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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Reinventing the definition of work – The winners of the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

And he did it again! Nat Ware, Winner of the 29th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Awards, surprised the crowd and swept away the trophy again this year. Janis Goldschmidt and João Abreu, respectively second and third, joined him on the podium after proudly defending their idea on stage in front of a relentless jury.  

This year’s essay question, Robots are coming for you job. How would you augment yourself to stay economically relevant, forced them to push the boundaries of their vision of traditional work and reinvent their dream job. Among the 1200 submitted essays, the three stood out by exposing brilliant and innovative ideas which won over the members of the academic and award jury.

Nathaniel Ware (AU), Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Oxford
Nat Ware is a social entrepreneur and development economist. He is the Founder and CEO of 180 Degrees Consulting, the world’s largest consultancy for non-profits and social enterprises with 87 branches across 35 countries and over 6000 consultants. Nat has won numerous awards, including Top Oxford MBA Student, Forbes 30 Under 30, Australian Young Achiever of the Year, Best Performance in Development Economics at Oxford . He is a Rhodes Scholar, Goldman Sachs Global Leader, WEF Global Shaper, has swum the English Channel, was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton, lectured a postgraduate course at age 21, has completed an Ironman triathlon, and has given three acclaimed TEDx talks.

A 5 steps solution for human-machine cooperation
Nat Ware in his essay “Hybridization as an augmentation strategy” exposes in 5 steps how to achieve a shift from a binary economy towards a hybrid system where labour and capital are in perfect symbiosis. From taxation to education, he presents a comprehensive and integrated approach to diminishing the effect of technologies on human capital and offers a hopeful glimpse of a future where inequalities and social issues were to be slowly but surely abolished.

Janis Goldschmidt (DE), Ph.D. Candidate in Non-Linear Dynamics, University of Potsdam
Janis Goldschmidt is a Ph.D. researcher in nonlinear dynamics, and Co-Founder of a neurotech start-up. He builds and simulates mathematical models to gain insight into how cognition comes about, how our brain works, and how to build technologies that influences it. He also does research in computational sociology, where he applies natural language processing to investigate patterns in the language used by online news media.

The future of education
Janis Goldschmidt depicts a new sort of threat in his essay “The robot apocalypse is technological illiteracy in disguise”. Although illiteracy in developed countries has been reduced to a minimum, society may face a new kind of ignorance. Indeed, computer language remains a skills held by a minority of engineers and although people seem to enjoy sharing their little knowledge on the subject, they remain predominantly incapable of using it, let alone working with it. Reforms in education are necessary in order to allow people to keep competing with machines.

João Abreu (BR), Master’s Candidate in Public Administration and International Development, Harvard University
João Abreu holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and studied Public Administration for two years at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil, before joining SP Negócios, the PPP unit of São Paulo City Hall. João participated in the design of several public-private partnerships, from the world’s largest public lightning PPP to the regulation of e-hailing apps like Uber in São Paulo – considered the most innovative solution by the World Bank. He also led the adoption of transportation apps by the local government itself, saving USD 100 million/year and increasing accountability and data availability; the project was later replicated at state and federal levels.

The Future of Labour International Organization (FLIO)
In his essay “Avoiding the “useless masses”: global governance to keep humans relevant”, João Abreu creates his own Non-Governmental Organisation in charge of safeguarding the future of work. Developing countries being less prone to suffer immediately from the consequences of automation, developed countries are however on the front line. But it also implies steady widening of the inequality gap. As a way of lessening the effect of technologies on the labour market, the young Brazilian came up with 3 different instruments that would be implemented by the FLIO targeting the effect of advanced technologies on jobs in all type of economies.

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