Isha Afeef, Programme Manager, Maldives

Isha Afeef, portrait. Image.
Isha Afeef
Programme Manager, Maldives

Isha is from G. Dh Thinadhoo in the south of the Maldives. Growing up, she inherited a fear of the ocean from her parents, who had taken many ships across the largest stretch of ocean between atolls, the Suvadiva Channel (Huvadu Kandu). 

However, Isha overcame her fear of the ocean when she learnt to swim in 2014, during her year as the Social and Responsibility Fund Manager at Soneva Fushi. She later worked with the Baa Atoll community to learn about sustainability, grow community initiatives in neighbouring Maalhos, and lead Eco Tours for students. She also took part in a programme to teach 3rd graders and their mothers how to swim. Ever since, she’s been inspired to learn more about life underwater. 

After working as an intern for Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme in South Ari Atoll, Isha joined with the dive school at Conrad Maldives as an intern marine biologist. Here she looked after the coral restoration initiative. In addition, Isha has experience in community engagement and youth empowerment, including leading the urban art festival Katti Hivvaru Fest in Malé.

Isha has a passion for engaging local communities in marine conservation in the Maldives. She also loves to help people overcome their fear of life below the water.

Isha joined ORP as Sea Turtle Biologist and Guest Educator at Six Senses Laamu in February 2021. In May 2022, she was appointed Project Manager for ORP Maldives and now oversees all operations in the Maldives as our Programme Manager for Maldives.