2015 Concordia Summit to Host Dignitaries and Partner with Leading Corporations, Governments and Non-Profits

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[L-R] Concordia co-founders Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis moderate a Concordia panel that includes former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush
Concordia will host the 5th Annual Concordia Summit on October 1-2 in New York City. The conference will convene over 600 leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to discuss the power of public and private sector cooperation and, specifically, public-private partnerships in combatting social and economic issues. The Concordia Summit serves as a global affairs forum, where thought leaders and innovators gather to examine the world’s most pressing challenges.

Concordia was founded by Nicholas M. Logothetis and Matthew Swift, two high-school friends who now lead the non-profit organization.

“The Concordia Summit is unlike any other event of its kind,” said Logothetis, who also sits on Libra Group’s board of Directors.

“Developing lasting solutions through public-private partnerships is Concordia’s purpose and my personal mission,” he added.

The 2015 event will feature programming on combatting human trafficking, youth unemployment, global food security, and more. Through cross-sector panel discussions, interviews with prominent world leaders, and topic-specific breakout sessions, participants are able to learn from industry experts and explore solutions with potential partners.

The Concordia Summit will convene world dignitaries, eminent political figures, and renowned business executives, among them, Akhila Kosaraju M.D., Vice President, Global Development, SIGA Technologies; Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Former President, Republic of Poland; Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership; Andrés Pastrana Arango, Former President, Republic of Colombia; Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, & CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; and Barry Eccleston, CEO, Airbus Americas.

For the first time, Concordia has partnered with leading global corporations, governments and non-profits to frame session topics and develop compelling programming and content. Through these partnerships, Concordia is bringing new voices to the conversation to ensure that the Concordia network receives high-quality programming from a diverse set of thought-leaders.

2015 Programming Partners include 100,000 Strong Foundation; Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Asia Society; The Institute for Business in Society, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; Foundation Amicus Europae; Humanity United; International Republican Institute; My Brother’s Keeper Alliance; Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon; Purpose; The Hershey Company; The McCain Institute for International Leadership; The Resolution Project; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office for Global Partnerships, World Wildlife Fund.

Key sessions at the 5th Annual Concordia Summit include:

· Beyond Business – The Modern CEO: Keynoted by The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent, this session will explore how companies are increasingly incorporating corporate responsibility and in doing so are realizing both social and bottom-line benefits.

· Employing the Future: The Imperative of Youth Employment in Creating Inclusive Economies: In partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation and introduced by Dr. Judith Rodin, this session will explore employer-driven approaches to ending the youth unemployment crisis and actionable plans for creating models of inclusive prosperity.

· Democratic Governance in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities: In partnership with Americas Society/Council of the Americas and introduced by Ambassador John Negroponte, this session will discuss the risk of democratic progress in Latin American countries. Speakers include Andrés Pastrana Arango, Former President of Colombia; Jorge Fernando Quiroga Ramírez, Former President, Plurinational State of Bolivia; and Ambassador Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, Presidential Candidate, Republic of Ecuador.

The 2015 Concordia Summit is sponsored by the Libra Group (Founding Sponsor); LXM Group; Mizuho Securities USA; Uber; The Coca-Cola Company; among others.

On the afternoon of Friday, October 2nd, the second Annual P3 Impact Award will be presented by the U.S. Department of State, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia to recognize and honor the leading public-private partnerships that are improving local communities and the world in impactful ways.

For more information on the Concordia Summit, including the full program, visit http://concordia.net.


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