49th St. Gallen Symposium "Capital for Purpose": 8–10 May 2019



Preview of our speakerlist

The programme of the 49th St. Gallen Symposium will be published in 2019.


Dominic Barton Global Managing Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company & Chairman of the St. Gallen Symposium
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International & Chairman of the St. Gallen Symposium
Prof. Omid Aschari Managing Director, Master in Strategy and International Management, University of St. Gallen
Ignazio Cassis Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
CHEN Luyu Journalist, Phoenix Television
Fabien Curto Millet Director of Economics, Google
Aiko Doden Senior Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Marcela Escobari Senior Advisor at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth & Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution
Prof. Simon Evenett Director, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research, University of St. Gallen
Prof. Vanina Farber elea Professor for Social Innovation, IMD Business School
Prof. Niall Ferguson Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the Center for European Studies, Harvard
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild Founder and Chief Executive, Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism
Jason George J.M. George, Inc.
Prof. em. Peter Gomez President, Center for Leadership and Values in Society, University of St. Gallen
Arancha González Executive Director, International Trade Center
Piyush Gupta Chief Executive Officer & Director, DBS Group
Mehdi Hasan Presenter UpFront, Al Jazeera English
Prof. Linda Hill Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Dirk Hoke Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Defence and Space
Prof. Thomas Jordan Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
Heng Swee Keat Minister of Finance of Singapore
Bogolo Kenewendo Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana
Iqbal Khan Chief Executive Officer, International Wealth Management, Credit Suisse
Sung-Joo Kim Chairperson & Chief Visionary Officer, MCM Holding AG
Max Kownatzki Senior Vice President Network & Partnership Management Hub Airlines, Lufthansa
H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein Chief Executive Officer, LGT Group
Ben Lundin Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Pacify
Prof. Jean-Francois Manzoni President and Nestlé Chaired Professor, IMD – International Institute for Management Development
Prof. Colin Mayer Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Christian Mumenthaler Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re
Rahul Panicker Chief Innovation Officer, Wadhwani AI
Jeremy Palmer Chief Executive Officer, QuantumBlack
Muriel Pénicaud Minister of Labour of France
Marie Ringler Global Leadership Group Member, Ashoka
Stephen Sackur Presenter HARDtalk, BBC News
Nina dos Santos Europe Editor, CNN International
Pranjal Shama Consulting Editor, Businessworld
Gunhild Stordalen Founder & executive chair, EAT
Mark Tercek President & Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy
Dasho Karma Ura President, The Center for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research
Marcus Wallenberg Chairman of the Board of Directors, SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken) AB
Prof. Klaus Wellershoff Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board and Partner, Wellershoff & Partner
Gita Wirjawan Founder, Ancora Foundation
Martin Wolf Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
Peter Wuffli Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization
Bettina Würth Chairwoman of the Advisory Board, Würth Group
Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Maria Theresa Zappia Chief Investment Officer, BlueOrchard Finance SA


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 Faculty of the 48th St. Gallen Symposium

 Faculty of the 47th St. Gallen Symposium

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Download last year’s programme

 Programme of the 48th St. Gallen Symposium

Main Session Formats

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions inspire the symposium's participants in the main auditorium and set the tone through keynotes, panels and One-on-One debate sessions. A constructive exchange of views is fostered through participation in the assembly, moderated by one of our very experienced Topic Leaders.

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.

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.