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stars Switzerland symposium 2024

this time it is different!

4-7 September 2024

Wolfsberg, Ermatingen

Objectives:

  • Broaden the horizon to better understand major global trends which will impact business and society over the next couple of years, like Disruptive Technological Developments, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics, Sustainability and Leadership
  • Engage in interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue across industries and geographies
  • Contribute to the personal development to drive responsible and sustainable actions

Wednesday, 4 September 2024 - Wolfsberg
12:00 Opening of Conference Check-in
  • Lobby
15:30 Welcome Coffee
  • Foyer
16:30 Welcome Address
  • Auditorium
16:45 Personalized Medicine: Innovation as a Strategic and Operational Challenge (tbc)
Plenary Discussion
18:00 Cocktails
  • Foyer
19:00 Dinner
  • Panoramasaal
Welcome Speech
  • Representative of the Cantonal Government of Thurgau  
Night Cap
  • Remise
Thursday, 5 September 2024 - Wolfsberg
07:00 Breakfast
  • Restaurant
08:30 The Emerging Multipolar World
  • Auditorium
Great Powers Today (Plenary Discussion)
  • Ivo H. DAALDER  President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former US Ambassador to NATO; Member, stars International Board, Chicago, United States
  • Stefan MAIR (tbc)  Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany
  • Joerg WUTTKE  President Emeritus, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC); Member of the Board, Robert Bosch Internationale Beteiligungen; Member, stars International Board, Beijing, China
  • YU Jie  Senior Research Fellow on China, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House, London, United Kingdom
09:30 The Emerging Multipolar World
The Global South (Plenary Discussion)
  • Darlene MENZIES  Chief Executive Officer, Finfind; stars Alumna, Durban, South Africa
  • Jivanta SCHOETTLI  Assistant Professor, Dublin City University; Director, Ireland India Institute; stars Alumna, Dublin, Ireland
  • Latin American Speaker  
10:30 Networking Coffee
  • Auditorium Foyer
11:00 The Emerging Multipolar World: Breakout Groups
  • Breakout Rooms
The US Perspective
  • Ivo H. DAALDER  President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former US Ambassador to NATO; Member, stars International Board, Chicago, United States
The European Perspective
  • Stefan MAIR (tbc)  Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany
ReThinking Africa
  • Darlene MENZIES  Chief Executive Officer, Finfind; stars Alumna, Durban, South Africa
The Indian Perspective
  • Jivanta SCHOETTLI  Assistant Professor, Dublin City University; Director, Ireland India Institute; stars Alumna, Dublin, Ireland
The Global Perspective
  • Joerg WUTTKE  President Emeritus, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC); Member of the Board, Robert Bosch Internationale Beteiligungen; Member, stars International Board, Beijing, China
The Chinese Perspective
  • YU Jie  Senior Research Fellow on China, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House, London, United Kingdom
The Latin American Perspective
  • Latin American Speaker  
12:30 Lunch
  • Restaurant
14:00 Is there any Hope in Today's World? A Humanitarian Perspective
  • Stephen CORNISH  Director General Operational Center, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Auditorium
Plenary Discussion
15:00 Networking Coffee
  • Auditorium Foyer
15:30 Peers-Exchange: Participants present exciting insights and projects in Breakout Groups
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  • Auditorium
17:00 Time at your Disposal
17:30 Departure for Dinner
19:00 Dinner
  • tbc
Night Cap
  • Remise
Friday, 6 September 2024 - Wolfsberg
07:00 Breakfast
  • Restaurant
08:30 Emerging Technologies Reshaping Possibility
  • Auditorium
AI Rocks the World
  • Pascal KAUFMANN (tbc)  Founder and Member of the Board, Alpine AI; Founder and Group CEO, Mindfire; Founder, Starmind; Member, stars Scientific Board, Zurich, Switzerland
AI - Driven Change Management
09:30 Networking Coffee
  • Auditorium Foyer
10:15 Internet or Inter-Threat: Cybersecurity and the Next Generation of the Internet
  • Martin BOSSHARDT  CEO, Anapaya Systems; Chairman, Westhive Coworking Ecosystem; Member of the Board of Directors, Open Systems, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Auditorium
10:45 Plenary Discussion
12:00 Lunch
  • Restaurant
13:30 Success in Business and Beyond: Lessons in Leadership
  • Auditorium
  • Ashwin BHAT  Chief Executive Officer, Lufthansa Cargo; stars alumnus, Frankfurt, Germany
  • LIM Siong Guan  Former Group President, GIC; Former Head of Singapore Civil Service; Member, stars International Board, Singapore
  • Marlene UETZ  Managing Director, I.J. Martin & Co Pte Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Evie KOSTAKIS (tbc)  Group Chief Financial Officer, Bank Julius Bär; stars alumna, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sharon OOI (tbc)  Member of the Executive Board - Property & Casualty, Hannover Re; stars alumna, Hannover, Germany
15:00 Networking Coffee
  • Auditorium Foyer
15:30 Leadership Dialogues (in Breakout Groups)
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Ashwin BHAT  Chief Executive Officer, Lufthansa Cargo; stars alumnus, Frankfurt, Germany
  • LIM Siong Guan  Former Group President, GIC; Former Head of Singapore Civil Service; Member, stars International Board, Singapore
  • Marlene UETZ  Managing Director, I.J. Martin & Co Pte Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Evie KOSTAKIS (tbc)  Group Chief Financial Officer, Bank Julius Bär; stars alumna, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sharon OOI (tbc)  Member of the Executive Board - Property & Casualty, Hannover Re; stars alumna, Hannover, Germany
17:00 Time at your Disposal
18:00 Cocktails
  • tbc
19:00 Dinner
  • tbc
Night Cap
  • Remise
Saturday, 7 September 2024 - Wolfsberg
07:00 Breakfast (Check-out till 12:00)
  • Restaurant
08:30 Circular Economy as Game-Changer
  • Auditorium
  • Gordana KIERANS  Former Professor of International Business; Circular Economy Consultant, Managing Partner MGT OPEN j.d.o.o.; stars alumna, Grižane, Croatia
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10:00 Networking Coffee
  • Auditorium Foyer
10:30 Investing in Human Capital: The Rapture of Doing the Right
  • Hannes SCHMID (tbc)  Founder, Smiling Gecko, Cambodia
  • Auditorium
12:00 Concluding Remarks
12:15 Flying Lunch
  • Foyer
13:30 Shuttle to the Airport or to the Railway Station
  • Meeting Point: Lobby

Moderation:
Mark DITTLI CEO and Editor, The Market, Zurich, Switzerland

Media Coverage and Chatham House Rules:
Media representatives may attend the symposium. The symposium is held under the Chatham House Rules.

stars reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the programme. The full terms and conditions of stars are available here.

9 February 2024