Shameel is from the Maldivian capital, Male. Shameel has spent the last couple of years researching whale sharks with our friends at the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) . He was a key member in carrying out the in-field research operation, as well as the community initiatives, such as the Maldives Whale Shark Festival.
After spending a year abroad in the UK to complete a foundation year in science, he is working to complete his undergraduate degree at Maldives National Univeristy.
He joined the Olive Ridley Project as a Project Coordinator in 2016 and has been instrumental in our work with schools, fishers and island communities in the Maldives. Since 2020, Shameel has been ORP’s Project Manager in the Maldives.