Anna R. Oposa is a multi-hyphenated changemaker who is best known for being the Co-Founder and Chief Mermaid of Save Philippine Seas (SPS), a movement to conserve and restore the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources. In 2012, Anna founded the Shark Shelter Project, which builds the capacity of local communities in Daanbantayan, Cebu, to protect thresher sharks. In 2015, she founded the Sea and Earth Advocates Camp, an environmental education and leadership program that empowers young Filipinos to be leaders in conservation.
Anna graduated with a BA in English Studies from the University of the Philippines (2006-2011), and obtained her MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London (2014-2015) through the Chevening scholarship. Outside SPS, she has served as a consultant for the Climate Change Commission, Asian Development Bank, Philippine Business for the Environment, and Oceana, and has co-written a workbook entitled An Introduction to Climate Change for Filipino Youth.
In 2011, Yahoo! Southeast Asia recognised Anna, then 23 years old, as one of the seven inspiring modern-day Filipino heroes for her courageous efforts in environmental conservation. A year later, Anna received the Future for Nature Award in the Netherlands, making her the first Filipino and youngest recipient of the award. At 25 years old, she was named one of Devex’s 40 International Development Leaders Under 40.
Anna is passionate about promoting optimism, protecting sharks, youth empowerment, long-distance open water swims, a straw-free Philippines, lipsticks, and oxybenzone-free sunscreen. Learn more about SPS at www.savephilippineseas.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savephilippineseas.Anna Oposa