The Atlantic Fellows program is built on the idea that achieving fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies requires leaders with diverse perspectives to collaborate on solutions and learn from one another.  

The Atlantic Institute connects the seven Atlantic Fellows programs, building a global community of courageous leaders who inspire positive change. 

The Atlantic Institute is based at the Rhodes Trust in Oxford.  


amplifYing the impact of the Atlantic Fellows NETWORK

The Atlantic Institute amplifies the impact of the network of Atlantic Fellows programs in four ways:


Support Lifelong Community Among Fellows
Fellows have access to resources and opportunities to connect, learn and work together


Promote Collaboration Across Programs
The Institute supports virtual and face-to-face platforms for Programs to share knowledge and approaches


Extend Community
Atlantic Fellows and Programs are connected to a broader global network of equity-focused initiatives 


Raise Global Awareness
The Institute amplifies the work of the Fellows, the Programs and their shared mission


We launched The Atlantic Institute in January 2017.
Meet the first members of our growing team. 



Dr. Penelope Brook is the inaugural Executive Director of the Atlantic Institute. In this role, Penelope provides ongoing support to the global community of Atlantic Fellows through convenings, training, and resources that will complement and facilitate collaboration across the fellows programs.

Before joining the Atlantic Institute, Penelope held several positions at World Bank Group including Ombudsman and Country Director for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Fionnuala Sweeney, Communications Director

Fionnuala Sweeney is Communications Director at the Atlantic Institute. She is a senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health and graduated from the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin in 2017.

Fionnuala develops and implements the communications and knowledge curation strategy for the Institute in support of the global lifelong community of Fellows, and raises awareness of the work of Fellows and Programs. For more than two decades, Fionnuala was an anchor and correspondent for CNN International based in Atlanta and London, reporting on major news events from around Europe and the Middle East.  At CNN, she was part of the news teams that received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006, and an Emmy in Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story in 2012.


Evie O’Brien, Program Director

Evie O’Brien is Program Director at the Atlantic Institute. She is a senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity based at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Evie leads the design and implementation of programs to support the work and the development of a lifelong "community of action" among senior Atlantic Fellows.

She has an extensive background in educational leadership having held executive leadership positions at several higher education institutions across New Zealand. Her teaching and research areas are indigenous, Māori and social change leadership, leading culture in complex organizations and high-performance teams.  She is passionate about values-based leadership and transformation.    


Natasha Forrest is the Operations Director for the Atlantic Institute. She oversees development and implementation of systems and practices for the Institute’s operations, internal monitoring and evaluation, and budget.  She also supports a rich learning culture and practice across the Atlantic Fellows Programs, including knowledge capture and management systems for cross-Program learning and sharing. 

Prior to the Institute, Natasha worked at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, where she supported the design and delivery of programs for current and aspiring leaders with a commitment to public service. 

Surjit Uppal, Online ENGAGEMENT Director 

Surjit Uppal is the Online Learning Specialist for the Atlantic Institute. Surjit provides the technological support to the Atlantic Fellows to create a collaborative and connected community.

Surjit has over 15 years experience of supporting online learning and communities within the education sector, and developing innovative integrated platforms over several systems and environments.

Talented, passionate people who work and learn within and across a strong community can achieve exponentially more than they can on their own. I am excited to build a global Atlantic Institute that provides Atlantic Fellows with opportunities to become a connected community of world changers.
— Penelope Brook, Executive Director, The Atlantic Institute