Building a catalytic, lifelong community of Leaders

The Atlantic Institute provides Atlantic Fellows and staff with the networks, architecture and resources to connect, learn and act to address the underlying systemic causes of inequity – locally and globally.

It amplifies the influence and impact of the global Atlantic Community of change-making Fellows and programs through providing resources and opportunities to connect, learn and act together. The Institute promotes collaboration and shared approaches, connects the Atlantic Fellows program community to a broader network of equity-oriented initiatives, and raises global awareness of the work of Fellows and their programs.

Connecting & Supporting the Fellows

The Atlantic Institute connects Fellows after they have graduated from one of seven programs in a number of ways. The Atlantic Fellows Hub is a community-wide online space where Fellows can find each other to debate, collaborate and act on equity issues. They are also supported through courageous programming, with virtual and face-to-face platforms to shift narratives, shape policy and create (k)new solutions. In building a catalytic community of leaders who connect, learn and collaborate for greater impact, the Institute drives a culture of learning and innovation by responding to changing needs, new technologies and brave ideas. It also does this by establishing a sustainable global network with strong strategic partners and alliances.

Affinity Groups

Fellows can form or join an Affinity Group where they collaborate on a specific equity issue.

The Institute helps them to develop their collective vision and mandate, widen the Group membership and secure funding. Affinity Groups are able to connect virtually and in-person as they work toward catalytic change. At present, there are over a dozen Affinity Groups working on a range of issues from criminal justice to decolonizing global health.

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Global Convening

After graduating their program, each Fellow is welcomed into the global Atlantic community at the annual Global Convening of Fellows, where they meet other recently graduated Fellows for catalytic conversations that forge connections for action and impact.

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Thematic Convenings

Thematic Convenings are held on key issues affecting the world; such as, displacement, narratives and care, engaging with those communities most affected.

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Webinars

While COVID-19 has physically distanced and isolated millions, it has brought people toward a common humanity. Our webinars offer content to turn our imagination to (k)new solutions, drawing on our longer histories.

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Skills Workshops

The Atlantic Institute regularly hosts Skills Workshops across a range of themes and topics including Op-Ed Writing and Media Engagement while also being spaces for our community to connect socially.

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Action Labs

How does one foster systemic change? What are the steps that can be taken to go from dialogue to action? Through our Action Labs, Fellows are supported to collectively develop a plan to address inequality.

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Financial Support

A range of funding streams are available which provide resourcing, partnership and support for Atlantic Fellows’ collaborative projects, accelerating their urgent work to eradicate inequities, locally and globally.

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Financial Support

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Institute has also provided Solidarity Grants to over 50 Fellows across the world to respond to the immediate needs of their communities.

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Financial Support

Our flagship Impact Fund will launch in July 2021 which will accelerate the work of collaborative projects undertaken by Fellows.

“WHEN IT COMES
DOWN TO IT, IT'S
ALWAYS ABOUT
PEOPLE”

Chuck Feeney, Founder of
The Atlantic Philanthropies

Modest. Strategic. Compassionate. Charismatic. Complex. Meet Chuck Feeney.

I had one idea that never changed in my mind - that you should use your wealth to help people.”
Chuck Feeney

Born into a modest, working-class family during the Great Depression, a US Army scholarship enabled Chuck Feeney to attend Cornell University. Becoming a billionaire in the duty free business, he established a private foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, in 1982 believing that the rich should devote the majority of their wealth to the service of humanity. Over 38 years, in more than 25 countries, the Atlantic Philanthropies group invested over $8 billion in more than 6,500 grants to people and organizations who would make a difference in the lives of others.

As one of its final “big bets”, the foundation established the Atlantic Fellows in 2015, committing nearly $700 million—its biggest investment ever—to support the work of a global Atlantic Fellows community. This culminated The Atlantic Philanthropies’ long history of investing in people to realize a fairer, healthier, more inclusive world. Chuck’s entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy, known as Giving While Living, has been an inspiration to philanthropists such as Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates.

The Atlantic Institute team

Evie O'Brien
Executive Director

Evie is Executive Director of the Atlantic Institute. She is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Institute and the building of a global community of change-makers, diverse across every measure but united in their pursuit of equity. She is also an Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity, based at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Evie has an extensive background in educational leadership, having held executive leadership positions at higher education institutions across New Zealand. Prior to joining the Institute, she was Deputy Chief Executive at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi (Indigenous University). Her teaching and research areas are social change leadership, leading change in complex organizations and the development of high-performing and inclusive teams. She is passionate about values-based leadership and transformation.

Khalil Goga
Associate Executive Director, Community Engagement, Program & Impact

Khalil is an Associate Executive Director (Community Engagement, Programing and Impact) at the Atlantic Institute. He previously served as the Director of Dialogue and Advocacy at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg where he was also a Senior Director with the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity program. Prior to this, he was a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies where he conducted analysis on the impact of organised crime on governance. He previously lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, from where he received both his undergraduate and Masters degrees.

Natasha Forrest
Associate Executive Director, Operations & Organizational Development

Natasha is responsible for leading end-to-end operational support for the Institute and a learning culture for impact. She leads the development, implementation and monitoring of the Institute’s administration and decision support strategy, ensuring that efficient and high-quality services are provided for Institute staff, Fellows and Program staff. This includes ensuring efficient and effective administration of all Institute resources with a focus on organizational development, communications and learning.

Dr Abi Diamond
Learning and Evaluation Lead

Abi is Learning and Evaluation Lead at the Atlantic Institute. She is responsible for supporting a learning culture and leads on the design and implementation of the Institute's learning and evaluation plans. Prior to joining the Institute Abi was Managing Director of the social research organisation CFE Research for eight years and she brings over a decade’s experience designing and developing evaluation tools to evidence the impact and effectiveness of social change programs. Abi is passionate about innovative evaluation methods and participatory approaches, and aspires to ensure that stakeholders all have ownership of and investment in the learning and evaluative process.

Alice Wroe
Augmented and Virtual Realities Lead

Alice is experienced in using augmented and virtual realities to interrogate power structures and drive change and has worked at the intersection of art, technology and social justice. She has worked for leading institutions and brands, including Magic Leap, U2, The Gates Foundation, The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, Tate and Penguin Books. Driven by developing virtual experiences that do not compromise the humanity of the user, she says she is looking with hope to a future where technology enables everybody to reach their full potential and creates a fairer and more inclusive society.

Amanda Oduka
Impact Fund Lead

Amanda will design and deliver an exceptional, non-precedent setting fund for Atlantic Fellows’ collaborative projects, with responsibilities including the design of the fund’s objectives, and application and review processes. She has significant experience in the international development sector with a proven track record in Programme and Grant management, MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning) and fundraising. She is passionate about creativity, innovation, co-creation and collaboration and intrinsically believes in the greater ideals of service and transcendence.

David Mallinson
Events & Team Administrator

David provides operational and administrative support to the Atlantic Institute team to ensure the smooth running of its meetings, events and special projects. Previously, he worked in events at Oxford Brookes University and as a primary school teacher.

Désirée Pearce
Executive Assistant

Désirée joined the Atlantic Institute team to provide logistical support as Executive Assistant to the team’s Executive Director. She brings extensive experience from her time with the Netherlands Diplomatic Corps in Shanghai, Tehran and The Hague, which included planning for Royal visits.

Fionnuala Sweeney
Multimedia Editor

An Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Fionnuala is responsible for amplifying the Institute's and Lifelong Fellows' work both internally within the global Atlantic community and externally. As Multimedia Editor, she provides editorial guidance and content support to the Institute team. Fionnuala leads on the production of films, animations, podcasts and branding identity evolution. She is responsible for media relations and the development of the atlanticfellows.org website. Before becoming an Atlantic Fellow, Fionnuala was an anchor and correspondent with CNN International. She was part of the broadcast team which received an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, a Peabody in 2012 for coverage of the Egyptian Uprising, a 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage of the Egyptian Revolution and an Emmy nomination in the same category in 2012 for Breaking News Coverage of the Libya Revolution.

Jack Wilkin
Data Insight Lead

Jack is responsible for the capture, analysis and presentation of community-wide data to inform decision-making, responsive program development and impactful reporting to stakeholders. He brings a wealth of experience in analysis, project management, reporting, relationship-building, and data strategy. Jack’s commitment to tackling inequities and creating an inclusive environment for all has led him to develop Diversity & Inclusion strategies and programmes of activities to drive forward trans-inclusion across organisations he has worked for.

Jemma Stringer
Program and Impact Lead (Innovation and Special Projects)

Jemma is a feminist, passionate about values-based practice that centres collective leadership and local knowledge in the work of shifting power for greater social equity. At the Atlantic Institute, Jemma is Programme and Impact Lead for Innovation and Special Projects, supporting an ecosystem in which Atlantic Fellows lead the changes they wish to see for equity. Jemma has held a range of roles focused on gender justice and social justice, supporting survivors of gender-based violence, women involved with the criminal justice system, and men serving custodial sentences. Most recently, at Oxfam International, she focused on feminist organisational development, co-leading Oxfam’s Global Culture Strategy, and working to embed feminist principles and practices to address power inequalities. Jemma is an experienced facilitator and curriculum designer in face-to-face and virtual settings.

Katherine Bond
Development Lead (Foundations and Partnerships)

Katherine is responsible for the Development and Partnerships strategy for the Institute and the community of Fellows it supports. She believes passionately in the power of collaboration to drive social, economic and health innovation and brings extensive experience of working across international communities and multi-stakeholder environments. Prior to the Institute, Katherine was director of the Cultural Institute at King's College London, working at the interface between the university and the creative and cultural sectors; she has also held leadership roles within creative, policy, diplomacy and non-governmental organisations. Katherine began her career directing theatre and music and continues to advocate for the arts as a platform for health and social change as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Maria Jeffery
Communications Lead

Maria delivers the Institute's communications strategy, using internal and external channels to build connections across the Atlantic community, and capture and amplify the voices of the Fellows. She spent many years as a reporter in fast-moving TV and radio newsrooms before working in media relations and communications roles for Oxfam GB, the Public Affairs Directorate of the University of Oxford, and one of the Oxford colleges. Maria provided media support for emergency work, development programs, fundraising and campaigns. At the University of Oxford, she dealt with media issues relating to signficant University policy; supported the vice chancellor and chancellor on their media work overseas; and promoted the University's social sciences division.

Sandy Ridley
Interim Executive Assistant

Sandy is the interim executive assistant supporting Evie O'Brien, Atlantic Institute Governing Board and Global Atlantic Fellow Advisory Forum members and Executive Directors. Sandy has over 30 years experience supporting in a global capacity at senior level to SME's and global corporates. She has lived in Kenya and project managed delivery of medical and educational aid across the whole country as well as being involved in both eye and heart missions. In her spare time, Sandy is an active community manager volunteer for a UK CIC charity, helping people find help fast via an online platform, topics include, diversity & inclusion, mental health, racism, etc.

Shanjitha Rajasingam
Team Coordinator (Convenings)

Shanjitha provides support for the Atlantic Institute's convenings and programming. A Tamil-Canadian, she has a passion for social change, equity and inclusion. She spent has six years working in the philanthropic sector, working previously at the Catherine Donnelly Foundation in Canada. She has a batchelor's undergraduate degree in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto; and holds a postgraduate certificate in digital media marketing from George Brown College, Toronto. In her spare time, Shanjitha loves teaching yoga and is a great believer in its transformative, healing and uplifting powers. She supports people in living physically well and mentally resilient lives.

Sukh Sanghera
Technology Platforms Lead

Sukh administrates, maintains and develops the technology offerings at the Atlantic Institute. He is also responsible for supporting the Fellows and Program staff with the Atlantic Fellows platforms (such as The Atlantic Fellows Hub). If you are a Fellow or a member of Program staff, feel free to get in touch directly with Sukh for any training and support requirements you may have. He works closely with the team to help ensure the Institute's vision and programming is supported and achieved with the use of online technology.

Tanya Charles
Program and Impact Lead (Senior Fellow Engagement)

Tanya is an African feminist who has years of experience working to advance women’s rights and gender equality. She has expertise in designing bespoke curriculi, training materials, and in conducting operational research which she has done for Oxfam Zimbabwe, Oxfam South Africa and others. She holds a Masters degree in Social Sciences and Inequality from the London School of Economics and is an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity. At the Atlantic Institute, her responsibilities center on co-creating and facilitating virtual and in-person learning and community building opportunities for Atlantic Fellows and staff globally.

Atlantic Institute Governing Board

Christopher G. Oechsli
Chair

Mr. Oechsli has more than 35 years of experience in international business, law, philanthropy and policy development in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies from June 2011 until its closure in 2020, he led Atlantic’s grant making and Founding Chairman grants. Previously, Mr Oechsli served as Counsel to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, whom he advised on legislation and a range of domestic and international issues. Beginning in 1990, Mr. Oechsli served as a director, counsel or chief executive of operating companies within the General Atlantic Group, an international investment subsidiary of the Atlantic Foundation. He was a senior staff member at The Atlantic Philanthropies and related companies for 17 years. Mr. Oechsli is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles. Following studies in Chinese language at Georgetown University and graduate studies at Columbia University, he received an M.A. in Foreign Affairs and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Elizabeth Kiss
Warden, Rhodes House; CEO, Rhodes Trust

Dr Elizabeth Kiss is Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust (2018). Previously, Dr Kiss (pronounced ‘quiche’) served for twelve years as president of Agnes Scott College, Georgia during which time the college broke records for enrolment and retention. It was named the second ‘Most Diversified College in America’ by Time and the country’s most successful liberal arts college for graduating low-income students by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr Kiss served as the founding director of Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics (1997-2006) and taught at Randolph-Macon College (Virginia), Deep Springs College (California) and at Princeton University. Her academic focus has been on moral and political philosophy and she has published on moral education, human rights, ethnic conflict and nationalism, feminist theory, and transitional justice. Dr Kiss received her BA in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she became Davidson’s first female Rhodes Scholar and received a BPhil and DPhil in philosophy from the University of Oxford.

James McCluskey
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Melbourne, Board Member, Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity

Professor James McCluskey is a Board Member, Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, and has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne, since 2011. A physician and pathologist, he spent four years at the US National Institutes of Health. For more than 25 years, he has been consultant to the Australian Red Cross, leading transplant services, advising on organ transplantation matching and heading up technological innovation in donor organ matching. He also established the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry in South Australia and led the AUD $210M conception, construction and development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. Currently, a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Medical Research Institute, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Bionics Institute, UoM Commercial, Friends of ASHA for Indian Slums, Prof McCluskey is also Chair of the Board of Nossal Institute Limited. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2012 and Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015.

Kavitha Mediratta
Executive Director, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity

Kavitha Mediratta is Founding Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity at Columbia University in New York. Kavitha’s work and scholarship focuses on challenging discrimination and improving educational equity and other opportunities for people of color. Previously, Kavitha served as Chief Strategy Advisor for Equity Initiatives and Human Capital Development at The Atlantic Philanthropies and led funding, educational and research programs to enhance community organising through senior positions at the New York Community Trust, Annenberg Institute for School Reform of Brown University and the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University. Writing extensively on community organizing and public school reform, she was the principal of a ground-breaking study on how grassroots organising has reshaped American public schools. An educator by training, Kavitha is a director at Education Week, Partners for Dignity and Rights, and Race Forward. She holds a B.A. from Amherst College, a Masters-of-Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from New York University.

Mvuyo Tom
Deputy Chairperson, Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa

Mvuyo Tom is Deputy Chairperson of the Tekano Board in Cape Town, South Africa and Chairperson of the Human Sciences Research Council. Previously, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare (2008-2016) and Deputy Vice Chancellor. A medical doctor, he holds a MB ChB degree from the University of Natal, a Master of Family Medicine, (University of Witwatersrand) and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies). Prof. Tom played a pivotal role in anti- apartheid health struggles and the health policy formulation for the democratic South Africa, including serving as Director-General of the Eastern Cape (1998-2004). His main interests are in health and education, especially in quality, equity and access; he is a board member of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the Healdtown High School Alumni Board. Chairperson of the Masibumbane Development Organization and Deputy Chairperson of the DG Murray Trust, Prof. Tom received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1994.

Veronica Campbell
Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation, Trinity College, Dublin

Veronica Campbell is Bursar/Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Provost's Office of Trinity College, Dublin where she provides strategic leadership in the overall development of the campus to ensure alignment to the overall strategic objectives of the University. She serves as Chair of the Board of the Global Brain Health Institute there. Teaching across a wide range of courses in Science, Medicine and Allied Health disciplines, her research has identified novel mechanisms of neurodegeneration that are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease while she has also investigated how manipulation of the cannabinoid system can confer neuroprotection. President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Biomedical Sciences Section), she has published more than 50 research papers. Dr Campbell is a Pharmacology graduate (1991; University of Edinburgh) and was awarded her PhD in Neuropharmacology in 1995 (University of London). She took up an HRB post-doctoral fellowship in 1996, and was appointed to the Department of Physiology at Trinity College Dublin in 1998.

Global Atlantic Senior Fellows Advisory Forum

Alex Splitt
Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity

Alex is advancing social and economic outcomes of First Peoples, specializing in the co-design, development and implementation of strategic policy frameworks which seek to facilitate social and economic equity for First Peoples.

Alex Splitt
Anne Browning
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Anne is promoting resilience, brain health and wellbeing for health care teams. Developing support for people engaging in equity work, expanding practices and competencies for distress tolerance.

Anne Browning
Bayanda Ndumiso
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

Bayanda is striving for quality and equality in South African education through analysis and activism.

Bayanda Ndumiso
Cyan Brown
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa

Cyan is leading efforts to create healthier and sustainable communities that uplift, protect and enable young women and girls to reach their full potential is South Africa.

Cyan Brown
Dorah Marema
Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity

Dorah is working at the forefront of gender equality, women's rights and global climate justice and economic transformation.

Dorah Marema
Jane Sloane
Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity

Jane is working to advance gender equality globally. Currently writing a book on activism at home and in the world to address inequalities.

Jane Sloane
Nur Khaulah Fadzil
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

Nur is focusing on health care in detention and health policy for refugees.

Nur Khaulah Fadzil
Marcus Akuhata-Brown
Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity

Marcus is leading an Indigenous Youth Leadership Development Programme for 25-35 year old rangatahi Maori to further advance the space rangatahi Maori play as active agents in all spheres of development in New Zealand and beyond.

Marcus Akuhata-Brown
Maritza Pintado-Caipa
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Maritza is addressing the fact that many diseases like dementia are ignored by society and the authorities, and a lack of epidemiological data on dementia in Peru.

Maritza Pintado-Caipa
Natarajan Rajaraman
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

Natarajan is providing low cost primary care to migrant workers in Singapore; and strengthening the health systems in Timor-Leste.

Natarajan Rajaraman
Peter Gan Kim Soon
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity U.S. + Global

Peter is improving public health through literacy for individuals, their local community, and colleagues within the heath sector by prioritizing social determinants of health.

Peter Gan Kim Soon
Richard Wallace
Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity

Richard is organizing civil rights activism and leading Equity and Transformation (EAT), a nonprofit organization that won the first recreational cannabis policy to include reparations for the war on drugs.

Richard Wallace
Sarah Hooper
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity U.S. + Global

Sarah is developing medical-legal collaborations in education, research, and clinical service that advance equity in the care of older adults.

Sarah Hooper
Tracy Jooste
Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity

Tracy is supporting grassroots organizations to advocate for improved basic services in informal settlements across South Africa. Calling for greater accountability in how cities spend their budgets.

Tracy Jooste

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