Inequity in global leadership

Together, these leaders catalyze meaningful change around the world

130 Fellows, 7 global Atlantic programs

130 Fellows from all seven global Atlantic programs participated. Over four days in July 2019, 130 Fellows from all seven global Atlantic programs participated in the inaugural annual Convening of Atlantic Fellows in Oxford. The event focused on catalytic conversations in leadership and equity with the overarching goal of Fellows making meaningful connections across their diverse cultures, languages and disciplines.

The Spark

Atlantic Fellows are united in their pursuit of equity, yet each holds different views and visions on how to change the world. They are profoundly diverse.

It is a level of diversity that resides on the cusp between complexity and chaos. This cusp is the space where, by shifting diversity to inclusion and belonging, the impossible is made possible – that is where the magic happens in forging a committed community of changemakers.

"One of the most profound things that I heard this week so far has been ‘define or be defined.’ I think what we have at Atlantic is an opportunity to redefine ourselves, our community, what it is we stand for and what it is we hope to accomplish collectively."

Toyese Oyeyemi, Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity US + Global

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Call to Action

This was the first time that the Fellows, each of whom had graduated one of the seven programs, had come together to connect, learn from and with each other to ultimately begin the process of working collaboratively for greater impact in the world. This heralded the initial steps in building the community that will, through collaboration and over time, create fairer, healthier and more equitable societies.

"I think the biggest thing is the value of relationships. There would never be an opportunity to meet with changemakers of this calibre from all over the world. You just couldn’t create this. We are having this feast of ideas and connections and relationships that have fueled my spirit and I think will continue to do that for a long time to come."

Michael Smith, Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity

The Initiatives

The keynote speakers were suggested by attending Fellows and were intentionally reflective of the community’s diversity and for the community to be challenged by leading thinkers:

  • Professor Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex) – History Matters: Inequalities, Reparation and Redistribution
  • Professor Brian Lawlor (GBHI) – Dementia: Changing the Narrative from Tragedy to Hope
  • Dr Kumi Naidoo (Amnesty International) – Creative Maladjustment: Affluenza and Converging Crisis
  • The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi  (MIT, United States) – Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

Afterwards, these thought-provoking speakers also took part in conversations with a panel of Fellows to expand their thinking and offer new paradigms through dialogue.

The Initiatives

The keynote speakers were suggested by attending Fellows and were intentionally reflective of the community’s diversity and for the community to be challenged by leading thinkers:

  • Professor Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex) – History Matters: Inequalities, Reparation and Redistribution
  • Professor Brian Lawlor (GBHI) – Dementia: Changing the Narrative from Tragedy to Hope
  • Dr Kumi Naidoo (Amnesty International) – Creative Maladjustment: Affluenza and Converging Crisis
  • The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi  (MIT, United States) – Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

Afterwards, these thought-provoking speakers also took part in conversations with a panel of Fellows to expand their thinking and offer new paradigms through dialogue.

The Scale

The strength of the connections made and friendships forged over the four days resulted in the birth of several Affinity Groups, in which like-minded Fellows from all continents joined forces to address a burning issue. They were naturally drawn to work together by a common desire and conviction to bring equity to their chosen challenge, be it Criminal Justice, Displacement of Migrants and Refugee Populations, or Sleep and Cognition.

The Global Convening of Fellows marked a significant milestone in the building and growth of the Atlantic Fellows community, providing a catalyst towards realising the goal of fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. And the affinity groups continued to expand both at a local and global level.

The Future

The inaugural Global Fellows Convening provided the foundation for the growth and evolution of the global Atlantic community. Against the backdrop of shared values and a commitment to equity, connections were forged, leading to relationships which over time will realize the mission and vision of this community and shape the future.

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe and in-person convenings became impossible, the lessons learnt and rituals established in 2019 were repurposed for a successful virtual convening in 2020, and has laid the framework for further community building in the upcoming July 2021 convening.

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Stefania Ilinca

Technical adviser for long-term care researcher, WHO Regional Office for European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

Emi Kiyota

Associate professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Elizabeth Dzeng

Assistant professor of medicine and sociology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Derya Durusu Emek-Savas

Associate professor, Departments of Psychology and Neurosciences, Dokuz Eylul University

Krista Harrison

Associate professor and Medicine Associate Director of Training in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Program

Brenda Pérez Cerpa

Geriatric medicine specialist

Adrià Rofes

Assistant professor, University of Groningen

Konstantina Sykara

Head Psychologist , Neurological Institute of Athens; Staff Psychologist, Athens Medical Center

Beverly Lorraine Ho

Director of Health Promotion and Communications Service, Health Promotion Bureau, Department of Health, Philippines

Lina Velilla

Research Associate, Neuroscience Group of Antioquia

Fiona Walsh

Managing director, DDS Architects Ltd.

Jerónimo Martin

Clinical Fellow in Stroke and Emergency Care, NHS Scotland

Mary Ajwang

Program officer, UNAIDS

Carla A. Arena Ventura

Full professor, University of São Paulo

Amanda Brosnan

Physician assistant, Tarrant County Public Health

Joedrecka S. Brown Speights

Professor and chair, family medicine and rural health, Florida State University College of Medicine

Brigit M. Carter

Associate dean for diversity and inclusion, Duke University School of Nursing

Lesford H. Duncan

Associate executive director, Outdoor Outreach

Angela T. Echiverri

Family and community medicine physician, Contra Costa Health Services; core faculty, Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program

Talita Rosa

Neurology Resident, University of Louisville

James Huang

Medical director of Family Medicine, Unity Health Care

Kenneth T. Jones

Supervisory program analyst; data lead, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Health Equity

V. Kai Kennedy

Vice chair of equity and associate professor, University of California, San Francisco

Jonatan Konfino

Secretary of Health, Municipality of Quilmes

Miriam Galvin

Associate professor in intersectional research methodology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

Emily MacDonald

Director, Business Operations, Erie Family Health Centers

Thomas Merrill

Data architect, Derick Dermatology

Scott Nass

Complex care physician, MedZed

Toyese Oyeyemi

Executive director, Beyond Flexner Alliance

Hany Ibrahim

Consultant geriatrician and senior lecturer, Ain Shams University Hospital

Neha Raykar

Associate director, IDinsight

Zulayka Santiago

Founder and creative director, Libélula Consulting

Sara Selig

Associate physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Anjali Singh Kulkarni

Public health specialist and adjunct associate professor, Public Health Foundation of India

Sharon Low

Research manager, REACH Initiative Syria

Duduzile (Dudu) Dlamini

Advocacy manager for Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force; and founder of Mothers for the Future

Thania Gopal

Communications officer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

Eric Motau

Country director, REPSSI

Lance Louskieter

Ph.D. candidate; researcher and educator, Health Policy and Systems Research Division, University of Cape Town

Mafoko Phomane

Environmental health campaign manager, groundWork, South Africa

Nomathamsanqa 'Thami' Mngxekeza

Operations manager, Kozi Foundation

Harsha Somaroo

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

Kodwa Mpepho

Director, Women and Girls Leadership Foundation

Sibongile Mtungwa

Director, women's leadership and training program

Shehnaz Munshi

Research project manager, Sheiham/Wits Family Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity, University of the Witwatersrand

Bernard Mutsago

Nutritionist, public health researcher and activist, South African Medical Association

Lindi Mzankomo

Senior budget analyst, Public Finance, National Treasury (Department of Finance)

Erna van der Westhuizen

Impact and learning manager

Haseena Majid

Founder, USAWA for Learning & Healing; senior optometrist, Majid Optometrist; deputy chair, Active Citizens Movement -Pietermaritzburg

Kentse Radebe

Innovation Director, DG Murray Trust (DGMT)

Wendy Somlavi

Founder, Wheely in a Wheelie

Bulela Vava

Interim national president, Public Oral Health Forum (POHF)

Luqman Yesufu

Public health inspector, Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Ana P. Santos


Bui Thi Thuy

Head of the Nursing Department, Viet Nam National Children's Hospital

Abelardo Apollo David Junior

Founder, Independent Living Learning Centre (ILLC)

Abdel Jamal Disangcopan

Attorney/Law Reform Specialist IV, Law Center, University of the Philippines

Carmeneza Dos Santos Monteiro

Strategic policy adviser, Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Timor Leste

Sophia Benedicta Hage

Clinic manager and founding member, Medifit Clinic

Hoang Tu Anh

Founding member/vice director, Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population

Han Win Htat

Executive director, Sun Community Health

Noraida Abdullah Karim

Director for Mindanao Programme, Community and Family Services International

Borwornsom (Ack) Leerapan

Health systems researcher and faculty member, Ramathibodi Medical School, Mahidol University

Bawi Mang Lian

Medical officer, National Health Plan Implementation Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar

Nguyen Tran Nguyen

Official, Office of People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province

Nguyen Thi Lan Anh

Founder and director, Action to the Community Development Institute (ACDC)

Pairoj Saonuam

Assistant chief executive officer, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth)

Richard Wallace

Founder and executive director, Equity and Transformation (E.A.T.)

Obenewa Amponsah

Coach, facilitator and storyteller, Obenewa Amponsah & Associates

Asanda Benya

Senior lecturer of sociology, University of Cape Town

Devon Carbado

Associate vice chancellor and professor of law, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Neus Falgàs Martinez

Neurologist, posdoctoral researcher, Alzheimer's Unit/ Neurology/Hospital Clínic de Barcelona; Postdoctoral researcher, University of California, San Francisco (Grinberg Lab)

Hillary Vipond

Ph.D. student in Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science; founding member, Universal Basic Services Taskforce

Irina Kinchin

Health economist, Trinity College Dublin

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Talila Lewis

Community lawyer and organizer

Rukia Lumumba

Executive director, People's Advocacy Institute

Anita Peña Saavedra

Research associate, Laboratorio de Transformaciones Sociales; Ph.D. student, Universidad Deigo Portales

Joel Modiri

Professor of law and head of Department of Jurisprudence, University of Pretoria

Christopher Petrella

Associate director for advocacy, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research

Rashad Robinson

President, Color of Change

Sebastian Moguilner

Neuroscientist, FUESMEN - Fundación Escuela Medicina Nuclear

Yaohua Chen

Associate professor in neurogeriatrics, CHU Lille - University of Lille

Roxanne Bainbridge

Director, Center for Indigenous Health Equity Research

Ariadne Gorring

Chief executive officer, Pollination Foundation

Nicole Jenkins

Center manager, The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre

Damien Miller

Minister counsellor for strategic communications, Australian Embassy

Leanne Miller

Executive director, Koorie Women Mean Business

Rose Longhurst

Program officer, Open Society Initiative for Europe

Olufolahan (Fola) Adeleke

Senior lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand

Saida Ali

Gender lead, support to Africa-led movement to end female genital mutilation or cutting, Action Aid UK

Sebastian Bock

Team leader for Germany,

Liz Nelson

Director, Tax Justice and Human Rights, Tax Justice Network

Asha Kowtal

Dalit rights activist and founder,

Joseph Hasson

Senior program officer for Human Rights, Sigrid Rausing Trust

Foluke Adetola Ojelabi

Advocacy/planning officer, UNICEF

Jack Nissan

Director, Tinderbox Collective; board member, Music Education Partnership Group/ We Make Music Scotland

Fredrick Ouko Alucheli

Program officer, Disability Rights Program, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa; founder, Riziki Source

Amanda Young

Indigenous advocate, University of Melbourne

Appu Esthose Suresh

Founder, Pixstory

Mary Hooks

Co-director, Southerners On New Ground

Jane Sloane

Senior director, Women’s Empowerment, The Asia Foundation

Christina T. Rosenthal

Chief executive officer, Paradigm Dental Center LLC

Michael Smith

Chief executive officer, AmeriCorps

Tracy Jooste

International Budget Partnership (IBP) South Africa; member of the board of directors, Isandla Institute

Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Founder and chief executive officer, Porous City Network

Dominic Campbell

Director, Creative Aging International; curator/producer of Creative Brain Week; and arts officer, Irish Hospice Foundation

Agustin Ibanez

Director, Latin American Brain Health Institute (BrainLat), Universidad Adolfo Ibanez; research associate professor, Trinity College Dublin

Claudia Patricia Ramos-Perez

Psychiatrist and sub investigator, Neuroscience Group of Antioquia

Sarah Battistich

Associate professor of emergency medicine, Bellevue New York University Medical Center

Maria Portela Martinez

Chief of the Family Medicine Section, George Washington University

Ganzamungu Zihindula

Research and policy, African Tobacco Control Alliance; head of research, Institut Superieur pour le Development Rural

Lena Stofile

Environmental health manager, City of Cape Town

Nur Khaulah Fadzil

Health field officer, International Committee

Sarah D'Alessio

Policy analyst, Ministry of Health, Government of Bermuda

Marcus Akuhata-Brown

Pou Whakatere, Deputy Secretary M?ori, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Government

Durkhanai Ayubi

Writer and restaurateur

Johnny Miller

Photographer, Unequal Scenes; News Fellow, Code for Africa; founder, africanDRONE Mukilteo, Wash., United St

Clara Dominguez Vivero

Neurologist, Servicio Galego de Saúde

Jody Barney

Leading consultant, Deaf Indigenous Community Consultancy

Josh Kornbluth

Monologuist, filmmaker and video host

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