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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St. Gallen Symposium 2022: Cross-generational and global cooperation is more important than ever!

The global effort to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and the international response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demonstrate the importance of international cooperation across national borders. At the 51st St.Gallen Symposium on “Collaborative Advantage” from 5-6 May 2022, decision-makers of today and tomorrow will gather to discuss these topics and others to strengthen mutual understanding and work together to find solutions to society’s most pressing issues – making it the most international event in St. Gallen.

Full-fleged conference in St.Gallen with global streams and external locations

The St. Gallen Symposium brings together 700 participants, 120 speakers, and 250 young talents from different geographic regions and areas of society to create a unique atmosphere for dialogue unlike any other. Beat Ulrich, CEO of the St. Gallen Symposium, is particularly « looking forward to hearing from, among others, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and CEO of Rappler Maria Ressa, Ugandan environmental activist Vanessa Nakate, CEO of Shell Ben van Beurden, and global blogger and CEO of Nas Academy Nuseir Yassin ».

Global political and economic cooperation required

After years of peace in Europe, war has returned, and global tensions have risen. “When a lot is happening at the expense of the next generation, it is very important to find better and currently more peaceful ways with leaders from politics and business,” says Vivian Bernet, Head of the Organizing Committee. Under the topic “Collaborative Advantage”, the St.Gallen Symposium brings together decision-makers of today and tomorrow. They will develop solutions and projects on how we can jointly secure global peace, freedom, sustainability and prosperity.

This year’s programme has roughly 60 unique sessions that address society’s most pressing challenges and current affairs. Former President of Croatia and candidate for NATO General Secretary Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Munich Security Conference Vice-Chairman and CEO Benedikt Franke, and Member of the Ukrainian Parliament Lisa Yasko will discuss the role of NATO.

The St.Gallen Symposium: A legacy of dialogue with global streams and external locations

Taking advantage of new technologies, the 51st St. Gallen Symposium is more accessible to regional and worldwide audiences than ever before! The symposium is incredibly excited about its first collaborative broadcasts from the Swiss Embassies in Beijing, Johannesburg, and Mexico. “We are happy to have the symposium physically on campus and be able to use our new digital channels and international locations simultaneously – in the spirit of “next-generation conferencing”, says Dr Frauke Kops, Head of Operations and Communication. The public symposium begins with a guided tour on Tuesday evening, followed by a public concert in the Tonhalle St. Gallen on Wednesday evening and public sessions on the university campus. Live streams on the symposium website and podcasts enable digital follow-up. At the public forum EcoOst St. Gallen Symposium on May 18, 2022 in the Lokremise, the findings from the symposium will be explained and discussed regionally in cooperation with the chamber of industry and commerce.

Media professionals are welcome. The St.Gallen Symposium is happy to accept media registrations for physical or digital participation until April 29, 2022.

Contact for Media Accreditation

Dr. Frauke Kops, Head of Operations, St.Gallen Symposium

+41 71 227 20 20, [email protected]

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About the St.Gallen Symposium

The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiatives for cross-generational dialogue on economic, political and social themes and developments. For 50 years, established leaders and visionaries have been brought together with extraordinary young talents in St. Gallen and at global locations, as well as in digital formats. Together, they address the chances and challenges of our time and work on finding solutions. The St. Gallen Symposium is a student initiative. Under the strategic guidance of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies, the International ‘Students’ Committee – a team comprised of about 30 students from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) – organises internationally important events to promote dialogue between the generations. During the symposium, 500 HSG students are supporting. Past formats of the St. Gallen Symposium have been enriched by the participation of figures like Christine Lagarde (European Central Bank), Christian Mumenthaler (Swiss Re), Jack Ma (Alibaba Group), Prof. Niall Ferguson (Stanford University), Kersti Kaljulaid (President of Estonia), Sigmar Gabriel (former German Vice-Chancellor) or Anders Fogh Rasmussen (NATO), as well as at least one Federal Councillor every year.

University of St.Gallen (HSG)

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) is the university of the Canton of St.Gallen and Switzerland’s business university. Internationality, practical relevance and an integrative view have characterised education at the HSG ever since its establishment in 1898. Today, the University educates more than 9,000 students from approx. 90 countries in Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences, International Affairs and Computer Science. With success: the HSG is among Europe’s leading business universities. In the 2021 European Business School Ranking of the Financial Times, the HSG was in 6th place. In 2021, the Financial Times ranked the Master’s programme in Strategy and International Management (SIM-HSG) as the best worldwide for the eleventh consecutive time in an annual ranking of Master’s programmes in Management. Its integrative education at the highest academic level earned the international seals of approval of the EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accreditations. Students are able to obtain degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral/Ph.D. Levels. In addition, the HSG provides first-class and extensive executive education courses for about 6,000 participants per annum. The focal points of research at the HSG are its approx. 40 institutes, research centres and Centers, which constitute an integral part of the University. The institutes, which are largely organised autonomously, are self-funding to a great extent but are still closely linked with the University operations.                                                       

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