Philanthropist Dalia Mroue-Fateh and Chairman and CEO of Moët Hennessy Christophe Navarre Co-Chair the Meridian Global Leadership Summit and 45th Annual Meridian Ball

May 1, 2013

Media Contacts: Monique McSween | Phone: (202) 939-5882


Washington D.C.: Meridian International Center is pleased to announce that this year’s Meridian Global Leadership Summit and the 45th Annual Meridian Ball will be co-chaired by Dalia Mroue-Fateh, philanthropist and Founder of Salt Productions, LLC and Christophe Navarre, Chairman and CEO of Moët Hennessy.

Distinguished as a highlight on the calendars of senior U.S. government officials, ambassadors, international and domestic policy makers, and top corporate leaders, the Global Leadership Summit and Meridian Ball will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013.

Dalia Mroue-Fateh is the Founder of Salt Productions, LLC, which specializes in films exploring a range of international issues, including international law, diplomacy, public policy, human rights, elections, women's rights, environmental issues, and sustainable economic development. Ms. Mroue-Fateh has worked tirelessly to mobilize global support for women’s empowerment, human rights, and environmental issues.

Christophe Navarre will be the Corporate Chair of the Summit and the Ball. Mr. Navarre joined LVMH in 1997 as President and CEO of JAS Hennessy & Co, building the company’s leadership in the cognac industry around the world. In 2001, he was appointed CEO of Moët Hennessy, the wines and spirits division of LVMH. He is also a board member of the Comité Colbert and a member of the Heineken Advisory Board. Mr. Navarre is a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, a Commandeur de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, and an Officier de l’Ordre de la Couronne in Belgium.

As Chairs, Ms. Mroue-Fateh and Mr. Navarre, will work closely with the Meridian team in highlighting and garnering support for Meridian’s exchange and leadership development programs, which strengthen international understanding and develop emerging leaders from around the globe.

About the Meridian Global Leadership Summit and the 45th Annual Meridian Ball

The Global Leadership Summit is part of the Meridian-Gallup Global Leadership Series, which takes place each spring and fall to examine the state of global leadership at both the global and national levels, and discuss the factors driving public opinion of U.S. leadership in more than 160 countries. The spring event, the U.S.-Global Leadership Project, was held on March 13, 2013, and examined opinions of U.S. leadership in more than 130 countries. At October’s Global Leadership Summit, top corporate leaders, policy makers, members of the diplomatic corps, and senior government officials will explore how critical issues of the day, including political, social, and economic issues, affect people’s perceptions of leaders around the world. The day’s discussions will focus on collaborative solutions to complex global problems.

The networking and discussions at the Global Leadership Summit will culminate at the 45th Annual Meridian Ball on the evening of October 18th. Regarded throughout Washington as a “must-attend” event for high-level networking and relationship-building, the Meridian Ball is attended by prominent international figures in politics, business, the diplomatic corps, and the media. The Ball begins with Ambassador-hosted dinners at embassies and residences around Washington, followed by dessert and entertainment at Meridian House, a national historic site and venue.

WHAT: Meridian Global Leadership Summit & 45th Annual Meridian Ball
WHEN: Global Leadership Summit | Friday, October 18, 2013 | 11:30am – 2:00pm

45th Annual Meridian Ball | Friday, October 18, 2013 | 9:30pm

Ambassador-hosted Dinners | 7:00pm

White-Meyer Cocktail Reception & Dinner | 6:30pm and 8:00pm, respectively

WHERE: Summit | Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Ball | Meridian House

White-Meyer Cocktail Reception & Dinner | White Meyer House

Ambassador-hosted Dinners | Embassies and Ambassadors’ Residences

CONTACT: For more information on the Summit and the Ball, please contact:
Olivia Dorieux | (P) 202-450-5899 | Olivia@cblaneygroup.comFor media inquiries or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Monique McSween | (P) 202-939-5882 |
All media persons must be pre-credentialed to attend the Summit or the Ball

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About Meridian International Center: Meridian International Center, founded in 1960, is a leading non-partisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to strengthening international understanding and global engagement. Meridian works with the U.S. State Department and embassies worldwide to create lasting international partnerships through leadership and cultural exchanges and training programs.

Meridian’s mission advances three goals:

  • Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange
  • Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future
  • Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors

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