The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity team

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Rana Zincir Celal


Contact: 020 7106 1138,

Rana Zincir Celal is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme. She has spent the past 20 years as an advocate for social change through engagements in academia, philanthropy, arts and culture, and peace-building and citizen diplomacy. Before joining the London School of Economics in 2018, she was based at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, where she worked with Columbia University faculty in developing collaborative programmes in Turkey. As Vice-President of Programmes, she designed and led the grantmaking strategy of the Chrest Foundation, steering resources to champions of social change in Turkey.

While based in Cyprus, she was instrumental in establishing the Home for Cooperation, producing art exhibitions on contested histories, developing educational materials on enforced disappearance with The Elders and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and advocating for a gender perspective in the peace process. She also launched programmes on social justice, philanthropy, and cultural cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, Anadolu Kültür and the Christensen Fund. Before relocating to Turkey in 2002, Rana worked with the Ford Foundation’s Economic Development Program in New York and with Domini Social Investments.

Rana is currently a trustee of Greenpeace International and a board member of Greenpeace Mediterranean. She has served as a member of the Greek Turkish Forum and as an advisor to the European Cultural Foundation’s Connected Action for the Commons Program, and she has contributed to Anadolu Kültür’s Executive Committee. She has also served on the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture Jury and the Hrant Dink Foundation International Human Rights Award Committee. She holds degrees from Columbia University (BA, Political Science and Economics) and the London School of Economics (MSc, Development Studies), and is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and CUNY’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society Emerging Leaders Fellowship.


Asmaa Akhtar

Programme Manager

Asmaa previously worked in LSE’s School of Public Policy, where she was the Communications, Events and Alumni Engagement Officer. She supported their three postgraduate programmes focusing on public administration and public policy. Prior to joining LSE in 2015, Asmaa worked at an educational research company which examined both national and international educational systems.   

Asmaa completed her undergraduate degree in European Politics and her MSc in Ethnicity, Migration and Policy. She is excited to work for AFSEE and with the wider Atlantic Institute community.  

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Katie Boulton


Contact: 020 7849 4612, 

As Programme Manager, Katie manages the Fellowship experience for current and incoming Fellows. From overseeing the recruitment and selection process, to the development, design, and implementation of the learning journey, Katie ensures the fellowship experience is meaningful, dynamic, and vibrant. Specialising in strategy, innovation, and implementation, Katie is excited to come to work everyday and be part of a community of change makers working towards greater social and economic equity.

Prior to joining the LSE, Katie worked for the fellowship programme at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She holds a bachelor's degree in theology from Durham University, and a master’s degree in museum studies from Harvard University.


Mona El-Khatib


Contact: 020 7106 1136,

As Programme Assistant, Mona supports the AFSEE programme via the administration and coordination of the fellowship experience, including recruitment, events, and module planning and delivery.

Prior to joining LSE, Mona worked in the education sector in London, coordinating training programmes and research projects. She is passionate about improving the learning experience.

With over twenty years of experience in administration, finance, event management, and research and management project planning, Mona has worked in both the public and private sectors, and in local and global settings.

Mona holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the American University of Beirut, a postgraduate certificate in special studies in administration and management from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in personnel and development from the University of Westminster.


Meliz Ahmet


Contact: 020 7955 7356,

Meliz provides senior administrative support to the AFSEE Executive Director, the III Director and the broader team.  Prior to joining the LSE, Meliz worked at the Open Reason think tank, providing EA support to the Rt Hon Sir Nick Clegg. She has also been a parliamentary assistant to several MPs and has worked in various roles within the charity sector. Meliz completed her Masters in Democratisation at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Karen Shook

communications OFFICER

Contact: 020 7106 1109,

Karen most recently worked in research communications at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics, following ten years as Books Editor at Times Higher Education magazine. She attended Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and the University of Toronto, where she completed a BA (Hons) in English literature. She has worked as a print and broadcast journalist, and in the music industry.

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Professor Beverley Skeggs



Bev Skeggs is Academic Adviser to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme and leads the Global Economies of Care research theme at the International Inequalities Institute. She is based at Lancaster University, where she is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Her book Formations of Class and Gender (1997) has been profoundly significant in drawing attention to the intersections between class and gender inequality, as experienced by young working class women dealing with the vulnerabilities of daily life in harsh conditions.

Her more recent work has shown how contemporary ideas of the “self” implicitly discriminate against many groups – women, ethnic minorities, migrants and the economically deprived – who are seen to fall short of the assumed values of responsibility and autonomy. In recent years, supported by numerous grants and fellowships, she has explored the source of these values through pioneering studies of sexuality, violence, and space, traditional and social media, including reality television and Facebook. She sees digital tracking and trading as one of the major ways in which inequality is being forged.

Alongside her world-leading intellectual contributions, Beverley has been a major change-maker and transformative leader. She has been director of women’s studies and head of two of the UK’s leading sociology departments, at the University of Manchester, and Goldsmiths, University of London, and transformed Britain’s oldest sociology journal, The Sociological Review, into an independent foundation devoted to supporting early career researchers and opening up critical social science.