The global community of Atlantic Fellows exists to tackle the persistent inequities across the globe through collective action and leadership to achieve systems change. The Fellows are courageous, compassionate, and collaborative thinkers and doers, who collectively seek to bring lasting improvements to their communities and the world. As exceptional leaders in their field of work, they each carry a deep resolve for a more equal and just world.
Atlantic Fellows are tackling global, systemic inequities. United in their pursuit of equity, they are courageous, compassionate, collaborative thinkers and doers who collectively seek to bring lasting improvements to their communities and the world. Fellows come from all walks of life and each carries a deep resolve for a more equal and just world.
Their lifelong journey begins with a bespoke program experience to enhance each Fellow’s capacity to counter systemic issues impeding equity. As they connect and collaborate through the global network, they think and learn together, incubating and implementing strategies for greater impact. Accelerated by the Atlantic Institute and community support they become collective agents of change.
Atlantic Fellows are tackling global, systemic inequities. United in their pursuit of equity, they come from all walks of life and each carries a deep resolve for a more equal and just world.
Their lifelong journey begins with a bespoke program experience to enhance each Fellow’s capacity to counter systemic issues impeding equity. As they connect and collaborate through the global network, they think and learn together, incubating and implementing strategies for greater impact. Accelerated by the Atlantic Institute and community support they become collective agents of change.
Narratives have the ability to change how we see the world and how we move toward change. We work with our community to use narrative to create fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies. We do this by dissolving boundaries and dogmatic beliefs that articulate the inevitability of inequity and work to develop and support those who imagine new alternatives and liberatory futures.
COVID-19 has profoundly changed the way we think and further exposed already glaring inequities. Our ‘normal’ has changed and our imagination draws us to what our (k)new futures might look like. (K)new solutions draw on our longer histories, knowledge, and ways of being, and are made possible by leaps in innovation. We seek to catalyse our community to this (k)new thinking and action.
To foster change, the appropriate policies must be in place at organizational, institutional, local, national and international levels. Our community accelerates this change through its activism; through the arts, organizing, advocacy, legal action, research or from within institutions. To help realize this, Fellows are exposed to cutting edge theory, and practical examples of change from across the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic compelled this young, growing community of Fellows to pivot from their daily work to help alleviate its devastating impact on the already most endangered people in their communities.
More than 50 wide-ranging projects around the world have been funded by the Atlantic Institute to support the Fellows in their work, including the provision of food products, the dissemination of health and educational informational material and research looking at the impacts of COVID-19.
Working together for One Common
The collective leadership of the global community provides a pathway to addressing inequities, something which requires a new and transformative response.
The community does this by harnessing local knowledge, experience and innovation; by contextualizing specific needs and approaches; by hearing and recognizing diverse voices equally, and by connecting across geographies, cultures, and areas of expertise around a shared vision and values.
Through this, the community challenges and changes narratives and policies to create fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies. Fellows accelerate impact by taking many small elegant steps together, which culminate in the disruption of the inequities of the status quo – a revolution for equity.
The Atlantic Institute recognizes that this work of the global community is vital and lifelong, and invests intentionally in building a community of resonance and inclusion, resulting in forms of collaboration that, but for this community, might not have occurred.
Once Fellows graduate from one of the seven global programs, the Atlantic Institute, based in Oxford, UK provides them with the networks, architecture and resources to connect, learn and act to address the underlying systemic causes of inequity – locally and globally. This helps them to connect with each other, beyond individual programs, so that they might collaborate across disciplines and distances to tackle inequities.
The Atlantic Institute supports collaboration across the seven Atlantic Fellows programs leading to outcomes greater than any single individual, or program, could achieve alone. In particular we work with Atlantic Fellows Program staff and recently graduated Fellows who are joining the global Atlantic community.
The Institute invests intentionally in building a community of resonance and inclusion, resulting in a form of collaboration that, but for this community, might not have occurred.
Meet our Fellows
Entrepreneur focused on brain health and equity; owner of Three Home Village Assisted Living facility
Memory Dog Inc
Researching how animalassisted therapies and interventions could affect care and improve outcomes in a variety of environments and applications; in particular, the use of therapy dogs with dementia patients.
Research fellow, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Unraveling the neural mechanisms that underlie the emergence of visual artistic creativity in frontotemporal dementia.
Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Center, Universidad de San Andres; associate researcher, Faculty of Humanities, Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Combining neuroscience and language science to capture early markers of neurodegenerative disorders.
Assistant professor, University of Groningen
University of Groningen
Enhancing our understanding of brain behavior relations and applying this knowledge to improve assessment and treatment protocols for neurological conditions leading to aphasia.
Director, Latin American Brain Health Institute (BrainLat), Universidad Adolfo Ibanez; research associate professor, Trinity College Dublin
Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience
Empowering Latin American networks and researchers to fight dementia collaboratively.
Neurologist, Clinica de la Sabana, Instituto Roosevelt
Conducting epidemiological research to understand better the situation of dementia patients and their caregivers in Bogota. Studying cognitive impairment in different vulnerable populations.
Using photography to create social awareness of how older Peruvians living in different regions of the country age, focusing on how different living conditions influence the aging process for better or worse.
Assistant professor, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Creating effective interventions tailored to the sociocultural context of patients and their caregivers, with attention to the social determinants that cause and perpetuate ill health and disease.
Introducing technologybased cognitive assessments and support to the Cuban population.
Neuropsychologist and postdoctoral researcher, Barcelona Beta Brain Research Center
Barcelona Beta Brain Research Center
Developing strategies to increase the understanding of how risk factors render the sex-specific brain vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease pathophysiology. Developing personalized prevention programs.
Assistant dean for well-being, University of Washington
The University of Washington
Promoting resilience, brain health and well-being for health care teams. Developing support for people engaging in equity work, expanding practices and competencies for distress tolerance.
Sphere Scholar, School of Public Health, Trinity College Dublin
National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology (Cuba)
Researching the relationship between cognitive reserve and cognitive decline by analyzing population data from high, middle and low-income countries to identify mid-life risk factors for dementias. Developing a training program for caregivers.
Academic health services researcher
Investigating trajectories of frailty and cognitive decline among older adults in Ireland and how these trajectories impact on patterns and costs of care, functional decline and caregiver burden.
Lecturer and consultant of neurology, Ain Shams University
Ain Shams University
Improving the lives of people living with cognitive impairment by providing the best clinical settings and maximizing the research outcomes to patients with dementia in Egypt.
Coordinator of the MMENTE Program Head of clinical intervention at LatAmFINGER - Perú, Hospital Central Fuerza Aérea del Perú Instituto Peruano de Neurociencias
Air Force Central Hospital (Lima)
Working to develop a comprehensive care program for the management of patients with cognitive disorders and caregiver support. Developing geriatric services to optimize care of chronic diseases, such as dementia, affecting the Peruvian elderly.
Director, Moriguchi Institute; vice president, Brazilian Geriatrics Society
Creating friendly and accessible environments for people with dementia, caregivers and family members of people with dementia.
Assistant professor, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Developing an anatomicalspecific and linguistically adapted Chinese Language Assessment in PPA battery for the Chinese-speaking population. Studying impacts of cultural characteristics on social cognitive functions.
Geriatric medicine specialist
Establishing innovative ways of bringing palliative and supportive care to people with dementia, and developing tangible policies or strategies that raise awareness of advanced directives.
Assistant professor of speech and language pathology, Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre
Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre
Raising awareness of dementia in 40,000 speech and language therapists in Brazil and studying methods for improving communication among people with neurological diseases.
Social Entrepreneurship, Revivendo Memorias social program (NGO)
Developing a social program that uses passion—such as sport, music, movie, poetry, and art—as cognitive stimulation to increase socialization to improve quality of life for older adults and people with Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment.
Pursuing the relationship between musical expertise and the development of dementia, and exploring the mechanisms underpinning this association, and music as therapy.
Music therapist and owner, Wishing Well Music LLC; host/ producer of audio program “Can You Hear Me?”
Wishing Well Music LLC
Using music for individual and community aims, with a particular interest in equitable access to creative wellness opportunities for people of all ages and levels of ability or experience.
Postdoctoral researcher, National University of Ireland Galway
Exploring the role of community services such as Alzheimer cafés in supporting social citizenship, and developing a psychosocial evaluation strategy to mobilize and enhance psychosocial interventions.
Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English, California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology
Recently published “Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain,” written with Dr. Bruce Miller, based on her experience of coming to terms with her father's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Senior lecturer in nutrition and aging research, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Public Health, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast
Investigating the role of diet in brain aging and dementia by analyzing population data and testing scalable dietary interventions for brain health.
Director, Scientific Programs and Outreach, Alzheimer's Association
Leading research programs and initiatives to accelerate the Alzheimer's Association's scientific agenda.
Neurologist, Servicio Galego de Saúde
Servicio Galego de Saˇde
Working for the Galician Health Service as a clinician with an interest in dementia and behavioral neurology. Aiming to improve communication between clinicians and patients, and increase patient access to nonpharmacological care and support.
Psychiatrist and sub investigator, Neuroscience Group of Antioquia
Working to determine factors related to the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Advance care planning lead, Department of Health, Northern Ireland; head of Business Change, Encompass Northern Ireland (Health and Social Care Board)
Ecompass Northern Ireland (Health & Social Care Board)
Engaging in health and social care policy development and implementation; and currently developing an advance care planning policy for Northern Ireland.
Neurologist, São Lucas Hospital of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Spreading knowledge about prodromal manifestations of neurodegenerative disorders across disciplines and fighting stigma by changing the narrative of dementia from deficit to proficit.
Writer, artist and anthropologist
Practicing a blend of creative writing, comics, art and anthropology, and believing in the power of the arts for social change. Offering ways to heal from and end global challenges of dehumanization, dementia, racism, and genocide.
Postdoctoral fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Researching the relationship between hearing loss and the development of dementia through neurocognitive assessment of older adults with hearing loss.
Clinical research fellow and Ph.D. candidate, Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford
Researching the overlap between renal and neurological diseases.
Associate professor, Departments of Psychology and Neurosciences, Dokuz Eylul University
Developing and using computerized cognitive training programs as an intervention for people with cognitive impairment and for the prevention of cognitive decline in the aging population.
Associate professor and neurologist, Dokuz Eylul University
Dokuz Eylul University
Developing an electroencephalography model to monitor the electrical activity of the brain for diagnosis and differentiation of dementia, and investigating clinicopathological correlation.
Director, Creative Aging International; curator/producer of Creative Brain Week; and arts officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
Creative Aging International
Developing and sustaining project prototypes, infused with art and creativity, backed by solid evidence and responding to need and local circumstance to help reduce the fear of age and its related illnesses among elders.
Assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Fresno; affiliated researcher, California Institute of Rural Studies
California State University
Developing communitybased approaches to research design, problem solving, and creative teaching and learning around aging and brain health in rural and immigrant communities in California.
Assistant professor in intellectual disability, Trinity College Dublin
Including people with Down syndrome in all aspects of dementia research.
Independent consultant, Dementia Focus
Delivering bespoke consultancy in service reform and training solutions to dementia service providers and innovators who seek to provide personalized care and support for people living with dementia.
Assistant professor in NeuroRehab (Physical and Rehab Medicine), Sorbonne Université; Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital
Designing, testing and validating new prototypes monitoring cognitive disorders; studying patterns of disability, clinical evolution, and unmet care needs; analyzing socioeconomics datasets.
Assistant Neurologist, Hospital das Clínicas UFMG-EBSERH; assistant professor, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas de Minas Gerais
Studying the effects of latelife literacy acquisition as a dementia prevention tool through improving memory and increasing connections between brain areas.
Division Chief Sleep & Memory Center and scientific director, Neurological Institute of Athens
Neurological Institute of Athens
Elucidating brain rhythm patterns of dementia syndromes across the sleepwake cycle, with the goal of improving diagnosis, prognosis and treatment response, and promoting dementia health.
Assistant professor of medicine and sociology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Examining the influence of structural racism, culture and ethics of neoliberalism on the provision of goaldiscordant end-of-life care in older adults with and without dementia in the U.S. and U.K.
Associate professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Creating socially integrated communities that value elders through Ibasho (a notfor-profit organization) and consulting in the design of communities and cities.
Lecturer (assistant professor) of global health policy, University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
Improving understanding of the impact of health and social care system design on patterns of care and spending for those with dementia and their families/ caregivers. Aiming to reduce the devastating financial toll of dementia.
Clinical lecturer in ageing in the Centre for Public Health and consultant geriatrician, Queen's University Belfast and Belfast Trust
Advancing perioperative research and care. Contributing to the global literature on cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers in early Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Postdoctoral fellow, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Working to understand the pathophysiological and structural underpinnings of frontotemporal dementia.
Coordinator of “age-friendly cities” protocols, International Longevity Center Brazil; Director in Successful Aging and Dementias, Crônicos do Dia a Dia
Exploring positive ways to communicate dementia with empathy and compassion in different settings, from books to social networks, to connect different generations.
Managing director, DDS Architects Ltd.
DDS Architects Ltd
Translating research and inclusive building design principles into everyday use to ensure they are accessible to people living with cognitive and/or sensory impairments.
Journalist; multimedia editor, Atlantic Institute
Hearing from a wide range of people working in the dementia space; her podcast series, Dementia is Global, aims to raise global awareness about brain health to change attitudes and policies.
Research assistant professor, Northwestern University; visiting researcher, Trinity College Dublin
Researching early risk factors for dementia and working with community partners to promote brain health and well-being across the lifespan.
Promoting Alzheimer's disease awareness, supporting existing dementia care, and researching the epidemiology and environmental risk factors of brain health.
Associate professor of professional practice; director of Movement Lab, Barnard College, Colombia University
Facilitating art initiatives focused on understanding one another's humanity. Curating dance, education and film events aimed at removing stigma around age and race.
Senior researcher, Radboud University Medical Centre, Department of Geriatric Medicine; scientific coordinator, Radboudumc Alzheimer Centre
Radboud University Medical Center
Understanding and improving strategies to promote physical and cognitive functioning and prevent functional decline, falls, fear of falling and dementia.
Principal architect, DDS Architects Ltd.
DDS Architects Ltd
Designing inclusive environments to support the health and well-being of people with dementia.
Artistic director and founder, Kids' Classics CLG
Working to improve the experience and quality of life for those living with dementia through music.
Associate professor, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences
Working to increase awareness, improve patient care and improve understanding of mental health through epidemiological and intervention research.
Consultant geriatrician and senior lecturer, Ain Shams University Hospital
Ain Shams University Hospital
Working to use modern technology and software platforms for early detection of dementia and cognitive training. Co-founder of Ain Shams Cognitive Training Lab.
Music educator and performer
Producing a radio program about aging and the creative process, showing how brains benefit from musical engagement. Also developing a musical curriculum for adult day health.
Arts researcher/creative director, NGO Socialiniai meno projektai; co-founder and lead, Association Dementia Lithuania; research assistant, Global Brain Health Institute
Socialinai meno projektai
Leading local and international arts, health and well-being initiatives developed with heart and shaped considering accessibility, inclusivity, based on cross-disciplinary collaboration and aiming for societal change.
Neurologist, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Researching and leading a multidisciplinary clinic to improve the diagnosis and clinical care of people living with frontotemporal dementia and their families.
Geriatric resident, Clalit Medical Services inMeir Medical Center
Practicing and building different models of care, trying to find a balance between giving the patients the best care, reducing hospitalization, and tailoring personal treatment options.
Chief scientific officer, Altoida Inc.
Improving computational biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease and developing a responsible strategy to implement this technology and utilize machine intelligence for disease prevention.
Health economist, Trinity College Dublin
University of Technology Sydney
Strengthening local health and social care planning in the face of limited resources through the use of economic evaluation towards outcomeorientated provision by commissioners and providers of health and care services.
Associate professor, Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences School of Public Health, Georgia State University
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Investigating the legal and ethical challenges associated with the individual and social burden linked with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias through public policy initiatives.
Science writer, Neurology Today
Developing and implementing an online monthly lecture series and a U.S. support group for patients with posterior cortical atrophy and their caregivers.
Developing engagement in accessible participative music as a resource for social inclusion, building communicative partnerships and community integration across the lifespan.
Assistant professor of ethnomusicology; chair, Applied Intercultural Arts Research, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, University of Arizona
University of Arizona
Promoting models of dementia education through music, filmmaking and service-learning. Building bridges between ethnomusicology and the health sciences.
International Sleep Research Training Program Fellow, Psychiatry Department, Sleep Division, Stanford University
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Investigating nonmotor manifestations of synucleinopathies, including cognitive, sleep and autonomic disturbances to be used as biomarkers for this specific group of diseases.
Clinical Fellow in Stroke and Emergency Care, NHS Scotland
Improving the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of stroke. Developing multicenter studies and programs to diminish stroke risk factors and work to identify populations at high risk of stroke.
Postdoctoral researcher at Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience; Cajal Institute, CSIC; and School of Medicine, UAM, Madrid, Spain
Working to identify biomarkers for early detection of mild cognitive impairment and dementia through the study of neurobiology, metabolism and brain health physiology.
Postdoctoral researcher, Endof-Life Care Research Group, Dept of Family Medicine and Chronic Care, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; and Mongan Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Engaging in mixed-methods research and development of interventions to address (palliative) care needs and improve quality of life throughout the care trajectory of older adults, including those with dementia and other serious illnesses.
Assistant professor, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; assistant director for Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit (DIANTU); cognitive neurologist
National Institute of Neurology (Cuba)
Researching admixture, ethnicity and health-social disparities in dementia. Developing a program in Cuba to train health care providers and educate the community about aging, mental health and dementia.
Neuro-psychiatrist, Hospital Clinica Biblica
Hospital Clinica Biblica
Developing mental health strategies for successful aging and leading efforts to understand and optimize treatments for people living with dementia.
Monologuist, filmmaker and video host
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Connecting brain science with social justice by hosting, writing and producing the video series “Citizen Brain,” and by creating a theatrical monologue about empathy and democracy.
Patient and public involvement and communications/Dissemination Coordinator, HRB Dementia Clinical Trials Network Ireland (Dementia Trials Ireland or DTI)
Working with people living with dementia and their carers, developing theater and radio broadcasts. In particular working with people affected with Lewy Body Disorders and their caregivers to raise awareness of this disease and build community.
Artistic director, Re-Live
Exploring the health and well-being benefits of participating in arts in health practice for people living with dementia and their families.
Public health physician and epidemiologist
Developing and testing mobile phone messaging through clinical trials to support treatment adherence in adults with high blood pressure and diabetes in primary care settings.
Making brain health practical and relevant. Promoting an understanding of traditional and cultural practices which promote brain health.
Head Psychologist , Neurological Institute of Athens; Staff Psychologist, Athens Medical Center
Evaluating whether cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is an effective treatment intervention in patients with mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers.
Associate professor and Medicine Associate Director of Training in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Program
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Developing evidence and interventions to address palliative care needs of people with dementia, prion disease, and other serious illnesses through clinical interventions, care system or equitable policy.
Founder and creative director, Virtual Brain Health Center
Your Brain Health Matters
Developing innovative brain health and memory programs and services. Implementing population health approaches for individuals and carers, aimed at dementia risk prevention.
Geriatric physician; volunteer (geriatrician), Fundación Venciendo Fronteras
Developing programs that serve older people living with dementia, especially in Indigenous people living in poverty.
Associate researcher, University of São Paulo
University of Sao Paulo
Investigating urban and environmental health to understand the effects of air pollution on neurodegenerative diseases.
Research fellow, Centre for Dementia Research, Leeds Beckett University
Leading efforts to build inclusive communities through co-producing research with people living with dementia, and developing social entrepreneurial ventures to connect and support dementia-focused leaders.
Assistant professor of nursing, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Evaluating existing and developing new models of hospice and palliative care for older adults with dementia and their caregivers.
Assistant professor in neurology, Paris-Est University
Analyzing large, populationbased cohort studies to generate a global perspective on dementia risk factors in the general population in two different continents.
Associate professor, Department of Health and Communication, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Promoting the social inclusion of older adults living with aphasia and raising awareness of health professionals to the power of art in improving communication and the quality of life.
Research Associate, Neuroscience Group of Antioquia
Developing strategies to address the stress and burden-related stigma among caregivers of patients with early onset dementia, caused by the e280a mutation in Antioquia.
Institutional psychiatrist, Fundación Valle del Lili
Working to improve brain health care, focusing on dementia prevention, dementia diagnosis, individualized treatments, and genetics research of neurodegenerative diseases in diverse populations.
Assistant professor and neuropsychologist, University of Botswana
University of Botswana
Leading efforts to improve dementia diagnosis by translating, culturally adapting and validating tablet-based and paper-based cognitive and functional assessments for the Botswana population.
Neuropsychology and assistant lecturer, Private clinic/FUMEC
Using research to improve diagnosis and to make cognitive-behavioral evaluation simpler and more accurate.
Geriatric and internal medicine specialist
Improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies for older adults living with HIV and HIVassociated neurocognitive disorder. Promoting dementia awareness and early diagnosis in Mexico.
Dancer, researcher and creative aging teaching artist
Building creative communities for people living with cognitive impairment through the transformative power of dance.
Neuropsychologist, Hospital Santa Marcelina Private Clinic
Hospital Santa Marcelina
Developing strategies to evaluate cognition in populations with low levels of education. Working on developing screening tools to identify cognitive decline in individuals with low levels of schooling.
Neurophysiologist; and neurologist, Hospital Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja
Improving the lives of people living with dementia through neurological diagnosis and management.
Faculty, National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery
West Hill Institute
Part of 10/66 Dementia Research Group, carrying out population-based research into dementia in low- and middle-income countries.
Neurologist and researcher, Instituto Peruano de Neurociencias
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Specializing in dementia prevention, timely diagnosis, and proper management; seeking to make transcendental changes to contribute to the reduction of health inequities among vulnerable populations.
Adviser, Ministry of Health
Advising long-term care coordination and implementation at the Ministry of Health of The Republic of Lithuania.
Faculty neurologist, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Researching cognitive impairment and biomarkers in the continuum of sporadic Alzheimer's disease and in Down syndrome for insights into the biological and epidemiological contributors to Alzheimer's disease.
President and chief executive officer, Community Coalition
Building a multiracial organizing model that increases the ability of Black and Brown residents to win policy change, resource redistribution and neighborhood improvements.
Legal policy adviser, Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa
Serving as a legal policy adviser at the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa.
Principal, Black Futures Lab
Black Futures Lab
Building the movement for Black lives by engaging in narrative change efforts and direct action organizing.
Pastor, The Church by the Side of the Road
Leading The Church By The Side of The Road as moderator of the Home & Foreign Mission District Association and vice president at large of the California State Baptist Convention.
Co-founder, Liberation Ventures
Serving as a co-founder of a U.S. nonprofit organization that is building momentum toward a comprehensive financial and nonfinancial federal racial repair program by providing resources to truth, reconciliation and reparations efforts.
Abolitionist, movement leader and storyteller, Blackseed
Utilizing experiences as a leader and organizer in the movement for liberation to grow BlackSeed, a cannabis equity consultant company that supports equity and justice through a reparative framework.
Senior lecturer of sociology, University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Lecturing in sociology at the University of the Cape Town where her thesis was on the construction of gendered identities of women who work in the mines.
Former general secretary, Social Justice Coalition
Serving as an activist and the former general secretary of the Social Justice Coalition, a grassroots social movement campaigning for safe, healthy, and dignified communities in some of South Africa's most underdeveloped townships.
Adviser, Betsy Hodges LLC
Betsy Hodges LLC
Building a framework, based on compassion, through which white people effectively work with one another on whiteness and racism, then scale up to have systemic impact.
Founding director, Creative Academy
Promoting African bow music as well as arts, crafts, dance, poetry, creative writing and other creative activities to build a progressive heritage movement.
Executive director, The Hidden Genius Project
Promoting equity in education as founding executive director of an organization that trains and mentors Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills.
Independent researcher, Tricontinental Institute for Social Research
Tricontinental Institute for Social Research
Contributing to local and international debates on social justice issues. Cofounded the Alternative Energy Popular Education Programme.
Dialogue practitioner, Democracy Works Foundation
Democracy Works Foundation
Creating sustainable models for social justice work and cross-sectoral collaboration, and facilitating dialogues focused on race, social justice and transformation.
Social impact leader
Promoting leadership development in social impact and cultural spaces globally, with a special interest in the African diaspora.
Social responsibility and funding officer, AFDA, The School of Creative Economies
AFDA, The School of Creative Economies
Developing community projects and funding to assist talented people from disadvantaged communities to access education in the creative industries, and helping in grassroots training and economic development in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Associate director for advocacy, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
Collaborating with young people for a more just, humane world. Exploring the histories of racialization and resistance, and the ways that race is constructed and contested.
Water resources manager and aquatic ecologist
Rural Democracy Trust
Working on how water monitoring tools can be Indigenized to incorporate practical linguistic tools and local cultures.
Senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
Serving as a senior lecturer in African literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. Also, a feminist teacher, researcher and recently published poet.
Executive director, Power Shift Network
Cultivating leadership of movements that foster effective, powerful coalitions and cross-issue solidarity; currently supporting youth power and building power across the climate and racial justice movements.
Senior adviser, Hyphen
Developing high-impact, public-philanthropic partnerships and collaborations to address urgent issues facing the United States and advance long-term solutions to achieve equitable outcomes for all.
Founder, Axl Impact Studio
Axl Impact Studios
Leading strategies to decolonize development efforts through the redirection of capital, cultural influence and opportunity.
Associate vice chancellor and professor of law, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Working to advance an intersectional approach to racial justice. Also creating and sustaining inclusive, equitable learning environments.
Global ambassador for education programs; and research assistant, Incarceration Nations Network
Incarceration Nations Network
Creating new narratives of those formerly incarcerated while using education as the integral tool to help empower marginalized communities worldwide.
Head of Municipal Sustainability, South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
GenderCC Southern Africa-Women for Climate Justice
Leading sustainability efforts with a range of stakeholders in sectors including small-scale agriculture, environment, climate change, renewable energy, gender and land rights at local, national and international levels.
Filmmaker and educator, University of the Witwatersrand
University of the Witwatersrand
Creating visual stories that imagine a world free of discrimination.
Principal, Decolonizing Wealth Project
Leading Decolonizing Wealth Project, which aims to collectively promote a world vision in which everyone can live their best lives, thrive in their cultures and bring about healing from generations of colonial trauma.
Principal and founder, Elana Needle Consulting and adjunct assistant professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Leading partnership development, strategy, organizing and campaign support for racial justice organizations fighting for an equitable multiracial democracy.
Founder, Southern Soul Wellness
Southern Soul Wellness
Facilitating mediation for group conflicts, convening healers to support the wellness of frontline organizers and those most impacted by trauma and oppression.
Chief operating officer, Common Future
Empowering Black, Indigenous and other communities of color, strengthening the internal practices of organizations that partner with them on strategy, organizational culture, diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
Senior managing director, Juvenile Law Center
Co-leading a national effort to end the harmful and discriminatory practice of imposing fines and fees in the juvenile justice system.
Executive director, New York Mayor's Office to Prevent Gun Violence
Leading the city's efforts to synchronize its anti-gun violence initiatives that respond to the individual, familial and communitybased needs of historically disinvested and marginalized communities of color.
National director, Journey for Justice Alliance
Journey for Justice Alliance
Building power in Black communities for over 25 years. Using community organizing to win equity in public education.
Professor of law and head of Department of Jurisprudence, University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria
Teaching critical race theory to deliver graduates who are historically and politically literate and engaged with inequality and injustice.
Director of programming and artistic director, Folger Theatre
Widening access to the experiences of creating and seeing theater to communities that historically have not had access, including incarcerated communities; telling stories as an actor, director, playwright, vocalist and musician.
Director and co-creator, Coloured Mentality
Driving social transformation through Coloured Mentality, a community media platform that has become a unique interactive storytelling space for the colored community.
Community organizer; senior pastor, Holman United Methodist Church
Community Health Councils, Los Angeles
Deconstructing and dismantling schemes, systems and structures that violate the humanity and dignity of Black people to achieve a more just and equitable world.
Co-founder, The Hustlers Guild
Supporting policy and outreach for the public school network; also the co-founder of The Hustlers Guild, a nonprofit that uses hip hop to expand access and opportunity to Black and Latinx youth in the innovation space.
Accountant, academic, activist and independent analyst
Working with civil society and advocacy organisations on matters relating to youth development, education, land reform and economic justice, as a chartered accountant, writer and academician.
Senior researcher, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)
Serving a senior researcher at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria.
Director of community impact, SA2020
Directing SA2020's community impact program, supporting the organization's mission to drive progress toward a shared community vision in San Antonio.
National coordinator, Rural Democracy Trust
Leading organizational campaigns for land rights, mining-affected communities and livelihoods in South Africa.
Operations and finance manager, Institute for Economic Justice
Empowering Black women and youth to tell their stories as a founder and co-director at Osibakhulu Development Initiatives; also working as operations and finance manager at the Institute for Economic Justice.
Inclusion strategy manager EMEA, Netflix
Working to see social justice embedded and normalized in business, academic and religious spaces.
Postgraduate associate research supervisor, African Film and Dramatic Arts Academy (AFDA)
Serving as a supervisor at a leading film school in South Africa; researching civic intervention documentary, postcolonial theory and African philosophy.
President, The Precedential Group
The Precendential Group
Improving services and leadership capacity of organizations working toward criminal justice reform. Founder and CEO of The Precedential Group Social Enterprises, and host of the DEcarcerated Podcast series. In 2021, his book “Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song” was published.
Co-director, Southerners On New Ground
Southerners On New Ground
Building the leadership capacity of the LGBTQ community in the South through direct action efforts and dynamic campaigns.
Executive director, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
Driving public and private resources to communities most impacted by racial and economic injustice, with a particular focus on Black communities; sometimes working for municipal government or as an external partner.
Chief executive officer, AmeriCorps
Leading AmeriCorps, the U.S. federal agency that deploys more than $1 billion and 250,000 AmeriCorps members annually to address the nation's most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement.
Executive Director, My Vote Counts
Coordinating a democratic process to build a broadbased and sustainable alliance that represents community-based organizations, social movements, NGOs and trade unions across South Africa's nine provinces.
Executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity
Mayor's Office of the City of Philadelphia
Spearheading initiatives to support low-income people and communities.
Managing director, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
Building diverse, equitable and inclusive systems and economies for out-of-work adults, with an emphasis on marginalized populations.
Project manager, Open Society Foundation
Elevating issues of migration, regional integration and the strengthening of a civil society that can add vibrancy to South Africa’s democracy.
Managing director, Center for Law, Information and Creativity, Northeastern University
Leveraging technology and data science to advance policies for ending mass incarceration and surveillance; and protecting civil rights and liberties across the United States.
Chair, PHA Food & Farming Campaign
Promoting sustainable food sourcing and farming practices that protect farmland against urban sprawl and development that risks farmers’ livelihoods.
Composer-in-residence, National Arts Festival, South Africa; composerin-residence, Johannesburg International Mozart Festival
Johannesburg International Mozart Festival
Using storytelling and music to transcend the barriers erected by apartheid between diverse communities.
Executive director, amandla.mobi
Harnessing the power of low-income Black women for collective action through amandla.mobi, a mobile phone civic engagement tool.
Interim co-executive director, Iranti
Writing contemporary news stories within the context of South Africa’s racialized past, which continues to have an impact on the country’s racialized and gendered present.
President and chief executive officer, Sastela
Creating new narratives to invoke soul consciousness as a tool for shaping private and public sector leadership in Africa. Imagining new political economic paradigms for ending racial injustice globally.
Minister, activist and scholar; co-director of the Maroon Project
Working with students, organizers and local residents to impact issues of social justice through political education, civic engagements and leadership development.
Coach, facilitator and storyteller, Obenewa Amponsah & Associates
Obenewa Amponsah & Associates
Advancing racial and gender equity through training to help organizations become more diverse and inclusive spaces; supporting individuals/ teams through coaching, management, and leadership development.
Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Working with young people in townships and incarcerated people to tell Indigenous stories and facilitate theater workshops.
Work rights advocate
Leading the United Domestic Workers of South Africa (UDWOSA), representing the interests of hundreds of domestic workers across South Africa.
President, Color of Change
Color of Change
Developing an infrastructure of a strategic Black response to the needs and injustices of the Black community; and campaigning for changes in employment, the economy, voting, criminal justice, news and entertainment.
Director of Housing Policy, PolicyLink
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Addressing racial inequity in community redevelopment, preservation of affordable housing and disinvestment from neighborhoods.
Executive director, American Civil Liberties Union
Leading work to preserve and promote freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom and equal treatment under the law.
Vice president of community impact, Axon
Leading community engagement efforts to transform relationships between safety officials and the communities they are meant to serve.
Founder and executive director, Equity and Transformation (E.A.T.)
Equity And Transformation (EAT)
Organizing civil rights activism and leading Equity and Transformation (E.A.T.), a nonprofit organization that won the first recreational cannabis policy to include reparations for the war on drugs.
Executive director, People's Advocacy Institute
People's Advocacy Institute
Incubating initiatives that transform our response to violence, challenge the need for prisons and centers community-led governance.
Co-creator, Coloured Mentality
Contributing to national discourses on race, class and gender through various media and artistic interventions, as a playful activist, serious artist and media maverick.
Public interest lawyer, Western Cape Department of Economic Development
Serving as a South African public interest lawyer with the Department of Economic Development in the Western Cape, focused on public policy and regulatory reform.
Youth pastor, Grace Family Church
Grace Family Church, Durban
Mentoring, pastoring and hosting restorative conversations to empower and educate people in the lowest levels of society to have equal opportunities and combat racism.
Country coordinator, Partnership for Action on Green Economy
Supporting countries that wish to put sustainability at the heart of their economic policies to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.
Writer, activist and performance artist
Telling powerful stories as a poet, activist and entertainer, attempting to bridge the divide between African Americans and the Caribbean, between Africa and its fragile connection to its diaspora.
Ph.D. candidate, University of Western Cape
University of Western Cape
Researching the meanings of land and agrarian livelihoods of Black people who were dispossessed of their land and stripped of property rights by colonial and apartheid regimes. Exploring implications for agrarian change today.
Co-founder, Sunshine Cinema
Co-leading Sunshine Cinemas as a documentarian and media advocacy strategist working across Africa and based in Cape Town.
Community lawyer and organizer
Developing a framework to situate ableism as central to every form of systemic oppression while leading efforts to dismantle all carceral institutions.
Commissioner, South African Competition Commission
Positioning the Commission as a world-class regulatory agency and one of South Africa's best performing public institutions. Serving also as an adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law and the Nelson Mandela University Business School.
Executive director, Equality Collective
Innovating to advance access to justice and building the capacity and infrastructure for collective participation in rural areas. Working for quality and equality in education and early childhood development services.
Executive director, Equality Labs
Building the power of Black and Dalit movements to overcome white supremacy and caste apartheid.
Executive director, Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation
Leading a foundation that focuses on programs for women and girls and advocates for the equality and empowerment of Deaf people.
Director, Greatmore Studios
Curating festivals, programs and public art interventions to draw attention to the politics of space and place making, spatial and gender justice, heritage and memory.
Strategic adviser, Ford Foundation
Working on the frontlines of fostering new multiissue and cross-disciplinary approaches and solutions to our increasingly complex, socio-technical world.
Co-founder, Queer Feminist Film Festival
Amplifing the voices, stories and creativity of people of color, African LGBTQIAP+ people and feminists.
Founder, Odara Solutions; founder, Black Women Disrupt
Black Women Disrupt
Leveraging over 20 years of public policy experience to create economic empowerment and investment opportunities for historically marginalized communities.
Advocacy director, New York State Alliance for Quality Education
Serving as the advocacy director of the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the leading statewide organization fighting for educational justice in New York State.
Associate director, NSW/ ACT Indigenous Business and Community, National Australia Bank
Exploring alternatives to Western debt/equity markets as the basis for an international Indigenous financial capital market.
Managing director, Bundyi Girri Consulting
A Kabi Kabi man advancing social and economic outcomes of First Peoples, specializing in the codesign, development and implementation of strategic policy frameworks to facilitate social and economic equity for First Peoples.
Senior adviser, National Indigenous Australians Agency
National Indigenous Australians Agency
Co-designing strategies with Indigenous regional governance bodies to achieve equity. Seeking to close the gap in disadvantage through policies aimed at decision-making rights and empowerment.
Strategic projects manager, Leadership Victoria; cofounder and director, Common Cause Australia
Building collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Victoria.
Chief executive officer, Pollination Foundation
Elevating community-based climate solutions, unlocking incentives to sustain nature, and weaving local and global communities of practice to accelerate a just transition to a climate-resilient future.
General manager, Te Hā Oranga Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua (Te Hā)
Exploring the implementation of Indigenous knowledge, customs, practices, spiritual beliefs, and frameworks as M?ori advocate for autonomy in the delivery of greater health and social service outcomes for M?ori.
Project manager, First Languages Australia
Facilitating national community research and media projects, led by her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues; developing and publishing tools for innovative language-project design, development and implementation.
Director, Aboriginal Culture and Healing, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet VIC
Delivering evidenced-based Indigenous Australian strategy and outcomes, supported by the ability to develop trusting and ethical relationships with the Indigenous community and colleagues from across the sector.
Chief financial officer, Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation
Focusing on financial management and, as a Gumbaynggirr man, an ethos of economic selfsustainability for community; participating in the Wajaar Ngaarlu dance group and hosting a radio show with interviews of First Nations men from his community.
Working on native title, cultural strengthening and heritage, and community development; as a Gunditjmara community member, focusing on recognition and respect for cultural landscapes following World Heritage listing of Budj Bim in 2019.
Independent consultant and suicidology practitioner
Peace building, with a keen interest in tangibles through constructing, finding and creating meaning, and drawing, as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descendant of the the Jawoyn people and Bari clan.
Minister counsellor for strategic communications, Australian Embassy
Australian Department of Foreign Affiars and Trade (DFAT)
Developing a hub for best practice policy to improve socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous peoples, particularly in the IndoPacific.
Professor and director, Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures Research, Jumbunna Institute, University of Technology Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
Focusing on developments in Indigenous nation-building and governance following colonization.
Principal adviser, Aboriginal Engagement, Melbourne Water
Strengthening youth cultural and spiritual connections to Wiradjuri country while promoting their positive selfidentity.
Director, From the Heart
From the Heart
Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organizations and communities to craft their own narratives and lead their own change and development.
Writer and restaurateur
Working to decode what power could look like, based on a reconstructed sense of identity, and communicating this through speaking and writing. Making and sharing traditional Afghan food to shift boundaries.
Creative director, The ELLA Foundation & Eco Dancers
Elevating the importance of dance for First Nations communities and exploring how to make Australia's dance industry more inclusive, diverse and accessible.
Associate professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, University of New South Wales; deputy national rural health commissioner
Charles Sturt University
A proud Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) working on the health and mental health of her mob.
Cultural awareness and cultural heritage protection facilitator
Designing a project to reveal Indigenous narratives of historical events in Australia by co-authoring a book in which they strongly push for acceptance in the Australian curriculum.
General manager, Community and Partnerships, Fortescue Metals Group
Fortescue Metals Group
Building Indigenous business capability through the implementation of Indigenous procurement targets and strategies. Opening doors of opportunity to Indigenous entrepreneurs.
Project manager, Te Waipounamu Improvement Programme for Uplifting M?ori Aspirations in the Hauora M?ori Workforce Industry, South Island project
Working to achieve intergenerational transformation (“flipping the deficit”) by tackling systemic racism and discrimination in the health system, and returning Indigenous knowledge systems to M?ori communities both for them and for generations to come.
Director, Strategic Support, Aboriginal Housing Office
Reimagining lawful relationality with First Australians through cultural and economic collaboration with migrant communities.
Director, social justice and regional engagement, The Fred Hollows Foundation (Australia and Asia-Pacific)
Working with a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s right to sight and health equity, which extends to improving eye care for Indigenous and tribal peoples globally.
Chief executive officer, The Lowitja Institute
The Lowitia Institute
Developing The International Alliance of First Nations Nurses, connecting and fostering their sense of resilience and mutual commitment to increase recognition, value and voice of First Nations nurses at an international level.
Specialist adviser, youth economy, Auckland Council
Building M?ori and Pacific young people’s well-being and strength through power sharing and sovereignty; working at grassroots and system levels to bring communities together to design their own solutions to socioeconomic challenges.
Leading consultant, Deaf Indigenous Community Consultancy
Aboriginal Disability Training
Working with many complex Indigenous communications styles, especially for Deaf and Hard of Hearing peoples, as a proud BirriGubba, Woppaburra Deaf woman and qualified disability cultural consultant.
Head of Advocacy and Growth, Phantm
Indigenous Business Australia
Establishing and enabling collaborations, disrupting entrenched and extractive systems, and advocating for an inclusive and regenerative economy.
Director, Aboriginal cultural heritage, Aboriginal Affairs, New South Wales
Championing Indigenous affairs, justice reinvestment and the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby team as a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Founder and chief executive officer, Full & Frank; executive director, TEDxBrisbane
Full & Frank
Amplifying the impact of global changemakers by teaching social entrepreneurs, thought leaders and advocates to deliver compelling, strategically-crafted presentations that inspire action and do their ideas justice.
Executive director, Jureda
Developing an innovative locally driven health promotion program to strengthen and develop Indigenous communityled approaches to health improvement, and increase community engagement and ownership of wellness.
Chief executive officer, Inala Wangarra
Championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty and advocacy of community-led, peoplecentered social services; starting from a point of strengths, instead of deficits, to sustain social change.
Director, Original Power
Building the power of Indigenous peoples through organizing and campaigning. Working in partnership with existing campaigns, allies, networks and initiatives to power people, campaigns, and solutions.
Senior adviser in service design, Ministry of Social Development NZ
Investigating how whanaungatanga, being relationally connected, could improve social outcomes for M?ori by focusing on what is inherent in our culture.
Director, Making Everything Achievable, Ahau NZ Limited, Indigital Blockchain Limited
Working to lift the transformative capability of wh?nau, hap? and iwi to grow collective prosperity through Indigenous-centered design and emergent technologies.
Executive director, Koorie Women Mean Business
Koorie Women Mean Business
Building an Aboriginal-led national peak body to lead and inform approaches to ethical research, protection of traditional knowledge, and sustainable, ethical business with Aboriginal landholders for Aboriginal products.
Learning and program development manager, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
Building an assetsbased, community-driven development (ABCD) planning process for remote Indigenous communities to dismantle the “problem narrative” perpetuated by non-Indigenous decisionmakers.
Working with Aboriginal people from remote desert communities to establish a leadership and governance knowledge center in Alice Springs.
General manager, Indigenous Programs and Community Investment & Chair Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Council, Accor Pacific
Working on better engagement between First Nations peoples and the tourism industry. Creating opportunities for cultural preservation, social and economic equity, and a more authentic tourism story for Australia.
Pou Whakatere, Deputy Secretary M?ori, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Government
Tukaha Global Consultancy Ltd
Leading a multidisciplinary business group called ?tea a Rangi, which incorporates the best of strategy, policy, capability development and relationship management to lead the Ministry in its priority to effectively partner with M?ori.
Director of First Nations, Foundation of Young Australians
Using experience in media and storytelling to share her matriarchal story and the lesson within.
General manager partnerships, Greenfleet
Working to provide better environments that provide better lives, based on over 30 years’ experience in natural resource management in Australia and overseas.
Assistant secretary, Australian Department of Health
Australian Department of Health
Leading the COVID-19 primary care response for Indigenous and remote communities, in partnership with the Indigenous health sector, and continuing work to empower women, especially those exiting prison.
Kaitiaki (CEO), Ako M?t?tupu: Teach First NZ
Working in education and theater with particular focus on young Brown scholars in South Auckland; serving as kaitiaki (i.e., guardian) of Ako M?t?tupu: Teach First NZ, M?ia Centre for Social Justice, and Black Friars theater company.
General manager Campaign Sustainability, From the Heart
Developing a neuroscienceanchored multidisciplinary measurement and evaluation framework of human flourishing to inform self-determined social equity from personal, organizational and policy objectives.
Center manager, The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
Helping establish a skillset that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to the workforce that has not been acquired through formal education/training.
Community researcher and spokesperson, #ProtectIhumat?o campaign
Campaigning as an activist for M?ori rights, environmental protection and constitutional transformation; recently co-led the #ProtectIhum?tao campaign to protect ancestral land in Auckland from corporate desecration.
Ph.D. candidate, RMIT University; Co-founder and director, Goompi Projects & Goompi Give and Grow
Goompi Projects Ptd Ltd
Exploring models of storytelling of First Nations' resilience to reclaim the telling of our own stories whilst empowering today's generation of young people to reflect, transform and be proud of their identity, culture and existence.
Assistant secretary, Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Providing strategic advice on education, skills and employment policy and programs across Australia through a senior executive role in government.
Executive director and professor of education, Carumba Institute, Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology
Developing dynamic approaches to embedding First Nation perspectives into western educational systems through professional development capacity building, using digital pedagogies and curriculum frameworks.
Manager Housing and Wellbeing Support, K?inga Ora – Lower South Region
Exploring the experience of wh?nau involved in statutory child protection processes to develop resources and supports to improve their participation and equity.
Lecturer in rural Aboriginal health, University of Melbourne
Working to address the lack of inclusion and afforded value of Indigenous peoples in their own country; drawing on interest, as a Gunggari woman, in strength-based research and leadership in Aboriginal communities.
Director of Human Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane
Exploring how to redesign family services to work alongside families in building their restoration.
Associate professor and department chair, University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
Engaging in treatymaking debates in Australia, considering how testimonials about treaties and self-determination from Indigenous and nonIndigenous peoples in the United States and New Zealand would positively affect discussions in Australia.
Director, Center for Indigenous Health Equity Research
Center for Indigenous Health Equity Research
Developing and evaluating the social and emotional learning strategies implemented in Queensland boarding schools, to help remote Indigenous students better engage in life and learning.
Chief adviser, Curriculum Futures, Ministry of Education & Chair, N?na Te Ao Charitable Trust
Empowering future M?ori leaders by motivating rangatahi M?ori into vocational training and educational pathways.
Exploring the role of non-Indigenous people in fulfilling the vision of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the 1840 treaty) and dismantling neoliberal systems rooted in white supremacy in Aotearoa.
Managing director, Gidgee Group Consulting and Partnerships Pty. Ltd.
Working on the social and economic disparity of Indigenous Australians, ensuring that legislation, policy and programs have a positive impact, leading to opportunities for Indigenous economic empowerment and independence.
Chief executive officer, Jawun
Supporting First Nations to become digitally empowered, enabling them to prosper from the new digital economy.
Pursuing collaborative pathways that value the narratives and healing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in solution designs, as a Panai, Wuthathi and Kulkalgal descendant.
Head of investment management, Brightlight Group
Managing an impact investing fund that is dedicated to transforming lives; specializing in innovative financing and blended finance within infrastructure, real estate and credit/private debt.
First Nations art curator, cultural dancer and educator, and a consultant
Facilitating community voices, connecting past and present, and highlighting the continuity and importance of cultural values; empowering community to care for country and heal trauma.
Aboriginal cultural coordinator, Bush Heritage Australia
Revisiting the past and identifying key cultural protocols to support selfdetermination as a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman; unpacking intergenerational trauma and using her people’s cultural resilience to empower.
General manager, Community and Social Innovation, Auckland Council
Disrupting dominant economic discourse by demonstrating how entrepreneurial public servants can shape markets and enable just, inclusive, circular and regenerative economic development for the M?ori and Pasifika urban diaspora.
Founder, R?kau Tautoko, and service and system designer, T?maki Regeneration Company
Activating communityled regeneration through Indigenous and place-based practices; creating a new way forward to empower local community and government representatives to collaborate on a location-specific regenerative future.
Chief M?ori adviser, Office of the Children’s Commissioner
Working to get the government to address inequities for tamariki and wh??nau M?ori (M?ori children and families) by genuinely meeting their responsibilities in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, addressing racism and enabling by M?ori for M?ori solutions.
Tai Moana, Te Ohu Kaimoana
Empowering wh?nau-led environmental policy and research, centering our whakapapa relationship with the environment while remedying the violent impacts of settler colonialism.
Co-founder and director, Goompi Give and Grow & Goompi Projects
Developing a strengthbased approach to identify opportunities and ways to empower the Quandamooka community that ensure members are spiritually and mentally strong, immersed and proud of their culture, and create positive outcomes.
Journalist and consultant
Working in philanthropy, social investment and Indigenous affairs to develop approaches for improving collaboration, engagement and knowledge in the sector.
Director, Kaiela Institute, and Honorary Fellow, Department of Rural Health, University of Melbourne
Building systems to navigate and bridge the cultural interface in First Nation and Australian institutional and organizational contexts, so that Indigenous people can thrive.
Executive director, Atlantic Institute
Leading the Atlantic Institute to support Atlantic Fellows across the world to accelerate the eradication of inequities for fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies.
Energy access specialist
Providing expertise in projects that aim to increase access to sustainable energy services for households, public facilities and enterprises in eastern and southern Africa.
Director of Strategy and Learning, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
Working with activists around the world to translate human rights norms into tools for collective analysis and action on inequalities.
National co-director, Standing Together; co-owner, The Brothers Green Bookshop, Tel Aviv
Organizing people with the aim of building a political alternative of social justice, equality and peace. Coordinating struggles against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, and injustices and inequalities.
Climate justice activist and co-founder, Engajamundo
Building movements and facilitating community engagement to promote systemic change and climate justice.
Indigenous advocate, University of Melbourne
Working as an Indigenous equity practitioner across political, social, economic and environmental spheres.
Economist and higher education policy specialist
Working toward a nonelitist and non-segregated higher education access and countering the effects of neo-liberal policies on higher education.
Research associate, Laboratorio de Transformaciones Sociales; Ph.D. student, Universidad Deigo Portales
Building the free exercise of sexual and reproductive rights across Latin America and the Caribbean. Fighting for the recognition of sexual and reproductive rights in the Chilean constitution.
Program manager, The Oxford Character Project, University of Oxford
University of Oxford
Focusing on systems change and responsible leadership at the Oxford Character Project; previously at BRAC in Bangladesh, leading a project providing one million women with access to digital financial services.
Creating the space to build people's narratives which are alternative, non-singular, personal and political.
Dalit rights activist and founder, DalitWomenFight.org
Leading a grassroots campaign addressing structural violence against the most marginalized women.
Consultant and advocate for social and environmental justice; founder, For the Love of Changemaking
Supporting changemakers in social and environmental justice and women's rights by strengthening analysis, strategy and outreach; and developing initiatives to change the world of changemaking itself.
Program coordinator, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, East Africa Office
Providing expertise in human rights law and public international law for gender democracy, human rights, policy and social change advocacy organizations.
Deputy director of research, Khazanah Research Institute
Researching the everyday reproduction of poverty, inequality and exclusion, with a focus on the political economies of Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
Working for policy change in economic inequality and development finance, and strengthening civil society influence.
Director, Making Rights Real
Working alongside marginalized groups to use the power of human rights for economic, social and cultural change.
Lead trainer, No Means No Worldwide
Working with a sexual violence prevention organization that supports and trains organizations in highrisk environments to deliver a rape prevention curriculum to boys (intervention and positive masculinity) and girls (empowerment and selfdefence).
Director, Nawi: Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective
Nawi: Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective
Working to influence macrolevel economic policies from a pan-African feminist analysis, across regional and global spaces.
Researcher, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Using his investigative journalism background to develop outlets and communication projects related to tax accountability, climate change and media literacy.
Program coordinator, A11 Initiative for Economic and Social Rights
Tackling housing and other social inequalities among the most vulnerable communities in Serbia, and bringing economic and social rights back to the agendas of decision-makers.
Renegade economist; host of “Upstream” podcast; Right Livelihood coach and facilitator
Inviting paradigm and worldview shifts to contribute to the just transition to more equitable and sustainable economies through storytelling, coaching, consulting and facilitating.
Founding and chairman, LEGSAfrica (Leadership, Ethics, Governance, Strategies for Africa
LEGS-Africa (Leadership, Ethics, Governance, Strategies for Africa)
Nurturing leadership against inequality through democratic and economic governance policies and systems monitoring, research into public-private power relations in extractive industries, and promoting of young entrepreneurs.
Founder and curator, Safety First for Girls (SAFIGI); founder and chief strategist, Digital Grassroots; inter-agency coordination analyst, UN Women
Using art to build tools toward girls' safety (via Safety First for Girls) and increase digital citizenship in local communities (via Digital Grassroots). An expert in internet governance, inequality and innovation.
Human rights lawyer; cofounder, Center for Women’s Rights Advocacy (CWRA
Center for Women's Rights Advocacy (CWRA)
Working toward gender equality and an end to violence against women and girls, including those with disabilities; mentoring of young women and girls in pastoral communities; advancing the rights of the marginalized.
Advocacy/planning officer, UNICEF
Advocating for children's rights, promoting access, demand and equity for public services needed by children and women, especially the most marginalized.
Program officer, Disability Rights Program, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa; founder, Riziki Source
Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa
Supporting organizations for persons with disabilities in seven Eastern African countries through grantmaking and advocacy to promote disability rights and amplifying the voices of often marginalized parts of society.
Research fellow, Research ICT Africa; founder of OpenUp South Africa; legal consultant
Working on issues of digital inequalities in Africa, as well as advancing human rights (particularly access to information and privacy) in digital and innovation contexts.
Director and co-founder, Instituto Procomum; strategic dialogue facilitator working for civil society organizations
Working for the commons; facilitator in collective construction processes; founder/project director of the Procomum Institute, an organization focused on culture, technology, politics and citizenship.
Ph.D. student in Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science; founding member, Universal Basic Services Taskforce
University of London
Researching why improvements to technological efficiency have been primarily converted into increased consumption rather than leisure. Focusing on climate change and inequality implications.
Researcher on AFSEE's Atlantic Equity Project “Peace and gender (in)equality: lessons from the Colombian Peace Agreement of 2016”
Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia)
Working on the transitional justice process in Colombia and researching how to link redress for human rights violations to the fulfilment of economic, social and cultural rights and the reduction of structural inequalities.
Right to Food program coordinator, Sustain: The Alliance For Better Food and Farming
Working on socioeconomic rights in the United Kingdom with a particular focus on how better legal protection of these rights would reduce inequalities, especially for marginalized groups.
Activist and Black feminist and policy analyst, Food for Education
Working to make refugee policy and governance structures more transparent, accountable and inclusive, with the aim of providing an opportunity for economic integration in host countries/ countries of asylum.
State Head, Foundational Literacy & Numeracy, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, India
Working as development professional, with 11 years of experience in public administration, social policy formulation and analysis in different geographies and sectors such as government, NGOs, academic Institutions and activist organizations.
Director, Tinderbox Collective; board member, Music Education Partnership Group/ We Make Music Scotland
The Tinderbox Collective
Building a collective of young people, musicians, artists and youth workers. Finding creative and collaborative ways of bringing people together, building community and opening up opportunities for children and young people.
Founder and chief executive officer, Institute of Public Finance Kenya
Institute of Public Finance Kenya
Focusing as a public finance practitioner on how public finance management can address inequalities at both national and subnational government level.
Senior director, Women’s Empowerment, The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation
Working to advance gender equality globally. Currently writing a book on activism at home and in the world to address inequalities.
Governance specialist, United Nations Development Program
Providing expertise for policy and project development on participatory and inclusive governance and gender equality in the private, civil society, public and global sectors in the U.K., U.S. and South Africa.
Program director, ARDA Development Communication Inc.
Harnessing the power of storytelling and participatory narrative building for social change through media and voice projects in health, gender, livelihoods and peace building.
Executive director, SEIU Washington State Labor Council; founder and president, National LGBTQ Workers Center
National LGBTQ Workers Center
Cultivating a voice for working people in the Pacific Northwest. Leading an LGBTQ movement for economic justice and workers’ rights.
Photographer, Unequal Scenes; News Fellow, Code for Africa; founder, africanDRONE Mukilteo, Wash., United St
Working to creatively communicate systems and processes relating to economic, environmental and social justice issues. Managing an NPO dedicated to creating a drone community “for good”.
Senior program officer for Human Rights, Sigrid Rausing Trust
100 Million Campaign
Identifying, assessing, and supporting grantee organizations, at local and national levels, to advance universal human rights and justice.
Administrator, Caribbean Male Action Network
Working on advocacy campaigns and community education initiatives to champion gender equality in the Caribbean and end violence against women and girls.
Trinidad and Tobago
Learning coordinator, TuTela Learning Network; learning and research consultant
Creating spaces of collective learning and creative action to fight urban inequalities, with children, young people and women. Connecting experiences of grassroots activism to spread existing but marginalized models of change.
Co-founder, Reclaiming Narrative
Co-created Reclaiming Narratives, a feminist intersectional collective, to work through feminist research and advocacy, knowledge production, feminist pedagogy and feminist cross-movement building.
Founder, Observatorio de Plataformas (Platform Observatory)
Researching care work, decolonial feminism, gender, platform economies, migration and labor rights, and challenging the poor working conditions of workers in platform economies through the Observatorio de Plataformas.
Organizing director, Labor Network for Sustainability
Labor Network for Sustainability
Leading a team to be a relentless force for urgent, science-based climate action by building a powerful laborclimate movement to secure an ecologically sustainable and economically just future where everyone can make a living on a living planet.
Economic justice program officer, Mama Cash
FRIDA: Young Feminist Fund
Strengthening solidarities and deepening impact among social justice and human rights movements and organizations globally, to address inequalities from the bottom up.
Director, Tax Justice and Human Rights, Tax Justice Network
Tax Justice Network
Drawing on research and practice to forge alliances to strengthen the narrative of how tax justice underpins equality, militates against discrimination and supports the realization of human rights.
Consultant on disability rights (Global South)
Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and Rule of Law
Focusing on research, training and policy intervention to support the realization of the rule of law and access to justice in South Sudan, working directly with the government of South Sudan.
Director of Policy & Programs, Open Ownership
Working on public policy reform at the intersection of anti-corruption and tax justice to increase the accountability of elite individuals and corporations to citizens and societies.
Senior sustainability strategist, Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future
Working toward climate justice and resource equity, and pursuing an Master of Science in Inequalities and Social Science (LSE) to understand how climate injustice intersects with dimensions such as race, poverty and gender.
Project director, Global Gas Hub
Advocating for climate justice and particularly for an urgent and rapid delivery of a global phaseout of fossil fuel.
Director, Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund
Working with national and international development and human rights organizations in Africa and the United Kingdom to advance human rights and transitional justice.
Director, Entramada Social Consultancy Company; lecturer in social policy, Talca University
Tackling social inequalities by integrating multidimensional perspectives into social policies; co-founder of Entramada, a cooperative that strengthens local communities via the good living concept.
Programs director, Sonke Gender Justice
Responsible for the implementation, management, supervision, and evaluation of Sonke's programmes.
Social justice, labor and community activist; consultant
Leading and facilitating community-based initiatives aimed at strengthening community cohesion and participation in interrelated socioeconomic issues, with a special focus on children and youth education. Advocating inclusion and leadership for vulnerable community groups.
Consultant, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation & FARN (Argentina); columnist, elDiarioAR and Revista Anfibia
Building and communicating ecological and social transitions toward fairer, inclusive and sustainable livelihoods for all.
Founder, INDESIG (Institute of Studies on Inequality); associate professor, University of Guadalajara
Working on a deconstruction of myths of meritocracy and other narratives that justify inequality, with academic research, activism and dissemination though social networks.
Interim deputy director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; adjunct professor, American University
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Leading the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation engagement with influential constituencies across North America, focusing on public education, economic mobility and public policy. Speaker/ writer on race, gender, inequality and philanthropy.
Young persons development officer (school exclusions), Just for Kids Law
Coordinating campaigns led by young people with lived experience of school exclusions to highlight the underlying inequalities and injustices in school exclusions.
Feminist justice and peace activist
Supporting local and international organizations with capacity building, facilitation and research on feminist peace and gender justice.
Finance and administration officer/ gender focal person, German Development Cooperation (GIZ, Ghana); management consultant; co-founder, WODIF Ghana
Promoting digital and financial literacy as a sustainable tool for addressing inequalities and alleviating poverty, and supporting development partners with gender mainstreaming initiatives in Ghana.
Head of programs and campaigns at Oxfam in Ghana; programs coordinator, Institute for Policy Alternatives, Ghana
Working for social and economic justice via research, policy, and the strengthening of civil society's safe and vibrant spaces in order to hold the powerful to account and uphold human rights.
Independent campaign producer
Producing storytelling campaigns to address educational inequalities for Indigenous youth in Mexico.
Founding coordinator, Act Now - People-Powered Campaigning for Northern Ireland; fellow for peace and leadership, Social Change Initiative
Act Now - People Powered Campaigning for Northern Ireland
Building a people-powered campaigning community to take coordinated action for progressive change across Northern Ireland; supporting communities in their campaigning for socioeconomic rights.
Lecturer, Institute of Development Management (IDM); executive director, Friends of Diversity
Advancing the rights of key populations in Botswana within the areas of legal and policy reform, mental health and civic action.
Senior lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand
University of the Witwatersrand
Working on transparency and corporate accountability; current focus is on the monetization of our personal data and its impact on the right to privacy and access to information.
Senior research analyst, Chambers and Partners
Chambers and Partners
Working on research projects related to inequalities, elites and education in Chile.
Co-founder and director, Quid; co-founder and board member, Advocacy Hub
Legislative Assembly of Sao Paulo
Advocacy, civic engagement and public policy expert with extensive experience of working with civil society organizations, movements, funders and in the public sector.
Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge; co-founder, Chitrakoot Collective Cambridge, United Kingdom
Chitrakoot Women's Collective
Studying as a doctoral candidate in sociology, and a Gates Scholar, at the University of Cambridge. Co-founded Chitrakoot Collective, a grassroots feminist organisation working on all things gender.
Project coordinator and researcher, Propuesta Ciudadana
Studying the connections between infrastructure, information and inequality, and seeking to enable processes of critical activism, citizen research and democratic engagement.
Gender specialist, International Organization; program and policy adviser, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development; program manager, Oxfam
Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development (ARDD)
Currently working on gender equality in the Arab region, current and previous interest and experience in research and projects for policy and legal reform, care and informal work and social protection focusing on disadvantaged communities.
Program officer, Open Society Initiative for Europe
Open Society Initiative for Europe
Focusing on economic justice in gig work and care work, challenges to unregulated “big tech”, and supporting building workers' power through organizing, greater visibility and collective bargaining.
Program officer, Open Society Initiative for Europe
Open Society Initiative for Europe
Supporting democratic innovation across Europe. Championing participatory decision-making as an approach to equity.
Chief executive officer and development director, Rona Foundation
Building change as a grassroots gender, policy and development champion, with a focus on social, economic and leadership training for widows and schoolgirls, and working with male champions to change harmful traditional practices around widowhood.
Founder and director, Adivaani
Amplifying the voices of the Adivasi (the Indigenous people of India) and sharing their experiences through her nonprofit organization, Adivaani.
Gender lead, support to Africa-led movement to end female genital mutilation or cutting, Action Aid UK
Young Women's Leadership Institute
Integrating deep understanding of girls' and women's rights and how social norms perpetuate gendered inequalities and unequal power. Providing strategic guidance and management to the program hub, and practical tools, strategies and capacity building.
Team leader for Germany, 350.org
Building and strengthening grassroots movements fighting the coal, oil and gas industry; working to stop financial flows into fossil fuel companies and infrastructure.
Program officer, Center for Economic and Social Rights
Working in international human rights organizations and forging alliances across movements and geographies to advance economic justice at a global level.
Coordinator, Social Action for Community and Development (SACD)
Social Action for Community and Development (SACD)
Working toward a just economy, social justice, gender justice, people participatory democracy and systemic change.
Program and impact lead; Senior Fellow engagement, Atlantic Institute
Working with Senior Atlantic Fellows and program staff from across the seven Atlantic Fellows programs to facilitate collective actions that address global inequities through co-created thematic gatherings and workshops.
Founder and head of Product, Open Function Group; co-lead, Information Mediation Group, GovStack initiative (The ITU)
Open Function Group
Supporting governments and NGOs as they scale health, humanitarian, and child protection interventions via secure, responsible dataintegration, automation, and interoperability initiatives.
International Budget Partnership (IBP) South Africa; member of the board of directors, Isandla Institute
International Budget Partnership South Africa
Advising International Budget Partnership South Africa and its grassroot partner organizations. Supporting research and advocacy for improved basic services to informal settlements across South African cities. Calling for greater accountability in how cities spend their budgets.
Sociologist, Institute of Indigenous Knowledge, Empowerment and Research
Working on decolonizing global and local spaces and self through dialogue, alternative media and Indigenous knowledge.
Trinidad and Tobago
Lawyer, activist and scholar
Advancing women's economic, social and cultural rights via litigation, evidencebased advocacy, crossmovement solidarity and campaigning.
Southeast Asia co-director, Just Associates
Working with diverse networks in Southeast Asia, particularly those involving rural and Indigenous women and the LGBTQ community in defense of land, water, territories and human rights.
Former literacy mentor, Nal’ibali Trust; former approvals evaluator, AIDS Foundation of South Africa
Developing the agency of young women and children, and the LGBTIQPA+ community; developing literacy and working toward the inclusion of youth in the provincial economy of the Eastern Cape.
Ph.D. candidate, University of the Witwatersrand
Building an inclusive society where people living at the far margins of society can equally participate and benefit from the social and economic pipeline.
Director, TB and HIV Care
TB and HIV Care
Working with communities in realizing and advocating for their health rights through approaches that seek to promote health based on a knowledge of its range of social determinants.
Editor, Health-e News
Health-e News Service
Through socially just media practices and through content in mainstream media that reflects marginalized voices usually inaccessible to traditional media houses, unlike Health-e News.
Research assistant, University of South Africa (UNISA); Country Champion, ICOYACA-AFCFTA
Plus 94 Research
Assisting the South African National Aids Council as Trustees Member, also appointed as a student representative in the Ministerial Technical Task Team for Sexual & Gender-Based Violence in Institutions of Higher Learning (2017).
Pharmacist, Department of Health
Addressing inequity when it comes to access to medication in a rural community by ensuring availability and devising ways to ensure adherence to treatment as a way of eradicating disease burden.
Lecturer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Advocating for equal access to health care for LGBTIQ+ communities.
Africa regional coordinator, groundWork
Intersectional feminist (also known as the Scientivist) focusing on climate change and health.
Curriculum developer, Equal Education
A highly driven individual who is passionate about socioeconomic, health and educational inequalities within South Africa and the continent at large.
Chairperson, coordinator, organizer and field worker
Fostering a movement for the development of youth in communities; mobilizing community and youth to address policy around land and land occupation.
Nutritionist, public health researcher and activist, South African Medical Association
Advocating for a South Africa where primary health care takes center stage and all South Africans have access to affordable, equitable, high-quality health care.
Program officer, Lawyers for Human Rights; board member, Vumbanani for Peacebuilding
Humanitarian worker with more than 10 years of experience in program management, community development and human rights activism.
Managing editor, Health-e News
Bridging the health information divide through journalism that helps individuals make informed health choices and advances health equity.
Interim national president, Public Oral Health Forum (POHF)
Building an activist oral health workforce, with a focus on grassroots community and peer-topeer engagement to realize, preserve and protect society's right to quality oral health services.
Lecturer in social anthropology, Sol Plaatje University
Sol Plaatje University
Developing new anthropology courses and program, based on her Master's research that drew on public health, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and epigenetic findings.
USAWA Learning & Healing
Women on Farms Project
Advancing the rights and improving the lives of young people and women living on farms, through experiential knowledge after living on a farm herself. Addressing social injustices and inequalities through a human rights context.
Founder and director, Resoketswe Lebjane Foundation; branch secretary, Treatment Action Campaign
Advocating for gender equality and sexual reproductive health rights, as a change driver targeting rural areas in particular.
Founder, TuksRes Women in Leadership Academy; Tsuha Fellow, University of Western Australia; founder, Women Leaders Planetary Health South Africa
Working at the intersection of health, sustainablity and innovation to catalyze change in South Africa.
Advocacy manager for Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force; and founder of Mothers for the Future
Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force
Fighting for the decriminalization of sex work. As well as advocating for sex workers, she is an international ambassador of Coalition of Children Affected by AIDS.
Country director, REPSSI
Advocating for access to community-based mental health care and treatment services in underserved communities. Addressing bottlenecks in the health system with design strategies that enhance service delivery.
Impact and learning manager
Shonaquip Social Enterprise
Leading efforts to build ecosystems for inclusion for people with disabilities, their families and service providers.
Research and policy, African Tobacco Control Alliance; head of research, Institut Superieur pour le Development Rural
Healthy Rural Societies (HRS)
Consultant at WHO on research and policy to monitor tobacco industries in Africa. Head of Research and professor of public health at Rural Health University in Eastern DRC.
Public health medicine specialist, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital; senior lecturer, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand; President, Public Health Association of South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand
Training future public health medicine specialists and working to improve health care and health equity. Advocating for improved clinical and corporate governance, and overall health systems strengthening. Acting to address the social determinants of health.
Founder, USAWA for Learning & Healing; senior optometrist, Majid Optometrist; deputy chair, Active Citizens Movement -Pietermaritzburg
Active Citizens Movement
Public private partnership facilitator for equitable access to primary health services. Affiliated to the uMgungundlovu District Municipality for civil society responses to HIV/AIDS and GBVF.
Human rights lawyer, Africa Albinism Network; Ph.D. candidate, University of Witswatersrand
Advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa.
Promoting the need for accessible, comprehensive and holistic health education with community participation.
Comprehensive health nurse and nurse trainer, Department of Health
Advocating within civil society organizations for improved health of marginalized communities.
Founder and campaign manager, Matriarch & Sons
Creating and executing health communications campaigns and strategies that are engaging by employing a fusion of pop culture and politics.
Innovation Director, DG Murray Trust (DGMT)
Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Identifying the processes and levers that reduce social stratification and lead to social innovation and transformation.
Mother Mentor Programme, Enable
Providing support, counselling and basic health education to pregnant women, with a focus on chronic treatment adherence mostly related to HIV and AIDS.
Director, Women and Girls Leadership Foundation
Women and Girls Leadership Foundation
Promoting access to sexual and reproductive health and justice for girls and women in rural and peri-urban areas through advocacy and strengthening leadership skills.
Pharmacist, Department of Health; Master's candidate (Public Health), Rhodes University
Working toward improving health care in the public sector.
Ph.D. candidate; researcher and educator, Health Policy and Systems Research Division, University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Advocating for health systems responsiveness and championing sexual and reproductive justice for sex workers and queer persons through influencing policy and implementation.
Founding member, PHELA Foundation
Facilitating the inclusion of patients as a prominent stakeholder group in the development and implementation of health services and strategic health policies.
Environmental health manager, City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town
Advancing policies and programs to reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in air, water, soil and food, to protect people and provide communities with healthier environments.
Senior budget analyst, Public Finance, National Treasury (Department of Finance)
National Treasury (Department of Finance), South Africa
Developing social assistance models, budgets and policy advancements for improved health and education outcomes for the poor.
Master’s student, University of the Witwatersrand; volunteer and mentor, Refugee Children’s Project
Supporting vulnerable individuals through community development and advocacy, and volunteering at a refugee center; this social worker is aiming to complete a master’s degree in migration and displacement.
Director/chairperson, USAWA for Learning & Healing
Nelson Mandela University
Contributing to educational approaches that are empowering and for liberation purposes by understanding the intersectionality of education and health within aspects of adolescent girls and young women.
Public health inspector, Alberta Health Services (AHS)
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)
Assisting in the identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of environmental public health activities.
Environmental health campaign manager, groundWork, South Africa
Advocating for environmental justice, working with the health sector and communities.
Advocate, Rhodes University
Specializing as an advocate in international human rights, health rights and health care systems. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy.
Ensuring the provision of public health services in rural communities and hospitals; providing physiotherapy services to Limpopo Acadamy of Sport.
Cluster manager, Soul City Institute for Social Justice
Advocating for social justice for young women and girls and their rights in accessing sexual reproductive health services in a youth-friendly environment underpinned by intersectional feminism.
Education development strategist; executive director, Kwankqubela; creative manager, Ingomso
Promoting communitydriven and school-focused health education programs in marginalized communities, with a particular interest in providing a decolonized education system and alternative education models.
Coordinator for community-centered programmes, Centre for Social Development, Rhodes University
Reimagining the ways in which corporate and NGO spaces can be connected and developed to enhance access to resources and opportunities for social change.
Researcher, Health Systems Trust
Health Systems Trust
Conducting evidence-based research that contributes to policy strengthening health systems in South Africa, using predominantly quantitative data to address health equity.
Operations manager, Kozi Foundation
Providing support and guidance to women-led, not-for-profit organizations on good governance and best financial management practices. Advocating for parental involvement in sexual and reproductive health education.
Project developer, Waste for Change
Teaching leadership, gender equity and enviromental sustainability.
Communications and advocacy strategist, Embrace Movement for Mothers
Using media and communications as a tool for social change.
HIV/AIDS counselor and tester, Perinatal HIV Research Unit; health promoter and leader of a community HIV support group
Organizing to eradicate gender-based violence in communities and supporting LGBTQI+ communities; Nonzaliseko is a health promoter and support group facilitator for communities in the Eastern Cape province.
Medical student, University of KwaZulu-Natal; marketing director, Nomandla Leadership Academy
Improving access to sexual reproductive health rights, with a passion for sanitary dignity, maternal care and preventing gynecological ills; exploring sustainable social entrepreneurial models that provide solutions in Africa.
Curriculum and education coordinator, Social Justice Coalition
Social Justice Coalition
Building a South Africa that addresses the injustices of the past while seeking alternatives for a just and equal society.
Head of Environmental Health, City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town
Advocating for environmental health as a determinant of health to be at the center of human health.
Program manager, Next Up
Mentoring youth leaders across South Africa.
Social worker, Masimanyane Women's Rights International
Advocating for the rights of women, social justice and sexual reproductive health, rooted in intersectional PanAfrican feminism.
Field Researcher, SECTION27
Working with civil society to address inequality and striving for social justice for all. Mobilizing community and building community voice through capacity building. Building civil society voice from below for health system strengthening.
Provincial lead, She Decides; brand ambassador, Inside My Purse
Advocating for the inclusion of queer women and people living with HIV; providing women and girls space to learn about their bodies and exercise their rights to sexual health.
Community scholar, University of Kwa Zulu-Natal; project facilitator/coordinator, Durban South Community Peace Builders
Using innovative learning tools to bridge the gap between the law, people and the state around matters relating to environmental ecology.
Program manager, Western Cape Health Department
Western Cape Health Department
Developing and supporting equitable TB and HIV protection programs.
National RTCQI/CLI Manager, SEAD (Strategic Evaluation, Advisory & Development) Consulting Ltd; director, HACCSA
SEAD (Strategic Evaluation, Advisory & Development) Consulting Ltd
Strengthening, monitoring and promoting quality HIV and laboratory services in South Africa. Passionate about sexual reproductive health rights, primary health care access and health systems strengthening.
Senior field officer, The Endangered Wildlife Trust
The Endangered Wildlife Trust
Mobilizing communities in rural South Africa to engage with conservation projects that provide environmentally friendly alternative livelihoods.
Lead occupational therapist, private mental health care
University of London
Developing services and a model of care for mental health care users, supporting recovery and community integration.
Research project manager, Sheiham/Wits Family Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity, University of the Witwatersrand
University of the Witwatersrand
Advocating and mobilizing for policy reform to ensure affordable and accessible health for all. Using an intersectional feminist, decolonial research and praxis lens to advance health systems thinking, eradicate genderbased violence and address intergenerational trauma.
Director, women's leadership and training program
Women's Leadership and Training Programme
Strengthening girls' and women's leadership skills, so they use their agency to dismantle patriarchal structures and systems, advance climate change adaptation strategies, and restore ecosystems in communities.
Drama therapist, Drama for Life
Drama for Life
Using theater and drama therapy with patients to help them overcome emotional trauma and addiction, as well as working with young men to help them deal with their emotions to become better fathers.
Development and CSI Manager, South African Sugar Association
South African Sugar Association
Advancing rural development through job placement opportunities for young people in the sugar cane value chain; bursaries to rural communities studying agriculture, science and engineering; and supporting enterprise initiatives for women and the youth.
Business case development manager, Transnet Port Terminals
Transnet National Ports Authority
Training, mentoring and inspiring women and girls from underprivileged communities to succeed in industry.
Master’s student in psychology; counselor, AbantuLives; member, executive committee representing South Africa, Global Mental Health Peer Network
Addressing mental health for social change, with a decolonial approach that is holistic and communitybased, situating the lived experiences of the people of South Africa and Africa.
Chairperson, Abahlali Base Freedom Park
Abahlali Base Freedom Park
Organizing and mobilizing communities in the southern region of Johannesburg around land, housing and other socioeconomic issues.
Communications officer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Exploring the role of the media in influencing and developing more equitable and socially just health systems.
Procurement and supply chain mangement specialist, National Department of Health Global Fund
Contributing toward medicine access expansion using pharmacy innovation and technology.
Coordinator, People’s Health Movement South Africa
People's Health Movement South Africa
Promoting socioeconomic justice for all, including addressing social determinants for health.
Master's candidate (law), University of Cape Town (UCT); co-chair, MCU Health cluster, Makhanda; house warden/ manager, Allan Gray Residence
Health advocate for the advancement of health equity with a particular interest in policy, public interest Law, health research, Public Resource Management and Social Accountability Monitoring.
Deputy general secretary, Equal Education
Advocating for social justice and human rights through education and policy change/ introduction, grassroot organizing and mobilization, building alliances and community resilience.
Environmental health practitioner, Bongani Regional Hospital
Implementing sustainable hospital green initiatives aimed at reducing the carbon footprint, use of harmful chemicals (especially pesticides) and waste minimization strategies in the health sector.
Social worker, Epilepsy South Africa
Epilepsy South Africa
Advocating for the right to education for children with learning impairments. Collaborating with other stakeholders to develop learning tools that could be used to accommodate their learning needs.
Program manager, Southern Africa Movement of Mining Affected Communities; national deputy secretary, Sebenza Community Development Group
Working within communities and civil society movements to address inequality and strive for social justice for all; mobilizing community and building community voice through capacity building.
Founder, Wheely in a Wheelie
Wheely in a Wheelie
Promoting recycling in townships.
Programs coordinator, SGS Consulting; assistant lecturer, Nelson Mandela University; research fieldworker, strategic analytics and management
Strengthening literacy, youth leadership and the well-being of young women and girls in communities through engagement programs.
Nurse, Metro Health Services
Working with community health workers on the issue of health care access for marginalized communities.
Social behavior change communications manager, Pact SA; program coordinator, Higher Health; facilitator/consultant, International Youth Foundation
Advocating for the use of drama therapy as a key component of the public health system; trying to tackle the issue of mental health in South Africa.
Project assistant and community mobilizer, Rural Health Advocacy Project
Building social collective power through equipping rural communities with skills and knowledge of realizing their potential toward the advancement of social change and enhancing their agency to advocate for improved and effective access of health care services.
Attorney/Law Reform Specialist IV, Law Center, University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines
Developing coherent positions, using primarily the rights-based approach, to ensure that government agencies' requests for legal assistance to their bills, rules and regulations are in line with the constitution and laws.
Founder, Independent Living Learning Centre (ILLC)
Academia Progresiva de Manila (APDM)
Advancing access to quality and inclusive health and education resources that equip children of all abilities and needs.
Lecturer, Faculty of Economic and Business Managemen, National University of Laos
National University of Laos
Focusing on trade and poverty reduction.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Municipal vice mayor and former mayor, Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Philippines
Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Philippines
Innovating local governance in areas of public health, focusing on social determinants such as education, climate change, environmental management, and income and social protection.
Epidemiologist, Port Health Office of Jayapura
Addressing cross-border health challenges and enhancing the effectiveness of infectious disease prevention.
Executive director, Roots of Health (ROH)
Empowering women and girls to make informed decisions and advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Writing about culturally taboo topics such as sexual and reproductive health to bridge the gap between vulnerable women in Philippine society and legislators who draft policies that affect their rights.
Public policy specialist
Working to implement the United Nations’ system-wide Youth Strategy (Youth2030) and building a network of emerging young leaders in Indonesia focused on equity and justice.
School director, Global Mindanaw Polytechnic
Bangko sa Balay Foundation
Combating rural poverty and promoting equity-based development and sustainable peace.
Medical officer, National Health Plan Implementation Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar
Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar
Focusing on monitoring Myanmar's National Health Plan, toward improving the allocation of health resources in Myanmar, especially the distribution of health facilities.
Director of Prosecution Department, International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission
Rescuing victims of trafficking from places of exploitation and using casework lessons to derive systemic remedies.
Director of Health Promotion and Communications Service, Health Promotion Bureau, Department of Health, Philippines
Department of Health, Philippines
Helping put into operation the mandate of the Universal Health Care Act in the Philippines, ensuring all Filipinos are health literate and have healthy living and working conditions.
Nutrition officer, UNICEF Indonesia
Leading field implementation of UNICEF's landmark research project on the management of severe acute malnutrition, which contributed to the effective scale up process of this life-saving intervention for children.
Health systems researcher and faculty member, Ramathibodi Medical School, Mahidol University
Applying systems thinking to solve complex issues, such as regional governance of Thailand's universal health coverage, communitybased health interventions for vulnerable populations and patient safety in health workforce planning.
Head of the Nursing Department, Viet Nam National Children's Hospital
Viet Nam National Children's Hospital
Developing training programs and policies to support community health, such as those ensuring patient safety and supporting parents in caring for and understanding their child's medical care needs.
Strategic policy adviser, Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Timor Leste
Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Timor Leste
Working toward a just and equal society through fair, inclusive public policy formulation and implementation.
Senior progam manager, Civil Health and Development Network
Promoting innovative and participatory approaches to improve health access and health equity in hard-toreach communities, with a special focus on women and children.
Coordinator for Access to Medicines Campaign, AIDS Access Foundation
AIDS Access Foundation
Working to ensure that policies on the promotion of access to HIV and HCV (hepatitis C virus) treatment are developed and implemented effectively and systematically.
Regional lead, InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia
InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia
Designing solutions to help people elevate their dignity and living conditions through improvements in health, education and economic development.
Director, National Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Cambodia
Ministry of Health, Cambodia
Leading research into maternal and child health and the health system in Cambodia. Leading in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Working to develop a national health management and leadership training curriculum.
Associate professor, School of Public Health, Kunming Medical University
Kunming Medical University
Teaching students and conducting research contributing to the improvement of health for ethnic minorities, especially women and young girls.
Chief executive officer and founder, TalentPool
Designing and implementing leadership development programs to enhance the quality of women's lives.
Researcher, Center for Health and Policy Management, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, University Gadjah Mada
University Gadjah Mada
Supporting hospitals to improve services in collaboration with local government to strengthen Indonesia's health system. Researching the inequitable distributions of hospitals and health services of remote areas in Indonesia.
Researcher and founder of Yayasan Sejuta Harapan (Hands of Hope)
Conducting research into the impacts of climate change. Supporting the poor and marginalized people in East Nusa Tenggara province to enable them to gain better access to education and health services.
Director, National Law Enforcement Development, International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission
Building the capacity of public law enforcement to rescue and protect children in vulnerable communities against violent offenders, with current project focused on the online sexual exploitation of children.
Founder and chief executive officer, Semur Nusantara Consulting
Asgar Muda Foundation (Saving Next Gen Institute)
Building solutions to tackle maternal deaths using big data analytics. Driving up community empowerment across Indonesia to improve the local economy, a social determinant of health equity.
Executive director, Sun Community Health
Population Services International
Strengthening health systems to tackle health and social inequity issues for the poor and vulnerable populations, through the strategic purchasing of primary health care services to improve quality in the non-public sector.
Founding member/vice director, Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population
Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population
Empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and enhancing state accountability.
Vice-rector and director of Center for Population, Hanoi University of Public Health
Hanoi University of Public Health
Publishing widely in scientific journals; undertaking research studies on health and health care in Viet Nam on topics including the social determinants of health, non-communicable diseases and universal health coverage.
Lawyer and municipal mayor, Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental
Improving education and health services delivered to the communities and addressing issues related to HIV, mental health and depression, and LGBTQ concerns.
Partner, Oliver Wyman; cofounder and chief executive officer of AMiLi
Working on increasing the use of technology to improve health equity and access to care.
Vice chancellor, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
National Health and Family Planning Commission, China
Researching social and environmental change and child health; and taking part in a national, large-scale early child development intervention program in Shanghai and rural western China.
Director, Thailand Research Center for Health Service Systems, Chulalongkorn University
Focusing on health service systems in Thailand, including universal coverage, quality management, health sector financing and health security schemes. Also working to promote equity and quality in education.
Associate professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University; senior consultant, the National Cancer Centre Singapore.
Integrating genomics into routine health care for reducing burden of chronic diseases and health care costs.
Chief executive officer and founder, Health at Home
Health at Home
Combining expertise in geriatric medicine with a passion for home health care technology to serve Thailand's growing elderly population.
Founder and chief executive officer, Porous City Network
Porous City Network
Working to tackle climate change and increase urban resilience in Thailand and Southeast Asian cities through landscape architecture.
Director, Preah Vihear Provincial Health Department
Preah Vihear Provincial Health Department
Working to improve access to health information and health services, especially for remote patient populations. Spearheaded an initiative to support high-risk pregnant women.
Consultant, Vajira Hospital
Why I Why Group
Creating networks of support for health care professionals to remove obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Executive vice director of the Medical Education Center, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Developing high-capacity medical education and improving quality of care at public hospitals. Integrating transformative medical education into medical education reform and building innovative ideas into curriculum development.
Country project manager, International Committee of the Red Cross MoveAbility Foundation
ICRC MoveAbility Foundation
Aiming to ensure access to quality and affordable physical rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in Viet Nam.
Provincial health officer, Aklan Province Department of Health
Achieving health equity and improving the overall health of all Akeanons, especially the underprivileged and the vulnerable. Working to develop and maintain a people-centered health system.
Grants officer, DAI Global LLC
DAI Global LLC
Supporting Malaysia's reform toward a more democratic, inclusive and accepting home for all its people.
Chief executive officer, FamilyDoc Medical Mechnology Co. Ltd.
FamilyDoc Medical Mechnology Co Ltd
Advancing use of mobile technology to help 1.5 million doctors deliver high quality primary care for everyone, anytime, anywhere, across China.
Director, iSEE Institute
Advocating for LGBTI in Viet Nam, focusing on raising public awareness, legal advocacy for law-makers, media, youth, public and private sectors.
Asjok Fellow; founder and trustee of Rachel House children’s hospice
Bringing humanity to medicine with compassionate and excellent care for all. Founded first pediatric palliative care service in Indonesia.
Founder and chief executive officer, LUKKID/Asian Leadership Academy
LUKKID/Asian Leadership Academy
Developing humancentered work processes that allow people to tackle social challenges through collaboration.
Chief executive officer, World Wide Fund for Nature, Thailand
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Thailand
Leading the organization toward conservation excellence and efficiency. Protecting biodiversity and preserving its habitats, combating illegal wildlife trade, and implementing plastic pollution reduction programs in major coastal cities.
Executive director, Muluk Timo
Providing low cost primary care to migrant workers in Singapore; and strengthening the health systems in TimorLeste.
Artist, curator and founding director, Queer Forever!
Exploring issues of queer aesthetics and activism, working through art and film projects, and exhibitions that are usually collaborative and participatory.
Founder and director, Action to the Community Development Institute (ACDC)
Action to the Community Development Institute (ACDC)
Empowering communities of people with disabilities. Having advocated the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, she is actively monitoring its implementation.
Lecturer, Social Work, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Viet Nam National University
Viet Nam National University
Creating change through supporting access to health and social services for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, such as children in special circumstances, persons with disabilities, HIV/AIDs patients and marginalized groups.
Official, Office of People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province
Office of People's Committee of Dong Thap Province
Working to expand health insurance coverage and health service provision, with a focus on the growing elderly population.
Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Global Health, United Nations University
United Nations University
Working on migration, forced labor, and health, especially the health needs of trafficked fishermen.
Founder and chief executive officer, Travel Sparks; founder and chief executive officer of Taman Bacaan Pelangi
Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens)
Nurturing children's habit of reading and improving their literacy skills in remote areas of eastern Indonesia, having set up over 100 libraries and trained thousands of local teachers.
Deputy head of ophthalmology, Ministry of Health and consultant eye surgeon
Preserving and restoring sight and reducing avoidable blindness among underprivileged schoolchildren. Also working to promote and solve a diverse range of health equity challenges.
Director for Mindanao Programme, Community and Family Services International
Community and Family Services International
Working to improve the resilience of the Internally Displaced Persons. Training para-social workers to serve as a social service catalyst in the Bangsamoro communities.
Health field officer, International Committee
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Focusing on health care in detention and health policy for refugees.
Founder and director, Fulfill the Dream Academy
Working to improve access to information about genderbased violence, health care and the prevention of injustices relating to sexual and gender-based violence.
Founder and chief executive officer, Center for Social Initiatives Promotion
Center for Social Initiatives Promotion
Helping build a new sector for social entrepreneurship in Viet Nam and the region.
Assistant chief executive officer, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth)
Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth)
Seeking to empower individuals and organizations for a healthy society and environment.
Country program manager, Australian Volunteers (Myanmar)
Australian Volunteers (Myanmar)
Helping bring a sustainable social and development change in Myanmar.
Executive director, APCOM Foundation
Developing a broad range of projects to advance the health, rights and well-being of people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Senior lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman
Ateneo de Manila University
Pursuing ethnographic and qualitative research on medical, social and environmental issues relevant to the Philippines and the region. Writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and other publications.
Chief executive officer, Center for Healthcare Improvement Research
Center for Healthcare Improvement Research
Bringing together all available resources, domestically and internationally, to support the improvement of health care services in Viet Nam.
Technical officer, WHO Health Emergency Programme, World Health Organization
World Health Organization, Lao PDR country office
Strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response capacity through engaging with stakeholders to implement the national health security plan, ensuring equitable access to health services.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Specialist in land tenure rights and natural resources management
Providing interactive coaching and capacity building for civil society groups on various land rights, natural resources, and land governance topics.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Director Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns, International Rivers
Organizing river communities to slow down dam projects that threaten the local ecosystem and the livelihoods of those who depend on the river and its resources.
Senior researcher, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Focusing on research into universal health coverage, especially in low and middle- income countries. Researching the health of migrants and vulnerable populations, applying epidemiology and econometrics.
Educator, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
Educating and conducting research to promote peace, human rights, reconciliation and conflict transformation in Thailand and neighboring countries.
Researcher and public health specialist, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Universiti Teknologi MARA
Conducting research and advocating for the rights and protection of older adults, refugees and migrant workers. Building and training young minds to stand up for equity and social justice from the health perspective.
Adviser, Center for Governance and Political Studies, Kuala Lumpur
Combating climate change and transforming society toward sustainability. Striving to find innovative ways to promote more sustainable and equitable opportunities for the elderly.
Commissioner, Yogyakarta Hospital Supervisory Board
Yogyakarta Hospital Supervisory Board
Improving quality health care and empowering patients through collaborative works with providers, health practitioners, government and society.
Managing director, Buddhism for Health
Buddhism for Health
Improving access to quality health care services for the poor and vulnerable. Strengthening capacity of local government officials in developing responsive local investment plans and accountability.
Director, Lamsonthi Hospital
Working with the government to train caregivers and redirect health care resources toward home care.
National Disability Inclusive Development Adviser, Governance for Development (GfD) Cardno
Supporting the Government of Timor-Leste to achieve sustainable economic and human development goals, and promoting sustainable and equitable opportunities for vulnerable populations in Timor-Leste.
Co-founder and chief commercial officer, VIDA Digital Identity
VIDA Digital Identity
Enabling Digital Trust and catalyzing financial inclusion through VIDA, a technology company providing a frictionless and secure digital identity system. Supporting entrepreneurs, investing and health equity issues.
Executive director, Child Helpline Cambodia
Child Helpline Cambodia
Advocating for child protection law and cybercrime law to criminalize online child sexual exploitation in Cambodia. Developing the online helpline platform to give children increased protection.
Research manager, REACH Initiative Syria
REACH Initiative Syria
Supporting assessment, evaluation, and research projects in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Pathologist and head of Blood Bank, Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Mindanao
Advocating for Ibadahfriendly health facilities and reforming health education through inclusion of Islamic teachings, mobilizing community leadership, bridging social and economic divides to improve health equity.
Lecturer, Peking University First Hospital, Peking University
Focusing on health, food and drug safety across China.
Addressing the psychological, physical, social and economic problems of people affected by leprosy in China.
Researcher; Ph.D. candidate at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Researching social injustice and examining the effects of social capital on the wellness of Rohingya refugees. Also trying to understand the health literacy of refugees and build non-communicable disease profiles of refugees.
Founder and director, Community Health Impact Assessment Platform in Southeast Asia
Community Health Impact Assessment Platform in Southeast Asia
Leading efforts to empower communities to carry out health impact assessments to encourage them to negotiate with policymakers, with a focus on mining and coalfired power plants.
Clinic manager and founding member, Medifit Clinic
Focusing on issues of sexual and gender-based violence and on promoting healthy lifestyles.
Founder and artistic director of Malongdu Theatre
Pioneering the practices of “Theatre of the Oppressed” in Thailand and developing the capacity of social changemakers and seekers to stand up for social justice.
Chief physician, Lao Medical Care Center
Lao Medical Care Center
Strengthening primary health care by focusing on the community-based health service through private sector involvement. Running two community medical centers providing over 100,000 outpatient visits a year.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Medical lecturer, Social and Preventative Medicine Department at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaysia
University of Malaysia
Focusing on achieving universal health coverage and providing financial risk protection to households.
Deputy director general, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam
Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam
Practicing social justice through ideas and implementation of the Community Development Program and the White Cane Initiative for the Blind in Viet Nam.
Lecturer, researcher, and assistant professor, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
Supporting community participation to address social development challenges. Also working to apply social and political economy analysis to promote a more equitable society.
Executive director and Morning News producer, Vietnam National Television
Vietnam National Television
Overseeing content development for national television on social issues, including gender and domestic violence, women's health and HIV/AIDS.
Lecturer, Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, University Gadjah Mada
University of Melbourne
Assessing geographical equity in reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health.
Co-founder and executive director, myME: Myanmar Mobile Education Project
myME: Myanmar Mobile Education Project
Providing education via mobile classrooms to children in Myanmar who are in indentured servitude at teashop restaurants. Working to develop policies and strategies to address inclusivity and equity in education.
Concert pianist, music educator, and founder of Wonder
Enabling others to see wonder in the arts and to experience their transformative power, especially through music. Working to promote empathy and social and cultural understanding through the power of music.
Media consultant, film producer, journalist and co-founder, Lao New Wave Cinema Production
Lao New Wave Cinema Production
Producing socially responsible documentaries of life in Laos and Southeast Asia, with a focus on social, health and environmental issues.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Public health lecturer and researcher, Faculty of Public Health, University of Health Sciences
Teaching and researching adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and the relationship between health literacy and health-seeking behaviors in adolescents.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Research scientist, Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar
Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar
Enhancing social justice in health through research of vulnerable populations. Initiating efforts to improve the practice of evidencebased policy-making by mentoring and facilitating data to the policy program in Myanmar.
Professor and deputy director, Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Peking Union Medical Foundation
Professor and deputy director of Plastic Surgery Department, Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Board member of a nonprofit foundation, Peking Union Medical Foundation.
Lecturer, Center for Health Development Studies, Peking University
Working to bring greater recognition to the importance and feasibility of reducing health inequities and facilitating China's contribution to global health equity.
President, Evercare Health Group
Evercare Health Group
Developing the group strategy and strong relationships with local communities. Leading, inspiring and managing the top leadership teams. Ensuring the company's profitable growth.
Associate professor, Child Health Advocacy Institute, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center
Shanghai Children's Medical Center
Establishing an early child development monitoring system, identifying a target population with equity analysis and carrying out interventions to improve child health and development.
Founder, Environmental Rescue Initiative
Environmental Rescue Initiative
Engaging underserved communities to recognize environmental determinants of health and health equity. Adopting innovations that lead to improvement in plastic waste management in Liberia.
Founder and executive director, Dentalcare Foundation
Leading oral health advocacy and breaking down barriers to oral health for underserved communities to ensure equitable access for all in Nigeria.
Chief medical officer, Preventative Care Health Services; associate professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Permian Basin
Preventative Care Health Services
Researching health workforce programs to enable more health career students to choose a career caring for patients who otherwise might not receive health care.
Community organizing director, Right to Health Action
Recruiting and training health care activists and organizers to push for policies that create a just health care system.
Masters of Sciences student, King's College London; resident doctor, Al-Kadhimiya Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
Al-Kadhimiya Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
Working toward health systems strengthening and inclusivity in Iraq and the MENA region.
Physician assistant, Tarrant County Public Health
Tarrant County Public Health
Practicing health care in a local public health department, working primarily in infectious disease management. Serving patients and the community, advocating for health equity for all.
Family and community medicine physician, Contra Costa Health Services; core faculty, Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program
Contra Costa Health Services
Bringing a radical love, tender heart and strident values to reimagine and cultivate spaces of belonging where we can collectively heal, dismantle racism and oppression, and manifest equity and justice.
Public health specialist and adjunct associate professor, Public Health Foundation of India
Public Health Foundation of India
Working with keen interest in reproductive and child health, adolescent health, health communications, health equity and advocacy/ policy.
Peace officer training compliance officer, Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, Office of the Ohio Attorney General
Office of the Ohio Attorney General
Researching the availability and accessibility of mental health wellness services for law enforcement officers in Ohio, and developing a resource guide for creating and funding wellness bureaus.
FINDconnect Program Manager, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Improving access to resources addressing social determinants of health to eliminate health disparities among adolescents with complex trauma in Oakland, California.
National Coordinator of Child Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
Developing national child/ youth-related policies, programs, strategies and communication campaigns to promote protection, well-being, and holistic development. Promoting mental health/gender equity.
Trinidad and Tobago
Project intern, Johns Hopkins Hospital Center for Telemedicine; master's candidate, Johns Hopkins University
Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore
Studying public health at Johns Hopkins, focusing on health leadership, global health, and health informatics, and leading the Johns Hopkins Asia Pacific Public Health Network.
Associate physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Developing solutions to institutional racism in hospital access. Leading a community health program in Palestinian refugee camps. Refining public health approaches to COVID-19.
Clinic administrator, Cherokee Nation Cooweescoowee Health Center
Cherokee Nation Cooweescoowee Health Center
Leading efforts to re-envision primary care training that focuses on the integration of behavioral health into primary care.
Associate dean for diversity and inclusion, Duke University School of Nursing
Leading efforts that increase understanding and dismantle the historical and current system structures that are barriers to higher education and inclusive practices within those institutions.
Full professor, University of São Paulo
University of Sao Paulo
Teaching on global health and human rights, the right to health, mental health and the social determinants of health; and coordinating interdisciplinary and international research on these themes.
Candidate, MMSc Global Health Delivery, Harvard Medical School
Department of Health, Philippines
Enhancing mental health service delivery by providing equitable policies grounded in human rights.
Chief executive officer, Paradigm Dental Center LLC
Paradigm Dental Center
Practicing general dentistry, directing a youth nonprofit organization to develop a generation of health care leaders to care for underresourced communities, and writing children's books to inspire.
Economic development coordinator, East Side Neighborhood Development Company
Working with community members to design and implement innovative solutions for more inclusive economic systems in community development.
Manager of Operations, FHI 360
The Oasis Alliance
Improving the lives of trauma survivors by co-creating personal spaces that promote mental health and well-being.
Municipal health officer, Rural Health Unit-Gamay
Rural Health Unit-Gamay
Leading the primary health care program that will ensure provision of quality, accessible, affordable and equitable health care to rural communities in the Philippines.
Senior health policy and program adviser, Children's Institute
Advocating to improve child health by testing innovative community and state solutions, centering equity and anti-racism, and cocreating policy and systems change.
Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ztwist Design LLC
Collaborating with artists and artisans worldwide to create culturallycontextualized patient education tools to improve information equity and health literacy among lowresource populations.
Senior lecturer; consultant nephrologist, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Promoting kidney health in Ghana and beyond, leading Kidney Health International, researching into kidney disease and championing health equity in the management of kidney diseases globally.
Director, Business Operations, Erie Family Health Centers
Erie Family Health Centers
Strengthening clinical operations to optimize health outcomes and workforce development at a federally qualified health center that provides care in underresourced communities in Chicago.
Malawi program manager, Give Directly
Leading in the field of social cash transfer to combat social inequities as the Malawi program manager for Give Directly, an organization that focuses on social cash transfers.
Director of Health Initiatives, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Partnering across community and health to develop a network and infrastructure to share data, collaborate on care management, and build a proactive and equitable care system that meets people's needs.
Co-founder, UndocuBlack Network
Increasing accessibility to mental health support through the creation of community spaces and recruitment, training, and development of Black immigrants to be community wellness facilitators.
Assistant professor, Arizona State University
University of Rochester
Researching and developing interventions to reduce health inequities.
Project coordinator, Socios En Salud
Developing strategies with a comprehensive approach to ensure health care for caregivers and children, promoting early childhood development in Peru.
Interim medical director Children's Health Center-THEARC, Children's National Hospital
George Washington University
Developing pediatric community-based initiatives in concert with community partners. Fundraising and grant writing. Leveraging voices of teens and young adults to inform health care.
Senior health financing officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency
National Primary Health Care Development Agency
Promoting quality and equitable access, and delivery of primary health care through developing strategic actions and using evidence to shape national policy.
Chief executive officer, EpiAFRIC
Developing policies and strategies, researching, writing opinion pieces, advocating for universal health care, decolonizing global health, mentoring and connecting social issues to health care.
Medical director of Family Medicine, Unity Health Care
Unity Health Care
Providing patientcentered primary care to multicultural, urban underserved patients, including Deaf adults and children. Implementing “food as medicine” programs.
Director of National Office Emergency Preparedness, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planning and relationshipbuilding at the intersection of public health and emergency management to nurture more equitable, prepared and resilient organizations and communities.
Professor and chair, family medicine and rural health, Florida State University College of Medicine
Florida State University
Leading in family medicine and rural health to promote health equity for underrepresented communities and champion well-being globally via partnership, engagement, primary care, research and education.
Secretary of Health, Municipality of Quilmes
George Washington University
Living to pursue health equity and social justice in Argentina. Working every day to contribute toward guaranteeing health as a human right.
Group director, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Office of Minority Health (US)
Supporting global LGBTQ+ leaders, championing health equity in government programs and funding opportunities, and curating fashion art that expands society's understanding on gender diversity.
Supervisory program analyst; data lead, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Health Equity
VHA Office of Health Equity
Advising on quantitative data and other measures to better understand and address health equity issues for veterans.
Director, product development, American Medical Association
America Medical Association
Identifying and disseminating innovative approaches to U.S. medical schools, including new approaches to recruitment, admissions and retention to build a more representative physician workforce.
Associate executive director, Outdoor Outreach
Introducing at-risk, underrepresented and system-involved youth to the transformative and healing power of the outdoors.
Associate professor, University of South Carolina College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
Working toward social justice and health equity for LGBTQ individuals and the community through education, research and health policy.
Vice president of Programs, Fistula Foundation
Leading comprehensive programming and teams to improve capacity for obstetric fistula treatment and eradication, in collaboration with partners in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia.
Division chief, Department of Health - Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau
Department of Health, Manila City
Improving the Philippine health system through the development and advocacy of legislation that enables a productive, resilient, equitable and peoplecentered health system for universal health care.
Chief of the Family Medicine Section, George Washington University
George Washing Immediate Primary Care Clinics
Leading efforts to re-envision primary care training focused on transforming health care delivery systems aimed at improving access, quality of care and cost effectiveness for vulnerable populations.
Program officer, UNAIDS
Global Health Corps
Engaging in advocacy, technical assistance and program coordination to improve public health in Uganda.
Director, International Policy and Advocacy, Health Global Access Project
Health Global Access Project (GAP)
Advocating for increased access to high-quality HIV treatment, policies and science in collaboration with communities of people living with HIV and key populations.
Assistant professor, Penn State Dickinson Law
Penn State University
Researching legal and policy issues at the intersection of U.S. health law and immigration law. Advocating for equitable access to health care. Preparing law students to work for health justice.
Infectious disease physician, clinical instructor, and translational health policy research fellow, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
University of North Carolina
Utilizing politics and policy to improve health care access in rural U.S., including COVID policy. Researching social innovation for sexual and reproductive health in resource-limited settings globally.
Administrator, University of Nairobi
Women and Realities of Disability Society
Advocating for the sexual and reproductive health rights of girls and women with disabilities in Kenya.
Program head, Women Wellness Initiative, Barefoot College International
Enabling grassroots leaders to disseminate health information and services by creating inclusive and interactive tools, alongside implementing community codesigned and co-led health initiatives.
Senior project officer, Healthy Places by Design
Creating healthy places and supporting equitable community development that ensure the health and wellbeing of all.
Senior programs specialist, Center for Development Services
Building capacity for young health care stakeholders to be “champions of change” for health awareness and equity using “gamification”.
Associate director, IDinsight
Oxford Policy Management
Leading research and monitoring and evaluation of maternal and child health interventions in India to assess whether rural public health interventions are delivered effectively and equitably.
Public health analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration
The White Dress Project
Leading efforts to strengthen care coordination strategies to improve access, delivery, and quality of treatment and care in rural communities.
Industrial Engineer, Socios En Salud
Creating comprehensive responses to tuberculosis, with a focus on human rights, gender rights, and vulnerable populations.
Epidemiology and medical officer of health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Bridging health care, research, and policy with public health by disrupting the system responsibly for a sustainable and equitable future. Providing essential primary care to vulnerable populations.
Director for Policy and Planning, Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, Department of Health, Philippines
Department of Health, Philippines
Leading policy and planning for COVID-19 and vaccination program policies, and health systems integration standards for disease prevention and control for universal health care.
Executive director, REMI East Africa
REMI East Africa
Utilizing diverse tailored approaches ranging from research, innovation, grant advising, advocacy and policy toward attainment of health equity, gender equality and sustainable development.
Associate physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Supporting Indigenous communities and city, county and state COVID-19 responses with Partners In Health to implement equitable pandemic responses as well as stronger public health systems.
Associate professor of emergency medicine, Bellevue New York University Medical Center
New York University
Supporting survivors of torture and refugees, advocating and researching the medical and mental health effects of immigration, and looking for new collaborations and vistas.
Executive director and lecturer in law, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, UC Hastings College of the Law
UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law Science & Health Policy
Developing medical-legal collaborations in education, research and clinical service that advance equity in the care of older adults.
Assistant professor and director of public health dentistry and teledentistry, A.T. Still University
Developing and implementing nontraditional health care delivery models to decrease and eliminate barriers to care.
Complex care physician, MedZed
Partnering through telehealth with individuals living medically and socially complex lives to help them navigate the challenges of their health and the health care system.
Chapter Development Manager, Asia-Pacific & Middle-East, Women in Global Health
Latika Roy Foundation
Leading community followup and research programs in Dehradun, India; and bringing intervention services into the community for families whose children are born with disabilities.
Founder and chief executive officer, Safe Access
Building an ecosystem to advance equitable health care for the LGBTQ community in India through education, advocacy, and community organizing.
Commanding officer, joint medical unit, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces
Leading medical services for the Sierra Leone army and clinical services for COVID-19.
Co-founder and chief executive officer, Creative Frontiers
Creative Frontiers LLC
Leading a behavior changefocused creative company that reaches underserved communities with effective health messaging that is entertaining, culturally relevant and informative.
Data architect, Derick Dermatology
University of Southern Maine
Developing data and information flows for operational improvement and the measuring and monitoring for health system quality improvement.
Executive director, Beyond Flexner Alliance
University of New Mexico
Leading strategies and community to advance social mission across the training programs and institutions educating and deploying the U.S. health workforce.
Founder and executive director, Athletes United for Social Justice/The Grassroot Project
The Grassroot Project
Developing a strategy for reforming school-based health and physical activity in American schools.
Vice chair of equity and associate professor, University of California, San Francisco
University of California
Challenging the status quo of health care, developing curricula for equity-focused health professions, and pursuing healthier societies.
Health systems specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Providing subject matter expertise to support clinical growth among Veteran Affairs hospitals in California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Inpatient medical director for Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services, The George Washington University Hospital
George Washington University Hospital
Improving health care access and quality across multiple domains by overseeing consultation and inpatient psychiatric services. Working to decrease stigma in mental health, and caring for marginalized populations.
Founder and creative director, Libélula Consulting
Providing inspiration, instigation and support for projects, organizations and foundations focused on equity, social justice and authentic community engagement.
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