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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My Leader of Tomorrow Alumni Story

“An exponential growth is a simple doubling. One becomes two becomes four”  – Peter Diamandis

This philosophy of compounded learning symbolizes my life post being Leader of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium about 3 years ago. The experience was the catalyst that set me on a path of intellectual curiosity, guiding my journey to becoming a digital innovator.

The symposium experience influenced me in three significant areas. My Leader of Tomorrow story is best viewed through the lens of these three facets of life.

1. Intellectual stimulation

I am a Product Manager at KPMG Smart Tech Solutions in in Amsterdam. My team works on best utilizing digital innovation to transform businesses, scale impact and future-proof the organization.
While new technology such as Machine Learning is touted to change the world, I am more of an innovation optimist than a technology optimist. I believe in the power of human ingenuity in solving complex problems and in-general improving the future prospects of our planet. This spark was set off during my time at the symposium, interacting with phenomenal young people from different domains, industries and knowledge hubs across the world.
I distinctly remember having intense conversations with some leaders of tomorrow on various topics during the symposium. One particular discussion stands out – the future of work in a post AI world. Being a part of the symposium put me ahead of the curve on the knowledge level on these topics, which would later emerge in the mainstream.

2. Becoming a serious writer

I’d always been a casual writer and had previously written small pieces for my university magazine. I wrote my St. Gallen essay on ‘​Purpose Driven Economic Growth’ which is incidentally similar to the topic of this symposium – ‘​Capital for Purpose’.
In the essay I describe the emergence of purpose driven people centered movements influencing social and economic policy, the success of purpose driven businesses such as SpaceX and Tesla in redefining capitalism and the increasing need for strategic philanthropy in unleashing human potential.
The process helped discover a serious writer in me. My essay being selected for the symposium was a much needed nudge to invest more of my time and energy in writing. Since then I actively write about innovation, technology and society in my blog on LinkedIn. More recently, I wrote a piece on ​‘The future of jobs and the shadow economy’ for the previous edition of the symposium. A writer needs inspiration and being a part of the community provides food for thought and a platform to bounce these thoughts off highly knowledgeable people.

3. Connecting the dots

Innovation is not about re-creating the wheel from scratch. It is about bring together people, ideas and inspiration to create solutions that make a difference.
As Matt Ridley famously stated ​”Intelligence will become more and more collective. Innovation will become more and more bottom up”.
​Since meeting the incredible people I did at the symposium, I have increasingly believed in the power of collective intelligence. There is knowledge and potential spread across the globe. Platforms like St. Gallen bring together intelligence, previously unconnected, and potentially creating powerful nervous systems of knowledge and connections.

Through the Leader of Tomorrow alumni community, I was invited to an expert round table discussion on legitimacy in governments and public policy in Brussels. I spoke about the role of technology, and specifically decentralization and crypto-economics in challenging the relevance of institutions. Through the event, I am now part of a new knowledge community consisting of policy makers, researchers, technologists and think thanks. Connecting the dots in this manner create interesting new neural pathways for ideas.

This in short is my St. Gallen story. I live by the quote – “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”. Being a part of the Leader of Tomorrow community compliments this philosophy by constantly keeping me on my toes with the latest knowledge from the movers and shakers of today while providing opportunities to contribute back to the community.

I hope to play my part in enhancing this collective intelligence and pushing the needle towards a more prosperous, knowledge driven world.

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