Announcing 2019 Meridian Global Leadership Summit Speaker Lineup

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October 8, 2019
Meridian International Center

Media Contact:
Megan Devlin | (202) 939-5550 |


Senator Joe Manchin, Ambassador Michael Froman to join German and New Zealand Ambassadors among other speakers at 2019 Meridian Global Leadership Summit

As global citizens and consumers, we all want to know how the changing landscapes in energy, trade and investment will impact continued economic growth and prosperity around the world. Given the current geopolitical landscape, it can be difficult to envision what sustainable global economic growth looks like – and how world leaders are designing a pathway for our shared global future.

Now in its eighth year, the Meridian Global Leadership Summit brings together diplomatic, business and policy leaders in a neutral, nonpartisan setting for a morning of inspired conversation on how we can collaborate on solutions to today's most pressing global challenges and opportunities.

This year’s Summit will explore how shifts in trade, investment and energy will shape the global economy for the foreseeable future, and what global leaders are doing to rise to the challenge. Key questions to be discussed include:

How can nations and global businesses best adapt to the shift away from multilateral to bilateral trade agreements?
How can leaders tap into the world’s evolving energy portfolio to meet increased global consumption while addressing mounting climate concerns?
How can the private sector bolster cross-border capital flow and work with governments to strike a balance between foreign investment and national security?


Summit Details:

  • WHAT: 2019 Meridian Global Leadership Summit
  • WHERE: The Pavilion at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center | 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • WHEN: Friday, October 25, 2019 | 8:30 – 11:00 AM

2019 Speaker Lineup:

POLITICO is the media partner for this year’s Summit, with senior editorial leaders Ryan Heath and Luiza Savage serving as moderators. BP and Mastercard are the Summit’s Corporate Chair and Global Engagement Chair, respectively. Gallup joins Meridian again as a sponsor along with the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC), presented by Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA), host of the 2019 Summit.

Interested in covering the event? Reserve a spot in our Global Press Lounge by contacting Megan Devlin. For event updates, follow #MeridianSummit on social media.

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Meridian International Center is a non-partisan diplomacy nonprofit that strengthens engagement between the United States and the world by developing and connecting global leaders through culture and collaboration. Founded in 1960, Meridian works with governments, the private sector and the diplomatic community to develop global leadership, cultural and diplomatic engagement programs to help leaders better address the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly globalized society. Meridian believes that the United States is stronger when globally engaged, setting the tone for consensus building across nations to create a more secure and prosperous world for all.


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