Presenting the 2021 Prize Jury and Pre-Jury

Apr 30, 2021


As the worst of the pandemic starts to recede, it is leaving a mess: not just the millions of dead, but democracy under stress, whole societies buckling, health care systems broken, children’s development stunted—the list goes on. Leaders were tested, and many were found wanting.

That reality gives the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize special meaning. The world—our institutions, our nations, our communities, our organizations, and our companies—need a reset. Purpose-driven, imaginative leadership, rooted in universal values, and willing to search for global solutions to global problems is desperately needed, now more than ever.

Tällberg’s approach to identifying, selecting, and honoring great leaders uniquely blends the wisdom of the crowd with the experience and judgement of experienced leaders, enriched by machine learning. The critical decision-making roles are played by a pre-jury, tasked with identifying the best 50 to 100 nominations of the thousands that are typically submitted and the jury, whose job is to choose the winners of the 2021 Prizes.

This year the pre-jury includes 21 people, who will work in teams of three, and the jury consists of 12 people; all these leaders bring robust resumes and vast global experience to the task of sifting, sorting and selecting leaders whose work can inspire others.  Perhaps more importantly, all are deeply persuaded that the right kind of leadership will make all the difference in the world as society and humanity recover.


SHAHIDUL ALAM, Photographer, writer, activist, and institution builder; Bangladesh

TOMAS ANKER CHRISTENSEN, Diplomat currently with Climate Folio; Denmark

PETER BIAR AJAK, Economist and political leader in exile; South Sudan

VISHAKHA DESAI, Scholar focused on art, culture, policy, and women’s rights, Columbia University; US and India

HENRY GONZÁLEZ, Impact Investor and Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford; Costa Rica and France

DAVID KIERNAN, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP; USA

DANIEL MARTINEZ VALLE, Business leader; Mexico

GOURI MIRPURI, Social entrepreneur; Singapore

ANA PAULA ORDORICA, Journalist; Mexico

ALAN STOGA, Chairman, Tällberg Foundation and President, Zemi Communications; US

STELIOS VASSILAKIS, Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; US and Greece

CAROLE WAINAINA, Leader at Africa 50 Infrastructure Fund, business & human relations executive public & private sectors; Kenya

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



MONICA ALTAMIRANO, Specialist in Public-Private Partnerships and Adaptation Finance; The Netherlands

WESLEY DIPHOKO, Editor in chief, Fast Company Magazine; South Africa.

LINNEA ENGSTRÖM, Program Director, Marine Stewardship Council & former Member of European Parliament; Sweden

JARED GENSER, International human rights lawyer and founder Perseus Strategies; US

JOCELYN GOH, Entrepreneur, multi-disciplinary leader, and coach; London and Singapore

BAIQU GONKAR, Founder of Art Represent and an independent startup consultant; UK

MAARTEN KOETS, Consultant, NGO executive; The Netherlands

ELIANNA KONIALIS, Program Officer, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); Greece

HAMZY LAWAL, Anti-corruption activist and CEO, Connected Development; Nigeria

IEVA MORICA, Executive Director, DOTS Foundation for an Open society; Latvia

SITAWA NAMWALIE, Poet, Playwright and Performer; Kenya

HELENA NILSSON, SVP HR, Communication and Continuous Improvement at Electrolux, BA Europe

CHRISTINA NIEMELA, IKEA Supply Sustainability Manager; The Netherlands

DIANE OSGOOD, Social-impact and innovation strategist; US

MARTHE REINETTE, Director of Engagement at THNK School of Creative Leadership; The Netherlands

DAVID ROSS, Environmental entrepreneur; US

ALEXANDER SIMON-FOX, Program Officer, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); US

ROBERT VAN DER VEN, VP Strategic Initiatives at Volvo AB, Group HR in Sweden

TEUN VOETEN, Photojournalist; Belgium and US

BLANCHE VOORNEMAN, Impact entrepreneur and consultant, former diplomat; The Netherlands

HELEN VAN WENGEN, CEO, Co-founder SEEDJordan; Jordan

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