50th St. Gallen Symposium "Freedom Revisited": 7–8 May 2020


49th St. Gallen Symposium – press coverage

The 49th St. Gallen Symposium on "Capital for Purpose" took place from 8–10 May 2019 with a wide range of discussion formats. The insightful and inspiring debates promoted the internegerational dialogue and inspired our participants to commit themselves to purposeful decision–making.

A selection of the press coverage can be found here.

EcoOst St. Gallen Symposium

On 27 May, we will host the EcoOst St. Gallen Symposium for the first time together with the IHK St. Gallen - Appenzell, the IHK Thurgau and the University of St. Gallen. Our aim is to use the most important results of this year's St. Gallen Symposium and transfer them to the local economy. Take part in our public discussion on the topic: "How do companies succeed in overcoming short-term profit thinking?

Find more information and the registration link here. The event will be in German.


A Selection of Speakers of the 49. St. Gallen Symposium

Prof. Linda Hill

Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Prof. Niall Ferguson

Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford and the Center for European Studies, Harvard

Karin Keller-Sutter

Federal Councillor of the Swiss Confederation

Philipp Seidl (DE)

Tillman Hofrichter (DE)

Melissa Engelhardt (DE/MX)

For PhDs & PostDocs: Academic Jury

Are you a doctoral candidate or post-doc from the University of St.Gallen, ETH or University of Zurich? Then join us as a member of the Academic Jury and participate in the symposium.

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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