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Programme of the 47th St. Gallen Symposium

 
Within three days, our programme offers a vast selection of content and debates. Please click on the graphic below to access the detailed programme.

 
08:00–08:15 "The dilemma of disruption" Three personal disruption stories.
08:15–08:25 Welcome Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach (GB), Goldman Sachs International
08:25–08:40 Welcome by the Federal Government Johann N. Schneider-Ammann (CH), Federal Councillor of the Swiss Confederation
08:40–09:30 Politics in a disrupted world Ong Ye Kung (SG), Minister for Education of Singapore
Anders Samuelsen (DK), Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Johann N. Schneider-Ammann (CH), Federal Councillor of the Swiss Confederation
Topic Leader: Mehdi Hasan (GB), Presenter Head to Head and UpFront, Al Jazeera English
09:30–10:00 Break  
10:00–10:40 Industrial sector – disrupt or get disrupted Beat Hess (CH), Statutory Chairman, LafargeHolcim Ltd.
Charles O. Holliday (US), Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Topic Leader: Nina dos Santos (GB), London Anchor, CNNMoney View, CNN International
10:40–11:30 Finance sector – disrupt or get disrupted Martin Blessing (DE), President Personal & Corporate Banking and President
   UBS Switzerland, UBS Group AG
Denis Duverne (FR), Chairman of the Board of Directors, AXA
John Flint (US), Group Managing Director & Chief Executive RBWM, HSBC Holdings plc
Topic Leader: Nina dos Santos (GB), London Anchor, CNNMoney View, CNN International
11:30–12:00 One-on-One Vít Jedlička (LL), President of the Free Republic of Liberland
Topic Leader: Stephen Sackur (GB), Presenter HARDtalk, BBC News

Lunch

 

13:30–14:45
 

Background Session:
Diverse equality – is a global standard possible?


Marcela Escobari (US), Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Roberta Francis (NZ), Co-Founder, The Lucy Foundation and Leader of Tomorrow
Kuniko Inoguchi (JP), Member, House of Councillors, National Diet of Japan
Topic Leader: Stephan Chambers (GB), Director, The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and
   Social Entrepreneurship, London School of Economics
 

13:30–14:45
 

Work Sessions, Block 1
 

 
 
13:30–14:45 Living in the era of disruption: reacting to the new Omar Abbosh (GB), Chief Strategy Officer, Accenture
Topic Leader: Prof. em. Günter Müller-Stewens (CH/DE),
   Professor Emeritus of Management,University of St. Gallen
13:30–14:45 Disruption in the pharmaceutical industry Hubertus von Baumbach (DE), Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors,
   Boehringer Ingelheim
Topic Leader:Peter Day (GB), Global Business Correspondant, BBC News
13:30–14:45 The role of content and data in the
digital world of today and tomorrow
Rob Bradley (GB), Vice President, Digital Commercial Strategy and Revenue, CNN
Topic Leader: Nina dos Santos (GB), London Anchor, CNNMoney View, CNN International
13:30–14:45 Using innovative technology to bring insurance to the underserved in emerging markets Denis Duverne (FR), Chairman of the Board of Directors, AXA
Topic Leader: Omkar Goswami (IN), Chairman, CERG Advisory Private Limited
13:30–14:45 The global financial system –
some inconvenient truths
John Flint (US), Group Managing Director & Chief Executive RBWM, HSBC Holdings plc
Topic Leader: Leslie Maasdorp (ZA), Chief Financial Officer, New Development Bank
13:30–14:45 Disruption in the age of AI Prof. Joshua S. Gans (AU), Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and
   Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management
Topic Leader: Scott D. Anthony (US), Managing Partner, Innosight
13:30–14:45 CRISPR gene editing: hacking the genome Rachel Haurwitz (US), President & Chief Executive Officer, Caribou Biosciences, Inc.
Topic Leader: Pranjal Sharma (IN), Consulting Editor, Business World
13:30–14:45 A sustainable focus on climate change
in the age of disruption
Charles O. Holliday (US), Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Topic Leader: Stephen Sackur (GB), Presenter HARDtalk, BBC News
13:30–14:45 Transforming higher education:
a start-up mindset
Ong Ye Kung (SG), Minister for Education of Singapore
Topic Leader: Prof. Uriel Reichman (IL), President & Founder, IDC Herzliya
13:30–14:45 100 days of President Trump:
disruption or healthy process?
Stephan Rietiker (CH/US), Chief Executive Officer, LifeWatch
Topic Leader: Arthur Honegger (CH), Journalist & Author
13:30–14:45 Becoming digital industrial William Ruh (US), Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, General Electric Company
Topic Leader: Prof. Elgar Fleisch (CH/AT), Director, Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen
13:30–14:45 How Swiss Post sees its role in the
smart cities of tomorrow
Susanne Ruoff (CH), Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Post
Topic Leader: Prof. Omid Aschari (CH), Managing Director, Master in Strategy and International Management, University of St. Gallen
13:30–14:45 Diplomacy in a disrupted world Anders Samuelsen (DK), Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Topic Leader: Annalisa Piras (IT), Co-founder and Director, The Wake Up Foundation
13:30–14:45 Is the life you’re living worth the price you’re paying to live it? Tony Schwartz (US), Ghostwriter of Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal and
   Chief Executive Officer, The Energy Project
Topic Leader: Deborah Henderson (CA), Founder/Managing Director,
   Centre for Inspired Leadership

14:45–15:15
 

Break
 

 
 

15:15–16:30
 

Work Sessions, Block 2
 

Please find the PDF of the list of speakers attending a Work Session here.
 
15:15–16:30 Evidence based social impact:
aligning income with impact
Andrew Bastawrous (GB), Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Peek Vision
and Tim Carter (GB), Co-Director & Chief Operating Officer, Peek Vision
Topic Leader: Peter Day (GB), Global Business Correspondent, BBC News
15:15–16:30 Disruption – leadership matters! Heike Bingmann (DE), EMG, Management & Organizational Development, ZF Group
Topic Leader: Deborah Henderson (CA), Founder/Managing Director,
   Centre for Inspired Leadership
15:15–16:30 Passive disruption David Blitzer (US), Managing Director & Chairman of the Index Committee,
   S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Global
Topic Leader: Prof. Simon Evenett GB), Director, Swiss Institute for International Economics,
   University of St. Gallen
15:15–16:30 Technology turns disruption into opportunities Roland Busch (DE), Chief Technology Officer & Member of the Managing Board,
   Siemens AG
Topic Leader: Prof. Christoph M. Schmidt (DE), Chairman,
   The German Council of Economic Experts
15:15–16:30 Disrupt yourself or get disrupted Francisco Fernandez (CH), Chief Executive Officer, Avaloq
Topic Leader:Stephen Sackur (GB), Presenter HARDtalk, BBC News
15:15–16:30 Disruption, fake news, and the future
of the media in democracies
Warren Fernandez (SG), Editor, The Straits Times
Topic Leader: Robyn Meredith (US), Executive Director, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.
15:15–16:30 What got us here may not get us there: why it’s true for food J. Erik Fyrwald (US), Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta
Topic Leader: Prof. Omid Aschari (CH), Managing Director, Master in Strategy and
   International Management, University of St. Gallen
15:15–16:30 Is Europe disintegrating? Timothy Garton Ash (GB), Historian, Author and Commentator
Topic Leader: Prof. Christoph Frei (CH), Associate Professor, School of Economics and
   Political Science, University of St. Gallen
15:15–16:30 Digital disruption – How can boards
and executives lead a successful
digital transformation of their organisation?
Anat Bar Gera (IL), Chairwoman, Cyverse AG
and Shira Kaplan (IL), Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cyverse AG
Topic Leader: Omkar Goswami (IN), Chairman, CERG Advisory Private Limited
15:15–16:30 Effective Leadership – A Few Casual Observations Beat Hess (CH), Statutory Chairman, LafargeHolcim Ltd.
Topic Leader: Andrew Hill (GB), Management Editor & Columnist, The Financial Times
15:15–16:30 Demographic disruption as a source
of social innovation
Kuniko Inoguchi (JP), Member, House of Councillors, National Diet of Japan
Topic Leader: Aiko Doden (JP), Senior Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
15:15–16:30 Liberland state model for 21st century Vít Jedlička (CZ), President of the Free Republic of Liberland
Topic Leader: Mehdi Hasan (GB), Presenter Head to Head and UpFront, Al Jazeera English
15:15–16:30 The future of human – AI interactions Michal Kosinski (PL), Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University
Topic Leader: Viswa Sadasivan (SG), Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Moves
15:15–16:30 True Artificial Intelligence will change everything Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber (DE), Scientific Director, Scientific Director, Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Professor of AI, USI & SUPSI, President, NNAISENSE
Topic Leader: Riz Khan (GB), International Journalist
15:15–16:30 Challenging how our Leaders of Tomorrow envision the future Kacem El Ghazzali (MA/CH), Co-Scientific Director, Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom
Ekaterina Kotenko (RU), Vice President of Business Development, Astro Digital
Robert Nemlander (FI), Founder, Entocube
Topic Leader: Dagogo Altraide (AU), Founder, ColdFusion Studios
 
They are members of the St. Gallen Symposium Leaders of Tomorrow Community.
 
17:00–18:00 Max Schmidheiny Lecture:
Free speech and the challenge of populism
Timothy Garton Ash (GB), Historian, Author and Commentator
Followed by a conversation
Topic Leader: Prof. Christoph Frei (CH), Associate Professor, School of Economics and Political Science, University of St. Gallen
18:00–19:30 St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award:
six disruptive ideas put to the test
The top six contributors to the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award pitch their ideas to an Expert Panel.
 
Stephan Chambers (GB), Director, The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy
   and Social Entrepreneurship, London School of Economics
Thebe Ikalafeng (ZA), Founder & Chairman, Brand Leadership Group Ltd
Robyn Meredith (US), Executive Director, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.
Topic Leader: Riz Khan (GB), International Journalist
 
The three winners will be selected by the Award Jury and announced on Friday,
5 May 2017.
19:30–19:45 Wrap-up Thursday Priscila Bala (BR), Conférencière of the 47th St. Gallen Symposium
 
from 20:00 Another World Food, Content & Entertainment on the campus of the University of St. Gallen.
 
21:15, Auditorium
Santiago Calatrava (CH/ES), Architect & Artist
Topic Leader: Nina dos Santos (GB), London Anchor, CNNMoney View, CNN International
 
The official evening programme will be followed by the Open House Night in the
city of St. Gallen.