10th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit

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2021 Meridian Summit: Prioritizing People and Planet

Meridian International Center hosted the 10th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on Friday, October 22 to a live global audience of over 400. The fully virtual gathering featured 50 speakers over the course of an eight-hour program, which zeroed-in on how governments, businesses and private sectors in the U.S. and around the world are tackling today’s greatest problems through an increasingly-relevant Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) lens.

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Summit Agenda



  • Preparing for ESG Regulations and Reporting Standards Harmonization
    • Session ModeratorDave Curran, Co-Chair, Sustainability & ESG Advisory Practice, Paul, Weiss
    •  Fred Saint, President, Marketplaces, CoStar Group
    • The Honorable Allison Herren Lee, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
    • Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), U.S. House of Representatives
    • Dr. Allinnettes Go Adigue, ASEAN Regional Hub Head, Global Reporting Initiative
    • Ed O'Boyle, Global Practice Leader, Gallup
  • Taking a Stand: Emergence of Public and Private Sector Action on Equity, Justice and Human Rights
    • Session Moderator: Jennifer Zabasajja, QuickTake Reporter, Bloomberg Business
    • Stéphane Bancel, CEO, Moderna
    • Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
    • Dipanjan Chatterjee, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
    • Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director and CEO, UN Global Compact
    • Celia Ouellette, Founder and CEO, Responsible Business Initiative for Justice
  • Making the Case for a Sustainable Supply Chain and Conscious Procurement
    • Mahmoud Bah, Acting CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation
    • His Excellency Carlos dos Santos, Ambassador of Mozambique
    • Moderated By: Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Africa Program Director, The Wilson Center
    • Nedra Dickson, Managing Director, Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead, Accenture
    • Vanessa Erogbogbo, Chief of Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains, International Trade Centre
    • Marcela Navarro, CEO and Co-Founder, Project X Global
    • Moderated By: Puru Trivedi, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Meridian International Center
  • Reaching Climate Solutions through Infrastructure and Hard-to-Abate Sectors
    • Session Moderator: The Honorable Alonzo Fulgham, Vice President, Viateq
    • Andrew Wishnia, Deputy Assitant Secretary of Climate Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Rt Hon. Lord Barker of Battle, Executive Chairman, EN+
    • Mike Train, Senior Vice President, and Chief Sustainability Officer, Emerson
  • In the Market for Sustainable Finance
    • Session Moderator: Lorraine Woellert, Sustainability and ESG Editor, Politico
    • The Honorable Sarah Bloom Raskin, Deputy Secretary of Treasury (2014-2017)
    • Suzanne Gaboury, Director General, Private Sector Operations, Asian Development Bank
    • Deborah Lehr, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, Paulson Institute
    • Donna McNamara, Director, Global Head of Trade Product Commercialization and ESG Strategy, Citi
  • Leading the Charge: Impact of Youth on Investing and in Achieving SDGs
    • Session Moderator: Ben Chang, Deputy VP for Communications and Spokesperson, Princeton University
    • Bela Bajaria, Head of Global TV, Netflix and Meridian Trustee
    • Jean Case, CEO, Case Impact Network
    • TereGonzález García, Social Entrepreneur and UN Young Leader for the SDGs
    • Tim Lo Surdo, Founder and National Director, Democracy in Colour
    • Reggie McCrimmon, Public Policy Manager for the United States, Twitter
    • IshaSharma, M&E and Climate Strategy, The World Bank Group

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