The Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders and Prizes

The Tällberg Foundation seeks to identify and honor people who are acting—and leading—in principled ways that challenge paradigms that need to be challenged and who have the potential to inspire others to do the same.

The Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders are women and men who demonstrate the kind of leadership demanded by the challenges of the 21st century: innovative, imaginative, flexible, systems-based, risk-taking and, above all, ethical. By honoring them, the Foundation not only seeks to nurture and extend their accomplishments, but also to encourage others to follow their examples.

Tällberg Global Leaders are nominated through an open, online process.  Anyone from any country from any discipline is eligible:  politicians, statesmen, scientists, educators, social entrepreneurs, educators, environmentalists, artists, religious and military figures, and others—literally anyone who meets the broad (and deliberately vague) criteria suggested above.

The nomination process for 2017 will be open from 1 April to 11 June, after which an international jury will reviewed the nominations and selected the people who, in their judgment, best exemplify the types of leaders needed today.

The Tällberg Global Leaders are also eligible for the annual Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prizes, which carry a prize amount of $50,000. The prize winners 2015 and 2016 are: Jamila Afghani (2015), Christiana Figueres (2016), Martín von Hildebrand (2015) and Sunitha Krishnan (2016).

Important dates:

April 1: Nominations open

11 June: Closing date for nominations

Mid-August: Jury deliberations take place

October: Finalists are notified

November: Global Leaders’ workshop and Prize ceremony

Why does the Foundation support the Global Leaders and the Prize processes?

We believe that many societies – and, indeed, the global system itself – are at or approaching inflection points. Institutions, paradigms, and societal norms are under enormous pressure to change, but old habits die hard even if they no longer are adequate to deal with new realities. That puts, or should put, enormous value on courageous leaders and leadership, and the Tällberg Foundation aspires to identify, reward and thereby promote leadership behaviors that have the potential to produce positive change in the face of significant resistance.

We want to identify and honor people who are acting and leading in principled ways that challenge paradigms that need to be challenged and who have the potential to inspire others to do the same, across national, cultural, or ideological borders.

Who are the Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders?

Jamila AfghaniJamila Afghani, Founder and Program Director of the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Jamila Afghani’s enormously courageous efforts – rooted in knowledge, persistence and vision – aim to educate Imams in Afghanistan about women’s rights in Islam as well as on peace, reconciliation and dispute resolution, with the goal of furthering positive social change. NECDO is a local Afghan women’s NGO serving women, youth, and children and dedicated to educational activities, including establishing libraries.

Eleni_web_colorEleni 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.

Antonella BattagliniAntonella Battaglini, Founder and CEO of the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) in Berlin, Germany. Antonella Battaglini is a scientist and a social entrepreneur, whose genius is to marry knowledge, technology and human power in politically practical ways, aimed at producing a sustainable electricity future for Europe. RGI aims to inspire as well as to help other regions to decarbonise their economies in practical, sustainable ways through increasing usage of renewable energy sources, thus combating climate change.


Chrisiana_web_colorChristiana 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.


Jason GlaserJason Glaser, Founder, President and CEO of La Isla Foundation in San Salvador, El Salvador and Chicago, Illinois. Jason Glaser’s work blends scientific research, advocacy, publicity, business innovation and community development to address the widespread consequences in Central America and elsewhere of chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes (CKDnT). The Foundation is an international research and policy NGO working at the intersection of public health and human rights to address a fatal epidemic of CKDnT among sugarcane workers in Latin America.

Martin HildebrandMartín von Hildebrand,Founder and General Director, Fundación Gaia Amazonas in Bogota, Colombia. Martín von Hildebrand has pioneered a new paradigm for Amazon conservation in Colombia, embracing indigenous peoples rights and traditional knowledge, and he seeks to create the world’s largest eco-cultural, sustainable development corridor, spanning the Andes-Amazon-Atlantic. Fundación Gaia Amazonas works at the intersection of forest conservation, climate change and indigenous rights, building capacity for local indigenous governance and alliances for inter-institutional collaboration.

Sunitha_web_colorSunitha 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_web_colorThuli Nomkhosi Madonsela is the former 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_web_colorCelina 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.

M.S SwaminathanDr. M. S. Swaminathan, Founder and Chairman of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India. Dr. M. S. Swaminathan is the scientific leader of the Green Revolution in India and, more recently, has been instrumental in shifting attention from food security as measured by caloric intake to a concept incorporating access to balanced diet and clean water. He also played an important role in the successful effort to make access to food a legal right in India – a model for the rest of the world. The Foundation aims to accelerate use of modern science for agricultural and rural development for the development and dissemination of technology to improve lives and livelihoods of tribal and rural communities.



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