The 50th Anniversary of the St. Gallen Symposium (“SGS”) will be held in May 2020.

I am a big fan of the SGS initiative. I have written about my experience at SGS many years ago (please read it here). It was transformative and I have kept in touch with many fellow participants.

Are you enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university? Are you born in 1990 or later? If you or you know a friend who meets this criteria, please consider entering the essay competition. The deadline is 1 February 2020.

I will be helping the SGS team in its roadshow in Hong Kong in late November. Check out the roadshow timetable here. Please say “hello” if you are dropping by any of the Hong Kong events.

The essay topic for the next SGS is:

Freedom Revisited: Which aspects of freedom need to be defended, or recalibrated, to meet the challenges of our time?

In the face of populism, climate change and rapid technological disruption, liberalism – with individual freedom at its core – has come under attack. At the 50th St. Gallen Symposium, three generations will discuss the future of individual, economic, and political liberty in light of key challenges of our time. Which aspects of freedom are currently under attack and call for a strong defence? And where will we need to recalibrate our concept of freedom, or the balance we strike with other values, such as equality, sustainability, and security?

SGS Website

Please see below for the poster advertising the essay competition for the SGS next year.

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Attorney turned Entrepreneur. Led first Asian Access to Justice Hackathon.