LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
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
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