Our debates matter.

We live in times where healthy debates driven by tomorrow's generation are needed more than ever.

600 Leaders of Today will join 200 Leaders of Tomorrow to debate on «The Clash of Generations» from 8–9 May 2014 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Essay Competition

Seize your opportunity. 

Take part in the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award to qualify for participation as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium. 

  • Join the debate with 600 top global decision makers
  • Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided
  • Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • EUR 20,000.– prize money shared by the three winners
  • Receive a Swiss luxury watch with personal winners' engraving
  • Share your thoughts and visions with the global elite 
  • Broad media coverage of your winning contribution

Qualify with a great contribution.

The submission deadline for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2014 has expired on 1 February 2014.

For next year's competition, answer one of the competition questions from your own unique perspective on next year's topic which is going to be announced in autumn 2014 to prove yourself as a true Leader of Tomorrow. We expect professional and thought-provoking work which could be an essay, a video or a multimedia presentation. Be unconventional, bold and constructive to convince the jury. The following criteria must be met:

 Form Essay (max. 2100 words), Video or Presentation (max. 15 minutes)
 Language English
 Anonymity Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file
 Deadline1 February 2015

Check your eligibility and prepare documents.

To be eligible, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
  • Born in 1985 or later

Make sure you can provide the following documents:

  • Copy of passport or other identification (in English for non-Roman languages)
  • Confirmation of matriculation / enrolment from your university
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself.

Impress the Jury.

All contributions will be evaluated according to specific criteria by an independent jury composed of professors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and politicians. The authors of the best 100 contributions will be invited to join the next St. Gallen Symposium, while the three best are bestowed with the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.

Pre-Register for the next Essay Competition.

The submission deadline for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2014 has expired on 1 February 2014. You can register now to stay updated about the next Essay Competition opening in autumn 2014.


The competition for the 45th St. Gallen Symposium opens in October 2014. Pre-register now to get the latest updates on the symposium and the competition.


Meet this year's winners and read their contributions.