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


Faculty 2018

We choose stellar line-ups. Since 1969.

For more than four decades, we have nurtured a community of Speakers and Topic Leaders from five continents featuring the world’s most influential figures from business, politics and society. Josef Ackermann, Christine Lagarde, Kumi Naidoo, George Papandreou or Jean-Claude Trichet are just a few of the names that have joined us in the past. Our Faculty is chosen with close consideration of the annual topic and their potential role in the St. Gallen Symposium as a whole. Their contributions imbue the symposium with context and meaningful content and they intellectually foster the debates in St. Gallen.

We create intimate settings for intense debates.

International Speakers and Topic Leaders will exchange ideas, knowledge, and experiences with participants in various meeting formats. Following extended plenary sessions with the audience, the participants will explore the ideas that come out of the Plenary Sessions in-depth in smaller Work Sessions, under the guidance of the relevant speaker and an assigned Topic Leader. Instead of just addressing an audience, our Faculty has the unique experience of engaging Leaders of Today and Tomorrow in our debates.

48th St. Gallen Symposium


 Faculty at the 48th St. Gallen Symposium


Speaker Role Affiliation
Yassmin Abdel-Magied Founder & Chief Executive Officer Mumtaza
Dirk Ahlborn Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
Grant Allen Managing Director & Head of Ventures ABB Technology Ventures (ATV)
Prof. Ronald C. Arkin Regents’ Professor & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology
Prof. Omid Aschari Managing Director, Master in Strategy and International Management University of St. Gallen
Dominic Barton Global Managing Partner McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Cathy Benko Vice Chairman & Managing Principal Deloitte LLP
Marc P. Bernegger Board Member Crypto Finance AG
Bob Bland Co-President & Co-Founder Women’s March
Alexander Stephan Böhm Associate Professor, School of Management University of St. Gallen
Volkhard Bregulla Vice President Global Industries Manufacturing and Distribution Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Tyler Brûlé Founder, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Monocle
Fabian Buder Project Manager Future and University Programme GfK Verein
Prof. Stephan Chambers Director, The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship London School of Economics (LSE)
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson Co-Chair Institute for Canadian Citizenship & 26th Governor General of Canada
Peter Day International Journalist  
Alain Dehaze Chief Executive Officer The Adecco Group
Rajeeb Dey Founder & Chief Executive Officer Learnerbly
Aiko Doden Senior Commentator NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Katrin Eggenberger Chief of Staff & Head of Community of Chairmen World Economic Forum
Marcela Escobari Senior Advisor at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth & Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution
Heather Evans Senior Advisor in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Technology Government of Ontario
Peter Fischer Economics-Editor-in-Chief Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Prof. Elgar Fleisch Director, Institute of Technology Management University of St. Gallen
Matt Flynn Director The Centre for Research into the Older Workforce
Steve Forbes Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Forbes Media
Prof. Christoph Frei Associate Professor, School of Economics and Political Science University of St. Gallen
Nigel Fretwell Chief Human Resources Officer Swiss Re
Sigmar Gabriel Member of the German Parliament & Vice Chancellor of Germany 2013–2018  
GAOWA Wulin Director, Design Center Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd
Dileep George Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Vicarious, Inc.
Jason George   J.M. George, Inc.
Urs Gredig Editor-in-Chief CNN Money Switzerland
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach Goldman Sachs International
Akash Gupta Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer GreyOrange
Nils Hagander Founder, Client Service Partner & Member of the Board of Directors a-connect
Sigvald Harryson Founder & Chief Executive Officer iKNOW-WHO AB
Prof. HE Fan Professor of Economics Peking University HSBC Business School
Erwin Hettich Manager Venturing and Ecosystems Helvetia AG
Andrew Hill Management Editor & Columnist The Financial Times
Prof. Caspar Hirschi Professor of History University of St. Gallen
Rolf Hoefer Partner Rhetorical Crypto Capital
HO Kwon Ping Founder & Executive Chairman Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
Thebe Ikalafeng Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer Brand Leadership
Marianne Janik General Manager Microsoft Switzerland
Philip J. Jennings General Secretary UNI Global Union
Bogolo Kenewendo Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Republic of Botswana
Riz Khan International Journalist  
Ayesha Khanna Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer ADDO AI Pte Ltd
Sung-Joo Kim Chairperson & Chief Visionary Officer MCM Holding AG
Hiroaki Kitano President & Chief Executive Officer Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
Elena Kvochko Cybersecurity Expert & Technology Executive  
Doris Leuthard Federal Councillor of the Swiss Confederation
Gabriel Lim Permanent Secretary Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore
Violet Lo Founder & Director Inclusive Business Lab & Inclusive Business Foundation
Adrian Locher Founder Merantix GmbH
Myriam Locher Partner Blackboat Internet GmbH
Leslie Maasdorp Vice President & Chief Financial Officer New Development Bank
George Magnus Associate University of Oxford China Centre
Ritesh Malik Founder & Managing Director Innov8
Philippa Malmgren Founder DRPM Group
Prof. Jean-Francois Manzoni President and Nestlé Chaired Professor IMD – International Institute for Management Development
Masatoshi Matsuzaki Chairman of the Board of Directors Konica Minolta, Inc.
Denis McDonough Visiting Senior Fellow Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Alexander C. Melchers General Manager & Director C. Melchers GmbH & Co. Singapore Branch
Thomas D. Meyer Country Managing Director Accenture Switzerland
Michael Møller Director-General Geneva Office United Nations
Mona Mourshed President & Chief Executive Officer Generation
Andreas Neus Deputy Managing Director GfK Verein
Mohandas Pai Chairman Manipal Global Education Services Pvt Ltd
Pranav Pai Founding Partner 3one4 Capital
Jacqueline Poh Chief Executive Officer Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)
Wilfried Porth Member of the Board of Management, Human Resources & Director of Labor Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans Daimler AG
Prof. Jesse Ramirez Assistant Professor for American Studies University of St. Gallen
Monika Ribar Chairwoman of the Board of Directors SBB
Mark Riedl Associate Professor Georgia Institute of Technology
Jeremy Rifkin President Foundation on Economic Trends
Alexandre Robicquet Research Assistant Stanford University
Marek Rosa Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technology Officer GoodAI
Prof. Winfried Ruigrok Dean, Executive School of Management, Technology & Law University of St. Gallen
Susanne Ruoff Chief Executive Officer Swiss Post
Ruchika Sachdeva Managing Director of Data Science Practice and Applied Intelligence Accenture
Stephen Sackur Presenter HARDtalk BBC News
Viswa Sadasivan Chief Executive Officer Strategic Moves
Nina dos Santos Europe Editor CNN International
John Ralston Saul President Emeritus PEN International
Wolf-Henning Scheider Chief Executive Officer ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Pranjal Sharma Consulting Editor BW Businessworld
Charlotte Slingsby Founder & Chief Executive Officer Moya Power
Se-kyeong Song Chief Executive Officer FutureRobot
Prof. Guy Standing Professorial Research Associate University of London
Roberto Suárez Santos Secretary-General International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Claudia Süssmuth Dyckerhoff Member of the Board F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG & Clariant AG
Prof. Siri Terjesen American University, Washington, DC
Valentin Vogt President Swiss Employers Confederation
Marcus Wallenberg Chairman of the Board of Directors SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken) AB
Prof. Klaus W. Wellershoff Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board & Partner Wellershoff & Partners Ltd.
Felix Wenger Senior Partner & Managing Partner Switzerland McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Lawrence Wong Minister for National Development and Second Minister of Finance of Singapore  
Nasir Zubairi Chief Executive Officer The LHoFT Foundation

Within three days, our programme offers a vast selection of content and debates.

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