Leaders of Tomorrow

200 young minds who challenge the status quo.

Leaders of Tomorrow are the heart and soul of the St. Gallen Symposium. They represent the most promising young talents from the new breed of entrepreneurs to outstanding academics, professionals, politicians and other smart talent under the age of 30. Their involvement at the symposium is to bring the young generation's perspective to the debates that engage our Leaders of Today.

They are carefully selected in part via a global essay competition and in part based on academic or professional merit. Thanks to the financial support by our Circle of Benefactors, we can enable anyone who qualifies to participate as a Leader of Tomorrow, regardless of economic background.

The world’s most prestigious essay competition.

We invite all students studying on graduate level or higher to contribute to the world’s most prestigious essay competition, endowed with CHF 20,000 prize money and the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. Since its inception in 1989, tens of thousands of young academics have competed for this award from more than 1,200 universities in over 100 countries worldwide. Learn how to participate.

The authors of the 100 best contributions, as judged by an independent jury, qualify as Leaders of Tomorrow for an expenses-covered participation in the St. Gallen Symposium. To win the award, the top six ranked will have to compete against each other on the symposium’s big stage and convince the jury of their ideas.

100 brilliant young achievers. Hand-picked.

In addition to the 100 essay competition qualifiers, we choose 100 further young talents from academia and business, based on extraordinary achievements at their young age, to participate in the St. Gallen Symposium. They constitute our Knowledge Pool, a group of brilliant young minds who show an outstanding track record that is affiliated to the annual topic. We find them through referrals from within our global network and with the support of our Advisory Board.

Empowering a generation.

We care about the empowerment of young talents all year round and organise gatherings worldwide to make people, companies and other organisations aware of the importance of involving young talent in current debates. 

We also harness opinions, worries and thoughts of the global Leaders of Tomorrow community with two powerful initiatives: Our Global Perspectives Barometer and the annual review of the top contributions to our essay competition.

> read the barometer and essay review

Top 40 Knowledge Pool

Check out a selection of the diverse Knowledge Pool candidates of the 47th St. Gallen Symposium.

> Top 40 Knowledge Pool candidates 2017

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