Anna Oposa

Executive Director, “Chief Mermaid”
Save Philippine Seas

2019 MCAF Fellow



Anna is the Executive Director and “Chief Mermaid” of Save Philippine Seas, a movement to protect the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources by mobilizing seatizen-led initiatives for collective action and behavior change. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English Studies from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (2011) and earned a master of science degree in Conservation Science from Imperial College London through the Chevening Scholarship (2014-2015). She was a Global Fellow for Marine Conservation at Duke University for the summer term of 2017. Anna has pioneered a wide range of campaigns and projects in shark conservation, environmental education, youth empowerment, and waste management. Outside SPS, she has served as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, Oceana Philippines, and Climate Change Commission. She is also passionate about working out, wearing sunscreen every day, and data visualization. Her puns are always intended.


Sharks, MPAs, Conservation Leadership, Advocacy, Education

Anna Oposa
MCAF Fellow Anna Oposa.
  1. Select Publications

    Future for Nature Award (2012)
    Devex’s 40 Under 40 Developmental Leaders (2013)
    Chevening scholarship (2014-2015)
    Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Champion (2017)
    One of the 30 under 30 Environmental Education Awardees of the North American Association for Environmental Education (2018)

  2. Awards

    2018 North American Association for Environmental Education EE 30 Under 30 Awardee

    2017 Global Fellow for Marine Conservation, Duke University

    2014-2015 Chevening Scholarship

  3. News

  4. Affiliations

  5. New England Aquarium News and Blogs