10 Break-Out Sessions

  • Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A Demographic Revolution: Young India Takes Charge (with All India Management Association)
Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, OYO Rooms
Pranjal Sharma (Topic Leader), Economic Analyst, Advisor and Author, India

India is undergoing its economic, technological and demographic transition simultaneously. An old country is becoming youthful and adventurous with the passage of time. Young Indians like OYO founder Ritesh Agarwal are quietly taking charge of Indian ethos by becoming icons of audacious aspirations and tangible proofs of its potential, spawning startups that are becoming most valuable and famous than many legacy companies. How can young revolutionaries find ways to carry the older generation of investors, regulators, workers and consumers with them and what can other economies and founders learn from India’s momentous transition?

Collaborative Advantage Across Generations: Reflecting on the SGS Experience (ISC Alumni)
Former Members of the International Students' Comittee
Christoph Loos (Topic Leader), Chief ­Executive ­Offi­cer, Hilti AG
Vivian Bernet (Topic Leader), Head of the Organising Committe, International Students' Comittee
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For over 50 years teams of student have volunteered to organise the St. Gallen Symposium. They have written countless invitations, met thousands of partners, and welcomed some of the most important personalities of their time on stage. Together with former members of the ISC we will reflect on the St. Gallen Symposium experience of cross-generational dialogue and collaboration, the lessons they have learned for their lives and on how the symposium has evolved. This session is organised together with ISC Alumni.

Collective Genius? Cultivating Creativity in the Arts and Beyond
Susan Goldsworthy, Affiliate Professor of Leadership, Communications and Organizational Change, IMD Business School
Gerry Hofstetter, Light Artist & Film Producer Hofstetter Marketing
Javiera Estrada, Artist
Tatjana Rupp (Topic Leader), Member of the International Students' Committee

As the need for innovation is growing, the routinisation of well-structured creative processes within organizations is key for concurrent value creation. Prof. Susan Goldsworthy of IMD, this year's St. Gallen Symposium artist Javiera Estrada and Light Artist Gerry Hofstetter will discuss the role of collaboration in the creative process. Together, and in conversation with the audience, they’ll explore the way collaboration can drive creativity in various organisational contexts, and, on the other hand, the role of introversion and lone contemplation in creating something new.

Connecting Business with Purpose: The Potential of Skills-Based Volunteering
Curdin Duschletta, Head Community Impact Switzerland & Foundations, UBS
Christopher Jarvis, Executive Director, RWInstitute
Prof. Amanda Shantz (Topic Leader), MBA Director and Professor of Management, University of St.Gallen

Many employee volunteering and giving programs are presented as an employee perk, similar to casual Fridays or a team-building event. But treating workplace giving and volunteering this way fails to fully capitalise on the great potential of such programs: to foster employee personal growth, and address key societal challenges. The panel will particularly explore the potential of skills-based volunteering, its benefits, and the unique challenges that arise when moving from merely transactional volunteering to something far more transformative.

Financing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Patrick Zhong, Founding Managing Partner, M31 Capital
Makram Azar, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Full Circle Capital
Prof. Julia Binder (Topic Leader), Professor of Sustainable Innovation and Business Transformation, IMD Business School

The investment landscape over the next twenty years will be radically different from previous generations. While there appears to be greater access to capital, there also appears to be much more volatility and debt with no clear dominant financing mechanism. Entrepreneurs, VC, Private Equity, and banks will have to find new ways to work together to create growth and stimulate innovation. How can investors and entrepreneurs better collaborate and find mutually beneficial agreements that balance risk and return?

Hacking the Fashion & Luxury Watchmaking Industry towards more Sustainability (with Condé Nast College)
Martina Bonnier, Editor-In-Chief, Vogue Scandinavia
Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO, Omega S.A
Carmen Jenny, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CLOTHESfriends AG
Johannes Reponen (Topic Leader), Director of Post-Graduate Programmes; Academic Affairs; Research & Knowledge Exchange, Condé Nast College

The fashion industry accounts for 10% of humanity’s annual carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. For long, the fashion and luxury watchmaking industry drove, together with the fashion media industry, unsustainable dynamics in the sector: generating more and more demand through an artificial cycle of new collections and seasonal trends. Businesses’ marketing, media as well as influencers thereby create a constant longing and demand for their products. How can designers, fashion houses and publishers exit this vicious cycle and, collaboratively, drive the transition towards more sustainable and ethical fashion and luxury watchmaking?

M100 Sanssouci Colloquium@St. Gallen: Media’s New Power: More Impact Through Collaborative Journalism
Mathias Müller von Blumencron, Journalist, Member of the Board, Tagesanzeiger and Advisory Board Member M100 Sanssouci Colloquium
Joanna Krawczyk, Chairwoman, Leading European Newspaper Alliance
Paul Radu, Investigative Journalist, Co-Founder OCCRP
Astrid Frohloff (Topic Leader), TV Presenter and Journalist, Advisory Board Member M100 Sanssouci Colloquium

Media diversity, freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Europe are currently under threat. Journalists and independent media companies are increasingly joining forces across borders to respond to such challenges as well as to be able to continue to offer independent quality journalism in the future. This session will identify learnings from new media partnerships such as the Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA) and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) to identify how media can most effectively work together.

Democratizing Access to the next Generation of Technology and Innovation: Communities and Radical Transformation
Gina Loften, Member of the Board of Trustees, TIAA
Luzius Meisser, Chairman, Bitcoin Suisse
Tycho Onnasch, General Manager, Trust Machines
Shuo Chen (Topic Leader), General Partner, IOVC

Technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship are key drivers of the modern economy and social mobility. Given their importance, we should strive to improve accessibility to tech, education and entrepreneurship across all backgrounds. Creating open and inclusive communities, especially with tech is important to accomplishing this goal, but it is easier said that done. Simultaneously, a third iteration of the internet – Web3 – has the potential to radically transform the internet of things and reduce barriers to access. How can these forces be effectively harnessed and directed for the benefit of all people and move the world forward?

Varieties of Tech Capitalism: Europe's Approach to Innovation and Regulation in a Global Context
Julian Teicke, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, wefox
Lisa-Marie Fassl, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Female Founders
Christoph Keese (Topic Leader), Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, hy

Over the past decades, the tech sector, especially the internet of things, has become a central component of modern economies. Trying to catch up with the exponential pace of technological development, the US, China, and Europe are crafting rules of the game on digital markets. What are the emerging characteristic differences between regulatory regimes of digital markets, in the US, Europe and beyond, and how do they balance innovation and regulation? In light of strategic competition over tech dominance between the US and China, what are the opportunities and challenges for Europe in particular?

Changed for Good? Engaging with the New World of Work
Petra von Strombeck, Chief Executive Officer, New Work SE
Jean-Christophe Deslarzes, Chair of the Board, Adecco Group
Nat Ware, Founder & CEO Forte
Prof. Heike Bruch (Topic Leader), Director, Institute for Leadership and Human Resources Management, University of St. Gallen
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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world of work forever. The fast and widespread adoption of remote work and an ever-increasing concern of employees with purpose and meaning on their job have intensified the war for talents. Reaching out to and concurrently engaging employees is key for businesses across sectors and regions. What learnings can be drawn from the pandemic as regards our approach to work? Has the world of work changed for the better? And what role does leadership culture and a new approach to hiring play going forward?

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Leaders of Tomorrow at the 53rd Symposium

Leaders of Tomorrow Chapters

Through our Leader of Tomorrow Chapters, the symposium provides a touchpoint for all former and locally present Leaders of Tomorrow and individuals interested in the St. Gallen Symposium. 


A selection of previous Leaders of Tomorrow and Impacts

Two-time winner of the Global Essay Competition and participant in the 44th, 46th, 47th, and 48th symposia, Nat is a social economist, entrepreneur, and speaker and has founded two ventures over the years: Forte and 180 Degrees.


Participated as a Leader of Tomorrow in the 49th and 50th symposia. Lubomila is the Founder and CFO of Plan A which provides businesses with carbon accounting, decarbonisation planning, and ESG reporting services. Additionally, she is the founder of the Greentech Alliance-


Participated as a Leader of Tomorrow in the 44th symposium. Srijan is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre which actively promotes innovations in governance and social enterprises, improves youth participation in national and international development, and betters access to education.


Participated as a Leader of Tomorrow in the 43rd symposium. Laura is the CEO & Co-Founder of Shippo. Shippo allows online businesses to partner with shipping services with locations in the USA, Canada, Germany, UK, France, and Australia.


Winner of the Global Essay Competition of the 49th symposium. Reuben is an economist focusing on sustainability and climate risk in finance. He is currently the Africa regional coordinator for the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).


Full list of past Leaders of Tomorrow

Abhinav Priyam

BITS School of Management

Adam Taha Pereira

University of St. Gallen

Aditya Bhatia

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research

Aditya Guha


Adrian Andersson

Meitner AB

Aiman Bentohami

KPMG, Blikverruimers

Aleksandra Reinert

University of Cambridge

Alexis Roberto Dick Caceres

University of Glasgow

Alyssa Go

Peking University

Amanda Sadalla


Ami Calancea

”I. L. Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film, University of Bucharest, Aspire Academy

Andreas Kuster

Nanyang Technological University

Andrew Jin

University of Southern California

Angshuman Pal

Indiana University Bloomington

Anna Zam


Anushka Purohit


Ashif Hassan

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Assen Plevneliev

Management Solutions

Augustin Ignatov

University of Basel

Aurelie Laborde

Columbia University

Barbora Bromová

Sciences Po Paris

Basile Narozniak

Swiss Re

Bea Krisha Lee

University of Stuttgart

Bhavuk Mittal

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

Bibiane Kronemann

Phillips-Universität Marburg

Billion Promise Agunia

Rivers State University

Bryce Chan

Bryson Clark

Fordham University

Caitlin Tierney

Peking University

Callum Thomas

OECD/Peking University

Calvin Heng

National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Calvin Wee

The Young SEAkers

Can Arda Senel

Technical University of Munich

Carmen Elisa Mendez Silva

The World Bank

Celestin de Wergifosse

Signatur Biosciences

Chandan Kumar Sah

Beihang University

Chelsi Bansal

S P Jain Institute of Management and Research

Christina huguet

Eurasia Group

Christopher Khajira

Montclair State University

Daeun Jeong

Korean Embassy Cultural Attaché in Sweden

Daniel Adeyemi

University of East London

Daniel Akinwumi

Space Economy Institute

Daniel Schulz

Climate Services

Daniela Teplitzki


Danijel Bačan

Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Department of Geography

Danwei Lu

Tsinghua University

David Kinzuzi

Schwarzman College

David Montani


Dhruv Aggarwal

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Diane Robert

Oxford University

Dima Syrotkin


Eden Tadesse

Hertie School

Effie Mbuvi

ISM University of Management and Economics

Elliot Gunn


Emily Kruse

University of St.Gallen

Erifili Gounari

The Z Link

Erik Martins de Albuquerque


Ethan McAndrews

Peking University

Fae Johnstone


Fatou Gitteh

Lancaster University

Febin Roy

ESCP Business School

Flora Liao


Florian Scherl

FAST AI Movies UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

Gaurav Kamath

McGill University

George Mwanza

Chipata City -Zambia

Georgina Agyei

University of Notre Dame du Lac

Gin Du

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Ha Linh To


Harmanpreet Singh Grewal

McGill University

Heela Yoon

Youth Ambassadors for Peace Organization

Helen Cummins

Peking University

Hiroyuki Kurimoto

Liquitous Inc.

Huiyi Lyu

Tsinghua University

Ida Johansson


Ida Marie Mathisen

The NHH Symposium / The Norwegian School of Economics

Ideja Bajra

University of St Andrews

Igor Klymenko

MiDym (Quadcopter Mines Detector) / University of Alberta

Imasiku Nyambe

University of Zambia

Isabelle Elisa Eisele

Swiss Re

Isbella Awat Apire Lomu

University of Cagliari

Jarred Chiang

Ateneo de Manila University

Jaswanth Rao Konalamma

BITS School of Management

Jemi Ahnaf

The Australian National University

Jessica Farda


Jessica Jones

One Young World

Joel Christoph

European University Institute

Jonas Lüthy

Jungfreisinnige Schweiz

José Castro


Julia Zortea

University of St. Gallen

Kai Krautter

Harvard Business School

Kanon Mori


Karla Huerta valdez


Karla Kuss


Kate Bosen

Aalborg University Copenhagen

Katharina Frank


Katie McIntyre


Katja Riem

Schweizer Parlament

Kay von Merey

Circle of Young Humanitarians

Kelvin Doe

Kelvin Doe Foundation

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph


Khalila Karefa-Kargbo

University of Virginia

Klajdi Kaziu

United Nations Association Albania

Kristina Kirova

Johannes Kepler University, Linz

Kriti Keya

University of Delhi

Kshitij Kumar

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research

Kwasi Minta Gyeke-Dako

Glimpse Sports

Kylor Kerns

University of Virginia

Lan Chen

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Lavinia Wittenwiller


Leander Mellies

otinga GmbH

Liangxuan Zhao

Tsinghua University

Lisa Militi

Student Union of the University of St. Gallen (SHSG)

Lisa Oberaigner


Lorena Isabel Miranda Gutierrez

Columbia University

Louisa Grauvogel

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University

Luisa Costa

University of Oxford

Magnús Örn Gunnarsson

Taxpayers Association of Iceland

Manh Tri Dao

University of California - San Diego

Manjima A

Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence

Marc Rüdisüli

Die Junge Mitte

Marcus Lannie


María Candela Careaga


Maria Manuela Cordoba

Universidad de La Sabana

Mario Assaf


Mateo Salvatto

Asteroid Mining Corporation Ltd

Mathias Charles Yabe


Matthew Trachevski

University of Melbourne

Maxime Paradis

Paradise Group

Megan Murphy

DHL Supply Chain

Mehri Huseynli

Nizami Ganjavi International Center

Miao Ling Ong

Singapore Airlines

Mitch Hunter-Scullion

Asteroid Mining Corporation Ltd

Morgan See

University of Wollongong

Muskaan Goyal

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research

Mustika Wijaya

Solar Chapter

Natalia Nowakowska

Rotterdam School of Management

Natalie Kerres


Nathanael Thomas

International Christian University

Neil Heinisch

PlayTheHype GmbH/ HypeMakers GmbH

Nelson Awuah Ankamah

Ghent University

Nicholas Lowinger

Gotta Have Sole Foundation

Noémi Kmoth

START Global

Nour Idelbi


Nujailah Noor

Mastercard/Columbia University

Nur Hamidah

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia

Nyombi Morris

Earth Volunteers

Oddomneath Ly


Oliver Hervir

The University of Sydney

Oluwafunmike "Funke" Aderonmu

Princeton Univeristy

Parneet Kaur

Poetry for Planet

Paul Pernot


Paul Walsh Thornton

University of St. Gallen

Peter Bolliger

Bolliger Media GmbH

Qiyun Woo

The Weird and Wild

Raghav Arora

Universität Hamburg

Rajat Chechani

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research

Rayan Dabbous

Regina Ambe

Conexión Interna

Reigner Wayne Batalier

Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center/ University of Baguio

Rita Liao

National University of Singapore

Ritik Garg

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research

Roman Gojayev

Gender Hub Azerbaijan

Ruvimbo Samanga

Regent Square Group

Ryan Teo

University of Birmingham

Samuel Liu


Santiago Bulat

Invecq Consulting S.A.

Sanyukta Giri

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research

Sean Chan

National University of Singapore

Seb Haugeto


Shresth Tiwari

XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur

Shu Tian Ng

Singapore Management University

Siwon Moon

DayTrip Korea

Soda Guéye DIA

AFCAC / HECI International University of Dakar

Somdeepa Das

Purdue University

Sophia Delis

UC Berkeley

Sugiyama Sayaka

The University of Tokyo

Temilola Oyenuga

Florida International University

Thaissa Avena da Cruz Antunes

Columbia University

Theodoric Chew


Timothee Charmeil

Harvard Law School

Tomas Elia

Charles University, Jagiellonian University, Pompeu Fabra University, Leiden University

Tony Xu

McGill University

Umesh Balal

Nepal Water Conservation Foundation

Victor Xaba

HyperionDev & Stellenbosch University/ University of Cape Town

Victoria Costa Paz


Vilija Vainaite

Leiden University

Vishnu Sunil


Vo Hoang Trinh Nguyen

Fulbright University Vietnam

Walker Darke

Fudan University

William Bergh

Cling Systems AB

Yannick Blättler


Yash Makadiya

BITS School of Management

Yashree Sharma

University of Toronto

Zihan Xuan

University of Oxford

Zongxu Xie

Tsinghua University, University of Oxford

Zvezdana Bozovic

Technical University of Munich

Zvezdin Besarabov


Leaders of Tomorrow Chapters

The Leader of Tomorrow Community encapsulates all former Leaders of Tomorrow invited to the St. Gallen Symposium. These individuals are dispersed all around the world. Through our Leader of Tomorrow Chapters, the symposium provides a touchpoint for all former and locally present Leaders of Tomorrow and individuals interested in the St. Gallen Symposium. The goals of the individual chapters are to provide for the regular exchange between the chapter, the St. Gallen Symposium, and selected local stakeholders of the community and the symposium. The local chapters are led by a chapter leader and team of past Leaders of Tomorrow. Our current chapters can be found on the map below.

Mexico City Chapter
Singapore Chapter
London Chapter
New York Chapter
Hong Kong/China Chapter
Johannesburg Chapter
Tokyo Chapter

Chapter Leads

Our Chapter leads are the main contact persons for all former Leaders of Tomorrow in the area. If you are interested in getting to know past Leaders of Tomorrow from your local community or want to take part in events and get-togethers, feel free to reach out to the relevant lead below. If you are a former Leader of Tomorrow and would be interested in founding a chapter, you can contact us directly at [email protected].

Tommy Koh


Singapore Chapter

Leader of Tomorrow
at the 49th & 50th
St. Gallen Symposium

Jon Krohn


New York Chapter

Leader of Tomorrow
at the 43rd & 44th
St. Gallen Symposium

Sophie Lara Neuber

Sophie Lara Neuber

London Chapter

Leader of Tomorrow
at the
51st St. Gallen Symposium

Andre Kwok


Hong Kong/China Chapter

Leader of Tomorrow
at the 49th & 51st
St. Gallen Symposium



Tokyo Chapter

Leader of Tomorrow
at the
44th St. Gallen Symposium



Johannesburg Chapter

Leader of Tomorrow
at the
46th St. Gallen Symposium

Francisco Valencia

Francisco Valencia

Mexico City Chapter

Leader of Tomorrow
at the 42nd & 50th
St. Gallen Symposium

Andreas Nef


Head Community & Partnerships

St. Gallen Foundation
International Studies

Chapter Highlights

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