Who We Are
The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity is an Indigenous-led lifelong, collaborative fellowship program and platform for systemic change. It harnesses timeless Indigenous knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to bring a unique approach to transformative change.
The program was established at the University of Melbourne and funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies in 2016. It is one of seven global, interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs to which the foundation has committed over US$660 million worldwide. The program also includes partner organisations and governments to support the work of this global network of thousands of Atlantic Fellows over the next two decades, and beyond.
Our Program Advisory Board provides strategic oversight and guidance to the program. Board members have extensive experience in a range of areas including Indigenous rights and advocacy, philanthropy, health, public sector, not-for-profits and start-ups, the arts and academia.
Partners are core to our program, and we work with many national and international partners to connect Fellows with organisations that share similar aspirations for new leadership abilities.
Our current collaborating partners include:
Our team of talented and passionate change makers are from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience and skills to create a truly unique and profound social change program. Read more about the team.
Jason, a Wiradjuri man from south-western New South Wales, is the inaugural Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity.
He sees the program providing a rare opportunity to positively disrupt and reframe the way we tackle problems and support the Fellows, whose ideas will develop new approaches to solving them.
Carla is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman. She has a wealth of experience in Indigenous public policy and is passionate about the role of collaborative leadership in provoking positive social change.
Carla holds several not-for-profit directorships and is a Delegate to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
Strategy & Operations Lead
Sarah has extensive experience in international development, higher education and government in advisory, strategy, communications and project management roles. Sarah spent several years working on gender equality initiatives in Southeast Asia and joined the University of Melbourne in 2011 as a strategy advisor in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
Social Impact Lead
Mickey is hell-bent on working in teams to create systemic and sustainable social change.
He loves to engage in the strategic design of organisations, services, communications, and impact. Mickey is looking forward to working closely with the Team and the Fellows on the measurement and growth of their impact.
Governance & Engagement Lead
Pam has a diverse set of skills developed over her extensive career across many sectors, including marketing, executive support, governance, project management, and stakeholder engagement.
She has established trusted networks throughout her career, especially with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and corporate Australia.
She’s excited to progress the engagement opportunities on all levels to facilitate the program and Fellows effecting social change.
Lifelong Fellowship Lead
Cristilee is a proud Pitta Pitta woman who was raised in Brisbane. A self-starter and experienced leader always looking for a challenge, Cristilee’s curiosity of all things social has led her to develop strengths in strategy, project management, social impact, employment and mentoring. Her career has focussed on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors.
Relationships & Engagement Lead
Inala is a proud Yawuru woman and joins the team as Lifelong Fellowship Lead. A strong advocate for human rights and social justice, Inala is a thought leader in agitating and making social change.
With extensive experience in the public service and higher education in the areas of governance, policy, strategy, and community & stakeholder engagement, Inala looks forward to supporting all the Fellows in their pursuits for social equity.
Sarah is Lecturer in Higher Education at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education as well as Academic Lead at Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity. She coordinates professional development programs for graduate researchers and Indigenous researchers and conducts research projects that focus on contemporary issues in higher education.
Sarah has extensive experience as a teacher and researcher in the Arts. She has published widely in the areas of feminist theatre and performance, film and philosophy and higher education.
Artist: Lyn-Al Young
We would like to thank the wonderfully talented artist, Lyn-Al Young for her creation of the artwork that you can see in the homepage banner of this website and which is also being used in our 2019 Cohort Handbook and other media and communications products. Lyn-Al shared the stories of our 2018 Cohort in October 2018, and created this artwork as a representation of their journey and a symbol for exchanging the baton with the incoming 2019 Cohort.
Lyn-Al is a Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta fashion designer and artist living in Melbourne.
Banner photo: Wayne Quilliam