9 September, 2021 Milan
Leading and Collaborating in the New World
The Powerful Trio of Leadership, Culture and Skilling.

50 Heads of HR

from leading Asian and global companies

20 Heads of Executive Education

from top business school

Since 2017, MERIT has been a unique forum for HR and L&D directors of companies from different industries and Executive Education leaders to learn, share challenges and explore solutions together within an international professional community in a focused, highly interactive environment.

The MERIT Summit is a learning showcase, an ideas conference, and a hands-on strategy session with experts and peers, enabling participants to develop a culture of learning, innovation, and growth in their organisations.

This year, two conferences under one roof will provide corporate HR/L&D and Executive Education leaders with dedicated content on the topics shaping the future of organisations and executive education.

Further to our mission to empower people and organisations The MERIT Awards have been designed to award impactful transformational initiatives in the corporate and higher education sectors.

"The program had a great line-up of highly relevant subjects.'"


"Excellent identification of relevant topics and themes"


"The networking opportunities are for sure a great strength of the event"



  • Stefano Pogutz

    Professor of Practice
    in Corporate Sustainability

    SDA Bocconi School
    of Management

  • Jacqueline Brassey


    McKinsey Health Institute

  • Lindy Greer

    Professor for Management
    and Organizations

    Ross School of Business -
    University of Michigan

  • Dr. Nick van Dam

    Director of the
    IE Center for Corporate
    Learning Innovation

    IE University


Powerful Keynotes by academic and corporate leaders with a strategic vision to help organisations and people thrive in an ever-changing world.
Interactive Workshops to dive deeper into key topics such as psychological safety, emotional intelligence, people analytics and sustainable careers.
Unconference and Peer Consulting – participant driven formats to discuss ideas and find solutions to current challenges.


Bring your brand and expertise into the spotlight. Explore the MERIT Sponsorship advantage.

Learn more

Leading and Collaborating in the New World

* Programme to be confirmed

Leading and Collaborating in the New World

* Programme to be confirmed

Learn from thought leaders, HR and L&D directors, professors, executive education experts, and learning innovators. Exchange knowledge and experiences with peers in interactive workshops and unconference sessions.
Stay tuned for more exciting speakers.

Speakers Vol. 2, Lisbon , September 2021

This year venue of THE MERITS Summit & Awards is NOVA SBE Campus, located in Carcavelos, Lisbon. It is directly linked to the beach and the School’s auditorium have a view of the ocean. The city of Lisbon is just 20 minutes away from the venue and the great transport network makes exploring the city easy for all delegates and guests of the Summit.


Venue Lisbon 2021


R. Holanda n.1, 2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal



With contemporary and refined rooms and suites, a popular Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, and an extensive selection of tailored services, UNAHOTELS Mediterraneo Milano offers warm Italian hospitality and urban practicality for business and leisure travelers alike.

Newly restyled, this elegant 4-star hotel is ideally situated in a lively part of the city, just moments away from various transport links and within a short walk of Milan’s most treasured attractions.

“Kindly note that this offer is subject to promotional availability on a first-come, first-served basis until 29 April 2024."

Link for guests with preferential rates: ADVENT GROUP

NOVA SVE - R. Holanda n.1, 2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal


  • A limited number of complimentary passes will be offered to HR Corporate VP/Director level (decision-maker) and will include: attendance to all sessions, refreshments, lunches and networking breaks.

Conference pass

EUR 1950

  • All tickets include full access to all conference sessions, lunches and refreshments throughout the summit and social activities.

Request your invitation

A limited number of complimentary passes are offered to HR, Learning & Development, and Talent Management leaders and C-level executives.

Apply upon invitation and the MERIT Team will answer your request within 48 hours.

For any other senior executive, please click here . The ticket is priced at EUR 1950 and includes access to all summit sessions, networking and social breaks on 23-24 May.

* Attendance to all sessions, refreshments, lunches and networking breaks are included.

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