employed by Diana Shipping Agencies S.A. From 2007 to 2010 she was employed as a Director and President of Alpha Sigma Shipping Corp. From February 2010 to November 2015 she was the Head of the Operations, Technical and Crew department of Diana Shipping Services S.A. From November 2015 to October 2016 she served as Vice-President of the same company. From November 2016 to the end of July 2018, she served as Managing Director and Head of the Technical, Operations, Crew and Supply department of Unitized Ocean Transport Limited. Ms. Paliou obtained her BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and her MSc in Naval Architecture from University College, London. Ms. Paliou completed courses in “Finance for Senior Executives” and in “Authentic Leader Development” and a certificate program on “Sustainable Business Strategy” all at Harvard Business School. She is the daughter of Simeon Palios, the Chairman of Diana Shipping Inc., and is Vice-Chairperson of the Greek committee of Det Norske Veritas, a member of the Greek committee of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and a member of the Greek committee of Bureau Veritas. Since March 2018, Ms. Paliou has served on the board of directors of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) and serves as the Chairperson since June 2020. As of June 2021, she serves as Vice-Chairperson of INTERMEPA. Also, she is a member of the board of directors of the United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Europe) Limited since November 2020 and as of February 2022 member of the Union of Greek Shipowners.