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

The Rise of Cities in the 21st Century

By Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge, a member of the Leaders of Tomorrow community

The 21st century is seeing an incredible power shift and power dynamic with the rise of cities as socioeconomic and political actors on national and world stages. Around the world, municipal orders of government are typically the smallest order of government, often depending on another order of government for revenue or growth.

Beyond Influence: Rethinking Elites in the Brave New World

By Katharina Schramm, Graduate Student in Accounting & Finance, University of St. Gallen

Proudly Small: The Frugal City

By Clément Pairot, member of the Leaders of Tomorrow community

Forget the smart cities full of technologies and monitoring: let's live in frugal cities.

The Next Big Thing Is a Series of Small Things

By Laya Maheshwari, graduate student in social policy and planning, London School of Economics and Political Science