MEM Summer Summit 2018

Overview

Between 16 and 26 August, young change-makers, leaders from the public and private sector, artists, and intellectuals gathered in the south of Switzerland to address recent developments and persisting problems in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

The MEM Summer Summit:

  • Offers a platform for young change-makers to lay out a vision for their common future
  • Stimulates intellectual and human exchange across borders, cultures and languages
  • Allows for spontaneous face-to-face meetings in a relaxed environment
  • Facilitates friendships, enduring networks, and innovative ideas

The two-phased programme offered a Seminar (16 – 24 August) for young change-makers from the region and a high-level Forum (25 – 26 August), bringing together top-tier speakers with the leaders of tomorrow. This heterogeneous and trans-generational model of exchange is innovative and promotes dialogue between people who do not usually have the opportunity to be in contact.

Accompanying cultural events provided an informal framework to address existing assumptions and develop mutual perspectives through art.

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Achievements

  • Participation of 150 young change-makers, 100 speakers and 400 attendants
  • 84 grants awarded to the young change-makers
  • 31 sessions, workshops, and panels; 3 concerts, 2 film screenings, 3 public conferences, 1 photography exhibition
  • Creation of a network of young change-makers, leaders, decision-makers, political authorities, experts, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs of the MEM region
  • Space available for transgenerational encounters for young change-makers, sponsors, entrepreneurs and politicians
  • Bilateral and multilateral meetings of politicians and entrepreneurs
  • The Lugano Initiative. Proposals for the Middle East Mediterranean region: a document that collects concrete proposals for development and growth in the MEM region, developed and drawn up during the MEM Summer Summit 2018
  • Further developments of projects in the field proposed by the young change-makers
  • Collaboration and cooperation with diverse players and institutions in Switzerland and in the MEM region
  • Collaboration with several universities such as Graduate Institute, Université de Genève, PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres – ENS École normale supérieure, Université de Tunis (Manouba)

Seminar 2018

The programme consisted of a series of plenary session and workshops, thematically separated into three streams – “New Dynamics of the Middle East Mediterranean Region”, “Middle East Mediterranean Region: Governance, Administration, and Policy Making”, “Middle East Mediterranean Region: Narratives, Representations, Images”.

Full programme of the Seminar 2018: MEM Summer Summit 2018 Seminar – Programme

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MOUNA ATASSI

Founder, Atassi Foundation, Abu Dhabi

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SHIREEN ATASSI

Director, Atassi Foundation, Abu Dhabi

Claudia_BAEZ_CAMARGO_2

CLAUDIA BAEZ-CAMARGO

Basel Institute for Governance, Switzerland

Fabrice Balanche_2

FABRICE BALANCHE

Professor, Hoover Institution, The Washington Institute, USA-France

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JASMIN BASIC

Head of Fiction Programme, FIFDH – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Switzerland

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ESSMA BEN HAMIDA

Founder, Enda Inter-Arabe, Tunisia

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ISA BLUMI

Associate Professor, Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies, Sweden

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RICCARDO BOCCO

Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS BRÜLHART

Assistant State Secretary and Director General, Head Middle East and North Africa Division, Swiss Foreign Ministry, Switzerland

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JEAN-FRANÇOIS CHARNIER

Scientific director of Agence France-Muséums, France

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CATHERINE DAVID

Deputy Director, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, France

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ISHAC DIWAN

PSL – Paris Sciences et Lettres, and Columbia University, France-USA

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JOLANTA DRZEWIECKA

Professor, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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GABRIELE DERIGHETTI

Fabrice_Epelboin_2

FABRICE EPELBOIN

Cofounder Yogosha Bug Bounty; Startupper, creative technologist, Teacher, Sciences Po, France

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JOHANNA FASSL

Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Communication, Franklin University Switzerland, Switzerland

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FEDERICA FREDIANI

Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Educational Program Manager MEM Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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DANIEL GASTEIGER

Founder, Procivis AG, Switzerland

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ABIR HAJ IBRAHIM

Modaberoon Network, Syria

Marlen_Heide_2

MARLEN HEIDE

Ph.D. Student, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Anissa_Helou_2

ANISSA HELOU

Writer, Journalist, Food Blogger, UK-Italy

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JULIAN HOTTINGER

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAE), Switzerland

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TOMASZ JANOWSKI

Professor and Head of Department of Applied Informatics in Management, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

Marco_KAMPP_2

MARCO KAMPP

CEO, Deutsche Bahn Italia S.r.l., Italy

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HABIB KARAOULI

Chairman and CEO, Capital African Partners Bank (CAP Bank), Tunisia

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ALEXANDRE KAZEROUNI

Post-Doc Research Fellow, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France

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GILLES KEPEL

Professor, PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres-École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

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MICHEL KHLEIFI

Film Director, Writer, Belgium

Andreas_Ladner_2

ANDREAS LADNER

Professor and Director, Institut de hautes études en administration publique, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Martino_Lovato_2

MARTINO LOVATO

Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Mount Holyoke College, USA

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XIANKUN LU

Associate Partner, IDEAS Centre Geneva, Switzerland-China

Ahmed_Mater_2

AHMED MATER​

Artist, Saudi Arabia

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SILVIA NAEF

Professor, Université de Genève, Switzerland

Yosra_Nagui_2

YOSRA NAGUI

Swisspeace, Geneva, Switzerland

Moataz_Nast_2

MOATAZ NASR

Artist, Darb 1718, Egypt

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IBRAHIM OLABI

Executive Director and Founder, Syrian Legal Development Programme, Syria

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HELA OUARDI

Professor, Université de Tunis, Tunisia

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FRANCIS PICCAND

Head, Think-Tank Middle-East and North Africa, Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

Gino_Raidy_2

GINO RAIDY

Blogger, Lebanon

Ghada_Sayegh_2

GHADA SAYEGH RAHAL

Institut d’Etudes Scéniques, Audiovisuelles et Cinématographiques, Université Saint-Joseph Beyrouth, Lebanon

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PRASHANT SHARMA

Senior Consultant, The World Bank, Switzerland

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MARK THATCHER

Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

LUCA URECH

Mattia_Vacca_2

MATTIA VACCA

Liisa_Välikangas_2

LIISA VÄLIKANGAS

Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

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JEAN-PATRICK VILLENEUVE

Professor and Vice-Director, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Edouard_Waintrop_2

ÉDOUARD WAINTROP

Film Critic, Artistic Director, Switzerland

Gabriella_Zalapi_2

GABRIELLA ZALAPI

Artist, France

Forum 2018

The first Middle East Mediterranean Summer Summit involved 150 young people from over 30 countries of the Middle East Mediterranean region and Europe. Organised by Università della svizzera italiana (USI) with the joint support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the meeting aimed to develop innovative solutions and concrete opportunities for dialogue and growth.

On 25 and 26 August 2018, after an intense eight-day Seminar, the ideas generated and formulated by the young participants were presented and debated in the framework of a Forum, open to the public. Forum attendees included high-level political authorities, experts, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs of the Middle East Mediterranean region. The Forum was held at Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano, over two days, with a programme consisting of several thematic sessions, based on a structured presentation of key issues and points for reflection raised during the preceding Seminar. Tunisia, a major crossroads in the Mediterranean civilisation, and clear political-constitutional example of a government’s successful policy of integration and coexistence of differences, was the guest of honour at the MEM Summer Summit 2018.

The event provided opportunities to explore the geopolitics of the region, to outline scenarios for material reconstruction, and the development of cultural policies; to address the relationship between water, peace, and borders; and to discuss new models of citizenship, energy transition, and education and training as an engine of change. Also on the agenda: the question of infrastructure, of the need to rethink economics; examples of success stories on the ground; and how to promote new and positive narratives through literature and the arts.

Full programme of the Forum: MEM Summer Summit 2018 Forum – Programme

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ALMOTAZ ABADI

Senior Adviser – Managing Director Water and Environment, Union for Mediterranean, Palestinian Territories

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KAMEL AKROUT

First Counselor for National Security to the President, Tunisia

Mufleh_Al_Alaween_Al_Abbadi _2

MUFLEH AL ALAWEEN AL ABBADI

Regional Water Advisor, Jordan

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TERESA ALBERO

President, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Tunisia

Lindsey Aldaco-Manner_2

LINDSEY ALDACO-MANNER

President, World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), USA

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AMER AL-HINAI

Director, Sustainable Energy Research Center, University of Sultan Qaboos, Oman

MUZAHIM KASSIM AL-KHYATT

MUZAHM QASSIM AL-KHAYAT

President, Ninevah University; Chairman, Advisory Group for the reconstruction of the Province, Iraq

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H.E. ENG. MAYSOON AL-ZOUBI

Former Secretary-General, Jordan Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Jordan

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SUAD AMIRY

Writer and Architect, Founder of RIWAQ, Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestinian Territories

ROBERTO ANTONINI

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland

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BASHAR AZZEH

AL Quds Holding Company, Palestinian Territories

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SABRI BACHTOBJI

Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tunisia

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PASCALE BAERISWYL

State Secretary and Head of the Directorate of Political Affairs, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

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SALMAN BAL

Chief, Political Affairs and Partnerships Section, Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland

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MOHAMMED LAÏD BENAMOR

President, CACI – Chambre algérienne de commerce et d’industrie, Algeria

ALESSANDRO BERTELOTTI

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland

MANUELE BERTOLI

State Councilor, Republic and Canton of Ticino, Switzerland

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MARCO BORRADORI

Mayor, Lugano, Switzerland

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PAOLA CARIDI

Journalist and Writer, Italy

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IGNAZIO CASSIS

Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

Cinzia_Catalfamo_2

CINZIA CATALFAMO

Consultant, FIFA, Global Academic Network and Interagency Partnerships, Switzerland

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JEAN-FRANÇOIS CHARNIER

Scientific director of Agence France-Muséums, France

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MAROUANE EL ABASSI

Governor and Chairman, Central Bank of Tunisia, Tunisia

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BOAS EREZ

Rector, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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PHILIPPE ÉTIENNE

Foreign Policy Advisor of the President, France

LUCA FASANI

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Switzerland

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WAHID FERCHICHI

Professor of Law, Tunisian Association of Defending Individual Liberties (TADIL); Vice-President, Tunisian Foundation for Public Administrations Sciences, Tunisia

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ALESSANDRO FERRARI

Professor of Law and Religion, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Italy

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KAMEL GHRIBI

CEO, GK Investment Holding Group, Switzerland

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ENRICO GRANARA

Minister Plenipotentiary, Coordinator Euro-Mediterranean Multilateral Activities, Directorate General for Political and Security Affairs, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI, Italy

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ROBERTO GRASSI

Fidinam, Switzerland

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MARCO KAMPP

CEO, Deutsche Bahn AG, Italy

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GILLES KEPEL

Professor, PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres-École Normale Supérieure, France; Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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IQBAL LATIFI GHARBI

Professor, Ez-Zitouna University, Tunisia

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JINAN LIMAM

Professor of Public Law, Tunis Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences, Tunisia

Xiankun_LU_2

XIANKUN LU

Associate Partner, IDEAS Centre Geneva, Switzerland-China

Stefania_Mancini_2

STEFANIA MANCINI

Vice-President, Fondation Assistance Internationale-FAI Lugano, Italy-Switzerland

Safwan Masri_2

SAFWAN M. MASRI

Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia University, USA

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ANTOINE NASRI MESSARRA

Constitutional Council of Lebanon, Lebanon

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STÉPHANE MICHEL

President, Middle East, Exploration and Production Division, Total, France

BETTINA MÜLLER

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland

PAOLA NURNBERG

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland

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ERNESTO OTTONE RAMIREZ

Assistant Director-General for Culture, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France

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BADREDDINE OUALI

Chairman, Vermeg Group; President, Tunisia Foundation for Development, Tunisia

Mathieu_Pitet_2

MATHIEU PITET

CEO, Interstar Investment Ltd, France

Philippe_Portier_2

PHILIPPE PORTIER

Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Etudes Paris, France

PAOLO ROTELLI

President, Gruppo San Donato, Italy

PAOLO SCARONI

Deputy Chairman, Rothschild Group, Italy

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DIANA SEGANTINI

Journalist, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Switzerland

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BAVAGUTHU RAGHURAM SHETTY

Founder and Chairman, NMC Health, UAE

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JOHN SIBI-OKUMU

Journalist, Kenya

HAIG SIMONIAN

Journalist and Former Correspondent, The Economist and Financial Times, UK

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FRANÇOIS-AÏSSA TOUAZI

Vice President, France-Saudi Arabia Council; Managing Director, Ardian, France

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DANILO TÜRK

Chairman, Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace; Political adviser of the Geneva Water Hub, Former President of Slovenia, Slovenia

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KHAYAM TURKI

President, Think-Tank Joussour, Tunisia

Yves_Ubelmann_2

YVES UBELMANN

President and Co-founder, Iconem, France

Franco_Vaccari_2

FRANCO VACCARI

President, Rondine Cittadella della Pace, Italy

Marianne_Vidal-Marin_2

MARIANNE VIDAL MARIN

Institut Français, Safir Lab, France

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PIO WENNUBST

Vice Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

Cultural Dimension 2018

Public Conference with Anissa Helou

Friday, 17 August 2018

Born to a Syrian father and Lebanese mother, Anissa Helou is a well-known writer, blogger and chef. Based in London she specialises in Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa cuisine. During her conference, she talked about food and commensality.

Jazz Concert "Migrante"

Friday, 17 August 2018

Brilliant trumpet player, composer and arranger, Giovanni Falzone is one of the leading figures of Italian and European jazz. He defines himself as a migrant, having left his village in the Sicilian province to embark on a journey in search of a new life.

Jazz Concert "Mediterraneo"

Friday, 24 August 2018

The popular songs from Sicily of the Giovanni Falzone Trio blended with other sounds of the Mediterranean: from the voice of the Sufi mysticism of the Tunisian Houcine Ataa, to the African percussions of Dudu Kouatè, to the mythical Persian instrument Santur by the Iranian Alireza Mortazavi.

Symphony for Water and Peace

Saturday, 25 August 2018

The concert held by the Blue Peace Orchestra was organised in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the City of Lugano. Its aim was to raise awareness on the issues of peace and water.

Multimedia Installations by Moataz Nasr

25 -26 August 2018

The Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr is a painter, sculptor, multimedia artist and cultural activist. His work explores the traditions and consequences of globalisation, questioning the geopolitical and social developments in the MEM region.

The Mountain (Biennale Venezia 2017)

Photo Exhibition 'Journeys through our Fragile Heritage'


July - September 2018

The photo exhibition 'Journeys through our Fragile Heritage' was showcased on the perimeter area of Parco Ciani. From a project by Wikimedia and UNESCO it highlighted the beauty and fragility of our common heritage. It landed in Lugano thanks to the cooperation between the UNESCO chair, founded and directed by Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, and the Swiss commision for UNESCO.

Register for the Forum

Registration for the MEM Summer Summit 2018 Forum is available on-site from Saturday, 25 August, from 07:00 at the venue – Palazzo dei Congressi.

Online registration is now closed.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity in supporting the MEM Summer Summit.

New registration fees

The registration fee includes:
• Entrance to the two-day Forum
• Access to all programme sessions: panels, keynote speeches and breakout sessions
• Access to the exhibition area
• Lunch and coffee breaks

Early bird registration

Regular registration

  • Individuals 300 CHF
  • Residents of LMC countries* 100 CHF
  • Residents of LIC countries* 50 CHF
  • Small Group 270 CHF

    (5-20 people)

  • Large Group 255 CHF

    (21-50 people)

  • SWITCH - Faculty / Staff 250 CHF
  • USI & FUS - Faculty / Staff** 200 CHF
  • International Students 150 CHF
  • SWITCH - Students 150 CHF
  • USI & FUS - Students** 100 CHF

*Residents of countries ranked in the categories “Low-Income Economies” (LIC) and “Lower-Middle Income Economies” (LMC), (see full list). Please note that there is a limited amount of tickets with the discounted price for the categories Residents of LIC and LMC countries.

**Università della Svizzera italiana & Franklin University Switzerland

All above prices are per person and are inclusive of Swiss VAT at 7.7 %.

Cancellations

To cancel your registration, please contact the MEM Summer Summit organisers at administration@mem-summersummit.ch.

All cancelled Forum registrations will be subject to a cancellation fee as shown below:

  • Minus 50% for cancellations made before 15 July 2018
  • No refunds for cancellations made on or after 16 July 2018

The Lugano Initiative

‘The Lugano Initiative. Proposals for the Middle East Mediterranean region’ is a document that collects concrete proposals for development and growth in the MEM region, developed and drawn up during the MEM Summer Summit 2018. The main contributors are the 150 young change-makers, who worked together across cultural differences and national identities.

Download the document: MEM Summer Summit 2018 – The Lugano Initiative

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Partners 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Partners, who supported both the vision and realisation of the MEM Summer Summit 2018.

Patronage

Institutional Partners

Main Partners

Blue Peace

Partners

Media Partners

Event Partners

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Sponsors 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sponsors. The MEM Summer Summit 2018 could not exist without their generous support.

Elite Sponors

Sponsors

Champions

Donors

Ghribi
Fondazione Bosca&Co

Accommodation and Transport

Early arrangement of accommodation is recommended since the event is held during the high-season. 

A contingent of hotel rooms has been reserved for Forum participants.

If you are interested in reserving a room, please fill in the booking form (download here) and send it to administration@mem-summersummit.ch. All hotels are within easy reach of Palazzo dei Congressi. Your reservation will be taken care of and an invoice will be sent directly to you via email.

Contacts:
administration@mem-summersummit.ch. 

By train: Lugano is one of the principal stops on the main European North-South route and can be reached from many cities in the northern and southern part of Europe by direct day or night train connections. Check trains and updated departure times from/to Lugano here

By plane: The quickest way to get to Lugano from most places abroad, will be through a number of airports listed below: 

  • From Milano Malpensa: There are frequent direct bus connections to Lugano (travel time 1hr). These are the main providers operating from Malpensa Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2: GiosyTours, LuganoServizi, and JetBus. 
  • From Milano Linate and from the city centre of Milano, you can take one of the frequent trains to Lugano (about 1h from Milano Centrale Station).
  • Lugano Airport is served by Swiss (Zurich). From the airport, you can take a shuttle to the centre of the city (Shuttle Bus) or a taxi. 
  • Zurich Airport: As an alternative you might consider flying to Zurich and use the train to travel to Lugano (overall, a 2h journey). There is a direct, hourly train from Zurich main station to Lugano. It is a chance to experience the longest train tunnel in Europe by passing under the Gottardo.

Upon request, we can arrange private transportation between your arrival destination and your hotel. Request for transport can be made on the hotel booking form, or writing to administration@mem-summersummit.ch.

For citizens of the following countries, only a valid passport is required to travel in Switzerland:

  • Americas (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru)
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • Australia and New Zealand

Passport holders from other countries should consult the relevant visa requirements. 

Invitation letters for visa procedures can be prepared upon request: only delegates who successfully complete their registration to the Forum can receive a Letter of Invitation in order to submit a visa application. A VISA letter from the hotel can also be provided, but only for delegates who book through us.

For all visa requests please write to administration@mem-summersummit.ch.

The Lugano region is well-known for the beauty of its landscape, lake, mountains and Mediterranean vegetation.

Destinations for half-day trips include Monte Brè and San Salvatore, the two mountains framing Lugano, both of which can be reached on foot or cable car. Bellinzona castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is 30 minutes away from Lugano by train. For further information on day trips, please visit:

www.lugano-tourism.ch

www.lagolugano.ticino.ch

Gallery 2018

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