Programme overview

Three days filled with academic and peer insights on purpose, professional options for the next chapter, giving alternatives, giving back, personal life, health and wealth, completed with practical guidance on how to bring more of yourself into your future.

In today’s high-paced, high-pressure work and life environments, central questions come into focus for experienced professionals at a certain time of their careers:

  • What’s next? What is my purpose in the future?
  • How can I bring more of myself into my future?
  • How can I align my skills, knowledge and experience with my dreams and ambitions?
  • Do I have to re-calibrate my approach to health, wealth and well-being?
  • How do I stay interested and interesting?

The NEXT Summit helps participants define their own answers to these questions. NEXT offers a unique opportunity for inspiration, guidance, learning, reflection, and prototyping to design your future.

  • Your journey to explore what’s next begins with a three-day summit in June.
  • Additionally, you will be able to benefit from continued peer interaction, network recommendations as well as regular live online sessions on current topics.

The NEXT Summit will be held June 26-28 2023 in the new HSG Learning Center, SQUARE.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Please check back regularly as we are constantly updating our website.

Next step

Are you interested in this programme? You have the opportunity to visit an info event to find out if this executive education fits you and your career planning:


Learn more about the programme in a personal conversation.

Kristin Fuchs

Kristin Fuchs Head Business Development Open Programmes and Head Career Transition Programmes

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NEXT Summit Benefits

A first of its kind in Europe, NEXT is a unique Summit for designing your next phase in life. The summit is aimed at experienced professionals looking to gain: 

  • Guided reflection on your current situation
  • Insights and knowledge to explore your next steps 
  • A review and realignment of your goals and purpose  
  • Suitable activities to prototype your future 
  • New personal and professional connections
  • An improved approach to health & wealth 

The NEXT 3 Pillars

Realizing Potential

  • Explore how to develop a meaningful sense of purpose and why it matters
  • Consider potential next steps​ ​ 
  • Learn about diverse topics from consultancy to mentoring, and philanthropy to private equity

Building Portfolios

  • Prototype your future
  • Develop peer groups and explore new individual and collaborative activities
  • Assess diverse opportunities from becoming a board member to coaching, and from engaging with start-ups to entrepreneurship

Taking Action

  • Learn how to take meaningful action to optimally impact your future
  • Explore topics from how you view income and wealth to how to travel wisely and fulfil your dreams
  • Recalibrate your approach to health and wellbeing
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Learning Journey 2023

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Thursday, 22 June 2023 18:00-19:00 – NEXT online kick-off

Monday, 26 June 2023

Individual breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome | Dr. Stephanie Schoss, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach, Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok

9:15 – 10:30 Design Y/our Future: Why it matters. | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach

10:30 – 11:00 Break with ad hoc peer group integration based on interest.

11:00 – 12:15 Design Y/our Future: Realize your potential | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach and Guest Speaker, Joachim Schoss

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 13:45 Body, mind and soul refresher

Afternoon Discovery Journey

13:45 – 14:00 Introduction to afternoon discovery journey with lecturer introductions

14:00 – 15:15

  • Ways of coaching & mentoring | Prof. Dr. Petra Kipfelsberger & Peter Vogt
  • A look into consultancy

15:15 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00

  • Doing good & making an impact | Cynthia Hansen, Werner Wallner & Stefan Schöbi
  • Working in private equity | Christian Bubenheim and Christian Unger, Partners Group

17:00 – 17:15 Break

17:15 – 18:00 Guided art tour on Campus

18:00 – 19:00 Personal time

19:00 – 19:45 Evening Keynote: Design Your 100 Year Life: Global Perspectives on the Importance of Transitions | Dr. Hans Groth, Chairman of the Board at World Demographic & Ageing Forum

19:45 – 22:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 27 June 2023

Individual breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Kickoff Day 2 | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach, Dr. Stephanie Schoss, Kristin Fuchs

9:15 – 10:30 Design Y/our Future: How to prototype your future | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach in conversation with Prof. Dr. Herminia Ibarra

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:15 Panel discussion: Transition stories | Herb Riband, Lothar Harings, Breeja Larson

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 13:45 Body, mind and soul refresher

Afternoon Discovery Journey

13:45 – 14:00 Introduction to afternoon discovery journey with lecturer introductions

14:00 – 15:15

  • Becoming a board member | Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann & Peter Vogt
  • Ways of teaching & sharing knowledge | Dr. Stephanie Schoss & Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok

15:15 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00

  • Engaging in the world of start-ups | Dr. Christian Schütz, Partner b2Venture
  • How to travel wisely and fulfil your dreams | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach

17:00 – 19:00 Break with optional excursion

19:00 – 20:00 Keynote speech | Breeja Larson

19:00 – 21:30 Dinner, Marktplatz

Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Individual breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Kickoff Day 3 | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach & Dr. Stephanie Schoss

9:15 – 10:30 Design Y/our Future: How to really take action | Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:15

  • From living from income to living from wealth | Joachim Schoss & Prof. Dr. Stefan Morkoetter

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 13:45 Body, mind and soul refresher

Afternoon Discovery Journey

13:45 – 14:00 Introduction to afternoon discovery journey with lecturer introductions

14:00 – 15:30 Wellbeing & Health | Dr. med. Dr. phil. Anna Erat & Dr. med. Kiyan Nouchirvani

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:30 Success stories | Herb Riband

16:30 – 16:45 Commitment to action | Dr. Stephanie Schoss & Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach      

16:45-17:00 Looking to the NEXT future

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Faculty, Lecturers & Speakers

More faculty will be added soon

Anna Erat

Dr. med. Dr. phil. Anna Erat

Dr. Anna Erat (MD/PhD) studied and interned in medicine at University of Zurich Medical School and Harvard Medical School. After graduating, she conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School and in parallel successfully pursued a PhD in global health and health systems management. Before her clinical specialization, she worked as an medical and health systems expert for the Swiss ministry of health and as a consultant for Executive Insight.
Today she is the first female medical director in the history of the Hirslanden Clinic. She is also responsible for building check-up centers and for the strategy of preventive medicine and longevity for the Hirslanden group. She is regularly giving speeches and booked as a keynote speaker, is invited to TV-programmes as an expert, and has also produced a podcast with Hintsa Performance on the topic of performance and resilience.
She holds board roles in a few selected organizations in the fields of digital health and med tech. She also teaches in various executive MBA and advanced management programmes.

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Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann

Prof. Dr. Georg Guttmann is Assistant Professor of International Corporate Governance and Head of Board Programmes at University of St.Gallen’s Executive School. He leads research and practice-oriented initiatives that are aimed at boards of directors of large European companies. He obtained his doctorate in strategy and management from University of St.Gallen with highest distinction and was a Visiting Scholar at Singapore Management University. 

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Cynthia Hansen

With a career spanning business, civil society and public-private partnership, Cynthia Hansen joined the Adecco Group in 2017 to establish the Adecco Group Foundation (rebranded as the Innovation Foundation), which operates as a social innovation lab. Prior to joining the Adecco Group, she spent nine years at the World Economic Forum, with earlier roles as the Head of Management Consulting at Action Planning, Director of the US State Department’s International Visitor program for the State of Washington at the World Affairs Council, and Head of Admissions for Amity Institute. She holds an MSc in Management of NGOs from the London School of Economics, a double BA (Hons) in Asian Studies and English/Literature from the University of Puget Sound, and was a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach is Professor at the University of St. Gallen, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and Stanford University, and Guest Professor at the African Doctoral Academy and the Central University of Beijing. He worked for Xerox, a Swiss startup, and Interbrand. He advises and consults organizations like Nike, United Nations, IBM, and others. His areas of interest are knowledge visualization, storytelling, creativity, life design and the science of action to overcome procrastination. He has founded the Visual Collaboration Lab and the Life Design Lab at the University of St. Gallen and has co-authored the award-winning book “Meet up!” as well as the best-selling books “Life Design” and “Life Design Actionbook”. 

Kiyan Nouchirvani

Dr. med. Kiyan Nouchirvani

Dr. med. Kiyan Nouchirvani is a Director of the Executive School of Management, Technology & Law at the University of St.Gallen. Prior, he served as the Chief Client Officer of IMD Business School in Switzerland. Before moving into Executive Education, he could gain extensive corporate experience in Human Resources & Corporate Communications as an Executive Vice President at Lixil Water Tech, Theo Müller Group and Hero Group. Also, he held various executive roles in General Management, Marketing and Sales at Hero, Novartis and Danone and furthermore in Consulting as a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group.

Beyond, he has been the founder of Vitigliano Relais & Spa, an award-winning boutique hotel in Tuscany. He has established an expertise in Transformation integrating the business, organizational and people side of enterprises based on his deep understanding of different company cultures & sizes, ownership models and various functions in diverse industries. Here, a special focus of his work is in holistic well-being of managers.

He graduated with a state exam degree in human medicine from Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany and holds an M.D. in abdominal surgery.

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Christian Unger

Christian Unger is Head of the Operating Directors and Entrepreneurial Governance business unit, based in Zug, and is a member of Global Executive Board. He and his team are overseeing the boards of 56 portfolio companies across numerous industries and across the globe. Christian has been with Partners Group since 2013, bringing 27 years of industry experience in the media and digital space.
Prior to joining Partners Group, he was global CEO of Ringier AG, Switzerland’s largest media company. During that time, he was also Chairman of Betty Bossi AG and board member of Scout24,, RingierAxelSpringer AG and Publigroupe AG. Prior to Ringier, Christian, as CEO of QXL Ricardo/Allegro – a publicly listed e-commerce company, successfully sold the company to Naspers for 2bn CHF in 2008.
Christian started his career at Bertelsmann AG and holds a master’s degree in economics from the European Business School, Germany. “I am passionate about building strong boards that can create, with an active ownership approach, growth and value for our portfolio companies. I strongly believe that the combination of a strong CEO and management team, together with an experienced and active board, can deliver superior returns”.

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Christian Bubenheim

Christian Bubenheim is passionate about building businesses and teams that create innovative customer driven solutions at scale and deliver success in both commercial and total impact “ESG” results. Inspire – Connect – Co Create to drive positive change at scale.
His career spans 15years in executive and GM positions at Apple, Compaq/HP, Intel and Magellan Navigation based in the USA innovating in products and services, followed by over 10 years in Europe building and scaling omnichannel, marketplace and platform businesses including Division Lead at Amazon EU, MD at AutoScout24 and CEO at Internet Stores a.o. 
Recently he focuses on his work as Investor and Board member/advisor including since 2017 as Sr. Advisor at EQT partners.
Christian is Chair of the Supervisory Board at BHG Group AB, KfzTeile 24 and probono Chair at 21future a not for profit organization bringing new concepts in education. He also serves on the Board of BioGaia AB, Dunlop Protective Footwear, and ProSenio/Sanubi.Bubenheim holds holds a Diploma in Economics and Engineering from University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany

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Joachim Schoss

Joachim Schoss is a retired serial entrepreneur and was the founder and first CEO of Scout24. After a serious, almost fatal traffic accident he had to ask himself: What’s next?
After the accident and the subsequent sale of Scout24 to Deutsche Telekom, he became a happy and relaxed person by pursuing a variety of activities for which he found time after no longer being CEO: Helping young entrepreneurs as a business angel, passing on his knowledge and learnings – especially to students in the field of entrepreneurship, setting up several foundations, becoming an impact investor, regularly using spiritual practices and this year becoming a father for the eighth time. He has designed and built a car, has traveled around the world seven times, has been appointed to various supervisory bodies of listed and unlisted companies and academic institutions, and lives in Switzerland, Spain and New Zealand.

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Breeja Larson

Breeja Larson is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. She grew up with six siblings in a poor neighborhood in the United States. She started swimming professionally at 17 and became an Olympic champion just three years later. In 2021, she retired from professional swimming and is currently preparing for her non-competitive future. 

Herb Riband

Herb Riband

Herb Riband completed a 16-month fellowship at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) in California in 2019, and is now an ambassador for the Nexel Collaborative, a global alliance of colleges and universities offering midlife transition programmes.  Prior to Stanford, Herb had a diverse 30-year international career with leadership roles in multinational enterprises. 

Bettina Schaller

Bettina Schaller

Bettina Schaller is the Head Group Public Affairs of the Adecco Group and passionate about life and career transitions. As president of the World Employment Confederation, she will provide us with insights on the future of work combined with changed demographics as well as its impact on the workforce and society.

Erika Darmstaedter

Erika Darmstädter

Erika Darmstädter made a huge transition a few years ago when she left a CEO position and co-founded Collective63, a consulting firm for CEOs and their teams. Previously, she was in top management positions in several global advertising agencies. She has lived and worked in 4 continents and is committed to fighting for greater diversity on various levels.

Target Audience

The NEXT Summit is open to

  • accomplished professionals with 25+ years’ experience from global companies and SMEs and professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc.)
  • professionals in academia, government and NGOs
  • all industries and all ownership types (e.g. publicly held, private equity-owned, family-controlled)

The summit promotes the diversity of thought and experience.


Please click on the registration button to apply. After you have been admitted we will schedule a short interview where you give us a brief description of your motivation for taking part in the summit.

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NEXT Directors

Dr. Stephanie Schoss
Director Open Programmes
Kristin Fuchs
Head of Career Transition Programmes
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach
Academic Director NEXT and Professor at the University of St.Gallen


Info Event NEXT 13 June 2023

PKZ WOMEN Loft (5th floor), Bahnhofstrasse 88, 8001 Zurich
Tuesday, 13.06.2023
18:00 - 19:00

Why University of St.Gallen

The HSG – your partner for first-class executive education in Switzerland

At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!

  • For high-quality teaching and executive training by top researchers

  • For competent executives

  • For Lifelong Learning

  • For international collaborations

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