St. Gallen Symposium

As a speaker at the last two St. Gallen Symposium, I cannot recommend enough how valuable an experience it is to attend this event. If you are a graduate student who understands the importance of interacting in a global community and discussing very current issues with your peers from around the world, this is the event for you.

The St. Gallen Symposium, a conference organised by the International Students’ Committee (ISC), a student initiative of the University of St. Gallen, is the world’s premier conference for intergenerational, interdisciplinary and intercultural debates. The 42nd St. Gallen Symposium will be held under the topic “Facing Risk” from 3 – 4 May 2012 at the University of St. Gallen.

Two hundred Leaders of Tomorrow engage in challenging debates with 600 Leaders of Today from all over the world. In the past, these distinguished personalities contributed to the intergenerational dialogue with the Leaders of Tomorrow and included Dr Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank AG; Robert John Aumann, Nobel laureate; Robert Dudley, BP plc; Prof Niall Ferguson, Harvard University; Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund (IMF); and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister of Finance of Singapore. Notable past Japanese speakers were Fujio Cho, Toyota Motor Company; Toshiki Kaifu, Former Prime Minister of Japan; Hiroshi Mikitani, Rakuten; and many others.

One hundred graduate and postgraduate students have the opportunity to qualify as “Leader of Tomorrow” for participation in the St. Gallen Symposium by submitting a contribution to the student essay competition. The three most outstanding pieces of work will receive the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, endowed with EUR 20,000, and will be presented to the audience by their authors. Detailed information can be found on

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Johannes, the ISC Representative for Japan through

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). As one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.

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