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.

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.

Thematic Convenings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Financial Support

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.”
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.

Dr Abi Diamond
Associate Executive Director of Communications and Impact

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 Wroe
XR 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
Program and Impact Lead (Grants)

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.

Daniel Salazar-Murillo
Data Insight Lead

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 Mallinson
Team Coordinator (Events)

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.

Deepa Mann-Kler
XR Lead (Maternity Cover)

Deepa Mann-Kler is Chief Executive of Neon; Director for Belfast XR Festival; Executive Producer for Virtual Production at Aura Studios; Visiting Professor in Immersive Futures at Ulster University, an award winning Artist and a member of Euromersive and BAFTA Connect. Neon is a multi award-winning studio that harnesses the power of immersive technologies to create authentic augmented and virtual reality narrative driven experiences. Most recent achievements include The Metaverse & Me and Discover ME which shares real life stories of people living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Long Covid. Neon launched The Metaverse & Me, AR Peace Wall and AR Street Art apps freely available on iOS and Play Store as part of their commitment to create equal access to emerging technologies. A TEDx speaker “Being Human” and thought leader Deepa regularly keynotes on the intersection of storytelling, digital transformation, technical innovation, leadership, inclusion, ethics, bias, data, AI, design and creativity.

Fionnuala Sweeney
Multimedia Editor

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 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.

Ha Nguyen
Team Coordinator (Convenings)

As events coordinator, Ha supports the Atlantic Institute’s convenings and programming. Originally from Vietnam, Nguyen holds a master’s degree in international events management from Leeds Beckett University. Ha has six years of experience bringing conference and social events to fruition, and has a passion for promoting health, fairness and social justice. In her spare time, Ha volunteers locally, organizing fundraisers for children’s health care in Africa, and participates in advocacy campaigns in Vietnam

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
Partnerships Lead

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 Ooi
Team Coordinator (Grants and Funding)

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.

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.

Mel Nash
Finance Coordinator

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 Nqaba
Program and Impact Lead

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.

Richard Smith
XR Specialist

As XR (Extended Realities) specialist, Richard Smith leads the day-to-day running of the XR Lab at Rhodes House, Oxford. The role is shared between the Atlantic Institute and the Rhodes Trust. He leads demonstrations in virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed/merged reality and other immersive technologies. Richard also manages the equipment loan store, assists with workshops and supports Fellows to help them realize their XR projects. Richard has almost 10 years of experience in working with XR, 3D printing, 3D scanning and other new technologies. Previously, he spearheaded the establishment of the first free VR equipment lending service at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. He introduced the University to XR through creation events, training and the establishment of the Oxford X-Reality Hub. He also led the development of several University of Oxford XR research projects, including EdTech in the Cloud, a VR app aimed at bridging attainment gaps experienced by disadvantaged secondary students. He works with Alice Wroe, XR Lead, supporting the Atlantic and Rhodes community with XR projects for storytelling.

Salman Usmani
Communications Coordinator

Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity, Salman Usmani has joined the Atlantic Institute as communications coordinator. A communications expert and campaign strategist he will work with the Institute to amplify the impact of the Atlantic Fellows community by promoting their work around the world . Salman has worked in journalism, advertising and media production across themes ranging from climate change and public health to democracy and human rights. He holds a master’s degree from LSE where he studied inequalities, political communications, social network analysis, and media and technology policy. Salman's work as a Fellow includes new storytelling techniques, narrative change, and developing information architecture and methods to map networks of hate and disinformation.

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
Senior Program and Impact Lead

Tanya is an African feminist who has years of experience working to advance women’s rights, gender equality and social justice across Africa and globally. She has expertise in research, policy development, curriculum design and relationship management. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and Inequality from the London School of Economics and a Master of Philosophy in Justice and Transformation (Human Rights Law) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Tanya is an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity 2018-19. At the Atlantic Institute, she provides strategic support to the Global Atlantic Fellows Advisory Board, manages the flagship Global Atlantic Fellows Annual Convening, and develops programming (webinars, skills training and place-based) for Atlantic Fellows and staff.

Tyler Pugh
Learning and Evaluation Coordinator

Tyler recently completed his MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention & Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford. He also served as a research fellow with the United Nations and the Oxford SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Impact Lab. He is excited to bring new, innovative methodologies to evaluation, connecting his systems engineering and Spanish backgrounds to help create a quantitative and qualitative library of methods.

Vincent Battaglia
Senior Executive Assistant

Originally from California, Vincent moved to England in 2019. He has been a personal/ executive assistant for over seven years, with experience in providing support to high-profile individuals, including HM King Charles III when he was Prince of Wales. Outside of work, you can find him tending his garden alongside his 11-month-old son and their three chickens.

Atlantic Institute Governing Board

Christopher G. Oechsli

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.

Kofi Appenteng
President, Africa-America Institute

Kofi Appenteng is the President of the Africa-America Institute (AAI), which was founded in 1953 with a mission of promoting enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, training and dialogue. AAI has more than 15,000 African alumni from more than 50 African countries. Throughout his career, Kofi has been active with numerous civil society organizations. He is currently: a member of the International Advisory Board of IE University; a member of the board of Poets & Writers, Inc; and chairs the board of the Greentree Foundation. He is also a past chair of the board of the Ford Foundation, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the Community Service Society of New York.

Le Nhan Phuong
Executive Director, Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

Dr. Phuong Nhan Le (Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia) is The Equity Initiative’s Executive Director based in Bangkok, Thailand. Phuong began working with The Atlantic Philanthropies (Atlantic) in 2000 as a consultant for the Vietnam Program and subsequently established the Atlantic Representative Office in Hanoi. From 2003 to 2013, Phuong was Atlantic’s Country Director in Vietnam where he was responsible for overseeing a grant making portfolio of over US $384 million for the Population Health and Higher Education programs. In 2013, Phuong founded a U.S.-based non-profit organization, Resources for Health Equity (RHE), to carry on the work of advancing the fundamental rights to health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations throughout Southeast Asia. A US Board-certified physician in pediatrics and internal medicine, Phuong earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, his Medical Doctor degree at the Medical College of Georgia, a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Nicolette Naylor
Pan African Feminist Lawyer and senior Philanthropic Executive

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 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. She joined the Atlantic Institute Governing Board for a period of two years.

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. She joined the Atlantic Institute Governing Board for a period of two years.

Global Fellows Advisory Board

Amanda Fononda
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa
Amanda Fononda

Amanda is focused on understanding and addressing barriers to integration on improving health outcomes that are inclusive, collaborative, shared and progressive. Amanda has been a Global Atlantic Fellow, based at Tekano since 2019/2020

Amina Evangelista Swanepoel
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia
Amina Evangelista Swanepoel

Amina is a committed advocate for gender, reproductive health and human rights in the Philippines. She leads a team of 40 advocates in their work to reduce unplanned pregnancies, maternal deaths and HIV incidence in the Philippines.

Dela Wilson
Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity
Dela Wilson

Dela is leading strategies to decolonize development efforts through the redirection of capital, culture and opportunity.

Ginger Ramirez
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity U.S. + Global
Ginger Ramirez

Ginger is enhancing mental health service delivery by providing equitable policies grounded in human rights. Based in the Philippines, Ginger is a physician and mental health advocate.

Ifeanyi Nsofor
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity U.S. + Global
Ifeanyi Nsofor

Ifeanyi is dedicated to advancing equity in the leadership of global health organizations. He is a public health physician, behavioral science researcher and global health equity advocate.

Ivana Merckel
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa
Ivana Merckel

Ivana is a human rights defender specializing in sexual reproductive health, strategic communications, justice and Rights. Her activism is manifested through diverse creative projects dedicated to amplifying and preserving stories from marginalized communities.

Kevin Liverpool
Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity
Kevin Liverpool

Kevin works with community organizations to end sexual- and gender-based violence globally. He is based in Trinidad and Tobago.

Laura Booi
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
Laura Booi

Laura is a social gerontologist focused on research and consulting on optimizing brain health, globally and locally. As a consultant, she offers guidance for organizations to evaluate their current brain health workload models and processes and offers solutions to optimize the brain health of their team members.

Maureen Siguake
Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity
Maureen Siguake

Maureen is a dedicated community leader and agitator known for her expertise in organizational development and her commitment to driving sustainable community-led impact.

Michelle Steele
Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity
Michelle Steele

Michelle is a Kamilaroi/Gomeroi Yinarr (woman), who has dedicated her career to advancing outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Currently her work involves effecting generational change through Indigenous-led initiatives.

Obenewa Amponsah
Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity
 Obenewa Amponsah

Obenewa is a certified coach who works with leaders to clarify their purpose, find greater alignment professionally and expand the impact of their work. As a seasoned facilitator and frequent speaker, Obenewa also works with organizations to create the conditions for learning, collaboration, and growth.

Rennta Chrisdiana
Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia
  Rennta Chrisdiana

Rennta is passionate about learning and leading collaborative actions that strengthen youth and families’ well-being for social change. Her educational background in communication development and community services has laid the foundations for teaching and leading various social innovative projects, organizations and community development.

Te Awa Puketapu
Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity
Te Awa Puketapu

Te Awa is looking at the next 40 years of te reo Maori revitalization in Kohanga Reo, prioritizing language concepts, sovereignty and access, and decolonizing how reo Maori is used in bilingual settings, and empowering families and community. She is based in Wainuiomata, New Zealand.

Yared Zewde
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
  Yared Zewde

Yared is focused on building new knowledge and skills in developing quality scientific evidence, creating public awareness and informing policymakers to reduce stigma and enhance the quality of life for people with dementia. He is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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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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