stars is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Switzerland.

About stars

  • stars Vision: Founded in 2008, stars develops better leaders of the next generation and wants to be the premier platform for these future leaders.
  • stars brings together renowned global experts and business leaders with talents who are typically 1-2 levels below C-level, nominated by their top management and have the potential to move up to C-level in the next few years. The participants come from all over the world and from different sectors, mainly from business but also from science, politics, culture, NGOs and the media.
  • stars organizes three annual symposia in Switzerland, Singapore and China. For a complete overview of upcoming symposia click here.
    During the highly interactive events, participants team up to scan the horizon and explore trends and challenges that will inevitably impact society and business in the next few years.
  • As of 2019, the stars alumni Network comprises over 2’000 former stars participants from over 100 countries and it grows by 200 alumni every year. Over 400 alumni have moved up to C-level. There are 13 regional stars alumni chapters all over the world and stars alumni study tours explore particularly interesting countries and regions.
  • stars regularly publishes stars insights, which are exclusive contributions by business leaders and experts who scan the horizon to discuss geopolitical, economic, technological and further trends and developments which will impact society and business in the next few years.
    Globally leading companies and institutions are our partners: Evonik, GIC, Hilti, JT, LafargeHolcim, Novartis, PSA, PwC, Roche, Sika, Swiss Re, Temasek, Zurich Insurance and Jakob and Emma Windler Foundation.
  • A study of the University of St. Gallen found that stars is unique worldwide regarding the target group, i.e. participants of 1-2 levels below C-level, and strategic focus, i.e. horizon scanning.
  • stars is a neutral, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Switzerland. More information about stars can be found in our brochure stars at a glance.


An incredible horizon widening experience, both personally and professionally.

Esteban RemeczChief Information Officer, Region Asia Pacific, ZF, Shanghai

There were very interesting participants; many of whom I plan to stay in touch with. The conversation topics were compelling and I left with a much deeper understanding of what is happening in China than I had before the symposium.

Jake PlummerCEO, Health Data Link, Chicago

The best broad-based, high-level, yet insightful and time-effective symposium attended by a diverse group of participants.

Jeffrey LamVice President / General Manager, ST Aerospace Engines, Singapore

It was an inspiring event with very valuable content and excellent networking opportunities!

Gesine GehringDivisional Operating Officer/Transactions Manager, Swiss Re, Zurich

stars offered me four most stimulating days, giving me a very good perspective for the nextfew years.

Naoki MotohashiPolicy Research & Consulting Division, Mitsubishi, Nagoya