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


Leaders of Tomorrow

200 inspiring young minds.

Leaders of Tomorrow are a carefully selected, global community of the most promising young talents. Each year, 200 academics, politicians, entrepreneurs and professionals around 30 years or younger are invited to challenge, debate, and inspire at our conference. By questioning the status quo and representing the voices of the next generation, the Leaders of Tomorrow are at the very heart of the St. Gallen Symposium, making our conference a unique experience.

Leaders of Tomorrow qualify either through our global essay competition aimed at graduate students, or they attend based on their professional or academic merit through a strict hand-selection process. After the symposium, they join our Leaders of Tomorrow Alumni Community counting over 2000 members worldwide.

100 outstanding essays.

The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is the world’s most prestigious essay competition aimed at graduate students. It requires bright ideas, excellent writing skills, and a critical mind to impress the jury. The top 100 contributors are selected by an independent jury to attend our symposium, while the finalists have to take to the symposium’s big stage to defend their ideas in front of the jury and the Leaders of Today. The six finalists will have defend their ideas on the symposium’s big stage in front of the jury and the Leaders of Today. Finally, the three winners will receive CHF 20’000 in prize money and benefit from high exposure.

100 hand-selected talents.

We invite 100 emerging talents from business, politics, and academia based on extraordinary achievements and impact. These young professionals are hand-picked in a careful and rigorous selection process. We are supported by referrals from our Advisory Board as well as our global network.


We firmly believe in the power of the young generation. Through the generous support of the Circle of Benefactors and Patrons, we can ensure that all candidates qualifying as Leader of Tomorrow are able to attend the St. Gallen Symposium, regardless of their economic background.

Truly global

200 Leaders of Tomorrow from 56 countries attended the #47sgs in May 2017.

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St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

Find out more about the symposium's global student competition.

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