The Concordia Summit 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, The Concordia Summit helps organizations maximize the impact of their P3s. Held in New York during the UN General Assembly, the annual summit convenes over 425 of the world's most prominent business, government and non-profit leaders, including President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Álvaro Uribe. Concordia has fostered new partnerships and launched the Concordia Index, an interactive ranking of a government's success in partnering with the private sector. Over the past five years, The Concordia Summit has established itself as a neutral, non-partisan organization with the power to connect leaders and drive impact through effective P3s.
The Concordia Summit aims to provide stakeholders with thought leadership that will further the collective mission of effective partnerships to address important global issues. The event engages its audience and attendees by channeling attendees’ expertise to produce practices and thought leadership around the goal of promoting public-private partnerships. Concordia's primary research product, The Concordia Index, is a tool for government and corporate entities to identify best in class examples of these partnerships.
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 discussions around 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 Kwasniewski 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 utilizing cross sector collaboration, 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 their long-awaited Concordia Index. The Index is an interactive ranking of countries according to their partnership environment.
Matthew A. Swift is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Concordia Summit. Matthew and Nicholas Logothetis have worked closely together for the past 8 years, creating their own food supply company in high school and leading the launch of E360, a business education program for inner-city high school students. Prior to his current endeavors, Matthew spent six years at News Corporation working for the Fox News Channel, British Sky Broadcasting and in News Corporation’s corporate offices. Matthew has worked for Senator John Warner of Virginia, T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens, as well as the Business Roundtable based in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas M. Logothetis is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Concordia Summit. Nicholas is an entrepreneur who also has a lifelong interest in politics and international affairs. Nicholas 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 Sanders LLP and News Corporation. Nicholas also sits on the main board of Libra Group, a global conglomerate owned by the Logothetis family which has diverse business interests in twenty-five locations across four continents. Nicholas is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs London, the National Press Club (USA) Washington DC, and the Overseas Press Club.
P3 Intelligence (P3i) is Concordia’s research and development division 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. P3i launched its first major products, the Concordia 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.
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.
The Concordia Award was first presented to Hillary Rodham Clinton for her unparalleled commitment to the creation and enhancement of public-private partnerships for sustainable communities.
In the fall of 2015, The Concordia Award will be presented to honorees that are at the forefront of turning ideas into action. The award will celebrate those who have made pioneering contributions and developed innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.
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.
A Concordia Campaign is a topic-driven initiative that combines their programmatic, research, and networking efforts. Each campaign consists of a two to five-year commitment within all three silos of Concordia that advances a cause. By establishing a private sector, a public sector, a nonprofit and an academic partner, each campaign employs the Concordia platform to drive focus and attention around a particular issue. Launched in DC in July 2015, the first Concordia Campaign focuses on labor trafficking in corporate supply chains.
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Concordia Leadership Council
- Álvaro Uribe, Former President of Colombia
- Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Former President of Poland
- John Negroponte, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Director of National Intelligence
- Abdul-Aziz bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Chairman of the Arab Open University Forum
- Ian Bremmer, Founder and President of Eurasia Group
- Frances Townsend, Former Homeland Security Advisor to the President of the United States
- Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, PH.D., Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow, Harvard University JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
- Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Former President of the Republic of Latvia
- Thomas Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey
- George M. Logothetis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Libra Group
- Suwat Liptapanlop, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
- Constantine M. Logothetis, Executive Vice Chairman of Libra Group
- Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International
- Teri Ardleigh Swift, Founder of Xcovery Vision
- José María Aznar, Former President of the Government of Spain
- Anita B. McBride, Executive-in-Residence, The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University School of Public Affairs
- Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico
- Mikuláš Dzurinda, Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
- Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia
- John S. Koudounis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mizuho Securities USA, Inc.
- Andrew N. Liveris, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Dow Chemical Company
- Dr. William J. Antholis, Executive Director of the Miller Center
- George J. Mitchell, Former United States Senate Majority Leader
- David A. Paterson, Former Governor of New York