Meridian Global Leadership Summit

The Meridian Global Leadership Summit is the leading convening of diplomatic, business and policy leaders in a neutral, nonpartisan forum to exchange ideas and collaborate on solutions to today's most pressing global challenges and opportunities.

The 10th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit: Prioritizing People and Planet will take place on Friday, October 22, 2021. This fully virtual event will bring together the top diplomatic, business, and government leaders to the intersection of diplomacy and environmental, social, and governance issues. While climate change is not new to international conversations, COVID-19 has transformed it into a central component of business strategy and community planning, as much as national security and foreign policy priorities. Governments have created new positions for climate envoys and departments of climate change, while businesses are doubling down on investments for a carbon-neutral future. At the same time, global youth activism is sparking progress by all sectors on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as compelling government and businesses alike to take action on international social and human rights issues.

The traditional diplomatic principles of trust, relationship building, and engagement - alongside technological and scientific innovations - will shape how we recover from the largest economic, health, and social crisis of our lifetime. Concurrent breakout segments, in addition to the plenary sessions, will allow participants to tailor their experience to match their individual interests and actively participate in the conversation.

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The Meridian Summit brings high-level policymakers, corporate leaders and diplomatic representatives together for Meridian’s signature convening. Recent speakers include Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, United Airlines Executive Chairman Oscar Munoz, OECD Deputy Secretary General Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame, Canadian Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, EU Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Roger Wicker, Howard University President Wayne Frederick, The Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein, and BBC Lead Anchor Katty Kay.

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