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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NGC Cross-Generational Labs at the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium

The recent St. Gallen Symposium showcased an array of impactful sessions, all organised within the framework of the initiative “A New Generational Contract.” Here’s a recap of the insightful discussions and thought leadership presented during these sessions co-hosted with our partners.

Future Leadership Decoded: How Do Businesses Need to Change in an Era of Scarcity?

This session was co-hosted with the Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions in the context of the release of the Voices of the Leaders of Tomorrow Report 2024. NIM researcher Fabian Buder, SGS Leader of Tomorrow Anushka Purohit, and Claudia Suessmuth Dyckerhoff, Member of the Board of Roche, led a compelling discussion on the imperative for businesses to innovate amidst dwindling environmental resources followed by a workshop with five group breakouts. The session emphasised the importance of fostering generational insights and understanding diverse viewpoints to collaboratively create sustainable business practices. Participants explored actionable paths towards addressing the challenges posed by resource scarcity.

Inclusive Capitalism: The Role of Private and Family-Owned Businesses

This session, featuring IMD Professor Peter Vogel, Novata CEO Alexander Friedman, Familiy Business Network CEO Alexis du Roy de Blicquy, DIHK Training specialist Laura Jorde, and Jura CEO Emanuel Probst, highlighted the significant role private and family-owned businesses play in tackling climate change and social inequalities. The speakers shared strategies for these businesses to measure and report their ESG impacts effectively, aiming to include the vast majority of enterprises in the drive towards a sustainable future.

Intergenerational Leadership for Sustainable Development

Marine Hadengue, Executive Director of Higher Education for Good, Lindiwe Mazibuko, CEO of Futurelect and Nolita Mvunelo from the Club of Rome facilitated a workshop focusing on the need for intergenerational leadership to transition towards a regenerative economy. The session explored how youth engagement and diverse generational perspectives can transform organisations and policy institutions, highlighting pathways towards prosperity that benefit both people and the planet.

Envisioning the Future of Human Work Through Science Fiction

The workshop was co-hosted with the BCG Henderson Institute. Adam Job and Charikleia Kaffe led this innovative session that used science fiction as a tool to reimagine the future of work. Participants engaged in exercises imagining dystopian and utopian futures, developing creative strategies to tackle present challenges. The session demonstrated the power of science fiction for envisioning desirable futures and engaging in imaginative thinking.

Future-Forward Nations: The NextGen Value Creation Barometer 2024

Leader of Tomorrow Santiago Bulat and University of St. Gallen economists Prof. Guido Cozzi and Prof. Tomas Casas i Klett presented the NextGen Value Creation Barometer, a collaborative project between the St. Gallen Symposium, the Foundation for Value Creation, and the Board Foundation. The session explored the political economy of creating long-term value for young and future generations. Participants compared the Barometer’s top-ranked economies with those lagging behind, in terms of key dimensions such as sustainability, economic opportunities, and health.

Soul Sanctuary: Revolutionising Mental Health Care

In this session, co-hosted with Bertelsmann Stiftung, SGS Head of the Student Organizing Team Alisha Thüler, entrepreneur Mona Ghazi, athlete Louisa Grauvogel, krisenchat Co-CEO Melanie Eckert, and WHO Youth Council member Enow Awah Georges Stevens discussed innovative approaches to mental health care. The panelists explored the intersection of mental health with societal norms, technology, and policy frameworks. The discussion aimed at breaking stigmas and carving a path towards a future where mental health takes center stage in holistic well-being.

St. Gallen Talks! Change Your Mind in an Eye-Opening Dialogue

The “St. Gallen Talks!” session, held in collaboration with ZEIT ONLINE, provided a unique and engaging platform for participants to challenge their perspectives and engage in deep, meaningful discussions. This interactive format facilitated conversations through five bold questions designed to provoke thought and encourage rethinking of stances on various issues. The session used an advanced algorithm to pair participants with opposing views, fostering open and honest dialogue. It aimed to bridge generational and political divides, promoting respectful discourse. Key speakers included moderator Stephan Lendi, Ulrike Zimmermann of ZEIT ONLINE, and Martin Reeves of the BCG Henderson Institute, who provided insights on managing diverse perspectives and leveraging differences for innovation. Participants left with a renewed understanding of the importance of engaging with differing viewpoints and the value of civil discourse.

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