Leaders of Today

We select the most relevant Leaders of Today.

Over the course of a year, over 600 Leaders of Today are visited and invited personally by the International Students’ Committee (ISC), a team of around 30 students from the University of St. Gallen. Leaders of Today are the largest participant group at the symposium, comprising top executives from over 600 institutions from around the world.

We invite you personally.

Our student team carefully selects the Leaders of Today for the upcoming symposium. While inviting new members to join the St. Gallen community, we spend months nurturing our long-standing relationships with leaders from around the world by visiting each one personally, inviting and introducing them to the annual topic, while also gauging contributions and benefits that a newly invited leader could have at the symposium. Leaders of Today are our financial backbone – the St. Gallen Symposium is independent from the University of St. Gallen and financed completely through the private sector.

We are exclusive to top-level executives.

Participation for Leaders of Today is limited to top-level executives from business, politics and society from institutions that meet certain criteria in terms of size, turnover and influence within their respective markets.

Participation is linked to a three-year membership in the Circle of Benefactors, an exclusive club of over 300 leading companies around the globe. We tailor our solutions and fees to the size and needs of your business.


Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Xavier Bettel, Dambisa Moyo, Tidjane Thiam and many more joined us in May 2016.

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