Announcing our Finalists for the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

Oct 5, 2021

Tällberg Foundation Announces Finalists for 2021 Leadership Awards

Introduces New Award for Emerging Leaders


Stockholm and New York, October 5, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced finalists for the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on universal values, courageous and impactful. Eleven finalists were named including six in the Foundation’s new Emerging Leader category. The Prize and the Foundation’s leadership initiatives are made possible by the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

“These women and men—some who have well established track records of accomplished, global leadership and some who are relatively early in their journeys—are extraordinary leaders and human beings,” said Tällberg’s chairman, Alan Stoga. “They are all deeply committed, each in their own way and context, to making the world a bit better for all of us.  Along with the rest of the jury, I am astounded by the diversity of their work and intensity of their commitments to bring about positive change.”

The 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize finalists:

  • Asha Curran, CEO and Co-Founder of GivingTuesday, United States
  • Ronald J. Deibert, Director, The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO, Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda
  • Tero Mustonen, President and Co-Founder of the Snowchange Cooperative, Finland
  • Asha de Vos, Founder and Executive Director, Oceanswell, Sri Lanka

Photo from top left: Asha Curran, Ronald J. Deibert (photo Ⓒ Riley Stewart). Photo from bottom left: Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Tero Mustonen (photo Ⓒ Snowchange), Asha de Vos (photo Ⓒ Deepti Asthana/National Geographic)

Finalists for the newly established Prize for emerging leaders:

  • Cherrie Atilano, President and Founding Farmer of AGREA, Philippines
  • Alice Barbe, Co-Founder of SINGA, France
  • Pashtana Dorani, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lead, Educate, Aid, Resource Network (LEARN), Afghanistan
  • Soraya Fouladi, Founder and CEO of Jara, United State
  • Jean Guo, CEO and Co-Founder of Konexio, France
  • Christian Ntizimira, Founder and Executive Director, African Center for Research on End-of-Life Care, Rwanda

Photo from top left: Cherrie Atilano, Alice Barbe, Pashtana Dorani. Photo from bottom left: Soraya Fouladi, Jean Guo, Christian Ntizimira (photo Ⓒ Chris Schwagga)

“SNF is proud to partner with Tällberg in honoring remarkable individuals around the world who are leading the way in making the change we need,” said SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos. “The Prize builds on a deep-running optimism that we, collectively, have the power to tackle the welter of challenges humanity faces today. We are particularly excited about the new initiative to lift up emerging leaders who are simultaneously unlocking their own potential and that of others.”

Nominations for the Prize can be made by anyone, anywhere through an online process. In 2021, 2,414 leaders were nominated from 126 countries, representing a wide range of disciplines, occupations, and political perspectives. The finalists were chosen by a jury of women and men, themselves leaders from around the world.  The jury’s selections for the two winners of the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes as well as the two Emerging Leaders winners will be announced in November and awarded in December.


Learn more about each of these leaders visiting the our website

About the Tällberg Foundation
The Tällberg Foundation, with offices in Stockholm and New York, aims to provoke people to think—and therefore act—differently about the global issues that are shaping their present and their future. For more information, contact

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

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