Changing the World, One Leader at a Time. 

You are invited to nominate an innovative, risk-taking, ethical candidate for a chance to win one of our leadership prizes. Prize winners may be nominated by anyone, anywhere.

Do you know an outstanding leader that promotes positive global change?

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize was launched in 2015 to identify and recognize leaders who are innovative, courageous, dynamic and—above all—ethical. Leaders who are energized, not overwhelmed, by challenges. 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.

The nomination period ends on April 30, 2022








  • Leaders from any discipline and any part of the world are eligible
  • $50,000 and $10,000 awards
  • 7 prizes in total from 2 categories: 2 established and 5 emerging leaders
  • Winners become part of a network of global leaders
  • Worldwide exposure that amplifies an honoree’s influence.


Anyone, anywhere—except for prize jurors—can nominate a leader from any country and from any discipline e.g. politicians, statesmen, scientists, educators, social entrepreneurs, CEOs, environmentalists, artists, religious and military figures, and others.

The working language for the Prize process is English.

Nominations are made in the form below in five simple steps:

  1. Provide us with your and the nominee’s contact details;
  2. Describe the ways in which the candidate meets the core prize criteria;
  3. Share the nominee’s career highlights with us;
  4. Add any relevant supporting materials for the nomination;
  5. Push submit/save

You can make submissions (max 2 submissions per person) and if you need to edit your submissions, use the link in your confirmation email by the final deadline on, April 30, 2022.

There is no advantage to submitting several nominations for the same person.

Submit a nomination now!

Frequently asked questions

What are the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes?

The Prizes are 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. Great leadership is not bound by geography or discipline.  Prize winners are honored not only for what they have already accomplished but for their commitment and capacity to continue seeking the kinds of positive change our societies demand.

Established leaders are expected to have proven, over a number of years, their ability to effect significant, positive, societal changes consistent with the values that define our Prize.  Emerging leaders, by definition, have already demonstrated the potential for extraordinary impact, but most of their actual results are likely to lie in the future.

The generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation allows us to recognize two established and five emerging leaders this year:

  • Each established leader will be honored by the Tällberg Foundation in a virtual ceremony towards the end of 2022, will receive an unrestricted grant of $50,000, and will be encouraged to participate in the global network of Tällberg leaders;
  • Each emerging leader will be honored by the Tällberg Foundation in a virtual ceremony towards the end of 2022, will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000, and will be offered the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program with the Tällberg Foundation’s leadership network.

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

What is the origin of the name?

In 2015 we named the Prize in honor of Jan Eliasson—Swedish diplomat, former U.N. Deputy Secretary-General, and the epitome of a global action-oriented thinker.  Last year we added “SNF” to the Prize name to recognize the tremendous support that the Tällberg Foundation receives from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).  Under the leadership of Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos, SNF has become one of the most dynamic and innovative global philanthropic organizations—one that uses its resources and imagination to promote positive global change.  We are incredibly proud of the opportunity to collaborate in that effort.

Who is eligible for the Prize?

Anyone, anywhere.  Candidates are nominated through an open, online process and ultimately selected by a jury of international leaders.  This year the nomination process begins on March 1 and will end on April 30.  Anyone, anywhere—except for prize jurors—may nominate.  

How are the winners selected?

Once the nominations are submitted, they will be reviewed, researched, and judged by Tällberg staff and a pre-jury of global leaders; the process is designed to define a pool of nominations for consideration by the full jury. The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Jury is composed of leaders from different countries, disciplines, experiences and backgrounds. Ultimately, they consider scores of nominations and select winners. That selection process entails successive rounds of secret balloting, which means that all jurors have equal weight in the selection process. In effect, each year’s jury defines its own criteria, and every nominee is judged individually.

When are the winners announced?

The jury will complete its deliberations in September, winners will be announced in November and celebrated in early December, 2022.

Why did the foundation establish the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize?

The Foundation’s board believes that many societies, as well as the global system, are at or approaching inflection points. Institutions, paradigms, and societal norms are under enormous pressure to change, but old habits die hard, even if they no longer are adequate to deal with new realities. That puts great value on courageous leaders and innovative leadership. 

The Tällberg Foundation aspires to identify, reward, and thereby promote leaders and leadership behaviors that have the potential to produce positive change in the face of significant resistance. 

The current form and format of the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize was established in 2015; however, the Tällberg Foundation has been recognizing principled global leadership since 2005.

How is the prize funded?

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.

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How can I find more information?

Information and nomination materials are at the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize website: In addition, contact

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