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Nobayeni Dladla Appointed Country Director for South Africa at The Atlantic Philanthropies

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Nobayeni Dladla has been appointed Country Director for South Africa at The Atlantic Philanthropies effective September 1, Senior Vice President Marcia Smith announced today.  Dladla will be based in Atlantic’s Johannesburg office. 

In this newly created role, Dladla will leverage Atlantic’s activities and investments to maximise the foundation’s impact and contribution to South Africa.  She will oversee the grantmaking in South Africa through Atlantic’s Reconciliation & Human Rights and Population Health Programmes, and lead the South African staff in the development of cross-programme and out-of-programme strategies and grants.  Dladla will pay particular attention to the political, social and economic climate and the potential impact of Atlantic’s grantmaking in South Africa, and will serve as liaison to Government, local and international donors and other key partners. 

Dladla joins Atlantic from the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, where she served as Health Attaché with a focus on ensuring that health interest of South Africa are placed on the agenda of UN and other international organisations. She also served as Health Attaché in the United States and Canada promoting health interest of South Africa . As Health Attaché, she represented the needs and interests of South Africa in the bilateral relations with United States, Canada and in the multilateral working with UN and international organisations in Geneva, proving her ability to engage with policymakers at all levels of government.  She has previously served as the Head of the Social Sector within the Policy Coordination Unit in the Presidency in South Africa, and as the Director of Nutrition for the Department of Health in South Africa. 

“We are delighted to welcome Nobayeni Dladla to The Atlantic Philanthropies,” said Marcia Smith.  “Nobayeni’s accomplishments in international relations, expertise in the health sector and relationships with Government will be a tremendous asset to Atlantic as it seeks to advance social justice in South Africa through its grantmaking.”

“I am honored to become part of The Atlantic Philanthropies,” said Nobayeni Dladla.  “I look forward to working with Atlantic’s senior leadership and the terrific team in Johannesburg to advance social justice in South Africa throughout the foundation’s remaining lifetime.”


About The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic makes grants through its four programme areas – Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, and Reconciliation & Human Rights – and through Founding Chairman grants. Programmes funded by Atlantic operate in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam. To learn more, please visit: