Media Advisory: Meridian Summit On Emerging Tech And Diplomacy – Friday, October 21

WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2022 | Sessions from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

WHERE: U.S. Institute of Peace (2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037) and virtually at


October 19, 2022 – The 11th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit – Preparing for Tech Transformation in a Digitalized World aims to examine how the U.S. public and private sectors, as well as foreign governments, are leveraging technology for prosperity and diplomacy.

Attendees will hear how nations are:

  • Crafting policies around ethical AI,
  • Incorporating digital policy into international relations,
  • Exploring ways to develop public-private partnerships to bridge the digital divide worldwide,
  • And collaborating with global partners to advance critical mineral supply chain solutions.

Keynote segments feature leaders including Laurie Locascio, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Science and Technology & Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, who will highlight how scientific and technological advances in critical and emerging technology like AI and quantum have expanded opportunities, but also brought new challenges across industry, government, and academia. You can find the full agenda by clicking here.

The Main Stage sessions will cover the adoption of emerging technologies worldwide, tying tech transformation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and tech’s growing impact on the global supply chain and international affairs. Congressman Ro Khanna (D, CA-17), H.E. Dame Karen Pierce, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.S.; Maynard Holliday, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Critical Technologies, U.S. Department of Defense; Nichole Francis Reynolds, Vice President & Global Head, Government Relations, ServiceNow; Bennett Richardson, President of Protocol and Co-Founder of Hinge; and Jennifer Bachus, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy will share their insights on this stage.

The Innovation Stage conversations will discuss how policymakers can embrace the future, committing to electric vehicles, access to the internet as a fundamental right, building a diverse cyber workforce and digital currencies. Gordon Liao, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Circle; Chris Sharrock, Vice President, UN Affairs and International Organizations, Microsoft; Nicole Foster, Global Head of AI Policy, AWS; and Camille Stewart Gloster, White House Deputy National Cyber Director for Technology and Ecosystem Security, will address the innumerable ways and methods emerging technologies can be tools of diplomacy.

During the Summit, Meridian is proud to honor two changemakers dedicated to overcoming present cyber and digital challenges. The Meridian Global Leadership Awards commemorate those who exemplify leaders’ positive impact on their communities and the world through their actions and practices. They share Meridian’s commitment to promoting international understanding through exchanging ideas, people, and culture.

Bill McDermott, President and CEO of ServiceNow, is the 2022 recipient of the Meridian Corporate Leader Award, recognizing his exceptional business leadership, vision, and management abilities that have helped his company succeed in a global marketplace, increase international collaboration, and make a societal impact a corporate priority.

Confidence Staveley, Founder and Executive Director of the CyberSafe Foundation, is the 2022 recipient of the Meridian Global Citizen Award, recognizing her as a distinguished leader whose outstanding contributions and commitment to society have resulted in stronger international partnerships, greater understanding between nations, and a healthier, more secure and prosperous world.

As diplomacy evolves, Meridian is helping shape its future. Learn more about Meridian’s Director of Communications and Marketing Danielle Najjar at

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Meridian International Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit diplomacy center that connects leaders through culture and collaboration to drive solutions for global challenges. Founded 60 years ago, Meridian has equipped thousands of leaders with the networks, insights, and cultural context essential for nonpartisan work on shared issues. Meridian strengthens engagement between the United States and the world through diplomacy, global leadership, and culture because we believe we are stronger together when globally engaged.

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