Global Leaders 2016

The Tällberg Foundation Announces Global Leaders for 2016. Five extraordinary women who demonstrate that great leadership exists in the 21st Century.

The Tällberg Foundation announced today its 2016 Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders. At a time of growing doubts about the efficacy of leadership in many countries, these five women demonstrate that individual leaders who are innovative, ethical, determined and willing to take great risks are capable of coping with the challenges of the 21st century.

The new Tällberg Foundation Global Leaders are:


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. In addition, Eleni participates in medical volunteering missions in affected areas from the illegal organ trading in Latin America to provide for the victims that don’t have access to any medical rehabilitation treatments. Eleni holds a BSc in Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics from UTH, an MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine from UCL, an MSc in Bioengineering and Stem Cell research from UIUC and has graduated from the NASA Academy in space exploration. During her PhD studies in Regenerative Medicine and Artificial Organ Bioengineering, Eleni worked at the Mars Exploration Lab and the Astronaut Training Division of ESA on biomedical experimentation under microgravity and space radiation conditions. Finally, Eleni has co-founded the startup Transplants Without Donors that aims to translate regenerative medicine tools that facilitate the development of the artificial organ technology from the lab to the clinic.

Story on Medium: Meet our 2016 Global Leader, Eleni Antoniadou


Chrisiana_web_colorChristiana Figueres is the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. Throughout her tenure Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement. Ms. Figueres spent six years constructing the necessary collaborations to deliver a global legally binding agreement after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009. She has a long trajectory in the field of global climate change, having been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team 1995- 2009, and having played a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC before formally joining the secretariat.

Story on Medium: Meet our 2016 Global Leader, Christiana Figueres


Sunitha_web_colorSunitha Krishnan is the Co-Founder and Chief Functionary of Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization in Hyderabad, India. Ms Krishnan has been instrumental in evolving one of the most holistic rehabilitation programs for victims of sex trafficking. To date, through Prajwala’s education programs over 8,400 children of women in prostitution have been prevented from being inducted into flesh trade, and more than 16,000 women and children have been rescued and rehabilitated from sexual slavery. In her efforts to bring in larger social transformation she has pioneered various path breaking campaigns such as #ShameTheRapistCampaign. Ms Krishnan has also been at the forefront in bringing in policy changes and legal reforms for the welfare of victims of sex trafficking and sex crimes.

Story on Medium: Meet our 2016 Global Leader, Sunitha Krishnan


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. Since Advocate Madonsela took office, the Public Protector as a constitutional institution has tackled tough questions on administrative law and justice, good governance and executive ethics. She is also one of the drafters of South Africa’s post-apartheid Constitution. Thuli has spoken truth to power under extraordinary conditions where the powerful apparatus of the State as well as the governing party have attempted to undermine the rule of law. Advocate Madonsela’s investigation into what is known as the Nkandla scandal won a groundbreaking victory in the Constitutional Court, which held the President accountable for paying back the taxpayer money he spent on upgrading his personal home.

Story on Medium: Meet our 2016 Global Leader, Thuli Madonsela


Celina_web_colorCelina de Sola is the Co-Founder and VP of Programs at Glasswing, a community-based education and public health initiative bringing together government, private sector, and civil society based in El Salvador that works throughout the region. She is dedicated to designing and implementing innovative, community-based education and public health initiatives that bring together government, private sector, and civil society, through joint action. By employing an open, engaging, and optimistic lens towards development, Celina’s approach has catalyzed unlikely collaborations between government, business, and community groups, building a new culture of shared responsibility and fostering long-term sustainable change.
Story on Medium: Meet our 2016 Global Leader, Celina de Sola

Leadership for a Better Future

What kind of leadership do we need to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

On November 28th, De Balie and Tällberg Foundation organized a public program on the requirements for leadership in the 21st century, with this year’s Tallberg Global Leaders.

Leadership for a Better Future from De Balie on Vimeo.