Tällberg Alumni

Over the years, several thousand people have attended the Tällberg Forums, the 24 Tällberg Workshops (1981 to 2004) and our other events organized in Sweden and around the world. They include world leaders, top business executives, civil society leaders, prominent scientists, artists and some of the most influential thinkers of our time, as well as emerging leaders and young entrepreneurs.

A short list of selected participants from past Tällberg Foundation events

The winners of the Tällberg Foundation Leadership Award for Principled Pragmatism

Russell Ackoff, Chairman, Interact, USA
Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General, United Nations, New York
Lord John Browne of Madingley, former Group Chief Executive, BP, United Kingdom
Doctor Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister, Norway
Melinda and Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi
Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Heads of state, heads of government, senior ministers and other political leaders:

HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
HM Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan
HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General, United Nations, New York
José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission, Belgium (via video)
Marek Belka, Former Prime Minister of Poland
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway
Andreas Carlgren, Minister for the Environment, Sweden
Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden
Ingvar Carlsson, Former Prime Minister, Sweden
Nathalie Cely, Minister of Economic and Social Inclusion, Ecuador
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, US
Angela Cropper, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Program, Nairobi
Jan Eliasson, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
José Maria Figueres Olsen, Former President of Costa Rica
Vaclav Havel, Former President of the Czech Republic (via video)
Wilmot James, Professor, Member of Parliament, South Africa
Carin Jämtin, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Ruud Lubbers, Former Prime Minister, The Netherlands
Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen
Aleksandr Milinkevich, Opposition leader, Belarus
Emmanuel Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia
Rosemary Museminal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rwanda
Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, India
Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Kenya
Maud Olofsson, Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Sweden
Koji Omi, Former Minister of Finance, Japan
Bosse Ringholm, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden
Mary Robinson , Former President of Ireland
Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia
Nyamko Sabuni, Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, Sweden
Mona Sahlin, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Program, Nairobi
Thorvald Stoltenberg, Former Foreign Minister, Norway
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia
Margot Wallström, Vice President, European Commission, Brussels

Non-governmental and civil society leaders:

Grace Akumu, Executive Director, Climate Network Africa, Kenya
Poonam Ahluwalia, President, YES, US/India
Percy Barnevik, Chairman, Hand in Hand International, UK
Elaben Bhatt, Founder, Self-Employed Women’s Association, India
Brizio Biondi-Morra, President, Avina Foundation, Argentina
Hans Blix, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, Sweden
Juanita Brown, Co-Founder, World Café, US
William Drayton, CEO, Founder and Chair, Ashoka, US
Terry Garcia, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Society, US
Asha Hagi Elmi, Chairlady, Save Somali Women and Children, Somalia
Bianca Jagger, Chair, World Future Council and Chair, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation,Nicaragua
Ashok Khosla, Founder, Development Alternatives, India
Jill Lester, CEO, The Hunger Project, New York,
Sheri Liao, Founder, Global Village of Bejing, China
Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange, Hong Kong, China
Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Founder and CEO, Global Voices, US
Oren Lyons, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee, Iroquois Confederacy
Bill McKibben, Author and environmentalist, US
Geoff Mulgan, Director, The Young Foundation, UK
Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace and Honorary President, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, South Africa
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual leader, India
Zainab Salbi, President, Women for Women International, Iraq/US
Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, South Africa

Senior business executives:

Hans-Eric Almebäck, CEO, Toyota Sweden, Sweden
Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman, Interface, US
Carl Bennet, Chairman, Bennet Group, Sweden
Jeremy Bentham, Vice President Global Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell, The Netherlands
Peter Blom, CEO, Triodos Bank, The Netherlands
Antony Burgmans, Former Chairman, Unilever, The Netherlands
Jim Butcher, Former Head of Global Environmental Affairs, Morgan Stanley, US
Göran Collert, Former Executive Chairman, Swedbank, Sweden
Anders Dahlvig, CEO, IKEA Group, Sweden
Ged R. Davis, Co-President, Global Energy Assessment, IIASA, Austria and Former Managing Director, World Economic Forum, Geneva
Russell Deyo, Member of the Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson, US
David Duncan, Former Senior Vice President Research & Development, Unilever, UK
Katherine Fulton, President, Monitor Institute, US
Kurt Hoffman, Former Director, Shell Foundation, UK
Mohammed Ibrahim, Founder and Former Chairman, CellTel, Sudan and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, UK
Lars G Josefsson, Former CEO, Vattenfall, Sweden
Caio Koch-Weser, Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group, Germany
Arun Maira, Former Chairman, Boston Consulting Group, India
Sarah McPheem, CEO, SPP, Sweden
Mark Moody-Stewart, Chairman, Anglo-American, UK
Robert A. G. Monks, Managing Partner, Lens Governance Advisors, US
Herman Mulder, Senior Adviser, United Nations Global Compact, New York
Hans-Olov Olsson, Vice chairman, Volvo Car Corporation (subsidiary of Geely Holding), Sweden
Elisabeth Salander Björklund, Executive Vice President, StoraEnso, Sweden
Anthony Simon, Former Global Head of Marketing, Unilever
Björn Stigson, Former President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva
Åke Svensson, Former CEO, Saab and President of the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, Sweden
Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President, International Finance Corporation, World Bank, Washington DC
Dmitri Zimin, President Emeritus, Vimpelcom, Inc., Russia
Mads Øvlisen, Former Chairman, Novo Nordisk, Denmark


Kjell Aleklett, Professor in physics, Global Energy Systems, Uppsala University, Sweden
Manuel Castells, Universidad Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
James E Hansen, Director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA, US
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, US
José Goldemberg, Scientist and educator, Brazil
Lars O Kallings, UN Secretary General special envoy on HIV/AIDS, Sweden
C. S. Kiang, Professor and Founding Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences, Beijing University and Chairman, Beijing University Environment Fund, China
Lailai Li, Director, Institute of Environment and Development, China
Diana Liverman, Director, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK
Sir Michael Marmot, Chair, Commission on Social Determinants of Health, WHO, London
Sten Nilsson, Acting Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Research, Vienna
V. Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, US
Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Hans Rosling, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
Will Steffen, Professor, Australian National University, Australia
Mario Tokoro, Director, Sony Computer Science Lab, Japan

Thought leaders and authors:

W. Brian Arthur, PARC and Santa Fe Institute, US
Mary Catherine Bateson, Institute of Intercultural Studies, US
Janine Benyus, Author, environmentalist, US
Erik Berglöf, Chief Economist, the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, UK
Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Economics and Law, Columbia University, US
Nayan Chanda, Editor, Yale Global Online, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, US
Göran Carstedt, Senior Director, Clinton Climate Initiative and Chairman, The Natural Step International, Sweden
John Elkington, Founder, SustainAbility, UK
Arie de Geus, Author, UK
Paul Gilding, CEO and Founding Partner, Ecos Corporation, Australia
Sergei Guriev, Rector and Professor of Economics, New Economic School, Russia
Charles Handy, Author, UK
John Kao, Kao & Company, USA
Martin Lees, Secretary General, Club of Rome, Vienna
Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute, US
Mark Lynas, Author, UK
James Lovelock, Author, UK
Michael Maccoby, President, The Maccoby Group, US
Oscar Motomura, President and Founder, Amana-Key Group, Brazil
Günter Pauli, Founder, ZERI, Japan
Yusny Saby, Imam and Rector, The Islamic University Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Ismail Serageldin, Director, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt
Otto Scharmer, Author and Senior Lecturer, MIT, US
Peter Schwartz, Founder and Chairman, Global Business Network, US
Peter Senge, Founding chair, Society for Organizational Learning (SOL), US
Pavan Sukhdev, Managing Director and Head of Global Markets, Deutsche Bank, India
Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution, US
Stewart Wallis, Executive Director, New Economics Foundation, UK
Manfred Max-Neef, Professor of Ecological Economics and Former Rector, Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile


Ane Brun, Artist, Norway
Bei Dao, Poet, China
Lena Endre, Actress, Sweden
Barbara Hendricks-Englund, Musician and president, Barbara Hendricks Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation, Sweden
Svante Henryson, Cellist, Sweden
Emanuel Jal, Rap artist, Sudan
Mattias Klum, Photographer, Sweden
Alagi M’Bye, Griot, Gambia
Shubha Mudgal, Musician, India
Ale Möller, Musician, Sweden
Janos Solyom, Pianist, Sweden
Tomas Tranströmer, Poet, Sweden