Director at Nelson Mandela foundation joins atlantic institute

The Atlantic Institute and the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity programme are delighted to announce the appointment of Khalil Goga to the position of Associate Executive Director (Community Engagement, Programming and Impact) at the Atlantic Institute, based in Oxford, UK.  

Khalil is currently the Director of Dialogue and Advocacy at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg where he also serves as a Senior Director with the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity programme.

A political scientist by training, Khalil brings a wealth of experience and success in values-based leadership and a deep commitment to social justice and reducing inequities. He has extensive experience in dialogue and community engagement, giving training workshops all over the world. During his time at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, he was part of a team that hosted visits to South Africa by world-leading thinkers, artists and politicians, including António Guterres, Amina Mohammed, Barack Obama, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Bill Gates and Thomas Piketty.

At the Atlantic Institute, Khalil will work with the Acting Executive Director, Evie O’Brien, in promoting community engagement, programming and impact for a growing community of Fellows and program staff active in 60 countries worldwide. By the end of 2020, there will be around 550 Fellows, and over the next two decades, the network of Atlantic Fellows will grow to 3,000. The global network of Atlantic Fellows and staff are from seven programs (including the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity), who are committed to working together to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies.  

Commenting on Khalil’s appointment, Acting Executive Director, Evie O’Brien, said: “We are honoured that Khalil will be leading community engagement, programming and impact for the Institute. He will be responsible for building a strongly connected lifelong community of Atlantic Fellows and program staff, who together are working to reduce inequities, locally and globally.”

Khalil Goga will take up the new position on Dec. 15 2020.

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