On, Wednesday October 17th, 2018, the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prize.
The Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, made possible through the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), is awarded annually to outstanding leaders - from any country and any discipline - whose work is courageous, optimistic, dynamic, rooted in universal values, and global in application or in aspiration. Prizes include a $50,000 honorarium.
“The Eliasson Global Leadership Prize identifies and honors leaders, whose creative, bold and principled leadership is desperately needed today,” said Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President of the SNF.
This year’s winners will be honored in November at a public colloquium in Mexico City, co-sponsored by the Insituto Technologico Auntonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Mexico’s leading private research university.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: an award winning Pakistani filmmaker, journalist and activist who uses her world-class story telling skills to focus global audiences on issues and people abused by society, with the aim of changing minds as well as policies.
Rafael Yuste: Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience at Columbia University, leading neuroscientist, co-initiator of the Brain Mapping Initiative (2013), and a leading advocate to frame cutting edge neurological research within an ethical context.
Imam Omar Kobine Layama, President of the Central African Islamic Community; Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui; and Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, President of the Evangelical Alliance of the Central African Republic; Founders of the Plateforme des Confessions Religieuses de Centrafique (PCRC) who seek peace, reconciliation and social cohesion amidst the violence that has plagued their country and region.
“These women and men, working in very different contexts, share a common commitment: making the world less what it is and at least a little more like what it should become,” said Alan Stoga, Tällberg Foundation Chairman. “Taken together, we view this year’s winners as an incredibly positive and powerful statement about the kinds of leadership we need in the world today”, he continued.
The winners were chosen from among 825 nominees from 130 countries and dozens of different occupations, positions and causes.