Student Awards
27 May 2019

Reuben Muhindi Wambui Announced Global Winner of 2019 St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

The master student of International Economics was recently awarded top prize at the prestigious St. Gallen Symposium for his essay on "Systemic Interventions for Sustainable Capital Financing". 

His essay, which won first place out of nearly 800 entries, representing 350 universities and over 100 nationalities, presented four actions to intensify the potential of private capital to finance sustainability. As one of the top three authors, he was given the opportunity to present his essay in front of 600 world leaders and decision makers at the 49th Annual St. Gallen Symposium, held from 8-10 May 2019. 

"It was an inspiring and wonderful experience to share my ideas with global leaders and to see them resonate", said Mr Wambui. 

The St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is given to the winner of a global student essay competition, created for students at either the graduate or postgraduate level. The Award is presented during the St. Gallen Symposium, which is an annual global gathering of Leaders of Today and Tomorrow at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The theme of this year's Symposium was "Capital for Purpose".

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