Concordia Wraps Up 2020 Summit with Leadership Awards

Unlike 2019, the 2020 Concordia Summit took place digitally. Credit: Concordia

Hundreds of policymakers, executives, NGO leaders and representatives from more than 90 countries participated in the 10th Concordia Annual Summit which closes on Friday.

The five-day digital event, which over the years has become a landmark in political, economic and social debate, has offered cutting-edge content, networking opportunities, panels, and town hall discussions.

Founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis, a member of the Greek diaspora, the annual event brings together leaders and change-makers to address the world’s most pressing social, environmental and economic issues.

The 2020 Concordia Annual Summit had been expanded from the usual two days held in person, and the talks were organized around key themes, including U.S. Elections and Civic Engagement, Covid Response and Recovery, and Technology and Workforce Development.

Speakers included U.S. journalist Bob Woodward, First Lady Monica Geingos of Namibia, Cameroonian soccer player Samuel Eto’o Fils, and Álvaro Uribe Vélez, the former president of Colombia.

The first meeting of the Concordia Action Alliance, a newly formed group of companies, NGOs, and governments that are all on the front lines of the pandemic also took place during the Summit.

On Thursday a special 10th anniversary celebration took place, during which the 2020 Leadership Awards were presented to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, Walmart’s Doug McMillon, and Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres.