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.
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.
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.
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.
Thematic Convenings are held on key issues affecting the world; such as, displacement, narratives and care, engaging with those communities most affected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our flagship Impact Fund will launch in July 2021 which will accelerate the work of collaborative projects undertaken by Fellows.
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.”
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.
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 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.
Abi is the Associate Executive Director of Communications and Impact 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 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 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.
An Atlantic Fellow for Social & Economic Equity, Daniel has a background in journalism and has most recently been working as a Data Researcher at Data4Change. As a fellow he is deeply committed to this community and "family". Daniel has devoted the past 11 years to communication projects relating to tax accountability, climate change and media literacy. He has also taught students of journalism how to analyze data as part of a drive to investigate issues like corruption and advance a fairer world.
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.
An Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Fionnuala leads on multimedia content by creating and delivering films, animations, and podcasts to amplify the Institute's and Global Atlantic Fellows' work both within the global Atlantic community and externally. She is also responsible for the development of the atlanticfellows.org website and creating content for it, working closely with Fellows to tell their stories in their collaborative pursuit of equity. 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.
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 is responsible for the 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.
Kim provides high-quality support as coordinator for grants and funding in support of the work of Global Atlantic Fellows and program staff. Before arriving at the Institute, she was involved in managing student fees, academic records and scholarships. She has worked with charitable organizations, corporations and foreign education ministries to promote and manage the University of Oxford scholarships schemes.
Lucy provides administrative and editorial support to the Communications team, working alongside the Communications Lead and Multimedia Editor on a wide range of digital communications for many different audiences, from Atlantic Fellows and policymakers to the media and other interested stakeholders. Previously, Lucy worked in marketing for Oxford University Press, promoting educational resources and professional development opportunities to teachers and also helped coordinate conferences, exhibitions and webinars. Lucy wants to inspire and enable young people to have extraordinary futures and fulfil their potential, regardless of background. She carries out voluntary work to assist University of Oxford access and admissions schemes that encourage young people from non-traditional backgrounds to consider going into higher education.
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.
Mel will take up a newly created position as Finance Coordinator. Previously, Mel handled the management accounts for a Bicester-based company, Memoria, which has 12 sites across the U.K. She also worked for the Oxford Women’s Training Scheme, an organisation advocating gender equality that offered skills workshop opportunities to women.
Patronella is part of the team seeking to develop the Atlantic community and broaden its global impact, particularly in strengthening the links with Global Atlantic Fellows who live in Africa or have links with the continent. Previously, she was the Network Director for Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and concurrently held a leadership position at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (AFRE’s anchor partner). At AFRE, she led the program’s strategic outreach to identify and recruit applicants from diverse international networks and communities and led the program’s Senior Fellow community. She also contributed to network development and program planning. At the Nelson Mandela Foundation, she conducted analysis on governance and social activism and supported the Foundation’s anti-racism activities and efforts to build democracy.
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 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 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.
Yan Chen strives to foster connectivity between people, cultures, and worlds through international exchange, transcultural collaborations, and interdisciplinary dialogue. She is especially interested in civic engagement through the arts and humanities, and in making these fields more affordable and accessible for a wider range of people. Yan has worked extensively in the creative industries as a writer, editor, dramaturg (theatrical advisor and researcher), translator, and journalist. She has hatched projects in collaboration with leading directors, writers, and Tony Award-winning theaters; served as Chief of Staff for a Y Combinator startup, promoting financial inclusion; and organized local, national and transnational efforts in education, communications, outreach, and community building. A Chinese Rhodes Scholar, Yan studied literature, theater, and anthropology at Oxford, Harvard, and Nanjing Universities, where she researched cultural perspectives on loneliness, aging, and disease.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Guenevere Burke is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and health policy and management at the George Washington University. In this role, she is actively involved in medical education and interdisciplinary graduate programs in health policy, health equity and health technology. She is director and co-founder of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program. In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, Guen pioneered new educational programs in health policy for medical residents in Northern and Southern California. Guen is a board-certified emergency physician who provides clinical care in traditional and telemedicine encounters through the GW Department of Emergency Medicine. She previously served as site director for the department’s practice at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and as president of the District of Columbia American College of Emergency Physicians. She completed fellowship training in health policy at GW, working with the Kaiser Family Foundation and serving as health policy advisor to Senator Grassley, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. She completed her medical education at UCLA and residency training at the University of Southern California, where she served as chief resident. She holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and previously worked in international health consulting and hospital finance prior to her career in medicine.
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.
Nicolette Naylor is a Pan African feminist lawyer and senior philanthropic executive who has spent more than two decades working at the intersection of justice, feminism and philanthropy. She has led the Ford Foundation's Southern Africa office and International Program on Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice where she was responsible for directing the Foundation’s strategy and team in the Southern African region as well as global programming on gender, racial and ethnic justice. Her work has focused on increasing resources and financial support for civil society in the global South and a commitment to strengthening the feminist funding ecosystem for Black and Indigenous feminist movements as well as LGBTIQ+ and gender expansive movements. She retired from Ford Foundation in September 2022 and is now providing consultant support to philanthropic organizations, feminist movements, civil society organizations and academic institutions whilst completing her book project which spans deeply personal and political reflections, celebrations, and critiques of her time in philanthropy.
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. She joined the Atlantic Institute Governing Board for a period of two years.
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. She joined the Atlantic Institute Governing Board for a period of two years.
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.
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. She is also currently on the Atlantic Institute Governing Board for a period of two years.
Bayanda is striving for quality and equality in South African education through analysis and activism.
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. She is also currently on the Atlantic Institute Governing Board for a period of two years.
Dorah is working at the forefront of gender equality, women's rights and global climate justice and economic transformation.
Jane is working to advance gender equality globally. Currently writing a book on activism at home and in the world to address inequalities.
Nur is focusing on health care in detention and health policy for refugees.
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.
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.
Natarajan is providing low cost primary care to migrant workers in Singapore; and strengthening the health systems in Timor-Leste.
Peter is improving public health through literacy for individuals, their local community, and colleagues within the heath sector by prioritizing social determinants of health.
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.
Sarah is developing medical-legal collaborations in education, research, and clinical service that advance equity in the care of older adults.
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.
At the Atlantic Institute, we are committed to building a lifelong community of courageous changemakers who together will accelerate the eradication of inequity and injustice.
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