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 The afternoon session of the first day of 41st St. Gallen Symposium began with two work sessions.  As there are many session held in parallel,  you wonder which session to participate. (This year, they have online registration system, which worked quite well.) I went to the session entitled “Strategic Pragmatism: How Singapore continues to create relevance in a dynamic global economy” with Dr. BEH Swan Gin,Managing Director of EDB.  I had met with Dr. BEH as we had him as one of the speakers for the conference  held in Kyoto several years ago. It was nice to see him again. 

  Singapore is one of the  best examples of the city state with clear strategy and thorough implementation.  I discussed the case of Singapore many times in my Competitiveness course and have had a few speakers from EDB before.  Singapore always amazes me with it dynamic adaptation and resilience.  The session was very interesting  as we had many questions and very frank responses. 

  For the second work session, I went to the one entitled “Brands: The balace of power between markets and businesses?” with Jez Frampton, Global CEO of Interbrand.  It was another interesting session with many challenging questions to the “traditional” way of thinking about brand, particularly from the leaders of tomorrow.

   The award ceremony and panel of the Wing of Excellence followed the work sessions.  As I was one of the Final Jury of the student essay competition, I felt quite proud of the presentations by the three winners.  It is always nice to see the energy, passion and dedication of the young people, i.e. leaders of tomorrow. 

  The first day program ended with the brief session on Cyber crime and the wrap up by the Chair of the Symposium.  I was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm and willingness to work hard to create the better world of the leaders of tomorrow.  This Symposium has a special meaning as the dialogue between leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow and its dedication to the latter.  

  The long day (starte at 8:00 a.m. and went on until 8:00 p.m. for the official program only) ended with dinner afterwards.  (I suppose it must have gone on until close to midnight!)

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