Anupa Asokan comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with eight years of experience in ocean science and communications. Ms. Asokan is stoked to bring her creative spirit and passion for ocean advocacy to support the Ocean Initiative at XPRIZE.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Asokan was a Senior Communications Specialist for NOAA Research— sharing NOAA’s advancements in atmospheric and oceanic science and helping scientists and leadership better tell their research stories. She’s also worked for a few ocean-focused non-profit organizations, and spent several years teaching marine science on Catalina Island, California.
Ms. Asokan earned both a master’s degree in oceanography and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island, and attended UCLA as an undergraduate to study atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences. She is a SCUBA divemaster and enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, surfing and fishing. Ms. Asokan is an active volunteer with the Surfrider Foundation and received their Wavemaker Award for Environmental Leadership for her efforts with the Washington, DC chapter of the organization.