Anupa Asokan is a marine scientist and believes sustainable business solutions will help drive positive change for the ocean. She currently leads the Ocean Initiative at XPRIZE Foundation, bringing innovation to help solve the ocean’s grand challenges. She formerly worked in science communications for NOAA in Washington, DC and chaired the local Surfrider chapter during her time there. Anupa is excited to support Surfrider at the national level and continue to help inspire both coastal and inland activists to engage in protecting and enjoying our oceans.
Anupa grew up fishing Florida’s Gulf Coast and that early connection to the ocean drove her passion for ocean science and conservation. She began her career in experiential learning, teaching marine science on Catalina Island, and believes access for everyone is paramount to protecting the oceans and coasts for future generations. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, Anupa spends her free time exploring Southern California above and below the water.