Concordia was established in 2011 to enhance the scale and effectiveness of public-private partnerships (P3s). Guided by a global network of advisers and a robust research program, Concordia helps organizations maximize the impact of their P3s. Held in New York during the UN General Assembly, the annual Summit convenes over 1,000 of the world's most prominent business, government, and nonprofit leaders, including President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Joseph Biden. Concordia promotes successful partnership and produces the annual Concordia Partnership Index, an interactive ranking of 59 countries, evaluating each country’s environment for P3 engagement, while also considering the potential for positive social impact. Over the past five years, Concordia has established itself as a neutral, nonpartisan platform for leaders who are committed to cross-sector collaboration.
Concordia’s mission is to identify new avenues of collaboration for governments, businesses, and nonprofits through issue-based campaigns, year round programming, and the Partnership Index. Concordia promotes effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.
The Concordia Summit
With the importance of public-private partnerships as the cornerstone of the event, the inaugural 2011 Summit focused specifically on the issue of extremism and terrorism in light of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The Summit examined the international fight against terrorism and the struggle to combat the breeding of extremist thought. Attendees included keynote speaker President George W. Bush, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, President Aleksander Kwaśniewski of Poland, President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, and Ambassador Luis Alberto Moreno Mejia of the Inter-American Development Bank, among others. The Summit laid the groundwork for the development of formal and strategic partnerships around the issue of extremism.
The 2012 Concordia Summit focused on effective partnerships in the areas of health, education, security, the global economy, and sustainability, featuring keynote speaker President Bill Clinton. The Summit partnered with the U.S. Afghan Women's Council in efforts to promote successful public-private partnerships (P3s)
The 2013 Concordia Summit held September 26–27, 2013, and entitled "Building a Prosperous Future: Investing in our Youth," focused on forging public-private partnerships as a means to solve economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the Millennial Generation. The Summit convened thought leaders to create a framework to reverse unemployment by discussing transforming education, stabilizing global security, creating full participation for youth in the financial sector, and cultivating entrepreneurship. With leaders from the private and public sectors in attendance, Concordia introduced the long-awaited Concordia Partnership Index. The Index is an interactive ranking of countries according to their partnership environment. It takes into account both a country’s readiness and need to engage in P3s and thus helps to countries where social impact can be best absorbed.
The 2014 Concordia Summit, which took place on September 29–30, 2014, and was entitled “Scaling Proven Solutions Through Collaboration,” focused on how collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can facilitate large-scale impact by leveraging each sector’s unique expertise. The Summit hosted leaders of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including speakers such as: T. Boone Pickens, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Dikembe Mutombo, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Letty Ashworth, and Shalil Shetty. The closing session of the 2014 Summit featured a keynote speech by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the New York Stock Exchange. President and Mrs. Bush reflected upon current events, their time in the White House, and their extensive experience with various world leaders, highlighting opportunities for new partnerships to have lasting social and economic impact.
The 2015 Concordia Summit, held October 1–2, 2015, celebrated the fifth anniversary of the organization’s mission of promoting cross-sector collaboration. It also introduced the organization’s programming partner model, whereby leading industry and nonprofit organizations partnered with Concordia on Summit programming by collaborating on content and speaker recruitment. The Summit convened over 900 attendees and 143 speakers, including prominent leaders such as: His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan; Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; Secretary Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Bassem Youssef, Former Host of AlBernameg; Viktor Yushchenko, Former President of Ukraine; Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of the Malala Fund; Hugh Evans, Co-Founder of the Global Poverty Project; and Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Chair of Global Strategy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The first day of the Summit concluded with remarks from U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, who spoke on timely policy issues, both foreign and domestic. Throughout his address, the Vice President incorporated both the importance of cross-sector collaboration as a means to combat pressing global issues and the value of public-private partnerships in supporting and sustaining successful models of development, diplomacy, and democracy.
Concordia’s Research is dedicated to equipping governments, businesses, and nonprofits with innovative analytical tools to engage effectively in public-private partnerships (P3s) for positive social and economic impact. Concordia launched its first major products, the Concordia Partnership Index  and P3 Insights, at the 2013 Concordia Summit. The launch of these products marked an important point in Concordia’s development as it transitioned from an organization focused on convening to one that also provides research-based tools to inform P3s.
A Concordia Campaign is a topic-driven initiative that combines programmatic, research, and networking efforts. Each campaign consists of a two to five-year commitment within all three silos of Concordia to advance a cause. By establishing a private sector, public sector, nonprofit and academic partner, each campaign employs the Concordia platform to drive focus and attention around a particular issue. Launched in Washington, D.C. in July 2015, the first Concordia Campaign focuses on combating labor trafficking in corporate supply chains.
The Concordia Award
The Concordia Award recognizes global leaders within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who inspire others through their ability to turn vision into impact. Recipients of the award reflect a commitment to positive social and economic change while promoting effective public-private collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.
P3 Impact Award
Concordia, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships created the P3 Impact Award to recognize public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in innovative and impactful ways. In addition to honoring model partnerships, the competition provides thought leadership, promotes best practices, and generates a database of information relevant to P3s.
In 2014, the award was presented to CocoaLink, a partnership between The Hershey Company, the Ghana Cocoa Board, and the World Cocoa Foundation. CocoaLink connects cocoa farmers in Ghana to government agriculture experts and the latest information on modern farming techniques through a two-way mobile phone exchange. In 2015, the award was presented to TV White Space Supported Fisherfolk Registration in the Danajon Reef, a partnership between the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), USAID/ECOFISH, Microsoft, SSG Advisors, and Tetra Tech. TV White Space uses the white space between television channels to provide broadband internet connectivity to rural areas in order to facilitate the registration of fisherfolk in the Bohol region of the Philippines. This project has facilitated the registration of over 16,000 fisherfolk thus far, allowing the government to better manage fisheries, while also providing much-needed internet access to rural communities.
Matthew A. Swift s the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Concordia. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia and based in New York, Matthew Swift is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Concordia. He is a lifelong entrepreneur with passions in both business and politics. Prior to his current endeavors, Matthew spent six years with News Corporation including its subsidiaries: Fox News Channel, British Sky Broadcasting, and the New York Post. After meeting Nicholas Logothetis in 2003 while attending Salisbury School, Matthew co-founded a snack foods business with Nicholas that grew substantially in its first year of operations. The business eventually became the inspiration for the “Entrepreneurial Studies” program at Salisbury School. The curriculum offers students a two-year course to learn the basics of business and the chance to qualify for seed money to launch their own venture. Attending Georgetown University in Washington DC, Matthew studied under such global leaders as President Aleksander Kwaśniewski of Poland, Prime Minister José María Aznar of Spain, and FMR U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. It was studying under them and many others that inspired Matthew’s passion for global affairs. While in college, Matthew maintained internships on Capitol Hill for then Senator John Warner of Virginia and the Business Roundtable. Matthew currently sits on The McCain Institute for International Leadership Next Generation Leaders Advisory Council.
Nicholas M. Logothetis is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Concordia. Based in New York, Nicholas Logothetis is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Concordia. He is an entrepreneur who has a lifelong interest in international affairs. While attending the Salisbury School in Connecticut, he and Concordia co-Founder, Matthew Swift conceived and launched an after-school snack business. The venture thrived with just $5,000 seed capital achieving revenues of $350,000 within two years. This early success garnered media attention from outlets such as ABC, NBC, and The New York Times. Nicholas later attended the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. During this time he worked at the Fox News Channel, British Sky Broadcasting, Bryan Cave LLP, Husch Blackwell LLP (formerly Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP), and News Corporation. Nicholas also sits on the board of directors of the Libra Group, an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. Nicholas is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs London, the National Press Club Washington DC, and the Overseas Press Club. ].
Concordia Leadership Council
- Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal, Chairman of the Arab Open University Forum
- Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Former President of Poland
- Álvaro Uribe, Former President of Colombia
- Andrew N. Liveris, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Dow Chemical Company
- Anita B. McBride, Executive-in-Residence, The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University School of Public Affairs
- Constantine M. Logothetis, Executive Vice Chairman of Libra Group
- David A. Paterson, Former Governor of New York
- General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico
- Frances Townsend, Former Homeland Security Advisor to the President of the United States
- George J. Mitchell, Former United States Senate Majority Leader
- George M. Logothetis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Libra Group
- Ian Bremmer, Founder and President of Eurasia Group
- Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International
- John Negroponte, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Director of National Intelligence
- John S. Koudounis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mizuho Securities USA, Inc.
- José María Aznar, Former President of the Government of Spain
- Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia
- Mikuláš Dzurinda, Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
- Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, PH.D., Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow, Harvard University JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
- Suwat Liptapanlop, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
- Teri Ardleigh Swift, Founder of Tyrogenex
- Thomas Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey
- Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Former President of the Republic of Latvia
- Dr. William J. Antholis, Executive Director of the Miller Center
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