Dr. Andrea Marshall, Founder
Dr. Marshall was the first person in the world to complete a PhD on manta rays. After her thesis, she stayed in Mozambique to spearhead the conservation of manta rays in the region and around the world. She is the lead author of the IUCN’s Red List assessments for both species of manta rays and is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. Andrea featured in the BBC Natural World documentary ‘Andrea: Queen of Mantas’ as well as the broadcaster’s award-winning trilogy ‘Sharks.’ In 2013, she was inducted into the ranks of National Geographic’s Explorers as an Emerging Explorer in recognition of her efforts to protect these threatened rays.
Dr. Simon Pierce, Founder
Dr. Pierce founded MMF’s flagship research program on whale sharks, and is now studying these gentle giants in seven countries. His work on the population ecology and management of this iconic species has made him the world’s top whale shark conservation biologist. In 2016, Simon led a research team whose efforts resulted in whale sharks being recognized as globally endangered for the first time on the IUCN Red List. He is also a scientific advisor to the online global whale shark database (www.whaleshark.org), regional co-chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, and supervising multiple PhD students working on threatened marine species.
Joshua joined the MMF team as their Chief Operations Officer in May 2015. Having graduated in 2006 with a BA in Physics from one of Britain’s top universities, Josh went on to have a varied and international career in project management. In 2011 he attended the Royal Academy Sandhurst and graduated as an Officer in the British Army. A highlight of his military career was organising and leading an expedition to the summit of Denali (Mt McKinley), Alaska. Before joining the British Army Josh also worked in the charity sector in Mozambique and Kenya and project managed the start-up of a charity tackling homelessness in the UK.