Rifaee is a marine conservation scientist who is currently pursuing her PhD at Australian National University. She previously worked for IUCN in her home country Maldives, where she worked on Marine Protected Areas and marine biodiversity conservation and management. She is the co-founder of the Maldivian branch of Maldives Whale Shark Research Program (MWSRP), a UK-based NGO that is involved in community mobilization and species conservation in the Maldives. Rifaee also has varied experiences in marine conservation education, having led several events aimed to educate local island-communities on environmental management and conservation in the Maldives.

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