About Us

Start Today, Save Tomorrow

After a water pollution incident left Mathilda with intense autoimmune conditions, she decided to channel her energy into creating a platform for unique projects that could solve the same ocean pollution issues that made her sick. 

 

From this journey to find ways to ensure coastal communities around Asia can create solutions to their pollution, Ocean Purpose Project was born. Ocean Purpose Project, or OPP is proudly based in Pasir Ris, Singapore - Mathilda's hometown. 

 

The goal?

To create a movement that drives ocean conservation and plastic pollution prevention via disruptive and creative projects at mass-scale impact. 

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Our Story

 Ocean Purpose Project was founded by Mathilda D'Silva in 2020. Known as a Singapore Idol singer, actress, comedian and performer, Mathilda worked as a broadcast and print journalist for over a decade before moving into social media community management and sustainability advocacy. She is a certified Community Management coach and specialist, training different sectors in online and offline community mobilisation techniques. Known as a dragonboat newbies coach, Mathilda's love for promoting water sports has spanned over a decade.

 

The disruptor style of the company as well as the key focus in combining sustainability, sports, music, entertainment, marine research and behaviour change activations are extensions of our CEO's multi-faceted style and strengths. 

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MEET THE TEAM

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MATHILDA D'SILVA

Founder/CEO

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RICHARD HO

Lead Engineer

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TAN TZE KIA

Social Media and Content Associate 

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STEPHANIE GAY

 Project Associate

(Beach Clean up & OPP Beach Hub)

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Admin and HR Lead

MARGARET D'CRUZ

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SEE TOH EE KIN

Partnerships Associate

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REBECCA KOH 

Social Media and Content 

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Despite 2020’s tsunami of challenges, Ocean Purpose Project represented Singapore as the global finalist of Climate Launchpad organised by the European Union, as EPPICC UNDP finalist for United Nations Indonesia and is the first social enterprise accepted into the Shell Start-Up Engine for our OPP Plastic to Fuel unit.

 

We won Most Sustainable Marine Conservation Solutions 2020 by Global Brands Magazine and were finalists for two Marketing Excellence Awards 2020 – clinching Silver in Corporate Social Responsibility for our project with migrant workers in Singapore.

In 2021, Project White Sands was selected as one of just 37 projects to be funded by the first grant call of the SG Eco Fund and most recently, APAC Insider's  Singapore Business Awards 2022- Most Pioneering Ocean Plastic Mitigation Initiative 2022.

Our greatest award is the love and partnership we receive from the community of indigenous peoples, ecosystems, islanders, fishermen, cleaners and grassroots leaders who we serve on a daily basis- honouring the knowledge they possess of our coastlines. 

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mentors

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CLIENTS

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