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.