The St. Gallen Symposium welcomes outstanding Leaders of Tomorrow – Young Entrepreneurs, Scientists and Students
200 young Entrepreneurs, Scientists and Students are invited by the International Students’ Committee (ISC) to participate in the 40th St. Gallen Symposium from 6–7 May 2010. During their time at the St. Gallen Symposium the Leaders of Tomorrow will be accommodated by students of the University of St. Gallen.Some of the outstanding leaders of tomorrow are
Therese Albrechtson (SE), Albrechtson Holding
…is 25 years old and Founder of four companies. In 2005 Therese Albrechtson founded her first company Bodyguard Säkerhetprodukter AB, a company that develops security products for women and which she sold in 2008. Currently she owns Greyzone AB, a company that produces cloths, accessories and shoes and Iboards AB, a company that will market interactive whiteboards. Therese Albrechtson was awarded “Europe’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2009” by Business Week in 2009.
Louis Barnett (GB), Chokolit Ltd.
…is 18 years old and Founder of Chokolit Ltd., a chocolate company that he founded at the age of 12. By the age of 14 years, Louis Barnett was the youngest supplier of both the Sainsbury’s and Waitrose supermarket chains. He is a licensed chocolatier and received the Lord Carter Award for excellence in the food industry and was nominated for the Ernest &Young “Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007”.
Tal Chalozin (IL), Innovid
…is 29 years old and Co-Founder of Innovid, an in-video advertising and analytics platform that involves the viewer through interactive options. Tal Chalozin also co-founded GarageGeeks in 2006, a non-profit organization for creative people to meet and innovate. Prior to this he served as an officer in an elite computer unit in the Israeli Air Force. Among his creations are GuitarHeroNoid and TaxiLinkProject. In 2010 he attended the World Economic Forum as a “Technology Pioneer 2010” and Business Week selected him as the “Best Young European Entrepreneur 2008”.
Felix Haas (DE), amiando AG
…is 29 years old and Co-Founder of amiando AG, Europe’s biggest online service for ondemand event ticketing. Currently Felix Haas serves as CEO of amiando and oversees continual growth of 40% per quarter and millions of Euros in monthly gross revenue in over 15 countries. He is founder of various other companies and co-author of multiple US patents, including the Google Maps “Send To Car” functionality. In 2010 he attended the World Economic Forum as a “Technology Pioneer 2010”.
Karoli Hindriks (EE), Goodmood Media OÜ
…is 27 years old and Founder of Goodmood Media OÜ, a company that produces a soft reflector to be worn by pedestrians for safety at night. The company was founded in 2002, in an effort to decrease the number of accidents in Estonia. Originally designed for pedestrian protection the soft reflector is now accompanied by new inventions, options and a fashionable design. In 2007 she was nominated by Business Week for “Europe’s Young Entrepreneur 2007”.
Cameron Johnson (US), Cameron Johnson Inc.
...is 26 years old and founded his first company at the age of 12, My EZ Mail, a service that forwards e-mails to an account without revealing the recipient’s personal information. With 14 years he co-founded Surfingprizes.com, having massed assets worth more than $1 million before he had finished high school. He has written two books including 15-year-Old-CEO. In 2009 he hosted Beat the Boss and received the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” award.
Shama Kabani (IN), The Marketing Zen Group LLC
…is 25 years old and Founder and President of the Marketing Zen Group LLC, an online marketing firm that provides strategies for social media marketing, search engine optimization and website design. Shama Kabani has received her Masters degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas and was counted to the “TOP 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs 2009” by Business Week in 2009.
Paul King (US), Hercules Networks
…is 26 years old and CEO and Founder of Hercules Network, an out-of-home media and advertising company. The company’s main product is goCharge, a line of kiosks that charges any type of cell phone on the go while playing streaming media. Its clients include the Bank of America, Google and AT&T. Paul King founded Hercules Networks when he was 23. Prior to this he founded IST Realty at the age of 21, which grew to over $40 million in sales in two years. Paul King was counted to the “TOP 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25” by the Business Week in 2009.
Hendy Setiono (ID), Pt. Baba Rafi Indonesia
…is 26 years old and Founder of Pt. Baba Rafi Indonesia, a kebab business that started in 2003 on a regular cart named “Kebab Baba Rafi” in his campus area. Currently Hendy Setiono manages over 1200 employees in more than 600 outlets, spread over Indonesia and Malaysia. He has also founded the franchise businesses “Piramizza” and “AyamBakar Mas Mono” with 100 outlets in Indonesia. He won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year – “Special Award Entrepreneurial Spirit 2009”.
Leslie Silverglide (US), Mixt Greens Inc.
…is 30 years old and Co-Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer of Mixt Greens, a chain of eco-gourmet restaurants that serves chef designed, tossed-to-order salads and handcrafted sandwiches. Mixt Greens is a pioneer in sustainable food sourcing, energy efficiency, composting, resource conservation and alternative energy in its business field. She received a Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
Adam Toren (CA), YoungEntrepreneur.com Inc.
…is 35 years old and Co-Founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com Inc, one of the fastest growing social networking forums for Entrepreneurs. He and his brother Matthew started their entrepreneurial career when they were around 10 years old, and have been serial entrepreneurs and business partners ever since. Adam Toren is specialized in improving the profitability of under-performing businesses with a unique and 'bottom line' program.
Reiner Braun (DE), Technische Universität Munich
…is 31 years old and Managing Director and Assistant Professor at the Center for
Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies, Munich. Prior to his current position he was Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School, Cambridge. Reiner Braun focuses in his research on entrepreneurship and is co-author of various books and papers related to entrepreneurship. He received his PhD at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, Wuppertal, with “Summa cum laude”.
Fredrik Hacklin (CH) Eidgenössische Hochschule Zurich
…is 32 years old and Director and Lecturer at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich, heading research activities of the entrepreneurship team. His current research focuses on novel forms of innovation and entrepreneurship, which challenge established industry boundaries for technology-intensive companies. He is author of the book “Management of convergence in innovation” and holds a PhD in management, technology and economics from the ETH Zurich. In 2009 he received the annual research
award by the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation for Communications Research.
Erik Wetter (SE), Stockholm School of Economics
…is 35 years old and Assistant Professor at the Department of Management and
Organization at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. His current research focuses on how psychological and cultural biases can influence risk assessments and negotiations in business and policy setting, specifically how stereotypes (gender, ethnicity) affect entrepreneurs and their access to capital and resources. Erik Wetter is Academic Advisor to the SEE Business Lab. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.
The Entrepreneurs and Scientists introduced above are a small selection of the 200 Leaders of Tomorrow who will participate in the 40th St. Gallen Symposium taking place from 6–7 May 2010 on the campus of the University of St. Gallen.