Funded by commitments totaling more than $660 million from Atlantic through one of its final "big bets" before the foundation brought its grantmaking to an end in 2016, the fellows programs support efforts to advance fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies around the globe. Launched individually between 2015 and 2018, the seven programs include the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health, based at the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, San Francisco; the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia, based at the Equity Initiative at the China Medical Board in Bangkok; the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, based at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science; the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa, based at TEKANO; the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, based at the University of Melbourne; the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg; and the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, based at the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute. The Atlantic Institute, based at the Rhodes Trust at Oxford University, brings together fellows from all seven programs and provides them with a lifelong resource for collaboration.
Hailing from forty-eight countries, the two hundred and sixty-seven advocates, lawyers, artists, business professionals, health practitioners, government officials, and scholars in the inaugural cohorts include Tala Al-Rousan (Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health), a Jordanian doctor who is examining the causes of and connections between conflict and dementia in refugees in the Middle East; Fredrick Alucheli (Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity), a disability inclusion advisor at Light for the World who is investigating how unequal access to educational opportunities affects employment for individuals with disabilities in Kenya; Santi Lapbenjakul (Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia), who is collaborating with the Thai government to train caregivers and redirect healthcare resources to home care for the elderly; Rukia Lumumba (Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity), founder of the People's Advocacy Institute in Jackson, Mississippi, who is working to expand economic opportunity, promote sustainability, and build community by developing a community model centered around co-governance; Faye McMillan (Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity), an associate professor at Charles Sturt University who is developing a mental health app that creates a community of support from an individual's mobile phone contact list; Sibongile Mtungwa (Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa), director of the Women's Leadership and Training Programme, where she is exploring partnerships and sustainable ways to advance girls' health, education, and identity; and Christina Rosenthal (Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity), CEO of Paradigm Dental Center and founder of the 516 Foundation, who is connecting underrepresented and/or underresourced youth to mentors and the resources they need to become healthcare professionals.
"The Atlantic Fellows are energetic, diverse, international leaders who are acting on the world's urgent needs and collaborating to build healthy and equitable societies," said Atlantic Philanthropies president and CEO Christopher G. Oechsli. "The fellows' work, individually and as a community, represents our highest aspirations for what our founder Chuck Feeney and the Atlantic Philanthropies set out to achieve over thirty-five years ago."
For complete lists of fellows in each program, see the Atlantic Fellows website.