About

The Tällberg Foundation, legally domiciled in Sweden with offices in New York and Stockholm, explores the issues that are challenging and changing our societies, with the goal of stimulating new thinking and discovering new solutions.

Our backstory

The Tällberg Foundation convenes people with diverse and different minds, ideas, cultures, and perspectives in a search for new, actionable solutions. In that sense, the Foundation is more a platform than an organization, with a constantly evolving network. Our deep commitment to globalism makes us fundamentally nomadic: geographic borders need to be crossed with as much enthusiasm as intellectual boundaries if we have any hope of effecting the kinds of positive change the world now needs.

Tällberg conversations aim at impact and are designed to have lasting value. We do that by convening both the usual and unusual suspects, challenging them to break boundaries, and urging them to positive, disruptive action.

The Tällberg Foundation, launched in 1981 by Swedish business leader Bo Ekman, explores the issues that are challenging and changing our societies, with the goal of stimulating new thinking and discovering new solutions. The world that we have known since the mid 20th century, which produced unprecedented peace as well as unparalleled human advance, is changing at a pace and in directions that threaten to devolve towards Orwellian dystopia. All is made worse by the accelerating retreat from globalism, even in the face of problems whose very nature demands global solutions.

But globalization is not dead and forces for “good” still exist; they need to be renewed, made more muscular and more effective. The Foundation aspires to be part of that process.

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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 seek 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/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, named in honor of Jan Eliasson who is one of the most accomplished global citizens of our era.

The Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize is awarded annually. Each of three laureates receives a stipend of $50,000, as well as the opportunity to engage deeply in Tällberg’s global network. The nomination process is conducted online and is open to all—except for the international jury, itself composed of leaders from around the world—and nominations are accepted during the second quarter of each year, with winners celebrated in November. www.eliassongloballeadership.org/nominate/

The Foundation is also building a network of Tällberg SNF Fellows, which include some of the Prize winners and jury members. They are a select group of individuals from around the world whose work, accomplishments and prospects embody the kind of leadership needed in the 21st century. The underlying idea is that the network can help these leaders accomplish even more by sharing experiences, resources and advice.

The core of Tällberg’s activities are conversations among experts and non-experts aimed at provoking “New Thinking for a New World.” Since the Tällberg Foundation is fundamentally nomadic, these conversations are held wherever they raise the likelihood of generating new insights—ranging from discussions about climate at research stations on the deep ice in Greenland to explorations of disruptive technologies at university labs in New York and Cambridge, MA to discussions about migration in Lesvos and Tangiers. Of course, they are also held online, with input from Fellows, laureates and others.

Tällberg’s podcasts were relaunched at the beginning of this year. These conversations aim to engage wider audiences with the thinking generated within the Foundation’s network and are broadly available.

The Tällberg Foundation funds its global activities through the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, as well as individuals, corporations and the Tällberg SNF Fellows—all of whom believe that if the Foundation did not exist, they would be trying to create it. Now more than ever.

Board of

Directors and Senior Leadership

Our board of directors is comprised of people with versatile competence and experience as well as the knowledge, capability and expertise to lead and to support the operational management.

Alan Stoga, Chairman

Alan Stoga, Chairman

Alan Stoga is a strategist and entrepreneur with extensive experience in communications and public relations, corporate consulting, digital media, geopolitics, banking and government. Currently, he serves as executive chairman of the Tällberg Foundation, as well as...

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Mark Abdollahian

Mark Abdollahian

Dr. Abdollahian is Chief executive officer at aCerTas and Clinical professor at
the school of politics and economics, Claremont graduate University. He focuses
 on designing and delivering advanced analytics for data driven decision-making. his global experi- ence...

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Kamal Amakrane

Kamal Amakrane

Kamal is currently Special Adviser for Strategic Partnerships supporting United Nations’ efforts to develop and deploy technological innovations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Kamal also serves as Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at...

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Defne Ayas

Defne Ayas

Defne Ayas (b. 1976, Istanbul, based in Berlin, Germany) has served as a director, curator, and advisor to several cultural institutions and research initiatives across the world, including the Netherlands, Korea, China, the United States, Turkey, and Russia....

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Mats Björkman

Mats Björkman

Mats Björkman is a partner of the law firm Setterwalls, Stockholm, which he joined in 1996. His practice focuses on corporate law, corporate finance and M&A, but he also gives advice on other commercial legal matters. Since 2007, Mats Björkman has acted as the legal...

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Terrence Checki

Terrence Checki

Mr. Terrence J. Checki served as an Executive Vice President of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York until March 31, 2014 and served as its Head of Emerging Markets & International Affairs until January 2014. Mr. Checki has functioned as The Federal Reserve Bank of...

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Tom Cummings

Tom Cummings

Tom Cummings is an Executive Board and Senior Management Adviser. He is also a creative partner, designer and process facilitator for strategic visioning, business performance and leadership development programs. He works both independently and in collaboration with...

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Muni Figueres

Muni Figueres

Muni Figueres has recently completed her tour of duty as ambassador from Costa Rica to the United States. During her tenure, President Barack Obama attended a summit of presidents from Central America and the Dominican Republic held in Costa Rica in June of 2012 to...

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Maarten Koets

Maarten Koets

Maarten Koets is an experienced NGO executive with a global orientation. He has worked for organizations in the field of journalism (World Press Photo) and the environmental sector (Smart Freight Centre) as well as advising several others (e.g. DRIK and Pathshala)....

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Michael Niconchuk

Michael Niconchuk

Michael (Mike) Niconchuk is a neuroscience researcher based at Beyond Conflict in Boston. Mike is the editor of The Field Guide for Barefoot Psychologists, a translational neuroscience and self-care book for young migrants and refugees in the MENA region, and he...

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Fiorenzo Omenetto

Fiorenzo Omenetto

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are at the...

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Bo Ekman, Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Bo Ekman, Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Bo Ekman is the founder and former chairman of the Tällberg Foundation. He was previously chairman and chief executive of the Sifo Management Group. Prior to Sifo, he was for many years a member of the management board of Volvo. Bo is active today as advisor to boards...

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