We create debates.

The St. Gallen Symposium is a global gathering of Leaders of Today and Leaders of Tomorrow that takes place annually in May at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. It is organised by the International Students’ Committee (ISC), a team of students from the university. Our goal is to provide a setting for relevant debates between Leaders of Today and Tomorrow on topics of management, politics and civil society.

To this end, our student team builds and maintains lasting relationships with hundreds of leaders from around the globe. We do our best to choose the right people for the right topics, and bring them together in an environment that encourages debates, friction and a healthy exchange amongst our participants.

We provide leaders and young talents around the globe with fresh insights into the most relevant issues concerning our world in order to create meaningful change in the lives of key decision makers. We believe in and promote a liberal paradigm. Whether you are a business leaderstudent or reporter, we travel the world in search of the most relevant speakers and participants to create a symposium worth every minute attended.

We are financed completely privately. See our Circle of Benefactors and contact us if you are interested in joining with your company.

Students apply now!

Compete until 1 Feb '17 for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2017 to become a Leader of Tomorrow at the 47th St. Gallen Symposium ( 3 – 5 May 2017).

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We focus on what moves the world and choose an annual topic from the realms of management, politics and society. This year's topic will be "The dilemma of disruption".


Within three days, our programme offers a vast selection of content and debates. The programme of the upcoming St. Gallen Symposium will be published in spring 2017.

Event Services

Participants enjoy world-class services starting from student-driven limousine service running, gourmet cuisine dining and a modern communications infrastructure.


Dive in and have a look at our highlights from the last symposia. Since 1969, we've developed a track record of enabling debates across generations, cultures and disciplines.