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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A New

We foster long-term thinking and systems transformation by offering a space for mutual learning and collaboration across generations.

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We foster long-term thinking and systems transformation by offering a space for mutual learning and collaboration across generations.



A joint initiative of the St. Gallen Symposium and the Club of Rome. Guided by seven key principles, we engage diverse actors to identify actionable priorities and launch impactful projects to enable mutual learning and collaboration across generations.

We do this in order to foster more long-term thinking and systemic transformations across business, policy-making and society.

Our initiative aspires for young and old to be connected by mutual relationships and commitments and share a common responsibility to future generations.


What we owe each other

Based on global surveys, hundreds of student essays, and dialogues, seven interrelated principles of a New Generational Contract outline our vision for cross-generational relationships and commitments. – developed in close partnership with the HSG St. Gallen Collegium.


We acknowledge our mutual responsibility between old and young, and for future generations.


We seek to care for and about each other – and strive to truly understand each other’s perspectives.


By promoting voice, we ensure that different generations have equal opportunities to be heard in decision-making processes.


We can attain more than we would independently, by working together and joining forces and perspectives.

Hindsight and Foresight

Responsible actions build on both hindsight and foresight: looking back and understanding the past to see ahead and move forward.


In emphasising regeneration, we go further than sustainability, and seek to help restore and protect planetary ecosystems.


The generational contract is context-specific and constantly re-negotiated in light of future developments.


Our growing community

We are convening a global and inclusive platform for mutual learning and collaboration across generations – involving voices from policy, business, youth, research and society. Together, we co-create tangible projects for a New Generational Contract.

“Global challenges can only be solved by different generations working together to create a healthier, more prosperous future for everyone.”

Peter Voser

Chairman ABB-Group & Chairman SGS

“Each generation lives its responsibility with an eye on enabling future generations to do the same. We are in this together.”

Mamphela Ramphele

Co-President, The Club of Rome

“Resilience grows in an ecology of love and understanding. Resilience is an expression of trust in our humanity”

Karima Kadaoui

Executive President, Tamkeen Community Foundation


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To drive our transition from vision to impact, we enact change together with diverse partners.

Young Leaders on Board

Fostering long-term thinking,
sustainability and diversity in business.

Intergenerational Skillshare Series

Developing systems-thinking

NextGen Value Creation Barometer

Exploring intergenerational fairness on a global scale.


Our Latest Thinking

Our initiative serves as a laboratory of ideas, where generations come together to explore key priorities to be piloted and scaled in business, policy and society. Find our latest thinking on ways to bring generations together below.


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Learning New Ways of Becoming Human

This publication by the Club of Rome addresses key elements of the journey to enable people of all ages and conditions—especially those feeling helpless—to learn and act by themselves. Learners and teachers, citizens and specialists, people of all ages and backgrounds can learn together how to address humanity´s existential challenges in their own ways.

Inspiring our Community to Lead by Example

The International Students’ Committee, a team of students from the University of St. Gallen, drives the cross-generational dialogue at the St. Gallen Symposium. For them, the initiative for a New Generational Contract, convened together with the Club of Rome, is an important pathway to bridge current disparities through care, collaboration, and openness.

Youth Deserve a Seat at the Climate Negotiation Table

While youth are highly aware and willing to take climate action, they are barely represented in relevant decision-making bodies, including at the UN. To restore trust, we need to rethink our current structures and shift power from nations to stakeholder groups, argues Climate Advocate Marie-Claire Graf.

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