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




Programme and speakerlist

as of 8 May 2019

Contribute-Debate-Create. From Plenary Sessions addressing a large audience to Interactive Sessions providing an intimate exchange of ideas, the 49th St. Gallen Symposium offers a wide range of discussion formats. Please note that this is not the final programme for the upcoming symposium; it will be updated continuously.

  Programme 49th St. Gallen Symposium (PDF)



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
Adrian Ackeret Chief Financial Officer, elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization
Prof. Omid Aschari Managing Director, Master in Strategy and International Management, University of St. Gallen
Freya Beamish Chief Asia Economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics
Fatima Bhutto Writer
Tracy Blackwell Chief Executive Officer, Pension Insurance Corporation
Prof. Thomas Bieger President, University of St. Gallen
Giulio Boccaletti Chief Strategy Officer, The Nature Conservancy
Thomas Brenzikofer Co-Founder DayOne, BaselArea.swiss
Prof. Tomas Casas i Klett Director of China Competence Center, University of St. Gallen
Prof. Stephan Chambers Director, The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, London School of Economics (LSE)
Raymond Chan Managing Director, 9F International Holdings
Simone Cipriani Founder & Head, Ethical Fashion Initiative
Audrey Choi Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer, Morgan Stanley
Hwang Sung Chol Secretary General, Cultural and Education Exchanges with Australia, New Zealand and Pacific countries
Fabien Curto Millet Director of Economics, Google
Vaitea Cowan Co-Founder, Enapter
Aiko Doden Senior Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Nina dos Santos Europe Editor, CNN International
Florian Egli Vice-President, foraus (Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy)
Prof. Patrick Emmenegger Full Professor of Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy, University of St. Gallen
Stephan Dyckerhoff President, Buurtzorg Neighbourhood Care Asia Ltd.
Marcela Escobari Senior Advisor, 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 – International Institute for Management Development
Prof. Niall Ferguson Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Peter Fischer Economics-Editor-in-Chief, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Freeman Shen Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WM Motor
Prof. Christoph Frei Associate Professor, School of Economics and Political science, University of St. Gallen
Martina Fuchs Anchor, CNNMoney Swtzerland
Jason George J.M. George, Inc.
Prof. em. Peter Gomez President, Center for Leadership and Values in Society, University of St. Gallen
Margo Gontar Journalist & Co-Founder of the StopFake project
Arancha González Executive Director, International Trade Center
Urs Gredig Editor-in-Chief, CNNMoney Switzerland
Piyush Gupta Chief Executive Officer & Director, DBS Group
Mehdi Hasan Presenter UpFront, Al Jazeera English
Mkhitar Hayrapetyan Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
Heng Swee Keat Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance of Singapore
Prof. Linda Hill Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Dirk Hoke Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Defence and Space
Masatoshi Honda Co-Founder, GRA&GREEN Inc
Jong Kwang Jin Director General, Ministry of External Economic Relations
Bobby Jones Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Peace First
Prof. Thomas Jordan Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
Lubomila Jordanova Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Plan A
Karin Keller-Sutter Federal Councillor of the Swiss Confederation
Bogolo Kenewendo Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana
Iqbal Khan Chief Executive Officer, International Wealth Management, Credit Suisse
Riz Khan International Journalist
Tom Kibasi Director, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Andreas Kirchschläger Chief Executive Officer, elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization
Christina Kirk Head of Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation, LEO Innovation Lab
Max Kownatzki Senior Vice President Network & Partnership Management Hub Airlines, Lufthansa Group
Lizan Kuster Presenter & Business Development Lead Kickstart Switzerland
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
Prof. Mariana Mazzucato Professor of Innovation and Public Value, UCL and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
Prof. Timo Meynhardt Professor, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Prof. Katherine Milligan Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, University of Geneva
Prof. em. Günter Müller Stewens Full Professor Emeritus of Management with special focus on Organization Theory, Institute of Management
Christian Mumenthaler Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re
Andreas Neus Managing Director, Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions
Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Jeremy Palmer Chief Executive Officer, QuantumBlack
Chelsea Phipps International Development and Global Health Policy Consultant, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Stephan Rietiker Digital health expert
Marie Ringler Global Leadership Group Member, Ashoka
Grégoire Roos Project Manager, Allianz SE
Anna Ryott Chair of Board, Summa Equity
Bastien Sachet Chief Executive Officer, Earthworm Foundation
Stephen Sackur Presenter HARDtalk, BBC News
Simona Scarpaleggia Chief Executive Officer, IKEA AG
Florian Schweitzer Partner & Chief Executive Officer, btov Partners AG
Prof. Ulrich Schmid Professor of East European Studies, University of St. Gallen
Goeffrey See Chairman Choson Exchange
Pranjal Sharma Consulting Editor, Businessworld
Gralf Sieghold Managing Director, General Oriental Pte. Ltd
Andri Silberschmidt President of the Youth Party of the FDP, Switzerland, and Member of Parliament of the City of Zurich
Karsten Stampa Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Healthbank
Prof. Peter Vogel Professor of Familiy Business and Entrepreneurship, IMD – International Institute for Management Development
Kilian Wagner Chief Executive Officer,Vie Ventures AG
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
Martin Wolf Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
Peter Wuffli Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization
Julie Wynne Partner, FRORIEP Legal SA
Li Xin Vice President, Caixin Media
Arman Yeghoyan Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
Maria Teresa Zappia Chief Investment Officer, BlueOrchard Finance SA
Nora Zetsche Co-Founder, Veta Health


Download lists with former speakers

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Download last year’s programme

 Programme of the 48th St. Gallen Symposium


Programme 49th St. Gallen Symposium

Contribute-Debate-Create. From Plenary Sessions addressing a large audience to Interactive Sessions providing an intimate exchange of ideas, the 49th St. Gallen Symposium offers a wide range of discussion formats. Please note that this is not the final programme for the upcoming symposium; it will be updated continuously.

Public Insight Sessions 2019

Delve deeper with our Public Insight Sessions in the Audimax of the University of St. Gallen. With great speakers, participants can lean back, soak up the input and enjoy fresh insights into both current affairs and questions from ongoing debates in the fields of business and politics. Each Public Insight Session is open to the public, admission is free.

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.