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Corporate and Executive Education Experts Convene at MERIT Summit 2018

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MERIT Summit announced for second consecutive year; HR and executive education directors will convene to discuss transformational corporate learning; Lisbon 17-18 January 2018.


For a second consecutive year, MERIT Summit will be the one-of-a-kind forum in which HR and executive education directors convene to discuss transformational corporate learning. Organised by the international event and media agency Advent Group, this annual conference will welcome over 200 representatives from the corporate and higher education sectors in Lisbon on 17-18 January 2018. The event is designed to enhance the cooperation between leading business schools and companies and promote on-going corporate learning for business success.

“MERIT is a venue where corporate decision makers connect and share innovative ideas for the field of executive education. The positive feedback that we received in 2017 was a tremendous drive for us to do even better in the second edition and provide even more value for participants,” Christophe Coutat, Advent Group’s Founder and CEO, highlights.

The success of the 2017 conference held in Barcelona demonstrates that business and higher education leaders are committed to generating new collaborative solutions for corporate learning practices. MERIT Summit 2017 brought together 206 attendees from 23 countries, combining the experience and perspectives of over 80 global companies from a diverse range of industries and 32 top business schools.

“We have really interesting challenges in terms of creating good learning & development policies in different companies. It was an opportunity to share what we’ve been thinking and designing in the last few years, and to learn from other people and other companies about what they’re doing,” said HR business partner at Revlon, Patricia De Blas. 

The theme for the 2018 edition is “Always-On Learning” reflecting the shared goal of creating long-lasting learning strategies within the corporate education field. The programme of the two-day event was specially developed in collaboration with experts from the higher education and corporate sectors to provide attendees with diverse and innovative learning formats. The conference will feature six panel discussions with international HR directors from global companies such as Swarowski, PwC, Telenet Group, Bayer, LinkedIn, Virgin Media, KPMG, Deloitte, and many more. Eight inspiring MERITalks and cutting-edge theories will be delivered by thought leaders and business school professors.

The 2018 edition will also provide new learning and networking opportunities such as master classes and workshops led by professors, and case studies featuring best practices by companies and business schools.

Event registration

Corporate HR executives and business school representatives can register online through

A special Super Early Bird rate is available for online registration until 28 June 2017. The Early Bird rate will be available from 29 June until 28 September 2017. From 29 September 2017, the regular registration fee will apply. One-day passes are also available.