130 Fellows, 7 global Atlantic programs.

Together, these leaders catalyze meaningful change around the world.

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Fellows from all seven global Atlantic programs participated

INEQUITY IN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

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.

The connection within this diverse community did not happen because they simply met as a group in Oxford; it happened over those four days through the intentional establishment of respectful relationships, one at a time.

"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

See the action in action

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Get to know the Fellows

Meet our Fellows
Tala Al-Rousan

Assistant Professor

Krystal L. Culler

Founder and Director

Elizabeth Dzeng

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology

Derya Durusu Emek-Savas

Neuroscientist

Krista Harrison

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics & Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Brenda Pérez Cerpa

Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Adrià Rofes

Assistant Professor

Konstantina Sykara

Clinical Psychologist

Jamie Talan

Science Writer

Lina Velilla

Psychologist and Epidemiologist

Fiona Walsh

Principal Architect

Greg Walsh

Managing Director

Mary Ajwang

Consultant

Carla A. Arena Ventura

Full Professor, College of Nursing

Amanda Brosnan

Physician Assistant

Joedrecka S. Brown Speights

Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, College of Medicine

Brigit M. Carter

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, School of Nursing

Lesford H. Duncan

Senior Director of Programs

Angela T. Echiverri

Family Physician & Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Sarah M. Hooper

Executive Director

James Huang

Medical Director of Family Medicine

Kenneth T. Jones

Supervisory Program Analyst

V. Kai Kennedy

Vice Chair of Equity and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Jonatan Konfino

Professional Lecturer

Deborrah G. Liao

Municipal Health Officer

Emily MacDonald

Director, Health Center Clinical Operations

Thomas Merrill

Senior Data Analyst, Muskie School of Public Service

Scott Nass

Program Director, Eisenhower Family Medicine

Toyese Oyeyemi

Faculty

Caroline Mae Ramirez

Medical Officer IV, Health Facility Development Bureau

Neha Raykar

Senior Consultant (Health, WASH and Nutrition)

Zulayka Santiago

Founder & Creative Director

Sara Selig

Associate Physician, Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Anjali Singh Kulkarni

Public Health Specialist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health Delhi

Tyler Spencer

Founder and President

Duduzile (Dudu) Dlamini

Human Rights Defender, Advocacy and Law Reform Programme Team

Thania Gopal

Communications Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences

Nikki Green (nee Vermeulen)

Health Equity & Community Development Consultant

Lance Louskieter

PhD Candidate, Researcher, Educator, Health Policy and Systems Research Division

Haseena Majid

Public Health Project Consultant

Nomathamsanqa 'Thami' Mngxekeza

Operations Manager

Shannon Morgan

Master's Student (Global Mental Health), London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine and King's College London

Kodwa Mpepho

Director

Sibongile Mtungwa

Director

Shehnaz Munshi

Research Project Manager for the Sheiham/Wits Family Programme on Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity

Bernard Mutsago

Nutritionist, Public Health Researcher and Activist

Lindi Mzankomo

Senior Budget Analyst, Public Finance

Noluthando Ndlovu

Researcher

Mafoko Phomane

Project Specialist

Kentse Radebe

Project Manager, Systems Innovation

Wendy Somlavi

Founder

Bulela Vava

Public Sector Dentist

Luqman Yesufu

Africa Coordinator, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Initiative

Ana P. Santos

Journalist

Bui Thi Thuy

Head of the Nursing Department

Abelardo Apollo David Junior

Executive Director

Abdel Jamal Disangcopan

Attorney/Law Reform Specialist IV, Law Center

Carmeneza Dos Santos Monteiro

Strategic Policy Adviser

Sophia Benedicta Hage

Clinic Manager/Founding Member

Hoang Tu Anh

Founding Member/Vice Director

Han Win Htat

Deputy Country Director

Noraida Abdullah Karim

Director for Mindanao Programme

Borwornsom (Ack) Leerapan

Health Systems Researcher/Faculty Member, Ramathibodi Medical School

Bawi Mang Lian

Medical Officer, National Health Plan Implementation Monitoring Unit

Nguyen Tran Nguyen

Official

Nguyen Thi Lan Anh

Founder and Director

Pairoj Saonuam

Assistant CEO

Richard Wallace

Founder and Executive Director

Obenewa Amponsah

Coach, Facilitator, Storyteller

Asanda Benya

Lecturer

Devon Carbado

Associate Vice Chancellor & Professor of Law

Alicia Garza

Principal

Mary Hooks

Co-Director

Christopher John

Social Responsibility and Funding Officer

Brian Kamanzi

Independent Researcher

Talila Lewis

Community Lawyer and Organizer

Rukia Lumumba

Executive Director

Ntombikanina Malinga

President & CEO

Joel Modiri

Lecturer

Christopher Petrella

Associate Director for Advocacy, Center for Antiracist Research

Rashad Robinson

President

Holiday Simmons

Founder

Sthandiwe 'Stha' Yeni

PhD Candidate

Roxanne Bainbridge

Director

Ariadne Gorring

Executive Director

Nicole Jenkins

Centre Manager

Damien Miller

Assistant Secretary of the Soft Power, Partnerships and Research Branch

Leanne Miller

Executive Director

Rose Longhurst

Program Officer

Olufolahan (Fola) Adeleke

Senior Lecturer, School of Law

Saida Ali

Strategy and Organizational Development Advisor

Sebastian Bock

Team Leader for Germany

Melanie R. Brown

Senior Program Officer, Global Policy and Advocacy

Patricio Espinoza

Research Analyst

Joseph Hasson

Activist Training Manager

Masana Ndinga-Kanga

Crisis Response Fund and MENA Advocacy Lead

Jack Nissan

Director

Fredrick Ouko Alucheli

Program Officer, Disability Rights Program

Louis Olanya Oyaro

Consultant (South Sudan Project)

Appu Esthose Suresh

Founder

Hillary Vipond

PhD Student in Economic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jane Sloane

Senior Director, Women's Empowerment

Christina T. Rosenthal

Owner/CEO

Michael Smith

Executive Director, My Brother's Keeper Alliance

Tracy Jooste

Senior Advocacy Officer

Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Founder/CEO

Dominic Campbell

Co-founder

Agustin Ibanez

Director

Claudia Patricia Ramos-Perez

Psychiatrist - PhD Student, Neuroscience Group of Antioquia

Sarah Battistich

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical Center

Maria Portela Martinez

Medical Director

Ntombizanele (Zanele) Figlan

Principal Environmental Health Practitioner

Lena Stofile

Environmental Health Manager

Nur Khaulah Fadzil

Health Field Officer

Sarah D'Alessio

Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health

Marcus Akuhata-Brown

Director

Durkhanai Ayubi

Writer and Restaurateur

Johnny Miller

Founder

Alberto Retana

President and CEO

Jody Barney

Coordinator

Josh Kornbluth

Monologuist, Filmmaker and Video Host

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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. Numerous workshops were woven throughout the four days:

  • The Paradox of Leadership
  • The Power of Doubt
  • How to Make a Network Work
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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.

At an award ceremony at the end of the convening, a number of projects were recognized for being emblematic of the vision and values of the Atlantic community. The Fellows whose projects demonstrated the most potential for expansion or impact were given substantial financial support. For example, there are plans for the East Mediterranean Brain Health Initiative  to expand over time to forge links with medical teams in Armenia, Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan.

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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