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 Rossa

Maria Ressa

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

 Armen Sarkissian

Armen Sarkissian

President,
Republic of Armenia

  Bernhard Ehrenzeller

Bernhard Ehrenzeller

President,
University of St. Gallen

  Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Co-Conference Chair,
St. Gallen Symposium

Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

Co-Conferenece Chair,
St. Gallen Symposium, Former Vice-Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

 José Manuel Barroso

José Manuel Barroso

Board Chair,
Gavi Vaccine Alliance

   Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

4th President of the
Republic of Croatia

   Claudia Plakolm

Claudia Plakolm

Member of the National Council,
Austrian Parliament

   Hervé Berville

Hervé Berville

Member of the National Assembly of France

     Peter Voser

Peter Voser

Chairman of the Board of Directors, ABB Ltd

Raynald Aeschlimann

Raynald Aeschlimann

President and
Chief Executive Officer, Omega

 Julian Teicke

Julian Teicke

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, wefox

     Pranjal Sharma

Pranjal Sharma

Economic Analyst, Advisor and Author

    Vanessa Nakate

Vanessa Nakate

Climate Activist

    Nat Ware

Nat Ware

Founder & CEO Forte Global

  Nuseir Yassin

Nuseir Yassin

Chief Executive Officer,
Nas Academy

 Alexander Sixt

Alexander Sixt

Chief Executive Officer,
SIXT SE

 Ali Aslan

Ali Aslan

TV presenter,
talk show host,
event moderator,
speaker and journalist

 Amanda Shantz

Amanda Shantz

Director,
University of St. Gallen Executive School of Management,
Technology and Law

 Andrea Stürmer

Andrea Stürmer

Chief Executive Officer, Zürich Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft

 Andreas Brandstetter

Andreas Brandstetter

Chief Executive Officer UNIQA Insurance
Group AG

 Andreas Herrmann

Andreas Herrmann

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

 Astrid Frohloff

Astrid Frohloff

Author

 Benedikt Franke

Benedikt Franke

Chief Executive Officer, Munich Security Conference

 Bracken Darrell

Bracken Darrell

President and
Chief Executive Officer, Logitech

Christoph Keese

Christoph Keese

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, hy

Christopher Jarvis

Christopher Jarvis

Executive Director, RWInstitute

 Christopher Jarvis

Christopher Jarvis

Executive Director, RWInstitute

 Dirk Schütz

Dirk Schütz

Editor-in-chief BILANZ at Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz AG

 Dorothee Blessing

Dorothee Blessing

Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

 Fabien Curto Millet

Fabien Curto Millet

Director of Economics, Google

 Father Karl Wallner

Father Karl Wallner

Priest, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Austria

 Florian Brokamp

Florian Brokamp

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Thinksurance GmbH

 Gabor Steingart

Gabor Steingart

Journalist, Founder of Media Pioneer

 Heike Bruch

Heike Bruch

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

 Herrmann Simon

Herrmann Simon

Founder & Honorary Chairman,
Simon-Kucher & Partners

 Jane Jie Sun

Jane Jie Sun

Chief Executive Officer, Trip.com Group

 Jean-Christophe Deslarzes

Jean-Christophe Deslarzes

Chair of the Board, Adecco Group

 Joanna Krawczyk

Joanna Krawczyk

Chairwoman, Leading European Newspaper Alliance

Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo

Host and Founder,
The Sinica Podcast

Keith Enright

Keith Enright

Chief Privacy Officer, Google

Kerstin Knapp

Kerstin Knapp

Executive Vice President, People & Culture, Vestas Wind Systems

Klaus Wellershoff

Klaus Wellershoff

Chief Executive Officer, President of the Board of Directors of 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

Lisa-Marie Fassl

Lisa-Marie Fassl

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Female Founders

Maja Göpel

Maja Göpel

Political Economist and Author

Makram Azar

Makram Azar

Chief Executive Officer at Golden Falcon Acquisition Corp.

Małgorzata Bonikowska

Małgorzata Bonikowska

President, Centre for International Relations

Martina Fuchs

Martina Fuchs

Business Correspondent, Xinhua News Agency Company

Mathias Müller von Blumencron

Mathias Müller von Blumencron

Journalist, member of the board Tagesanzeiger

Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger

Author

 Oliver Gassmann

Oliver Gassmann

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

 Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna

Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap

 Patrick Zhong

Patrick Zhong

Founding Managing Partner, M31 Capital

 Paul Radu

Paul Radu

Investigative Journalist, co-founder OCCRP

 Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel

Markus Gabriel

Philosopher and author, The University of Bonn

 Rachele Focardi

Rachele Focardi

Author

 Raoul Roßmann

Raoul Roßmann

Managing Director,
Dirk Rossmann GmbH

 Rolf Wüstenhagen

Rolf Wüstenhagen

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

 Shuo Chen

Shuo Chen

General Partner, IOVC

 Tycho Onnasch

Tycho Onnasch

Co-Founder and COO, DeedMob, Netherlands

 Veit Dengler

Veit Dengler

Chief Operating Officer, Bauer Media Group

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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