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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The Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation, other national data protection legislation or any other data protection law is

St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies
Dufourstrasse 83
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9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland
Phone +41 71 227 20 50, Fax +41 71 227 20 30
Mrs Frauke Kops, [email protected]

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St. Gallen under registration number CHE-110.227.416. Its purpose is the maintenance and
further development of an economic and social system grounded on the values of freedom
and social cohesion through international seminars and lectures, research activity and project work in the areas of economics, social science, law and politics, including in particular
also modern management. It is subject to foundation oversight by the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs.

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2.1 Processing of personal data

We collect personal data if you contact us.

We process these data where they are necessary for and conducive to the fulfilment of administrative purposes, including in particular also participation in the St. Gallen Symposium (hereafter referred to as the “SGS”). Within the ambit of participation in the SGS, we process your personal data in particular in relation to the application, on surveys relating to the SGS, in relation to active participation in the SGS Community, in relation to electronic and hardcopy lists of participants, for communication relating to the relevant SGS along with subsequent communication, as well as the exchange of contact information.

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SSIS also has a legitimate interest in processing the data transmitted to us by you along with any further data collected by us in relation to the relevant SGS, and also in storing and processing such data thereafter in order to enable us to build up a network in the interest of all Privacy Statement of St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies Valid from September 2018 participants, from which all past and future participants of the SGS can benefit under the aegis of the SGS Community and the ISC Alumni. Point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR is thus a subsidiary legal basis for the processing of your personal data.

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2.3 Data erasure and storage

We also specifically store and process your data after the relevant SGS in order to build up a comprehensive database through the SGS Community and ISC Alumni in the interest of all past and future participants in the SGS. Accordingly, your data will not as a matter of principle be erased by us, with the exception of data relating to identity cards and other comparable official documents, which are erased after 10 years.

The personal data of the data subject will be erased or made unavailable once the purpose for which they were saved no longer applies.

Data may be stored or erased thereafter if so required under European or national legislation in European Union regulations, laws or other provisions to which the Controller is subject. In such cases, data will be erased or made unavailable upon expiry of a maximum retention period prescribed under such provisions, unless it is necessary to continue to store the data and such continued storage is permitted.

3 Description and scope of data processing

3.1 Personal data

We collect primarily the personal data that you expressly provide to us, depending upon your relationship with us. This may include specifically: name, address, contact details, interests, (in some cases) identity card or comparable other official documents, (in some cases) driving licence, photograph, course of studies, university, confirmation of matriculation, language, previous participation and functions within the SGS. In addition, we also collect further data that we have obtained either from your previous communication with the SGS or from a freely available online source.

We do not collect any sensitive data falling under Article 9 GDPR.

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Our website uses cookies under certain circumstances; these are small text files that are downloaded to and stored on your computer, and which are used in order to render our content more user-friendly, more effective and more secure.

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Web-based data are not cross-referenced with any other data.

3.3 Purpose and nature of data processing

Your personal data are processed in accordance with clause 2.1 above with regard to your participation in the SGS and for the development of the network database for the SGS Community.

Data are processed using standard IT applications such as e.g. Office, Sharepoint, CRM, Apps, etc., and physically in relation to the dispatch of postal correspondence.

Employees of SSIS with responsibility for the SGS only have access to your data if and insofar as necessary in order to perform their tasks. All employees have been subjected to an individual duty of confidentiality.

3.4 Disclosure of data to third parties

Outside SSIS and the persons with responsibility for the SGS, we will only disclose the name of and information relating to your business; such information will only be disclosed to participants in the SGS.

3.5 Duration of storage

Data drawn from identity cards or other comparable official documents are erased after 10 years. Other data are erased once they are no longer necessary in order to achieve the purpose for which they were collected, although such data are also collected and processed exclusively for the network database established in the interest of all members of the SGS Community.

4 Rights of the data subject

Since we process your personal data, you are a Data Subject for the purposes of the GDPR and have the following rights against SSIS:

4.1 Right to information

You can request confirmation as to whether any personal data relating to you are processed by us.

If such processing takes place, you can request information concerning:

a) the purposes for which the personal data are processed;
b) the categories of personal data concerned;
c) the recipients or categories of recipient to which your personal data have been or will be disclosed;
d) the envisaged period for which the personal data relating to you will be stored or, if specific information concerning this matter cannot be provided, the criteria used to determine that period;
e) the existence of a right to request the rectification or erasure of personal data concerning you, a right to obtain the restriction of processing or a right object to such processing;
f) the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
g) any available information as to the source of data, where the personal data are not collected from you;
h) the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22(1) and (4) GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.

You also have the right to request information as to whether personal data relating to you are transmitted to a third country or to an international organisation. In this respect, you may request that you be informed of the appropriate safeguards pursuant to Article 46 GDPR in relation to the transmission.

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You have the right to obtain rectification and/or completion in the event that the personal data processed in relation to you are inaccurate or incomplete.

4.3 Right to erasure

You may request SSIS to erase the personal data relating to you, and SSIS is obliged in such an eventuality to erase the personal data concerning you without undue delay, where one of the following reasons applies:

a) the personal data relating to you are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
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d) the personal data relating to you have been processed unlawfully;
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f) the personal data relating to you have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Article 8(1) GDPR.

4.4 Right to restriction of processing

Where the following prerequisites are met, you may obtain the restriction of processing of personal data relating to you:

a) if you contest the accuracy of the personal data relating to you, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
b) if the processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of the personal data and request the restriction of their use instead;
c) if SSIS no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
d) if you have objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the Controller override those of your own.

Where processing of personal data concerning you has been restricted, such personal data shall, with the exception of storage, only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a Member State.

If processing has been restricted in accordance with the prerequisites set out above, you will be informed by SSIS before the restriction of processing is lifted, as the case may be.

4.5 Right to notification

If you have a right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing in accordance with the above and if you have exercised this right against SSIS, SSIS is obliged to communicate the rectification, erasure or restriction of processing to each recipient to whom the personal data relating to you have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort (for instance therefore, in particular participants in the SGS and the members of the SGS Community will not be informed of such rectification, erasure or restriction).

You have the right to be informed by SSIS about such recipients.

4.6 Right to object

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning you which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR, including profiling based on those provisions.

In such an eventuality, SSIS will no longer process the personal data relating to you unless it demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

4.7 Right to withdraw the declaration of consent to data processing

If SSIS has obtained a declaration of consent to data processing from you, you have the right to withdraw this at any time. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

4.8 Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the GDPR.

Frauke Kops
Vice President
[email protected]
St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies
P.O. Box 1045
9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland
Phone +41 71 227 20 50