St. Gallen Symposium - Essay Competition

Graduate and postgraduate (Master and PhD) students have the unique opportunity to qualify for an expenses-covered participation in the world’s premier forum for intergenerational dialogue, the St. Gallen Symposium.

For nearly 50 years, the symposium has been providing a platform for healthy debates across generations. 100 excellent young talents are granted the possibility to present and discuss their disruptive ideas with 600 of today’s leaders and decision makers. Among them are Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Company, Muriel Pénicaud, French Minister of Labour and Heng Swee Keat, Minister of Finance of Singapore. Former guests include Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor of Germany, Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund, Jack Ma, Alibaba Group, and Ratan N. Tata, Tata Sons Limited.

Apply until 1 February 2019 and seize the opportunity to qualify as one of 200 “Leaders of Tomorrow” for the 49th St. Gallen Symposium by competing for the 31st St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award with a prize money of CHF 20,000. Here some more highlights if you make it to St. Gallen:

  •  Meet 600 top managers, entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists from around the world
  •  Share your ideas with the symposium’s global audience
  •  Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  •  Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds and become member of a global community


The 49th St. Gallen Symposium will be held from 8–10 May 2019 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is devoted to the theme “Capital for Purpose”.

Have a look at competition question and requirements at, register now to receive the latest news and tips, and hand in your essay no later than 1 February 2019. Check out and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get more insights on what awaits you in St. Gallen.