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


Aspiring Leaders

An emerging generation of leaders.

Meet the generation in-between the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow enhancing our intergenerational dialogue: the internationally most aspiring entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and politicians between the age of 30 and 45. Not only are they impressively successful at their current point of career, but they have the potential to become the world’s most influential leaders and decision makers in the coming years. They are the high potentials in their respective fields or industries, showing impressive track records, exceptional leadership skills, and a hunger to embrace the world with their skills in the years to come.

A bridge between three generations. Precisely chosen.

The Aspiring Leaders build bridges between the Leader of Today and Tomorrow by actively engaging with the symposium community across disciplines and cultures, and by sharing their relevant perspectives to our global initiative. They qualify through recommendations made by the symposium’s partners or through careful selection by the symposium organisers.

Aspiring Leaders who inspire.

Here a selection of three candidates who will shape the debate at the upcoming symposium as speakers. 

Ayesha Khanna

Dr Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. She is a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company, and SmartDubai, which is transforming the city's governance and service delivery. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. 

Elena Kvochko

Elena Kvochko is Chief Information Officer of the Group Security function at Barclays. She is an internationally renowned Cyber Security expert and was awarded various times as one of the leading female CIOs. Before joining The World Bank, World Economic Forum, and Barclays, she attended our symposium in 2009 as one of the student winners. At that time, she was studying at University of Massachusetts Amherst, her qualifying essay was on geopolitics of natural gas and its implicatons for governments and businesses in Europe. Since then, she has been a member of our global young generation community.

Marek Rosa

Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for their best-seller Space Engineers (2.5mil+ copies sold). Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. He started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence.