Announcing the Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders 2016

We are proud to present five extraordinary women who are responding to the leadership challenges of the 21st Century.

Stockholm, Sweden and New York, U.S.A. – October 12, 2016 –

The Tällberg Foundation announced today its 2016 Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders. At a time of growing doubts about the quality of leadership in many countries, they demonstrate that individual leaders who are innovative, ethical, determined and willing to take great risks still exist.

The 2016 Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders are:

Eleni Antoniadou is a multidisciplinary researcher in Regenerative Medicine, Artificial Organ Bioengineering and Space Medicine who focuses on the development of artificial organs from stem cells as an alternative therapeutic pathway for transplantations. She also serves as the President of the European Health Parliament in Brussels and is an advocate in raising awareness about illegal and immoral organ trafficking.

Christiana Figueres served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the past six years where her innovative diplomacy helped to deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement last December.

Sunitha Krishnan is the Co-Founder of Prajwala, an anti-sex trafficking organization in Hyderabad, India that has evolved pioneering, effective rehabilitation programs for victims of sex crime and sex trafficking. She has also advocated for policy changes and legal reforms for the welfare of victims of sex trafficking.

Thuli Nomkhosi Madonsela is the Public Protector of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre in Durban, South Africa who has leveraged the power of her office to promote good governance, executive ethics and the rule of law in the face of entrenched opposition.

Celina de Sola is the Co-Founder of Glasswing, a community-based education and public health initiative based in El Salvador that works throughout Central America. By employing an open, engaging, and optimistic lens towards development, she and her colleagues have catalyzed unlikely, but successful collaborations among government, business, and community groups—often in the context of otherwise violent societies.

“By honoring these amazing leaders, the Tällberg Foundation seeks to draw attention to their work and to provoke a global conversation about leadership,” said Alan Stoga, the Foundation’s Chairman. “They demonstrate that effective, courageous, and innovative leadership can overcome even the most seemingly intractable issues.”

The five Global Leaders were selected by an international jury from a pool of 270 nominations from 60 countries. The nominees work in a wide range of fields and roles, and included global businessmen, national political leaders, innovative and risk-taking social activists and entrepreneurs, artists, religious figures and many others. They were nominated through a global, open, online process conducted during the first half of the year.

Selection of the Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders is an integral part of the Foundation’s efforts to encourage new thinking about the evolving nature of leadership. They will join past winners, as well as leaders from a wide variety of countries, cultures and organizations, for a three-day workshop on leadership challenges in the 21st century at Theater De Balie in Amsterdam, Netherlands to be held November 28-29.

The lead sponsor of the Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (

For further information, contact Cecilia Nordström (in Stockholm) at or Buki Adenekan (in New York) at

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About the Tällberg Foundation
The Tällberg Foundation, with offices in Stockholm and New York, aims to provoke people to think differently about the global issues that are shaping their present and their future.