Executive Director and Chief Mermaid

Save Phlippine Seas

Anna R. Oposa is a multi-hyphenated changemaker. She is a writer, speaker, and project manager, but is best known as the co-founder and Chief Mermaid of Save Philippine Seas (SPS). SPS is a movement to protect the country’s coastal and marine resources by mobilizing and empowering communities for individual and collective behavior change.

Work Experience

In addition to being the Executive Director of SPS, Anna has served as a consultant for the Climate Change Commission, Oceana, Philippine Business for the Environment, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, The Purpose Business Ltd., and Asian Development Bank.


Anna graduated with a degree in BA English Studies (cum laude) from University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2011, and earned her MSc in Conservation Science (Merit) from Imperial College London in 2015 through the Chevening scholarship. She was one of three Global Fellows in Marine Conservation at Duke University’s Marine Laboratory in 2017.


Anna was one of the founding members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Manila Hub and served as its Vice-Curator (2012-2013) and Curator (2013-2014). She was among the first Global Shapers to participate in the 2012 Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland.

Anna is also one of the 50 councilors of the World Future Council.


Anna’s written works have been published in newspapers, magazines, and websites. She co-wrote a workbook for elementary school children entitled An Introduction to Climate Change for Filipinos.

Awards and Distinctions

She has been recognized locally and internationally for her work in environmental conservation, leadership, and youth development: she was one of Yahoo! Southeast Asia’s seven inspiring modern-day Filipino heroes (2011); the youngest and first Filipino recipient of the Future for Nature Award (2012); Devex’s 40 Under 40 Developmental Leaders (2013); Chevening scholarship (2014-2015);
Biodiversity Recognition Awardee (2017), and one of the 30 Under 30 Awardees of the North American Association for Environmental Education (2018).