Edel Shanahan has a background in zoology and environmental management but has broadened her expertise with experience also in communications and EU policy. She began her career working as a project manager for Nature Trust (Malta), leading the sea turtle rehabilitation centre which gave her hands-on experience of how to deal with injured turtles, as well as dolphins and other wildlife. On moving to Brussels in 2018, she deepened her knowledge of environmental policy and campaigning by working for the WWF European Policy Office, focusing on communications for biodiversity and agriculture both in Europe and beyond. Edel later joined the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Europe with a focus on stakeholder engagement. She worked with the EU institutions, national governments, industry and NGOs. In September 2022, she became part of the Sea Alarm team as a Technical Adviser.