10 Break-Out Sessions

  • Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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A Demographic Revolution: Young India Takes Charge (with All India Management Association)
Speaker
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)
Speaker
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
Speaker
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
Speaker
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
Speaker
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)
Speaker
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
Speaker
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
Speaker
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
Speaker
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
Speaker
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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Speakers & Impact

“We make some kind of impact on the planet every single day, and we can choose what sort of impact we make.”

Jane Goodall
PhD, DBE, ethologist and conversationist, at the St. Gallen Symposium

“The climate does not have a crisis, but humanity has a crisis.”

Luisa Neubauer
climate activist and author, at the St. Gallen Symposium

“A company should succeed only when it helps the world around it succeed.”

Satya Nadella
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, at the St. Gallen Symposium

“To be able to give a chance to mother nature to regenerate itself, we have to raise our level of ambition, starting with each one of us.”

Mamphela Ramphele
Co-President of the Club of Rome, at the St. Gallen Symposium

“[Leadership with the next generation in mind] means the ability to move with the times, to understand the aspirations of younger people, to adjust your thinking, vision, policy choices and decision-making to meet those aspirations.”

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of External Affairs of India, at the St. Gallen Symposium

“Governments have a difficult and delicate balance to strike between interdependence and independence.”

Karin Keller-Sutter
Federal Councillor of Switzerland, at the St. Gallen Symposium

“[In the wake of Covid-19], we have seen a dramatic acceleration and accentuation of injustices in the world, and it is of critical importance to deal with those fragmentations.”

Peter Maurer
President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, at the St. Gallen Symposium

“You have proven from St. Gallen, from this university, that greatness has nothing to do with bigness.”

Kofi Annan
former Secretary General of the United Nations, at the St. Gallen Symposium

51st St. Gallen Symposium

Selection of upcoming Speakers

  Ignazio Cassis

Ignazio Cassis

President of the Swiss Confederation,
Federal Council of Switzerland

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa

Journalist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – 2021

 Friedrich Merz

Friedrich Merz

Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Germany

 Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Ramphele

Co-President, Club of Rome

Ben van Beurden

Ben van Beurden

Chief Executive Officer,
Shell plc

 Grace Fu

Grace Fu

Minister of Sustainability and the Environment of Singapore

  José Manuel Barroso

José Manuel Barroso

Board Chair, Gavi Vaccine Alliance

Karoline Edtstadler

Karoline Edtstadler

Federal Minister for the EU and the Constitution of Austria

 Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Author and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

4th President of the Republic of Croatia

BenediktFranke

Benedikt
Franke

Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Munich Security Conference

Claudia Plakolm

Claudia Plakolm

State Secretary for Youth, Austria

Felipe Rigoni

Felipe Rigoni

Federal Deputy,
Brazilian Chamber of Deputies

PhumzileMlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile
Mlambo-Ngcuka

Former Executive Director,
UN Women


Yelyzaveta Yasko

Yelyzaveta Yasko

Member of Parliament,
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Josef Aschbacher

Josef Aschbacher

Director General,
European Space Agency

Katalin Cseh

Katalin Cseh

Member of the European Parliament

Christophe Deloire

Christophe Deloire

Secretary-General and Executive Director, Reporters Without Borders

Gwen Ngwenya

Gwen Ngwenya

Head of Policy,
Democratic Alliance of South Africa

Luz María de la Mora

Luz María de la Mora

Vice Minister of Foreign Trade,
United Mexican States

Prof. Maja Göpel

Prof. Maja Göpel

Political Economist and Author

Vanessa Nakate

Vanessa Nakate

Climate Activist

Prof. Markus Gabriel

Prof. Markus Gabriel

Philosopher and Author,
University of Bonn

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Non-Resident Fellow,
Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)

Petra Laux

Petra Laux

Global Head Business Sustainability Crop Protection, Syngenta

Dorothea von Boxberg

Dorothea von Boxberg

Chief Executive Officer,
Lufthansa Cargo

 Ritesh Agarwal

Ritesh Agarwal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
OYO

Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller

Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller

President, University of St.Gallen

Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Co-Conference Chair, St. Gallen Symposium
Rio Tinto plc

Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

Co-Conference Chair,
St. Gallen Symposium

Former Vice-Chairman,
Goldman Sachs International

Peter Voser

Peter Voser

Chairman of the Board of Directors, ABB Ltd.

Raynald Aeschlimann

Raynald Aeschlimann

President and Chief Executive Officer, Omega, Switzerland

Franklin Chang-Díaz

Franklin Chang-Díaz

Former Astronaut and Founder & CEO,
Ad Astra Rocket Company

Petra von Strombeck

Petra von Strombeck

Chief Executive Officer,
New Work SE

Karl Gernandt

Karl Gernandt

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Kuehne+Nagel Group

Martina Bonnier

Martina Bonnier

Editor-In-Chief,
Vogue Scandinavia

Raoul Roßmann

Raoul Roßmann

Managing Director,
Dirk Rossmann GmbH

Julian Teicke

Julian Teicke

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, wefox Group

Jeremy Thompson

Jeremy Thompson

Executive Vice President Europe, Huawei Technologies

Nat Ware

Nat Ware

Founder & CEO Forte Global,
180 Degrees Consulting

Alexia Hilbertidou

Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
GirlBoss New Zealand

Veit Dengler

Veit Dengler

Visiting Fellow,
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford

Kai Diekmann

Kai Diekmann

Journalist & Author


Bogolo Kenewendo

Bogolo Kenewendo

Global Economist, Former Minister of Trade & Industry, Botswana

Ali Aslan

Ali Aslan

International TV Presenter and Journalist

Alyssa Goessler

Alyssa Goessler

Research Intern, Aerospace Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Prof. Amanda Shantz

Prof. Amanda Shantz

MBA Director, Professor of Management,
University of St.Gallen

Andrea Stürmer

Andrea Stürmer

Chief Executive Officer,
Zurich Austria

Andreas Brandstetter

Andreas Brandstetter

President, Insurance Europe

Andreas Neus

Andreas Neus

Managing Director and Vice President,
Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions

Prof. Andreas Herrmann

Prof. Andreas Herrmann

Co-Director, Institute for Mobility, University of St.Gallen

Arrey Bate

Arrey Bate

Founder and Journalist,
ARREYB Media

Arthur Vayloyan

Arthur Vayloyan

Strategic Advisor & Member of the Board,
Bitcoin Suisse AG

Astrid Frohloff

Astrid Frohloff

Author

Prof. Christoph Frei

Prof. Christoph Frei

Associate Professor of Political Science,
University of St. Gallen

Brian Bosire

Brian Bosire

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, HydroIQ

Carmen Jenny

Carmen Jenny

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CLOTHESfriends

Christoph Keese

Christoph Keese

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer,
Axel Springer hy GmbH

Christopher Jarvis

Christopher Jarvis

Executive Director,
RWInstitute

Curdin Duschletta

Curdin Duschletta

Head Community Impact Switzerland & Foundations,
UBS

David Gugelmann

David Gugelmann

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Exeon Analytics

Prof. Elgar Fleisch

Prof. Elgar Fleisch

Professor, Chair for Operations Management, and Director,
University of St. Gallen, Institute for Technology Management (ITEM)

Prof. Pater Karl Wallner

Prof. Pater Karl Wallner

National Director, Pontifical Mission Societies

Florian Brokamp

Florian Brokamp

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Thinksurance

Gerry Hofstetter

Gerry Hofstetter

Light Artist & Film Producer

Gina Loften

Gina Loften

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft US

Prof. Guido Cozzi

Prof. Guido Cozzi

Director, Institute of Economics, University of St. Gallen

Prof. Heike Bruch

Prof. Heike Bruch

Director, Institute for Leadership and Human Resources Management,
University of St.Gallen

Javiera Estrada

Javiera Estrada

Artist

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes

Chair of the Board, Adecco Group

Joanna Krawczyk

Joanna Krawczyk

Chairwoman, Leading European Newspaper Alliance

Johannes Reponen

Johannes Reponen

Director of Post-Graduate Programmes; Academic Affairs; Research & Knowledge Exchange,
Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design

Prof. Judith Walls

Prof. Judith Walls

Professor, Chair for Sustainability Management, and Co-Director, University of St. Gallen, Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ)

Prof. Julia Binder

Prof. Julia Binder

Professor of Sustainable Innovation and Business Transformation, IMD Buisness School

Kerstin Knapp

Kerstin Knapp

Executive Vice President, People & Culture,
Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Prof. Klaus Wellershoff

Prof. Klaus Wellershoff

Chief Executive Officer, President of the Board of Directors,
Wellershoff & Partners Ltd.

Leslie Maasdorp

Leslie Maasdorp

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, New Development Bank

Li Xin

Li Xin

Managing Director, Caixin and Vice President, Caixin Media, China

Lisa-Marie Fassl

Lisa-Marie Fassl

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Female Founders, Austria

Makram Azar

Makram Azar

Chief Executive Officer at Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp.,
Full Circle Capital

Malgorzata Bonikowska

Malgorzata Bonikowska

President, Centre for International Relations, THINKTANK Magazine

Prof. Mariana Valente

Prof. Mariana Valente

Assistant Professor of Law and Economics, University of St. Gallen

Martina Fuchs

Martina Fuchs

Business Correspondent, Xinhua

Mathias Müller von Blumencron

Mathias Müller von Blumencron

Journalist, Member of the Board, Tamedia,Advisory Board Member M100 Sanssouci Colloquium

Nikolaus Lang

Nikolaus Lang

Global Leader—The Global Advantage practice & Founder and Director – Center for Mobility Innovation,
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Nuseir Yassin

Nuseir Yassin

Chief Executive Officer at Nas Academy, Harvard College

Prof. Oliver Gassmann

Prof. Oliver Gassmann

Director, Institute of Technology Management, University of St.Gallen

Patrick Zhong

Patrick Zhong

Founding Managing Partner,
M31 Capital

Paul Radu

Paul Radu

Investigative Journalist, co-founder, OCCRP

Pranjal Sharma

Pranjal Sharma

Economic Analyst, Advisor and Author, Business Standard

Rachele Focardi

Rachele Focardi

Author, Founder, XYZ@Work

Riz Khan

Riz Khan

International Journalist, Television Host, Author

Rebecca Robins

Rebecca Robins

Global Chief Learning and Culture Officer, Interbrand

Renat Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, south pole

Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen

Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen

Professor of Management of Renewable Energies,
University of St. Gallen

Shuo Chen

Shuo Chen

General Partner, IOVC

Prof. Simon Evenett

Prof. Simon Evenett

Director, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research, University of St. Gallen

Stephan Lendi

Stephan Lendi

Speaker and Moderator

Prof. Susan Goldsworthy

Prof. Susan Goldsworthy

Affiliate Professor of Leadership, Communications and Organizational Change, IMD Business School

Talimka Yordanova

Talimka Yordanova

Chief Executive Officer,
Global Citizen Forum

Prof. Tomas Casas i Klett

Prof. Tomas Casas i Klett

Professor, Director, China Competence Center, University of St.Gallen

Tycho Onnasch

Tycho Onnasch

Managing Director,
Trust Machines

Fostering the Dialogue between generations

The impact our speakers have:

Sending a Strong Message

With intergenerational frictions rising around the world, our debates signal the importance of cross-generational collaboration and leadership with the next generation in mind.

Inspiring Future Leaders

The symposium allows for intimate exchanges between current decision-makers some of the world’s most brilliant young talents, inspiring them to mutually take responsibility.

Advancing the Global Debate

The St. Gallen Symposium promotes cross-generational dialogue on the most pressing issues of our time. Our annual theme inspires our cross-generational community of leaders of today and tomorrow to reflect and act upon key questions in five thematic areas, related to business, governance, sustainability, technology, and the social and generational contract.

history

Past Speakers

 Aiko Doden
Aiko Doden

Senior Commentator
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

 Aisha Addo
Aisha Addo

Founder/Mentor
Power to Girls Foundation

Alain Dehaze
Alain Dehaze

Chief Executive Officer
The Adecco Group

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde

Winner FIS Alpine Overall World Cup Title in 2019/20

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