Published on 15 May 2024

Global Essay Competition Winners at the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium 2024

Photo of 3 finalists on stage at the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium 2024Three finalists on stage, photo from left to right:
Funke Aderonmu (finalists, MPA Candidate at Princeton University); Chan Wei Jun Sean (finalists, Master of Science in Public Health, National University of Singapore); Andreas Kuster (finalists, NTU, CCDS PhD student, Wireless and Distributed Sensing Group); Michael Rauchenstein (moderator, SRF news anchor und foreign editor).

Andreas Kuster, a PhD student from Nanyang Technological University's College of Computing and Data Science (CCDS), has been named one of the three winners of the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium's essay award. His essay, titled "Beyond the Noise: Innovating Information Verification in the Digital Age", stood out among over 700 submissions from all around the world, highlighting his exceptional insights and contributions to the discourse on digital innovation. 

Photo of ntu postgrad received award at the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium 2024 Andreas Kuster received the award from Heike Bruch (middle), Professor in Leadership, Energy, New Work & Culture, University of St.Gallen, Part of the Award Jury and Georg von Krogh (right), Professor at ETH Zurich, Part of the Award Jury.

The St. Gallen Symposium, also known as the International Students' Committee (ISC) Symposium, is an annual conference held at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. It is a prestigious gathering that brings together top decision-makers from politics, business, academia, and civil society, along with a selected group of students, to discuss and debate pressing global issues in a cross-generational setting.

Photo of the three award winners together with two Juries by the side at the 53rd St. Gallen Symposium 2024.

At the heart of the symposium is the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award essay competition. Participants are challenged to submit an essay that tackles a current topic of global significance, often related to the symposium's overarching theme, which was selected this year as: “Scarcity – Striving for more, or thriving with less”. Winners of the competition not only receive a monetary prize but also get the opportunity to present their ideas to an audience of influential leaders at the symposium, making it a unique platform for young talents to engage with global leaders and contribute to shaping the world's future.

Details about the award-winning essay are listed below.

The essay can be found on Andreas’s personal blog ( or fetched from the official website as PDF ( Furthermore, it will be featured in the Harvard Business Manager (

Official LinkedIn Post