SPOTLIGHT: “tis the mind that makes the body rich”

Apr 23, 2024

What do Shakespeare, neuroscientist Rafa Yuste, and human rights lawyer Jared Genser have in common? They all believe that our brains make us human. Yuste and Genser add their own coda to that belief: therefore, it is essential to define and protect mankind’s neuro rights. And through the NeuroRights Foundation which they co-founded they are working to do exactly that around the world.

The good news is that they are starting to have successes: in Colorado, California and Minnesota in the United States, as well as in Chile and Brazil.

Yuste and Genser are both past winners of the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize. Indeed, that’s how they met and began their collaboration.

Listen to this special Spotlight episode, as Yuste and Genser discuss the urgency of the issue and their advocacy campaign. Then tell us what you think here—and nominate impactful leaders like them for this year’s Prize.


You can also read about Yuste and Genser’s success in Colorado in this VOX article from Apr 18, 2024.

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Jared Genser, a renowned international human rights lawyer for over two decades, serves as Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect to the Organization of American States, and outside General Counsel to the Neurorights Foundation. Known as “The Extractor” by the New York Times for his global efforts in freeing political prisoners, Genser has represented Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, including Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, and Ales Bialiatski, along with other prominent figures like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel.

Jared was awarded the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize in 2020

Professor Rafael Yuste, a leader in neuroscience, is spearheading a transformative shift in the field and exploring the ethical implications of neurotechnology and artificial intelligence. Recognized for his vision and leadership, he fosters global dialogue on the ethical dimensions of rapid advancements in neuro-technology. As Professor of Biological Sciences and Neurosciences at Columbia University, he co-initiated BRAINI, a groundbreaking U.S. government-funded project aiming to revolutionize brain study through advanced recording technologies. Yuste’s diverse background in medicine, neuroscience, and physics informs his pioneering work at the intersection of neuroscience and AI.

Rafael was awarded the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize in 2018



  1. Md. Mahmud Kali Rubel

    It’s a massive visionary step to change the world.

  2. Md. Mahmud Kali Rubel

    Tallberg Foundation has a great aim to create a visionary leader thats a massive task for new thinking for a new world.

    • Md.Mahmud Kali Rubel

      All episodes are engaged with huge issues that is related to the recent views of the world situation.On the other hand Global warming issues, Russia- Ukraine War also discussed in some episodes.


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