Max Schmidheiny Foundation

Promoting a free economic and social order.

The Max Schmidheiny Foundation at the University of St. Gallen is a close and valued partner of the St. Gallen Symposium. Founded by prominent Swiss industrialist Dr Max Schmidheiny in 1978 on the occasion of his 70th birthday, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation at the University of St. Gallen is committed to fostering a liberal economic and social order.

Between 1979 and 2003 the Max Schmidheiny Foundation awarded its internationally renowned annual Freedom Prize at the St. Gallen Symposium to individuals and institutions who have made a significant contribution to the preservation and development of personal freedom and responsibility. Winners included Kofi Annan, The Economist, Nicolas G. Hayek, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins sans frontières, N.R. Narayana Murthy, Jorma Ollila, Mary Robinson and Muhammad Yunus.

Since 2010, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation has supported the ISC with lectures at the St. Gallen Symposium held by personalities such as Daron AcemogluRobert CollymoreNiall FergusonTimothy Garton Ash,  Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Peter Sloterdijk.

The Max Schmidheiny Foundation is currently engaged in various projects with a common focus on Entrepreneurship and Risk. In particular, it organises regular forums to encourage a dialogue between the younger generation of decision-makers in business and politics, and also endows the faculty of Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen with the Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Risk.