23 May 2017

Participating in the St Gallen Symposium

Balasubramanyam (Balu) Pattath (Master in Development Studies) represented the Graduate Institute at the 47th St. Gallen Symposium, held during May 3-5. After qualifying through an essay competition, he was among 200 ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ invited to the event alongside 600 entrepreneurs, politicians, scientists, academics and others.

"The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘The Dilemma of Disruption’, and I submitted an essay on Using Blockchain to break free from a Debilitating Era of Post-Truth", said Balu. "The organisers arranged a touristic programme where they took us to the peak of Mt. Santis (2500m) via cable car, for a cruise on Lake Zug and a ride on Switzerland’s oldest steam train."

"The symposium itself involved a variety of activities. The plenary sessions covered topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Global Economy and Democracy. There were also work sessions which involved smaller groups but with enhanced audience participation."

"The 200 ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ came from 45 countries, representing 66 nationalities and 111 organisations. The event was a unique experience and I would recommend it to students willing and eager to interact with a diverse crowd. It is also a great networking event, awash with good conversation, and the opportunity to learn from a variety of disciplines and sectors."