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St. Gallen Symposium for everyone

On 7 and 8 May 2015, the 45th St. Gallen Symposium will invite the general public to three lectures in the Library of the University of St.Gallen. The plenary sessions of the Symposium will be transmitted by livestream. The topic of the conference will be “Proudly Small”.


22 April 2015. On 7 and 8 May 2015, the 45th St. Gallen Symposium will bring together students and decision-makers from business, politics, society and academia on the campus of the University of St.Gallen. The three public lectures in the Library of the University of St.Gallen will focus on the following topics.

“Background Session: German, Austria and Switzerland – unalike siblings, shared challenges” (in German)

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 1.30-3.00 p.m.

  • Ulrich Grillo, President, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
  • Michel Liès, Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re
  • Gerhard Roiss, Chief Executive, OMV AG
  • Moderated by Miriam Meckel, editor of WirtschaftsWoche

“Background Session: Proudly entrepreneurial – smart ways beyond the glass ceiling” (in English)

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 3.30-5.00 p.m.

  • Alice Bentinck, Co-Founder, Entrepreneur First
  • Lauren Currie, Programme Manager, Hyper Island
  • Miku Hirano, Chief Executive Officer, Cinnamon
  • Gulnaz Khusainova, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EasySize
  • Moderated by Peter Day, Global Business Correspondent, BBC News

“Background Session: Big schemes or small steps: how should we approach today’s challenges?” (in English)

Friday, 8 May 2015, 1.30-3.00 p.m.

  • Wolfgang Büchele, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Linde AG
  • Connie Hedegaard, Chair of the KR Foundation & Former European Commissioner for Climate Action
  • Moderated by Riz Khan, international journalist

The plenary sessions are transmitted online via livestream. 

They include discussions and lectures with the following speakers:

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland

Nick Hayek (Switzerland), President of the Executive Group Management Board, Swatch

Prof. Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank

Michel Liès (Luxembourg), Group Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re Ltd

Jack Markell (US), Governor of Delaware

Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

Paul Polman (Netherlands), Chief Executive Officer of Unilever N.V.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Denmark), former Secretary General of NATO

Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor, Switzerland

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Finance, Singapore

Ulrich Spiesshofer (Germany), Chief Executive Officer of ABB Ltd.

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