INTRODUCING THE 2020 WINNERS
Sylvia A. Earle
One of the world’s foremost oceanographers, whose pioneering research aims at conserving the oceans for the good of the planet and of humanity.
A human rights lawyer, using the law to free political prisoners, protect human rights and challenge autocracy around the world.
An engineer and social entrepreneur, working to save lives through the innovative application of technology and applying data-driven solutions to global challenges.
Meet the winners in this video
ABOUT THE PRIZE
Photographer, writer, activist and institution builder; Bangladesh
Politician, diplomat, economist and social activist; Argentina
Scholar focused on art, culture, policy, and women’s rights, Columbia University; US and India
MARY SCHNEIDER ENRIQUEZ
Houghton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums; US
Policy advisor and author focused on global environmental and philanthropic policy issues; US
Career diplomat, currently Ambassador to the United States; Singapore
Chairman, Tällberg Foundation and President, Zemi Communications; US
Lawyer, telecommunications expert, policy adviser to the Partido Popular; Spain
Sr Director, Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation at Lego; UK
Organizational and leadership consultant, Leading Ventures; Tällberg Foundation board; Netherlands
THE NOMINATION PROCESS
The 2020 nomination process closed on May 14. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations from all disciplines and from all corners of the world. We received more than 2,000 nominations from 135 countries!
Meet the 2020 prize finalists
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Sylvia Earle, behaves like a woman running out of time, which she is. The world’s foremost oceanographer, she is on the road most of the year, and has logged countless hours underwater since her first dive, in a Florida river, when she was 16.
Sara Hossain, connects the dots between healthcare, freedom of speech, and right to information, and combined strategic litigation with consensus-building.
Nithya Ramanathan, co-founded Nexleaf in 2009, the company has focused on clean cook-stove technologies, vaccine temperature monitors, and improved NICU care. The cutting-edge data collection is just the first step. What distinguishes her works is the ability to put the right data in front of the right person, and have the right conversation at the right time.
WHO MAKES THIS POSSIBLE?
The Tällberg Foundation, launched in 1981, exists to explore the issues that are challenging —and changing— our societies. Today, those challenges are profound: the world that we have known since the mid 20th century, which produced unprecedented peace as well as human advance, is changing at a pace and in directions that threaten to evolve towards Orwellian dystopia.
But forces for “good” still exist and need to be renewed, made more muscular and more effective. The Foundation aspires to be part of that process.
Tällberg’s work program focuses on understanding how to re-inject ethics into leadership; re-establish the legitimacy of governance; and manage, instead of being managed by, disruptive technologies, climate change, mass migration and other phenomena. We aim to contribute to the new thinking —and new acting— required by this moment in history.
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 public welfare.