49th St. Gallen Symposium "Capital for Purpose": 8–10 May 2019


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Upcoming Speakers

Mark Tercek (US)

President & Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Bogolo Kenewendo (BW)

Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana

Ignazio Cassis (CH)

Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Interactive Sessions

Interactive Sessions take place parallel to our Insight Sessions; together they form two core elements of the symposium programme. Interactive Sessions focus on a central issue related to the overall symposium theme, with the aim of developing solutions. In a workshop setting, participants can contribute together - and across generations - toward innovative answers and concepts.

Insight Sessions

Smaller groups of around 30 participants engage in an intimate discussion, on equal footing and off the record. Insight Sessions are the most suitable format for a direct and unrestricted discussion between speakers and participants. Plenary speakers may wish to expand on their remarks in a smaller setting, or speakers provide exclusive expertise on a topic that deepens the overall symposium theme.


Meet this and previous year's winners and read their contributions.

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China's Economy in Transformation: A Momentum for Change

By Moritz Schnorpfeil and Rolf Bachmann, St. Gallen Symposium

Beijing stands still these days -- symbolically speaking. After declaring the "red alert" for the first time in history, schools suspended classes, industrial plants limited production and half of the cars have been banned from the streets. This is falling together with an economic slowdown, a rising demographic tension and very recently, a heavy tumbling of stock markets.

Don't Blame Growth

By John Soroushian, member of the St. Gallen Symposium's global Leaders of Tomorrow community

Growth has lifted humanity from the caves to the cities and given us civilization. Yet today it is scapegoated by its critics for causing many societal ills. Growth's critics rightfully sound the alarm on environmental and social problems. But their criticism of growth misses the real issues of poor policy and misguided public values.

Distributing Growth for the Benefit of All

By Johannes Berchtold

Wealth – A Decent Ambition

By Johannes Berchtold

Progress – for a New Wave of Growth

By Johannes Berchtold

In economically sluggish times, one wonders where the next wave of growth will come from - and what kind of growth it will be. It will most likely not come from traditional industries, as good management and automation might be trimming them down. Likewise, demographics and the anticipated rise of a middle class in developing economies do not seem to unlock much growth potential in the short term. Hence, we should not look for more of the same, but for what could be truly new.

Growth – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Johannes Berchtold

Small Electric Yerevan Spark -- A Big Challenge for the Armenian Government

By Hasmik Grigoryan, Analyst at the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation and member of the Leaders of Tomorrow community

The freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are fundamental rights in a democracy. These rights are also enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia.