Hundreds of changemakers working to solve pressing inequality issues around the world
NEW YORK, NY — The Atlantic Fellows program made a major step forward this month in its efforts to advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies with 267 Fellows now participating in seven programs operating across five continents.
This first full global cohort of changemakers includes advocates, lawyers, artists, business professionals, health practitioners, government officials, academics and researchers.
“The Atlantic Fellows are energetic, diverse, international leaders who are acting on the world’s urgent needs and collaborating to build healthy and equitable societies. The Fellows’ work, individually and as a community, represents our highest aspirations for what our founder Chuck Feeney and the Atlantic Philanthropies set out to achieve over 35 years ago,” said Christopher G. Oechsli, president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies.
The Atlantic Philanthropies has committed more than US $660 million to seed and support the work of the global network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next twenty years. The full list of Fellows, and more information on the programs, can be found here.
Each of the seven Atlantic Fellows programs is focused on solving a distinct 21st-century problem. They include reducing the impact of dementia worldwide; achieving health equity in South Africa, Southeast Asia and the United States; advancing racial equity in the United States and South Africa; improving the well-being of communities in Australia and the Pacific by drawing on the knowledge and expertise of Indigenous people; and addressing global inequalities.
The 267 Fellows, with diverse and inspiring stories, hail from 48 countries and disciplines. Some Atlantic Fellows and their work include:
“I really believe that bringing people from a mix of professions together to work on complex problems has the potential to change the world,” said Phaedra Bell, an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, who is working to help young people have more meaningful interactions with those living with dementia.
The Fellows programs are an intentional effort to bring together mid-career individuals from diverse professions, backgrounds and areas of expertise to learn from one another, find solutions to pressing problems, and achieve demonstrable impact.
“The Atlantic Fellows programs, with support from the Atlantic Institute based at Rhodes Trust at Oxford University, give these leaders the experience, resources and networks to accelerate their work,” said Oechsli.
The Fellows programs include:
- Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health based at The Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, San Francisco
- Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia based at The Equity Initiative at the China Medical Board in Bangkok
- Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science
- Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa based at TEKANO
- Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity based at The University of Melbourne
- Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg
- Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity based at the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute
The Atlantic Philanthropies launched the first Atlantic Fellows Program in 2015 and the seventh Fellows program in 2018, with 267 Fellows participating around the world. The full list of programs and fellows can be found here.
The Atlantic Institute, based at Rhodes Trust at Oxford University in England, brings together Atlantic Fellows across all disciplines and borders and provides a lifelong resource for collaboration among all Atlantic Fellows, so they can continue to find solutions for global problems.
About the Atlantic Fellows Program
The Atlantic Fellows Program empowers catalytic communities of emerging leaders to advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies. The Atlantic Fellows program is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, which have committed over $660 million, alongside other partner organizations and governments, to support the work of the global network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next two decades, and beyond. Learn more at www.atlanticfellows.org.
About the Atlantic Institute
The Atlantic Institute provides resources and opportunities for the Fellows to connect, learn and work together to amplify their influence and impact. Learn more at www.atlanticfellows.org/atlantic-institute.
About The Atlantic Philanthropies
Over 35 years, Atlantic has made grants totaling more than $8 billion to advance opportunity, equity and human dignity. After establishing Atlantic in 1982, Chuck Feeney quietly devoted his wealth to the service of humanity. In keeping with Mr. Feeney’s “Giving While Living” big bet philosophy, Atlantic has invested in systemic change to accelerate lasting improvements for people in Australia, Bermuda, Cuba, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam. Atlantic committed its final grants in 2016 and will conclude operations by 2020. Learn more at www.atlanticphilanthropies.org.