The 5th Annual Global Leadership Summit, October 14, 2016

Restoring Confidence in Leaders and Institutions

Meridian Global Leadership Summit 2016 Program
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The world is at an inflexion point. Throughout both the developing and the developed world, people are unsure about their future and they have lost faith in their leaders and their institutions. This has led to a rise in populism and a desire to turn inward. While the tendency in this vacuum is for individual nations to look towards a sole nationalistic leader, the world is too globalized and interconnected for countries to try and solve domestic and international issues in silos. At the same time, neither governments nor the private sector or civil society will be able to overcome these challenges on their own. We need networks of leaders from across sectors and throughout the world to come together and collaborate on global solutions for local problems.

The 5th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit, held on October 14, 2016, explored this state of crisis by examining what people want from their leaders and for their futures, and how a more effective global system – one that understands other cultures and societies, and is able to break down barriers among government, privates sector and NGOs – can simultaneously lead towards national and global advancement. Corporate executives, civil society leaders and start-up entrepreneurs from across the globe highlighted the enormous potential of the digital economy to deliver on people’s aspirations, while high-ranking U.S. government officials and international ambassadors reinforced the importance of an international coalition of interconnected knowledge networks to achieve greater global security and prosperity.

Meridian’s signature convening annually brings together a cross-section of over 150 international and domestic policy makers, corporate and diplomatic leaders, academics, and members of the media to explore more efficient, effective ways to address global economic and social challenges.

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The 5th Annual Global Leadership Summit, October 14, 2016 | October 2016
Number of Attendees: 150
Regions: Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Western Hemisphere
Program Areas: Diplomatic Engagement
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Private Sector, Public Sector, NGOs
Meridian Summit 2016