About the Prize
The Tällberg Foundation explores the issues that are challenging and changing our societies with the goal of stimulating new thinking for a new world.
We also believe that a new kind of leadership is badly needed for our societies to prosper: leadership that is innovative, courageous, dynamic, rooted in universal values and global in implication. In that spirit we have established the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize named in honor of Jan Eliasson, one of the most accomplished global diplomats of our era and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to recognize their tremendous support to the prize and for being the most dynamic and innovative global philanthropic organizations—one that uses its resources and imagination to promote positive global change.
The prize is awarded annually to outstanding leaders who demonstrate the willingness and capacity to address the complexity of 21st-century challenges in innovative, risk-taking, and ethical ways, and whose work is global in aspiration or implication and is rooted in universal values.
Prize winners may be nominated by anyone, anywhere and are ultimately selected by a secret ballot of a jury composed of accomplished global leaders.
- We will award two Prizes for leaders whose track record of accomplishments is substantial and who, in the jury’s judgement, are likely to continue to make important, positive contributions in their chosen field. Each of these awards will carry a $50,000 honorarium.
- We will recognize five winners in the category of emerging leaders who have already demonstrated high potential and capacity, but the bulk of whose accomplishments are likely to be in the future. Each of these five awards will carry a $10,000 honorarium.
Of course, all leaders who are honored will meet the core criteria of the Prize.
The Nomination Process
Anyone, anywhere can make nominations (up to 2 per nominations per person). We look forward to receiving nominations for leaders who demonstrate the willingness and capacity to address the complexity of 21st-century realities in innovative, risk-taking, and value-based ways, and whose work is global in aspiration or implication.
Promotes Digital Literacy for Children and Trains Girls in Menstrual Hygiene Management & Reproductive Health; Afghanistan
Professor, Biomaterials Scientist, Entrepreneur, US/Italy
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Financier and Philanthropist and Managing Director for Quadrant Capital Advisors; US
Celina de Sola
Co-Founder of Glasswing, a community-based education and public health Initiative; El Salvador
former Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; US and Greece
Carole Wamuyu Wainaina
Organizational and leadership consultant, Leading Ventures; Tällberg Foundation board; Netherlands
Join the conversation and follow the stories of the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leaders
The head of Selkie, a village in Eastern Finland, Tero Mustonen, is currently the chairperson of Snowchange and is actively “undoing the damage” done to Northern and Arctic ecosystems over the past century to survive our current one. “When we are rewilding, we are...
Asha de Vos, a winner of the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, is almost single-handedly changing the global marine conservation game. At 24, she discovered a non-migratory population of blue whales in Sri Lanka—an animal as elusive as it is...
In 2021, the Foundation announced two winners in the newly established category of emerging leaders. Pashtana Durrani, for her efforts to promote childhood digital literacy as a pillar of a new approach to education in the face of the brutal and violent political and...
Who makes this possible?
The Tällberg Foundation, launched in 1981, exists to explore the issues that are challenging —and changing— our societies. Today, those challenges are profound: the world that we have known since the mid 20th century, which produced unprecedented peace as well as human advance, is changing at a pace and in directions that threaten to evolve towards Orwellian dystopia.
But forces for “good” still exist and need to be renewed, made more muscular and more effective. The Foundation aspires to be part of that process.
Tällberg’s work program focuses on understanding how to re-inject ethics into leadership; re-establish the legitimacy of governance; and manage, instead of being managed by, disruptive technologies, climate change, mass migration and other phenomena. We aim to contribute to the new thinking —and new acting— required by this moment in history.
Learn more at tallbergfoundation.org
About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.
Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $3.3 billion through over 5,100 grants to nonprofit organizations in more than 135 countries around the world.
Learn more at SNF.org.