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

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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

 

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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.

 
08:00–08:15 Introduction Three leaders from three generations present their visions on the topic "Beyond the end of work".
08:15–08:25 Welcome Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach (GB), Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
08:25–08:45 Welcome by the Federal Government Doris Leuthard (CH), Federal Councillor of Switzerland
08:45–09:15 Debate: Setting the scene Philip J. Jennings (GB), General Secretary, UNI Global Union
Roberto Suárez Santos (ES), Secretary-General, International Organization of Employers (IOE)
Topic Leader: Nina dos Santos (GB), London Anchor, CNNMoney View, CNN International
09:15–09:45 Break  
09:45–10:15 Herausforderungen für Europa im neuen internationalen Gefüge – Perspektiven für Arbeit, Innovation und wirtschaftlichen Erfolg Sigmar Gabriel (DE), Member of the German Parliament & Vice Chancellor of Germany 2013‑2018
 
This address will be held in German and simultaneously translated into English (Title: Challenges for Europe in the new international constellation – perspectives for work, innovation and economic prosperity).
10:15–11:15 Beyond the end of work Philippa Malmgren (IE/US), Founder, DRPM Group
Prof. Guy Standing (GB), Professorial Research Associate, University of London
Marcus Wallenberg (SE), Chairman of the Board of Directors, SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken) AB
Topic Leader: Marcela Escobari (US/BO), Senior Advisor, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth & Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution
11:15–12:00 One-on-One Dominic Barton (CA), Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Topic Leader: Stephen Sackur (GB), Presenter HARDtalk, BBC News

Lunch
Leaders of Tomorrow Corner: Discussion of the Global Perspectives Barometer 2018.

 
 
13:30–14:45
 
 
Work Sessions, Block 1
 
 
  A revolution in military affairs: A future of robots, warfighters, and the battlefield Prof. Ronald C. Arkin (US), Regents' Professor & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology
Topic Leader: Riz Khan (GB), International Journalist
  Active ageing through social partnership and industrial relations expertise Matt Flynn (GB), Director, The Centre for Research into the Older Workforce
Topic Leader: Prof. Stephan Böhm (DE/CH), Associate Professor, School of Management, University of St. Gallen
  Privacy in the era of big data Prof. HE Fan (CN), Professor of Economics, Peking University HSBC Business School
Topic Leader: Peter Fischer (CH), Economics-Editor-in-Chief, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
  Africa does not need jobs Thebe Ikalafeng (ZA), Founder & Chairman, Brand Leadership Group Ltd
Topic Leader: Ricardo Neiva Tavares (BR), Ambassador of Brazil to Austria
  Global unions: Future impact on business and human rights Philip J. Jennings (GB), General Secretary, UNI Global Union
Topic Leader: Prof. Jean-Francois Manzoni (CA/FR), President and Nestlé Chaired Professor, IMD – International Institute for Management Development
  Challenges of the nation state in the digital age Doris Leuthard (CH), Federal Councillor of Switzerland
Topic Leader: Prof. Christoph Frei (CH), Associate Professor, School of Economics and Political Science, University of St. Gallen
  How will ageing societies work? George Magnus (GB), Associate, University of Oxford China Centre
Topic Leader: Prof. Klaus W. Wellershoff (CH), Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board & Partner, Wellershoff & Partners Ltd.
  Cambridge analytica and the future of work Philippa Malmgren (IE/US), Founder, DRPM Group
Topic Leader: Leslie Maasdorp (ZA), Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, New Development Bank
  Skills for the 21st century digital economy Denis McDonough (US), Visiting Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Topic Leader: Viswa Sadasivan (SG), Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Moves
  Employment for all in the new world of work Mona Mourshed (EG/US), President & Chief Executive Officer, Generation
Topic Leader: Felix Wenger (CH), Senior Partner & Managing Partner Switzerland, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  New corporate life – getting ready for tomorrow’s employees Susanne Ruoff (CH), Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Post
Topic Leader: Sigvald Harryson (SE), Founder & Chief Executive Officer, iKNOW-WHO AB
  The precariat under rentier capitalism Prof. Guy Standing (GB), Professorial Research Associate, University of London
Topic Leader: Stephen Sackur (GB), Presenter HARDtalk, BBC News
  Future of business as a driver in the work of tomorrow Roberto Suárez Santos (ES), Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Topic Leader: Nina dos Santos (GB), London Anchor, CNNMoney View, CNN International
  Will we run out of work in Switzerland? Valentin Vogt (CH), President, Swiss Employers Confederation
Topic Leader: Urs Gredig (CH), Editor-in-Chief, CNN Money Switzerland
13:30–14:45 Background Session: IoT and its impact on society Volkhard Bregulla (DE), VP Global Industries Manufacturing and Distribution, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hiroaki Kitano (JP), President & Chief Executive Officer, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
Marianne Janik (CH), General Manager, Microsoft Switzerland
Topic Leader: Prof. Elgar Fleisch (AT/CH), Director, Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen
 
14:45–15:15
 
 
Break
 
 
 
15:15–16:30
 
 
Work Sessions, Block 2
 
 
  How crypto assets are changing the (working) world Marc P. Bernegger (CH), Board Member, Crypto Finance AG
Topic Leader: Rolf Hoefer, Partner, Rhetorical Crypto Capital
  The leaders we've been waiting for: applying Women's March principles in business Bob Bland (US), Co-President & Co-Founder, Women's March
Topic Leader: Yassmin Abdel-Magied (SD/AU), Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mumtaza
  “Out-teach” your competition: using learning as your competitive advantage Rajeeb Dey (GB), Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Learnerbly Limited
Topic Leader: Pranav Pai (IN), 3one4 Capital, India
  Utopia, dystopia or neither? How AI will change work and society Dileep George (US), Co-Founder, Vicarious, Inc.
Topic Leader: Riz Khan (GB), International Journalist
  The duality of technological change HO Kwon Ping (SG), Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
Topic Leader: Viswa Sadasivan (SG), Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Moves
  The future of work in an era of AI and automation Ayesha Khanna (PK), Chief Executive Officer, ADDO AI Pte Ltd
Topic Leader: Myriam Locher (CH/DE), Partner, Blackboat Internet GmbH
  Cybersecurity as an enabler of growth Elena Kvochko (US), Cybersecurity Expert & Technology Executive
Topic Leader: Katrin Eggenberger (LI), Chief of Staff & Head of Community of Chairmen, World Economic Forum
  The future of work in a future-ready Singapore Gabriel Lim (SG), Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore
Topic Leader: Prof. Jesse Ramirez (US), Assistant Professor for American Studies, University of St. Gallen
  Never too young to lead Violet Lo (GB/HK), Founder & Director, Inclusive Business Lab & Foundation
Topic Leader: Ritesh Malik (IN), Founder & Managing Director, Innov8
  Artificial Intelligence, the next core purpose technology? From human enhancement to market disruption Adrian Locher (CH), Founder, Merantix
Topic Leader: Erwin Hettich (DE), Manager Venturing & Ecosystems, Helvetia AG
  Embracing the end of work: Living in a smart nation Jacqueline Poh (SG), Chief Executive Officer, Government Technology Agency of Singapore
Topic Leader: Peter Day (GB), International Journalist
  AI creativity, entertainment, and work Mark Riedl (US), Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Topic Leader: Heather Evans (CA), Senior Advisor in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Technology, Government of Ontario
  Artificial intelligence: making a smooth transition to a radically restructured society Marek Rosa (CZ), Founder, Chief Executive Office & Chief Technology Officer, GoodAI
Topic Leader: Alexandre Robicquet (FR), Research Assistant, Stanford University
  A happier future? Creating permanent positive emotions thanks to smart robots Se-kyeong Song (KR), Chief Executive Officer, FutureRobot
Topic Leader: Akash Gupta (IN), Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, GreyOrange
15:15–16:30 Special Session: The St. Gallen Handbook for making brilliant ideas work Team Anniversary Project, St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award
Topic Leader: Prof. Siri Terjesen (US/NO), American University, Washington, DC, student participant in 1997 & Anniversary Project Leader
 
17:15–19:15 Anniversary Session:
30th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

The top five contributors to the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award pitch their ideas to an Expert Panel.
 
Prof. Stephan Chambers (GB), Director, The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, London School of Economics
Thebe Ikalafeng (ZA), Founder & Chairman, Brand Leadership Group Ltd
Elena Kvochko (US), Cybersecurity Expert & Technology Executive
 
Topic Leader: Jason George (US), J.M. George, Inc.
 
Award Ceremony of the 30th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

A selection of St. Gallen Symposium impact stories

Keynote speech on the occasion of the 30th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award:
Steve Forbes (US), Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Host of the Jubilee Session: Jason George (US), J.M. George, Inc.

19:15–19:30 Wrap-up Thursday Jason George (US), J.M. George, Inc.
 
from 19:30 Evening Event Food, Content & Entertainment on the campus of the University of St. Gallen.
 
21:30, Auditorium
Mona Mourshed (EG/US), President & Chief Executive Officer, Generation
Topic Leader: Nina dos Santos (GB), London Anchor, CNNMoney View, CNN International

The official evening programme will be followed by the Open House Night off-campus.