Anna R. Oposa

Co-Founder, Save Philippine Seas and Global Shaper, Manila Hub, World Economic Forum.

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 through information, education, and communication activities and community-based projects. In 2012, Anna founded the Shark Shelter Project, which builds the capacity of local communities in Daanbantayan, Cebu, to protect thresher sharks and their coastal and marine resources. In 2015, she founded the Sea and Earth Advocates Camp in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, an environmental education and leadership program that empowers young Filipinos to be leaders in conservation. To date, the SEA Camp has trained over 200 youth leaders in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Anna graduated with a BA in English Studies from the University of the Philippines (cum laude), and obtained her MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London (Merit) through the Chevening scholarship. In 2017, she was one of the three Global Fellows for Marine Conservation of the Duke University Marine Laboratory.

Outside SPS, she has served as a consultant for the Climate Change Commission, Asian Development Bank, Philippine Business for the Environment, Oceana, and the Purpose Business Ltd., and has co-written a workbook entitled An Introduction to Climate Change for Filipino Youth.

In 2011, Yahoo! Southeast Asia recognized 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. She was also a founding member of the Global Shapers Manila Hub, and later held the positions of Vice-Curator and Curator. She was one of the first Global Shapers to be invited to the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Anna is passionate about being optimism, protecting sharks, youth empowerment, long-distance open water swims, a single-use straw-free Philippines, lipsticks, and oxybenzone-free sunscreen. Learn more about SPS at www.savephilippineseas.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savephilippineseas.