Nora Bateson is a member of the Tallberg board. She is an award-winning filmmaker and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems.
At the IBI Nora, is developing what we call “transcontextual research”, in ecology, economy, social change, health, education and art through projects that seek to study interaction within complex systems and across sectors. The aim of this research is to increase our ability to take into account the many relationships that coexist in any context of living things. In addition to providing much needed perspective to existing research and policy institutions, the findings of the International Bateson Institute projects are presented as consultations, seminars, media, and artistic exhibitions aiming to engage culture and education simultaneously in public spaces, for all ages.
As an educator she has developed curricula for schools in Northern California, and produced and directed award winning multimedia projects on intercultural and ecological understanding. Her work is described as, “offering audiences a lens through which to see the world that effects not only the way we see, but also the way we think”. Nora’s work in facilitating cross-disciplinary discussions is part of her research into what she calls, “the ecology of the conversation”. Nora gives keynote addresses and lectures at international conferences and universities on a wide range of topics that span the fields of anti-fascism, ecology, education, the arts, family therapy, leadership in advocacy of living systems–she travels between conversations in different fields bringing multiple perspectives into view to reveal larger patterns.
Linda Li stresses the role of collaboration as well as conflict in understanding politics and public policy. A specialist in intergovernmental relations and Chinese government reforms, her award-winning piece published in Political Studies back in 1997 advocates an alternative analytical framework to enable observers to take note, and work towards, the occurrence of collaboration and compromise, amidst a general context of mutual distrust and conflict. Trained in political science and sociology, her works have straddled the politics of central-local relations in China, government reforms, rural public finance, equity education, civil society coalitions, and cross-border relations to explore the dynamics of institutional and agency change processes. She was educated in Hong Kong schools before going to London where she earned a doctorate in political studies. She teaches political analysis theories and Chinese government and politics courses, and postgraduate research seminars. She is a regular commentator on Chinese and Hong Kong politics and public policy in the Hong Kong and international media.
Founder, Leading Ventures and Board Member, Tällberg Foundation
Tom Cummings has served as global head of Learning and Organisation Effectiveness for Unilever and ABN Amro Bank; project leader/adviser on planning and learning in companies such as Shell, Compass Group, Fortis, Marakon, BUPA and others. Tom has created and co-designed business transformation and learning vehicles such as Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Center for Strategy Research, Leading Ventures and Common Purpose Netherlands.
Tom has also led the Tällberg Leader Program since 2006 and has recently become a Board Member of the Tällberg Foundation.
Tom’s work has involved him as a designer and catalyst in hundreds of projects and board retreats across many cultures. He works with people who wish to engage with complexity and want to learn how to move between and across different perspectives. The approach helps to integrate experience and anticipate challenges. His work encourages leaders to be present and mindful of their personal impact while sustaining a perspective on their legacy in the wider world.
Dr. Desai served as President and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships among peoples of Asia and the U.S. from 2004 through 2012. As President, she set the direction for the Society’s diverse sets of programs ranging from policy initiatives and national educational programs to ground breaking exhibitions and performing arts programs throughout its network of eleven offices in the U.S. and Asia. Under her leadership the society expanded the scope and scale of its activities with the opening of new offices in India and Korea, a new center of U.S.–China Relations, various leadership initiatives, and inauguration of two new architecturally distinguished facilities in Hong Kong and Houston. Prior to becoming President, Dr. Desai held various senior positions at the Asia Society from 1990 to 2004.
Before joining the Asia Society in 1990, Dr. Desai was at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a Curator and the Head of Public Programs and Academic Affairs. She has taught at Columbia University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts where she was given a tenured appointment. A Scholar of Asian Art and a public intellectual, Dr. Desai is a frequent speaker at international forums on subjects focusing on cultural roots of Asia’s economic and political transformation and challenges. She has authored opinion pieces on political, cultural, and women’s development in Asia that have appeared in more than fifty publications around the world. Author of major exhibition catalogues and editor of a major scholarly publication on Asian Art History for the 21st Century, Dr. Desai is internationally recognized for her leadership in presenting contemporary Asian arts and ideas to western audiences.
Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in political Science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan. The recipient of numerous international and national grants and fellowships, Dr. Desai has received four honorary degrees from American Universities. For her work on Asian American issues, she has received awards from the University of Massachusetts, City University of New York, Asian Americans for Equality, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacific Americans (LEAP). For her leadership in the arts, she has been honored by Art Table, a national organization of women leaders in the arts, and has received a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Social Sciences. Dr. Desai was selected by Crain’s New York as one of the “100 most powerful women leaders” in New York, by India Abroad, the leading national weekly for Indian Americans, as one the “50 most distinguished Indian Americans,” and was honored by Zee T.V. (India) as the outstanding International Woman of the Year.
In 2012, in recognition of Dr. Desai’s leadership in the museum field, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the National Museums and Library Services Board. She currently serves as the sole female independent director on the Corporate Board of Mahindra and Mahindra, one of the five largest global companies in India. She has served on numerous boards of not-for-profit organizations nationally and internationally. These include; Bertelsman Foundation, AFS Intercultural Programs, Auroville Foundation of India, and the House of World Cutlures, Berlin. She also serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center and an Advisory Trustee of the Brookings Institution. She served as President of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) from 1998 to 1999 and on the board from 1995 to 2000. She has served on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, College Art Association, ArtTable, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Muni Figueres has recently completed her tour of duty as ambassador from Costa Rica to the United States. During her tenure, President Barack Obama attended a summit of presidents from Central America and the Dominican Republic held in Costa Rica in June of 2012 to reinforce cooperation in economic and social develpment and in regional security.
She has served on for-profit (IDT – telecommunications) and not-for-profit boards, the latter dealing with SME’s (IESC – International Services Executive Corps in Washington, DC), education (chairing the board of LASPAU-Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., and member of the board of Zamorano Agriculture College in Honduras), and support to underprivileged public schoools (Fundacion Desarrollo Guanacaste, Costa Rica), as well as social work (International Social Services, in Baltimore, Md.).
Muni ran the External Relations Department of the Inter American Development Bank in Washington, dealing with the change initiated by all the multilateral institutions during the 1990’s towards greater transparency and public accountability with respect to policies and loan operations.
As Special Presidential Trade Representative for her country in Washington during the 1980’s, she became familiar with the US political system and the workings of Congress and the Executive Branch as well as the organized private sector.
Before running for Vice President of Costa Rica in 1990, she was Minister of Foreign Trade and as such designed and implemented the institutional and policy matrix underpinning the transition from a debt ridden, commodity exporter to the high-tech, high-value added international investment and export player that Costa Rica is today.
Muni holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and a BA in Comparative Literature from City College of New York, and lives between Washington DC and Costa Rica.
Alan Stoga is a strategist and entrepreneur with extensive experience in communications and public relations, corporate consulting, digital media, geopolitics, banking and government. Currently, he serves as Senior Adviser at Kissinger Associates, the international consulting firm chaired by Dr. Henry Kissinger, as well as president of Zemi Communications, L.L.C., a New York based firm that provides communication counsel.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Stoga founded a private equity firm; was managing director of Kissinger Associates; served as chief economist for the Bipartisan National Commission on Central America, created by President Reagan; established and managed the country risk management activities for the First National Bank of Chicago; and served as an international economist in the U.S. Treasury (1975-77).
Mr. Stoga is Chairman of the board of the Tällberg Foundation (based in Sweden), Vice Chairman of the boards of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas, and Secretary of the board of the Tinker Foundation. He also serves as Secretary of the multimedia awards jury for World Press Photo, based in Amsterdam. Mr. Stoga is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has economics and international relations degrees from Michigan State and Yale University, respectively.
Dr. Wamwari Waichungo, 45, serves as Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs (SRA). In this role, she leads Company efforts to develop and implement a globally aligned scientific strategy that promotes the safety and benefits of Coca-Cola products, packages and ingredients; oversees regulatory compliance; and supports scientific advocacy.
Dr. Waichungo joined the Company in 2000 and has held various positions including Director, Strategy and Business Planning Director for the North and West Africa Business Unit, and Director, Strategy, Planning and Insights for the South Africa Business Unit.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Waichungo held product and consumer research roles at Campbell Soup Company and ConAgra Foods in the United States.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Montclair State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and attended the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.