Submission is Now Closed.

50 Heads of HR

from leading Asian and global companies

20 Heads of Executive Education

from top business school

This short introduction into the world of improvisation will show you what you need to be an improviser. Improvisation techniques are easy to understand. With simple online exercises everyone is able to experience and understand how improvisation works. It’s a holistic approach, not just about behaviour and rules, but going deeper into a kind of attitude which may lead you through difficult situations. It’s an attitude which is very helpful for change processes and agile challenges in business context. It helps to cope with most communication challenges because you learn to expect the unexpected. Reaching this level also means that you gain a better presence and can adjust your impact to the outside world in a way which is always authentic.

Being spontanеous means being yourself. In this session you will have the chance to experiment and interact with the other participants. And the best thing: You will have fun!

“We received very valuable feedback from the judging committee on our program and how to present it. This helped to make the next iteration of the top talent program more effective.”

Jerry Pico, Daiichi Sankyo

“It was a very well organized summit at a great location, both Lisbon and our and host NOVA Business School were amazing. The list of topics selected and people attending the summit were quite inspiring and led to lots of networking and side chats.”

Yannis Koutroulis, Deutsche Telekom

„We learn so much from gathering with others passionate about education – the MERITS Awards energized me for the future.“

Mary Carey, INSEAD

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How to participate:

You can submit your best initiatives in the following areas:

•    Organisational Development
•    Leadership Development
•    People Development
•    Innovation in Higher Education

There will be several award categories in each area, taking into consideration:

•    The organisation type and size (e.g. SME or Large);
•    The geographical outreach of the initiative – local, regional, global;

* The organisers and judging panel reserve their right to assign or reassign your project to a category based on their interpretation of your project's goals and strengths.

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Category: People Development

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Leadership Development: ING for Think Forward Leadership Experience (TFLE)

People Development: IE University & Amazon for Amazon Despega Online Training Program

Organisational Development: ASG & ShaeVitality for AI Epigenetic Vitality Program at ASG EMEA

Innovation in Higher Education: NOVA School of Business and Economics & StartsSe for xBA - Exponential Business Administration Program


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: The CITI Women Leadership Development Program

Executive Development Partnership: The Danfoss-INSEAD Strategic Excellence Program

Innovative Learning Strategy: Xprtise & AskAlrijne - Learning at the Moment of Need

People Development – SME: Corilus & Squid Consulting – Shape Up Our Talent Program

Culture Change: Daiichi Sankyo Europe – Better Conversations & Coaching Executive Certification Program


Leadership Development Global: Novartis for The Unbossed Leadership Experience

Leadership Development Europe: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. for European Top Talent Programme

Virtual Leadership Development: Thales for Digital Development Center

Leadership Development Corporate Academy: Vetropack for Vetrocademy Leadership Development Programme

People Development: LinkedIn for The Business Leadership Programme

Organisational Development – Europe: Deutsche Telekom for Digital Escape Rooms

Organisational Development – Asia: Omega Healthcare Management Services, India for Human Potential Based Restructuring

Innovation in Higher Education: INSEAD Executive Education for Catalysing Leadership in a Digital World

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The review of your application will be based on four main criteria – the 4 “I”s:

•    Ideation – needs analysis, approach, design;
•    Implementation – stakeholder buy-in, engagement;
•    Impact – on the organisation, its people and the outside world;
•    Innovation – introduction of new ideas, methodology, or technology.


30 April

End of application process  

2-13 May

Evaluation of the applications

15 May

Notification of shortlisted contestants

16-17 June
MERIT Summit

The MERITS Summit & Awards: Presentation and discussion of the case studies

17 June

Awards Ceremony

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The jury consists of MERIT Leadership Community members, executive education leaders, and experts.

Speakers , January 2022

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