Tällberg Leaders Mentoring Leaders
TLML | 2024 Cohort
ABOUT TLML 2024
The Tällberg Foundation has a deep commitment to encouraging global, values-based leadership wherever we can find it. In a world beset by existential challenges, we believe the only sustainable solutions are the ones imagined and pursued by leaders who operate with courage, creativity, persistence, commitment to universal values—but, above all, an understanding that global challenges demand global solutions.
Our leadership work program rests on two key pillars: the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize and the Tällberg Leaders Mentoring Leaders program (TLML). The former has been awarded annually since 2015 and has recognized 24 outstanding global leaders; the three winners of the 2023 Prize will be announced on November 15. The mentoring program, which has important antecedents during the Tällberg Foundation’s 40-year history, aims to identify and nurture emerging leaders with outsized potential, leveraging Tällberg’s global network to accelerate their growth as impactful global leaders.
Over the course of 2023, we have conducted an iterative selection process that reduced more than 1,500 nominees to 12 individuals who will participate in the 2024 TLML. The final step in the process occurred in September when the Foundation’s leadership jury considered 38 finalists and selected the final cohort for next year’s program.
In essence, TLML centers on leadership. The goal is to enhance participants’ understanding, skills, and readiness for values-based leadership on their respective professional journeys. The method focuses on matching each participant with an accomplished global leader from Tällberg’s world-wide network.
Selected emerging leaders come from diverse disciplines, including social entrepreneurship, technology, climate, human rights, and health. These leaders work in many types of roles, some as founders of their own business or organization, others as management within existing organizations, some as freelancers, and some as government employees, among many other roles and functions.
In similar fashion, mentors come from a wide variety of disciplines, nationalities, and experiences; all are accomplished global leaders who recognize the obligation to encourage new generations of leadership.
Once matched, mentees and mentors will be introduced online. However, the program really will start with an in-person workshop to be held from January 25-28, 2024.
Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion and become integral members of Tällberg’s global network.
Tällberg’s team leader for the development and management of TLML is Michael Niconchuk, a researcher and practitioner at the intersection of psychological trauma recovery, migration, and violence prevention who also serves as a director of the Tällberg Foundation. He will be supported by Tom Cummings, director of the Tällberg Foundation and senior executive adviser. In his capacity as Tällberg’s chairman, Alan Stoga will advise the team.
Michael Niconchuk, humanitarian professional and TLML leader:
“What do these diverse personalities have in common? They are all leaders who are already making significant impacts on some of the most intractable challenges our world faces. TLML gives them a unique opportunity to learn with and from other innovators.”
Presenting the Mentees, Class of 2024
Uganda; attorney who has created a scalable human-centric justice solution
Ghana; a chef working to bridge the food and poverty gap across Africa
Honduras; documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist
Argentina/Colombia; city planner and co-founder of a supply chain financing platform for informal businesses in Latin America
Egypt; agri-tech entrepreneur stimulating innovation in the Middle East
Israel/Palestine; creates solutions for the trauma experienced by refugees
Switzerland; health economist working to strengthen health systems and outcomes in Africa
U.S.; artist empowering marginalized groups to reclaim healing and agency through creative practices
Nigeria; lawyer and social innovator
Azerbaijan; consulting psychologist and social entrepreneur empowering women and young people
U.S.; environmentalist addressing health inequities, housing needs, and crisis intervention as a senior city official
Lebanon; social worker focusing on violence prevention and extensive extremism research to help traumatized refugees
Presenting the 2024 Mentors
Chile; legal scholar and law dean at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Jordan; molecular biologist and human rights advocate
US/India; Asia scholar with a focus on art, culture, policy, and women’s rights; Columbia University
Sweden; physics engineer and board professiona
Sweden; business leader and organizational development expert
UK/Singapore; entrepreneur and executive coach
US; photojournalist and editor
Germany; business executive and investor
Denmark/Zimbabwe; humanitarian NGO executive
US; sustainability strategist
Mexico; investor and transformational business leader
Greece; classics scholar and strategic consultant
Who helps make this possible?
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 the public welfare.
Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $3.7 billion through over 5,300 grants to nonprofit organizations in more than 130 countries around the world.
Learn more at SNF.org.