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 [email protected] 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

“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

52ND St. Gallen Symposium

Selection of upcoming Speakers

Guy Parmelin

Guy
Parmelin

Member of the Swiss
Federal Council

Shamma Al Mazuri

Shamma
Al Mazuri

Minister of State for
Youth Affairs,
United Arab Emirates

Egils Levits

Egils
Levits

President of Latvia

 Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Ramphele

Co-President,
Club of Rome

AyoTometi

Ayọ
Tometi

Co-Founder,
Black Lives Matter

DesmondLee

Desmond
Lee

Minister for National Development &
Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration, Singapore

EstherWojcicki

Esther
Wojcicki

Vice Chair,
Creative Commons

Author & Journalist

NicolaiTangen

Nicolai
Tangen

Chief Executive Officer,
Norges Bank Investment Management

ThomasJordan

Thomas
Jordan

Chairman of the Governing Board,
Swiss National Bank

NellyAttar

Nelly
Attar

Athlete

Founder,
Move

Eckartv. Hirschhausen

Eckart
v. Hirschhausen

Physican, Science Journalist & Founder,
„Gesunde Erde – Gesunde Menschen“ (Healthy Planet – Healthy People)

DameInga Beale

Dame
Inga Beale

Chair,
Mediclinic

RicardaLang

Ricarda
Lang

Co-Leader,
Alliance 90/The Greens,
Germany

Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara

Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara

Executive Director & CEO,
Temasek Holdings

BinetaDiop

Madame
Bineta Diop

Founder & President,
Femmes Africa Solidarité

Global Board of Directors,
The Hunger Project

ErikFyrwald

Erik
Fyrwald

Chief Executive Officer,
Syngenta Group

RenéObermann

René
Obermann

Co-Head of Europe & Managing Director,
Warburg Pincus Deutschland GmbH

Chairman of the Board,
AIRBUS SE

JaninaKugel

Janina
Kugel

Senior Advisor,
Boston Consulting Group

Member of Multiple Boards of Directors,
(Kyndryl, Konecranes & Tui)

GeraldButts

Gerald
Butts

Vice-Chairman,
Eurasia Group

Mai'sVault

Mai’s
Vault

Social Media Influencer
& Entrepreneur

SophiaHowe

Sophia
Howe

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Prof. JeffreySachs

Prof. Jeffrey
Sachs

Director of the Center for Sustainable Development,
Columbia University

VaiteaCowan

Vaitea
Cowan

Co-Founder & Head of Communications,
Enapter

PeterMaurer

Peter
Maurer

Former President, International Committee of the Red Cross

AndréHoffmann

André
Hoffmann

Vice-Chairman,
F. Hoffmann-La Roche

MartinaFuchs

Martina
Fuchs

Business Correspondent, Xinhua

LeonhardBirnbaum

Leonhard
Birnbaum

Chief Executive Officer,
E.ON

ThomasBuberl

Thomas
Buberl

Chief Executive Officer,
AXA

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Executive Vice-President & Senior Adviser,
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Prof. Richard David Precht

Prof. Richard David Precht

Philosopher, Author & Moderator

Prof. MiriamMeckel

Prof. Miriam
Meckel

CEO & Co-Founder,
ada

YasuhitoHirota

Yasuhito
Hirota

President, CEO & COO, Representative Director, ASICS Corporation

Fabienne Kinzelmann-Opel

Fabienne Kinzelmann-Opel

Editor/International Correspondent, Handelszeitung

DanielGrieder

Daniel
Grieder

Chief Executive Officer,
Hugo Boss

CVijayakumar

C
Vijayakumar

CEO & Managing Director, HCLTech

Mark Martin Reeves

Martin
Reeves

Chairman,
BCG Henderson Institute

JohannesTeyssen

Johannes
Teyssen

Chairman of the Board of Directors,
ALPIQ

Andreas Brandstetter

Andreas Brandstetter

Chief Executive Officer, UNIQA Insurance Group

EricLi

Eric
Li

CEO & Founder,
Chengwei Capital

RussellNapier

Russell
Napier

Market Strategist & Historian

PatrickAwuah

Patrick
Awuah

Founder & President,
Ashesi University

KarlGernandt

Karl
Gernandt

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

FlorianBrokamp

Florian
Brokamp

CEO & Co-Founder, Thinksurance

KeithEnright

Keith
Enright

Chief Privacy Officer,
Google

Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller

Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller

President,
University of St.Gallen

Dominic Barton

Dominic
Barton

Co-Conference Chair,
St. Gallen Symposium

Chairman of the Board of Directors, 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.

MarcoAlverà

Marco
Alverà

Chief Executive Officer,
Tree Energy Solutions

KaiDiekmann

Kai
Diekmann

Founder,
Storymachine

Prof.Jean-François Manzoni

Prof.
Jean-François Manzoni

President,
IMD

Nestlé Chaired Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development

Prof. Klaus Wellershoff

Prof. Klaus Wellershoff

CEO and President of the Board,
Wellershoff & Partners

AndyYen

Andy
Yen

CEO & Founder,
Proton AG

PéterFankhauser

Péter
Fankhauser

CEO & Co-Founder,
ANYbotics

LinYue

Lin
Yue

Executive Director,
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

StephanLendi

Stephan
Lendi

Speaker & Moderator, Newbury Media & Communications GmbH

Prof. Tomas Casas i Klett

Prof. Tomas Casas i Klett

Director,
China Competence Center, University of St.Gallen

Tycho Onnasch

Tycho
Onnasch

Co-Founder,
Zest Protocol

General Manager,
Trust Machines

Prof. OliverGassmann

Prof. Oliver
Gassmann

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

AliMiraj

Ali
Miraj

Director Infrastructure Finance,
ING Commercial Banking UK

AndreasNeus

Andreas
Neus

Managing Director & Vice President,
Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions

JanGoetz

Jan
Goetz

CEO & Co-Founder,
IQM Quantum Computers

MichelleGibbons

Michelle
Gibbons

Director General,
AIM – European Brands Association

MartinHecker

Martin
Hecker

CEO & Founder,
AmaliTech gGmbH

 Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev*

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev*

Spiritual Leader, Author & Yoga Guru

 Vanessa Nakate*

Vanessa
Nakate*

Climate Activist

VeitDengler*

Veit
Dengler*

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

Jayathma Wickramanayake*

Jayathma Wickramanayake*

Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth,
United Nations

Maria Fernanda Garza*

Maria Fernanda Garza*

Chair,
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Anand Mahindra*

Anand Mahindra*

Chairman,
Mahindra Group

Sophia Kianni*

Sophia
Kianni*

Climate Activist

Executive Director,
Climate Cardinals

BrackenDarrell*

Bracken
Darrell*

President & CEO,
Logitech

Raynald Aeschlimann*

Raynald Aeschlimann*

President & CEO,
Omega S.A.

Helena Gualinga*

Helena Gualinga*

Climate Activist

Ali Aslan*

Ali
Aslan*

International TV Presenter and Journalist

Priya Ragu*

Priya
Ragu*

Singer & Songwriter

AxelThrelfall*

Axel
Threlfall*

Editor at Large,
Reuters

Pranjal Sharma*

Pranjal
Sharma*

Economic Analyst, Advisor and Author, India

Li Xin*

Li
Xin*

Managing Director, Caixin

Vice President, Caixin Media

Speakers with a * are tentatively confirmed

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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