Building a better world: our 2019-20 AFSEE cohort

“What inspires me? The courageous people and organisations I see all around me. As long as we do not give up hope, progressive change is possible, and new generations will take it forward.”
sophea chrek, activist and researcher, Cambodia


Change is coming – and the change-makers are coming to the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A Cambodian grassroots movement-builder and a sustainability strategist from Singapore; a Dalit rights activist and a Colombian transitional justice lawyer; a British tax justice expert and a Zambian internet governance specialist and girls’ safety campaigner are among the 14 new Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity.

In September 2019, the third cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) will join a community that now numbers 52 current and lifelong Fellows from 26 countries across Africa, Asia, South and North America and Europe.

The 2019-20 AFSEE cohort includes practitioners, policy-makers and educators, political activists and civil society professionals who have already achieved impact in fields such as financial inclusion, economic alternatives, labour organising, women’s and LGBT rights, environmental justice, public health and peacebuilding.

“We’re honoured to welcome these 14 courageous, collaborative change-makers to the III as they explore the causes of inequality and use values-led, collective leadership to work toward social and economic justice,” said Rana Zincir-Celal, director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme. “We feel certain that the Fellows’ own rich and broad experience in challenging inequalities will give III researchers and the wider LSE community a unique opportunity to learn from them in return.”

Drawn from a globe-spanning pool of applicants, the Fellows will undertake an innovative one-year programme of engagement with researchers and campaigners, leadership training and narrative and communications skills, all built upon a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic course at LSE. On completion of their LSE year, they will join a lifelong catalytic community drawn from all seven Atlantic Fellows programmes working to advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies.

Meet Madhu, Hobeth, Esther, Michaela, Leanne, sophea, Della, Alon-Lee, Joan, Asha, Liz, Foluke, Crystal, Amanda: our 2019-20 Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity.