We are happy to introduce the eleven 2021 finalists including six in the Foundation’s new Emerging Leader category!

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.

This year the Prize will recognize established as well as emerging leadership:

  • We will award two Prizes for established 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 award two Prizes for rising 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 awards will carry a $25,000 honorarium.

Of course, all leaders who are honored will meet the core criteria of the Prize.


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The Nomination Process

1. Nominations

Make your nominations (up to 2 per nominator) starting on March 24th.
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.

2. Jury

A pre-jury team reviews the nominations and determines if a given nomination meets the broad Prize criteria then an international jury reviews the nominations during the summer and selects the people who, in their judgment, best exemplify the types of leaders needed today.

3. Celebrate!

The winners will be invited to a virtual celebration and exploration of global leadership on December 8-9 where they will join past laureates, jury members and other global leaders.

Read about our past winners

Jury 2021


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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.

Lead Supporter

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 $3.1 billion through over 5,000 grants to nonprofit organizations, in more than 135 countries around the world.

Learn more at SNF.org.

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