The 4th Annual Concordia Summit attracted a record number of government, business and non-profit leaders from all around the world to promote public-private partnerships. The event entitled “Scaling Proven Solutions Through Collaboration” took place on September 29th and 30th in New York City and attracted more than 700 prominent guests.
The mission of the summit and the Concordia organization which holds the annual event is to help promote public-private partnerships throughout the world, but mostly in underdeveloped countries where there is the most need for social change.
“The pace of change in the world has only quickened since last year’s summit,” said Matthew Swift, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Concordia. “Concordia provides a safe and trusted forum for leaders from the world over to escape their day-to-day to work together to solve the world’s most pressing problems.”
“Concordia is a charity so we won’t get involved with a project unless there is a social impact of some sort,” said Nicholas Logothetis, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Concordia. (Watch our interview below)
Co-founders Nick Logothetis and Matthew Swift gave the opening remarks early morning on September 29th at the Grand Hyatt where the breakout sessions and conference took place.
Chairman and CEO of Libra Group, George Logothetis, talked about the importance of leadership and “the need for companies to bridge and link the social, political and business world together as one.” (Watch the speech below)
The agenda also included an official convening of the Leadership Council, including seven former Heads of State representing three continents.
The featured participants of the 2014 Summit included Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator John McCain, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., District Attorney, New York County, T. Boone Pickens, CEO, BP Capital and Letty Ashworth, Director, Global Diversity, Delta Air Lines.
Watch interviews on public-private partnerships with Chairman and CEO of Mizuho Securities John Koudounis, Chairman and CEO of Admirals Bank Nicholas W. Lazares and President of the American College of Greece Dr. David Horner:
In addition to the annual gathering, Concordia’s Leadership Council met at the New York Stock Exchange to discuss ways in which Concordia can strengthen the emphasis on public-private partnerships around the world.
Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush as the featured closing speakers of the event, highlighted the need for increased dialogue and cohesion between the public and private sectors as a means to solving pressing global issues.