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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We are happy to announce the speakers of the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium. We would like to thank them in advance and
we are looking forward to inspiring and challenging discussions.

Speakers at the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium

Karin Keller-Sutter

Federal Councillor, Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation

Jakov Milatović

President of Montenegro

Egils Levits

Fmr. President of Latvia

Carsten Spohr

CEO, Lufthansa Group

Roshni Nadar Malhotra

Chairperson, HCLTech

Matthias Rebellius

Member of the Managing Board & CEO Smart Infrastructure, Siemens

Magnus Brunner

Federal Minister of Finance, Republic of Austria

Péter Szijjártó

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Hungary

Tan See Leng

Minister for Manpower & Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore

Thomas Buberl


Clara Streit

Chair of the Government Commission for the German Corporate Governance Code (GCGC)

Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara

Chief Executive Officer

Bernard Mensah

President of International, Bank of America

Gerard Barron

Chairman & CEO, The Metals Company

Nikolina Brnjac

Minister of Tourism & Sports, Croatia

Ben Hodges

Fmr. Commanding General, United States Army Europe

Christian Kohlpaintner

CEO, Brenntag

Judith Wittwer

Editor-in-Chief, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Peter Voser

Chairman of the Board, ABB; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, St. Gallen Symposium

Hans Christoph Atzpodien

CEO, Federation of German Security and Defence Industries

Kai Diekmann

Founder, Storymachine

Fridtjof Detzner

Co-Founder, Planet A

Gerald Butts

Vice Chairman, Eurasia Group

Jonas Kjellberg

Founder & Chairman of the Board, Nornorm

Stefan Schaible

CEO, Roland Berger

Romeo Lacher

Chairman of the Board, Julius Baer

Julian Kölbel

Professor of Sustainable Finance, University of St. Gallen

Martin Reeves

Chairman, BCG Henderson Institute

Gloria Guevara Manzo

Chief Special Advisor at Ministry of Tourism, Saudi Arabia

Kilian Kaminski

Founder & COO, refurbed

Alexander Geiser

CEO, FGS Global

Matthias Tauber

Managing Director & Senior Partner, BCG

Stephen Cornish

Director General, Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Center Geneva

Heike Freund

COO, Marvel Fusion

Torsten Müller-Ötvös

Luxury Thought Leader, Fmr. CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Alex Cornelissen

CEO, Sea Shepherd

Jason Thielman

Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee

Mona Ghazi

Co-Founder & CEO, Optimo

Kurt House

CEO, KoBold Metals

Prof. Manuel Ammann

President, University of St. Gallen

Laura Jorde

Managing Director Vocational Education and Training, DIHK

Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

Conference Co-Chair, St. Gallen Symposium

Xavier Rossinyol

CEO, Avolta

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Executive Vice President, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Emanuel Probst

CEO, Jura

Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus

Founder & CEO, Insect Respect

Michael Rauchenstein

News Anchor, SRF

Alexis du Roy de Blicquy

CEO, Family Business Network

Mette Lykke

CEO, Too Good To Go

Zoran Bogdanović

CEO, Coca-Cola HBC

Prof. Marcus Schögel

Professor for Marketing & Customer Insight, University of St. Gallen

Alex Friedman

Co-Founder and CEO, Novata

Benjamina Bollag

Founder & CEO, Uncommon

Prof. Chong-En Bai

Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

Fabienne Kinzelmann-Opel

Editor & International Correspondent, Handelszeitung

Prof. Tomas Casas i Klett

Director, China Competence Center, University of St. Gallen

Prof. Oliver Gassmann

Professor of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen

Veronika Pountcheva

Board Member, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

Manas Chawla

CEO, London Politica

Rahul Sahgal

CEO, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce

Lindiwe Mazibuko

Co-founder & CEO at Futurelect

Yéah Samaké

Presidential Candidate of Mali 2024

Lendi Stephan

Executive Coach & Facilitator, Newbury Media & Communications

Prof. Karolin Frankenberger

Professor Strategic Management and Innovation & Director for Executive MBA, University of St. Gallen

Felipe Paullier Olivera

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs

Mvunelo Nolita

Program Manager

Fabian Buder

Head of Future & Trends Research

Prof. Claudia Brühwiler

Professor of American Political Thought and Culture, University of St. Gallen

Jan Wurzbacher

Co-Founder & CEO, Climeworks

Rachel Brooks

Head of Executive Education, Competence Center for Social Innovation, University of St. Gallen

Michael la Cour

CEO, Coop Trading A/S

Clara Richter

Founder, Women With Impact

Prof. Guido Cozzi

Professor of Macroeconomics, University of St. Gallen

Fabian Takacs

Postdoc Researcher for Circular Economy, University of St. Gallen

Deborah Walt

Head Organizing Committee, St. Gallen Symposium

Sophia Gampp

Head Organizing Committee, St. Gallen Symposium

Alisha Thüler

Head Organizing Committee, St. Gallen Symposium

Mauro Mathys

Responsible for Leaders of Tomorrow

Nikita Schönenberger

Responsible for Leaders of Tomorrow

Luca Oberholzer

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