Meet the Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders of 2017
Rodrigo Rubido Alonso
Rodrigo Rubido is an architect, a co-founder and the executive director of Instituto Elos, a nonprofit organization based in Santos, Brasil that is dedicated to train and stimulate individuals and communities from all over the world for collective and cooperative action oriented by the purpose “to propel the movement to make happen now the world we all dream off”.
At Elos, he has co-created the Warriors Without Weapons program (Guerreiros Sem Armas) and the Oasis Game being also a facilitator of these programs. Besides that he has been working internationally as a consultant and speaker on social change, entrepreneurship for change, participative leadership, community mobilization and community building in multicultural contexts.
Over the last 18 years he has been focused on design and facilitating methods and process for collective learning and action or what could be called learning by doing experiences for personal and social transformation. He has worked both with social, private and public sectors in Brazil and abroad in countries like Bolivia, Canada, Curaçao, England, Netherlands and Spain.
Becca Heller is the director and co-founder of IRAP and visiting clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work with IRAP, including the Charles Bronfman Prize, the American Constitutional Society David Carliner Public Interest Award, a Skadden Fellowship, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship, an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Gruber Human Rights Fellowship, the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut Annual Community Service Award and a Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Jr. Emerging Leader in Social Justice Award. She was also named Foreign Policy’s Citizen Diplomat of the Year, Politico’s Women Rule Summit Ambassador, one of the Christian Science Monitor’s “30 under 30” change makers, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Becca has also been honored as an Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service Lecturer at Cornell University and as a speaker at the Chicago Ideas Week Edison Talk.
Becca’s interest in the legal challenges facing refugees began on a trip to Jordan during the summer after her first year in law school. During her stay, she visited with six different refugee families; each of them identified legal assistance as their most urgent need. Having just completed her first semester in Yale Law School’s Immigration Legal Services clinic doing asylum work, Becca believed that law students could assist refugees applying for resettlement.
She returned to Yale and, together with Jon Finer, Mike Breen, Steve Poellot, and Kate Brubacher, founded IRAP in 2008. Becca received her J.D. from Yale Law School in May 2010. During law school, she participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, and the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She served as an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, and received a Coker Fellowship to teach legal writing to first year law students. She also received the Charles G. Albom Prize for excellence in the area of judicial and administrative appellate advocacy in connection with a Law School clinical program. Prior to law school, Becca lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa for two years, including one year as a U.S. Student Fulbright Scholar in Malawi. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2005. While in college, she was also the recipient of Campus Compact’s National Student Humanitarian Award.
Fiorenzo G. Omenetto
Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering.
His research interests are at the interface of technology, biologically inspired materials and the natural sciences with an emphasis on new transformative approaches for sustainable materials for high-technology applications. He also serves as Dean for Research for the School of Engineering.
He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics and nanotechnology applications, is co-inventor on several disclosures (~100) on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base both for technical and design applications. He is a co-founder of three startups and has active roles in their governance.
Prof. Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories, a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society and a Senior Member of SPIE. He was named one of the 50 top people in tech by Fortune magazine in a class including (among others) Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Shigeru Miyamoto. His research has been featured extensively in the press with coverage in the most important media outlets worldwide.
Bright Simons is the President of mPedigree [link to:www.mpedigree.net], where he pioneered a system [link to: www.goldkeys.net] that allows consumers to instantly check whether products they buy are counterfeits or not by sending a free text message.
He is honorary director of development research at IMANI; a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (on Data and development), Young Global Leaders, and Technology Pioneers Communities; a TED and Ashoka fellow; and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD. He is a recipient of numerous awards, ranging from an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award, Marie Curie and Commonwealth Vision Grants to a PPARC Scholarship in Gamma Ray Astronomy. Bright is consulted on innovation strategy by international organizations such as the World Bank, UNECA, USAID, and the Commonwealth; and is a member of the United Nations taskforce on innovative models in healthcare and the Lancet Commission on Sub-Saharan Africa. He has appeared on prime time BBC shows, been cited by the Economist magazine, and been profiled by MIT’s Tech Review’s as one of the world’s most impressive visionaries under age 35.
In 2016, Fortune Magazine named Bright in their 50 World’s Greatest Leaders list among other industry players like Apple & Amazon CEOs, Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos respectively and also Pope Francis.