39th St. Gallen Symposium On 7 May 2009, the 39th St. Gallen Symposium on the topic of the “Revival of Political and Economic Boundaries” will be opened on the Campus of the University of St.Gallen (HSG). 29 April 2009. The Symposium is organised by the International Students’ Committee (ISC) and brings together 600 decision-makers with 200 students from 60 nations in order to create a platform for a constructive dialogue between the generations. Elkann, Merz, ShanmugaratnamBesides speakers that were announced before, such as John Elkann, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fiat S.p.A., Hans-Rudolf Merz, the President of the Swiss Confederation, and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the Finance Minister of Singapore, a variety of other personalities have agreed to take part in the 39th St. Gallen Symposium. Other top speakersKathleen L. Casey, Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will talk about the tight-rope walk of the regulation of global financial markets from an American perspective. Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Axel-Springer AG, and Leonhard Fischer, Chief Executive Officer of RHJ International SA, will venture a forecast of Germany’s economic position in 2009 in a panel discussion. Joseph M. Hogan (US), Chief Executive Officer of ABB Ltd., will talk about the importance of free trade. India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, Kamal Nath, one of the driving forces behind the failed Doha Round of the WTO and thus a representative of the new economic order, will speak about the future growth factors of a global economy. Boris Tadic in St.GallenOne of Saturday’s concluding speakers will be Boris Tadic, the President of the Republic of Serbia, who will talk about the further development of the European Union. You can find a more detailed insight into the issues to be dealt with by the St. Gallen Symposium, including interviews with speakers such as Economic Nobel prize winner, Robert John Aumann, in the programme. Welcome to the media channelMoreover, we are pleased to introduce the media channel of the St. Gallen Symposium. At www.stgallen-symposium.org/mediachannel, you can follow the Symposium online. On this platform, you will not only be able to find videos of the keynote speeches and photos of the event, but also exclusive interviews with selected speakers and a guest commentator, who will throw light on the Symposium from a variety of different perspectives.