Meg Lowman and Andrew Bastawrous Honored in a Celebration at University of Pavia in Italy



Meet the 2023 Winners

The Tällberg Foundation proudly announces the winners of this year’s Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, awarded annually to leaders working in any field and any country whose leadership is courageous, innovative, rooted in universal values and global in application or in aspiration.

Andrew Bastawrous

for his innovative, systems-based approach that has brought vision—and thereby better lives—to more than a million people

Tristan Harris

for his advocacy efforts to align disruptive technology with humanity’s best interests

Margaret Lowman

for her scientific, educational and advocacy work globally to protect and restore forests

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 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 established the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize. The prize name honors the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, whose support makes it possible, and Jan Eliasson, one of the most accomplished global diplomats of our era. Both SNF and Jan share Tällberg’s deep commitment to encouraging positive global change.

The Prize is awarded annually to outstanding leaders from any country and any discipline, leaders who not only have a substantial track record of accomplishment, but also who are likely to continue to make extraordinary contributions to human welfare. 

Prize winners may be nominated by anyone, anywhere and are ultimately selected by a secret ballot of a jury composed of accomplished global leaders. 


In 2023, through the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), we are awarding three prizes. The winners will be celebrated at a dinner on January 26 at the University of Pavia in Italy as part of a workshop on Leadership in a Disrupted World, receive an unrestricted grant of $50,000, and be invited to join the Tällberg network of global leaders. Indeed, the ongoing engagement with other leaders working for positive change at the global level is an integral element of the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize.

Leaders who have more potential than track record are critical to our collective futures. Many such leaders are nominated for the Prize, and several have won it. However, we believe that the Tällberg Foundation is well-placed to identify emerging leaders because of our global network, philosophy and belief in the permeability of borders and barriers.We have an obligation to nurture such emerging leaders, people who have already accomplished much and whose future promises much, much more. 

Our solution, in addition to welcoming emerging leaders in the overall Prize competition, is to invite 12 emerging leaders from the pool of nominations to participate in the Tällberg Leaders Mentoring Leaders (TLML) program.

All leaders who are honored meet the core criteria of the Prize.

Jury 2023


Isabel Aninat

Chile; law school dean

Rana Dajani

Jordan; mother, educator, scientist, social entrepreneur, activist and global thinker

Vishakha Desai

US and India; academic

Fabienne Hara

France; Deputy Director General, Paris Peace Forum

Vassilis Kaskarelis

Greece; Ambassador and Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)

Faustin Linyekula

DRC; dancer and community leader

Daniel Martinez Valle

Mexico, business executive

Fiorenzo Omenetto

US and Italy; Biomaterials engineer

Alan Stoga

USA; chairman, Tällberg Foundation

Tom Cummings

Jury Secretary
Netherlands; Organizational and leadership consultant, Leading Ventures; Tällberg Foundation board


Prize media kit

Download a handful of content about the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Nomination Process

1. Nominations

Anyone, anywhere can make nominations (up to 2 nominations per person). We look forward to receiving nominations from March 15 – May 15, 2024 for 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.

Separately, emerging leaders will be able to apply to participate in the Tällberg Leaders Mentoring Leaders Program.

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 are invited to celebrations and explorations of global leadership  where they will join past laureates, jury members and other global leaders.


Read about our past winners


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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.

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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 the public welfare.

Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $3.7 billion through over 5,300 grants to nonprofit organizations in more than 130 countries around the world.

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