Programme & Experience

A rich programme with a dual focus of impactful plenary and insightful breakout ­sessions is the backbone of our annual St. Gallen Symposium in our central location at the University of St.Gallen. Innovative and interactive dialogue formats, combining digital and physical interactions at international locations, guide us towards the symposium of the future.

Plenary Sessions

Spotlight/ Insight Sessions

Collaborative Sessions

Roundtables

100

Speakers

Over 100 speakers, who explore and develop views on present and long-term issues in business, politics, and society. They are leading, inspirational figures as well as challengers of public opinions and the status quo.

600

Senior Leaders

They represent companies, as well as political and academic institutions, from all over the world. They are at the heart of change and enrich the discussion with their personal and professional experience.

100

Aspiring Leaders

Over 100 speakers, who explore and develop views on present and long-term issues in business, politics, and society. They are leading, inspirational figures as well as challengers of public opinions and the status quo.

200

Leaders of Tomorrow

They are carefully selected brilliant young thinkers from around the world. With innovative ideas they are representatives of the young generation and drivers of transformation and change.

450

Volunteers

The Symposium is only made possible by the support of the student-helpers from the University of St.Gallen. Everything from setting up the venue, limousine-service or serving drinks is student run.

50

Sessions

Over 50 plenary Sessions offer thought-leading insights to a larger audience.

Insight Sessions provide an intimate exchange of ideas among a small selection of participants.

Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Conference Chairman

Canadian Ambassador to China

 Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestach

Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestach

Conference Chairman

Vice-Chairman Goldman Sachs

“The St. Gallen Symposium has a unique atmosphere because of the role the students play in its organisation. It is their conference.”

– Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestach

PLATO – Our digital Platform

Enjoy selected sessions digitally on our virtual platform Plato at day & night

Connect globally and experience a community feeling in the virtual sphere.

Our virtual conference platform allows for a global way to connect across generations, regions, and sectors

• Follow our virtual sessions with renowned speakers and young people from all over the world.

• Explore the Plaza, the heart of every symposium site, with views of our University’s iconic brutalist architecture or the picturesque mountain landscape.

• Chat at our virtual Symposium Bar and meet members of our exceptional global community

The symposium combines physical and digital dialogue at international locations. Our central location the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, is supplemented by four Swiss Embassies in different parts of the world that host live-inputs from selected communities of our global Leaders of Tomorrow network

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