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2019 Concordia Annual Summit Roundtables


Roundtable meetings allow for an intimate, deep-dive discussion among a group of experts, practitioners, and policymakers on a specific topic that may result in a more analytical framework for assessing large-scale global problems. These sessions are typically curated and driven by Patron Members, Programming Partners and Sponsors. As an added benefit designed to complement and enhance the formal Summit experience, Concordia’s community of Members, Partners and Sponsors are welcome to participate in Roundtables — space permitting. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interested in participating in one of these Roundtables, please contact partnerships@concordia.net.

Sunday, September 22nd

*Tomorrow’s Voices, Today: A Conversation on Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa

Roundtable Hosts: Belemaoil, YOCEL, and the Global Fund for Children
Timing: Sunday, September 22nd (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)


  • – John Hecklinger, CEO, Global Fund for Children
  • – Beyan Flomo Pewee, Founder & Executive Director, YOCEL
  • – Mr. Tein T.S. Jack-Rich, President and Founder, Belemaoil

*Currently at capacity 

The deliberate engagement of youth in social and economic development is essential for sustainable, impactful solutions. This is especially essential in Africa given the size and influence of its youth population. This roundtable will bring private and public sector leaders together with African youth representatives for frank discussions on employment and opportunity demands facing the continent over the next 10 years, the role of the private sector in driving innovation and entrepreneurial skill development, and the importance of intergenerational dialogue and partnership for an inclusive world.

This discussion builds on a Concordia series dedicated to catalyzing partnerships that positively contribute to Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, in conjunction with its Concordia Africa Initiative.

Monday, September 23rd

*Investment Migration and Sustainable Growth

Patron Member: Henley & Partners
Timing: Monday, September 23rd (10:00 am – 11:15 am)

Moderator: Peter S. Vincent, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Government Advisory, Henley & Partners; Assistant Director General for International Policy, BORDERPOL

*Currently at capacity 

For many governments around the world traditional financing models, such as debt financing, are becoming more and more unsustainable. Now more than ever, the international community finds itself with the opportunity to embrace new strategies and approaches that equip individuals and states to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. This roundtable seeks to address these issues by bringing together industry experts and thought-leaders for a high-level discussion on an innovative financing model: investment migration. Investment migration programs help nations that seek external financing but wish to minimize borrowing, by providing the right of residence and citizenship in return. Countries such as Malta, Antigua and Barbuda, and others have demonstrated to striking effect, well-managed investment migration programs are able to drive resources that meets the needs of governments, without incurring additional debt. This in-depth roundtable roundtable will give attendees invaluable insight into this international best practices within this financing model and discuss how collaboration across sectors can explore the growing trend of investor migration.

*New Partnerships in a New World: Collaborative Solutions for Emergency Response

Patron Member: International Medical Corps
Timing: Monday, September 23 (10:00 am – 11:15 am)

Moderator: Gwen Young, Managing Director, Global Emergency Response Coalition

*Currently at capacity 

Natural disasters are on the rise yet fewer people – particularly Americans – are aware of the resulting humanitarian crises beyond their borders. The United Nations estimates that one out of every 70 people around the world is in need of humanitarian assistance. How can we leverage the massive influence and generosity that Americans can bring to ensure that affected people and communities are getting the lifesaving assistance they need?

This roundtable discussion is hosted by International Medical Corps and the Global Emergency Response Coalition, an effort by eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations to broaden awareness and donations in the United States of international emergency relief. CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan International USA, Save the Children, and World Vision first came together in 2017 to raise attention and funds for the unprecedented hunger crisis in East Africa that threatened more than 20 million people. The Coalition works together to drive awareness and resources to respond to global crises and save lives.

Working with private sector partners has been key in helping the Coalition drive giving and engagement among the American public. Join us to discuss this unique collaboration model and best practices, the power of partnerships and other creative solutions to bridge critical funding gaps for humanitarian relief. We look forward to hearing from public, private, and philanthropic organizations and their various strategies to mobilize more giving among Americans.

Access, not Excess: Appropriate Use of Antibiotics in Weak Health Systems

Patron Member: Merck
Timing: Monday, September 23rd (12:15 pm – 1:30 pm)

Moderator: Dr. Ben Park, Chief of the International Infection Control Program at CDC

There is increasing attention to the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). To date, most efforts have focused on reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics (“excess”), yet globally more people die from lack of access to antibiotics than resistance. How can we improve appropriate access for those in need while simultaneously curbing the inappropriate use that has caused the current resistance crisis? This roundtable will seek to highlight successful efforts to expand appropriate access to novel antibiotics in lower and middle income countries, and leverage collective experience and insight to build consensus on how to best expand appropriate levels of access to antibiotics to nation states with underdeveloped health systems.

*Bridging Gaps Between Education and the Job Market in Latin America

Programming Partner: WISE
Timing: Monday, September 23rd (12:15 pm – 1:30 pm)

Moderator: Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO, WISE

*Currently at capacity 

How can education systems adapt to prepare students for the increasing levels of automation in the global economy – higher in the developing world, but also growing at a fast pace in developing countries in Latin America – and the threat of job obsolesce?

WISE will gather stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors in Latin America, as well as global actors who have interest in the region, to: discuss the skills and knowledge that will be particularly relevant in the continent in the next decades; present challenges faced by education systems to bridge the gaps between education and the job market; and debate how global trends in curricula and non-formal education initiatives can be adapted to the Latin American context.

*What comes Tomorrow: A Future of Work Conversation

Patron Member: Senior Service America
Timing: Monday, September 23rd (2:15 pm – 3:30 pm)

Moderator: Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-In-Chief, WorkingNation

*Currently at capacity 

As economies and societal structures transition to meet the challenges of the 21st century, so to have the skills needed to provide the goods and services of tomorrow. Individuals throughout all walks of life are increasingly finding their skills antiquated, or even inadequate, for current workforce necessities. This is causing growing concern about the impact on jobs and the subsequent risks for government, business and people. This roundtable discussion seeks to explore the pressures shaping the ever-changing work environment. Industry leaders from all sectors will come together to discuss the roles of their respective groups in the future workforce. This session will examine the growing “gig-economy,” entrepreneurship, and the education-industry pipeline.

*Partnering with the MCC: Launching a New Strategy

Programming Partner: Millenium Challenge Corporation
Timing: Monday, September 23 (4:00 pm – 5:15 pm)

Moderator: Sean Cairncross, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

*Currently at capacity 

Since its founding 15 years ago, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has deployed over $14 billion in 29 countries to help unlock binding constraints to economic growth in areas such as agriculture and irrigation, education, energy and power, health, access to land, transportation infrastructure, and water supply and sanitation. MCC is launching a new strategic partnerships strategy focused on increased co-funding, collaboration, and innovation with corporations, foundations, donors, and other entities that are looking to support sustainable projects in MCC partner countries. This roundtable will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about and provide feedback on MCC’s overall strategic partnership strategy as well as MCC’s partnering priorities in the areas of Women’s Economic Empowerment, workforce development, and digital infrastructure. The discussion will also enable participants to discuss with MCC senior leadership ideas and approaches for how their organization might want to partner with MCC.

National Basketball Association Development on the African Continent

Programming Partner: U.S. Global Leadership Coalition & The National Basketball Association
Timing: Monday, September 23 (4:00 pm – 5:15 pm)

Featured Speaker: Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa and President of the Basketball Africa League

Recognizing the immense power of sports, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) are making the favorite sport of basketball a vehicle for global development, diplomacy, and economic empowerment. Beginning in March 2020, the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) will tip-off in 6 major cities on the African Continent, bringing numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs, social innovators, athletic stakeholders, and African athletes. Through this new program, the NBA will re-affirm a global commitment to the basketball ecosystem through financial support, infrastructure investment, and professional training in numerous communities across the Africa continent. This roundtable session – co-hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition – will bring together key stakeholders who are making this new Africa league a reality and will re-affirm the unique power of sports to unite and inspire individuals across the world in positive and meaningful ways.

Women Political Leaders Social Media Training for Politicians

Programming Partner: Women Political Leaders
Timing: Monday, September 23 (4:00 pm – 5:15 pm)

This exclusive training hosted by WPL and Facebook is tailored for select female politicians only. Whether you are already utilising social media to aid in your campaigns and keep in touch with your constituents or you are completely new to this platform, you are invited to come and gain new insights on how political leaders can use this valuable tool. This will be the perfect opportunity for female politician to ask specific questions on how a social media platform such as Facebook can be used as an effective tool for their political career.


Tuesday, September 24th

Earthx2020 Sneak Peak: Celebrating The 50th Earth Day

Programming Partner: EarthX
Timing: Tuesday, September 24th (8:15 am – 9:15 am)

Moderator: Trammell Crow, Chairman and Founder of EarthX

Trammell Crow, Chairman and Founder of EarthX, will host this Earthx2020 roundtable open-house. Trammell and special guests will discuss the importance of environmental sustainability and announce plans for Earthx2020, April 22-26 in Dallas, Texas.

EarthX convenes business, government, academia, non-profit organizations and concerned citizens to formulate bipartisan, cross-sector environmental solutions and showcase successful innovations and investments with impact.

For ten years, EarthX has hosted an annual exposition, conference and film festival in Dallas around Earth Day that has grown to become the world’s largest environmental experience. The 2019 April event drew over 177,000 people, 452 speakers and 692 exhibitors.  Plans for the 2020 will make Earthx2020 their biggest event to date.

*Private Sector’s Role in Co-Creating Rule of Law

Patron Member: Walmart
Timing: Tuesday, September 24th (10:00 am – 11:15 am)

Moderator: Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

*Currently at capacity 

Ensuring there is a strong measure of accountability, just law, open governance, and impartial justice is essential to the operating capabilities of an organization. Developing strong private and public sector partnerships to support the rule of law is critical to encouraging private sector investment towards economic and social development around the world. By raising the standards of practices, developing nations can usher in new organizations that will add tangible economic boosts to the region. This roundtable, hosted by Walmart, will focus on the role of private sector entities working alongside Latin American governments towards rule of law, and engage other companies, governments & multilateral institutions, and civil society towards developing a roadmap for governments based on global experiences and best practices.

Inclusive Market Ecosystems for Investment Readiness and Social Impact

Patron Member: iDE
Timing: Tuesday, September 24 (10:00 am – 11:15 am)

Moderator: Elizabeth Ellis, CEO, iDE

Inclusive market ecosystems are increasingly acknowledged as a critical vehicle for achieving both social and commercial impact in low-income emerging market settings. By building the right networks of local and regional market actors, low-income groups can be linked to private and public stakeholders in ways that de-risk and accelerate critical investments in priority sectors such as water security, agriculture, sanitation, and employment creation. But how can such relationships and outcomes be consistently fostered in cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable ways?

Focusing on management best practice grounded in user-centric adaptation and human-centered sales, leading global development innovator iDE (www.ideglobal.org) invites stakeholders to explore how organizations can create inclusive market ecosystems through partnerships by working at the “missing middle” intersection of the formal and informal sectors. Moreover, the group will identify how to ethically leverage these ecosystems to generate measurable improvements in both market readiness for private/public investment and social impact for  low-income consumers and communities within wider market contexts.

*Africa At the Forefront of the Global Education Revolution

Programming Partner: WISE
Timing: Tuesday, September 24th (12:15 pm – 1:30 pm)

Moderator: Zyad Limam, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Afrique Magazine

*Currently at capacity 

By 2050, Africa will be home to 40 percent of all children in the world. Access to quality education to equip the continent’s youth is therefore not only a regional challenge, but a global one. Over the next decades, the continent will need to find solutions to provide hundreds of millions of new students with education opportunities. Given that human and economic resources are particularly scarce in the region, innovation is key to ensure access to achieve those goals.

WISE invites stakeholders who run, fund or support initiatives in Africa and/or are interested in the education ecosystem in the continent to discuss trends in funding, governance and partnership models that can help to address pressing education challenges.

Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights: Scalable Interventions from A(merica) to Z(imbabwe)

Programming Partner: RNW
Timing: Tuesday, September 24th (2:15 pm – 3:30 pm)

Moderator: Bruce Sherman, Senior Strategic Advisor, RNW Media

Ensuring sexual and reproductive health & rights (SRHR) is a primary driver of individual and societal well-being — an ‘indispensable and integral’ element of Universal Health Coverage, according to this summer’s High-Level Political Forum in New York. Success, however, hinges on honest, open engagement of young people, especially online, to meet them where they are in their desire for information, advice, and access to services. Such transparency is a radical proposition in restrictive environments worldwide. But it’s not just an ‘over there’ matter — SRHR is increasingly an issue in the United States as well. How then can we best reach and engage young people on matters of sexual and reproductive health and rights regardless of locale? What are lessons learned from years in the field? What do the data on online user behavior tell us? How do we apply the insights across widely different cultural contexts? What are the enterprise models for achieving scale? And how do these learnings overlay with the current United States climate? This roundtable will bring together SRHR practitioners, researchers, and funders to look at these questions against the backdrop of successful initiatives around the world, including RNW Media’s Love Matters program, distinguished for employing pleasure to prompt awareness and education as well as behavior and social change.

Artificial Intelligence: Combating Online Abuse of Children

Programming Partner: WISE
Timing: Tuesday, September 24th (2:15 pm – 3:30 pm)

Moderator: Yalda Aoukar, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Bracket Capital and Chairperson at Bracket Foundation

The digital era has revolutionized our lives, but also fuels an unprecedented surge in the online sexual abuse of children. The scale, variety and severity of online child sexual abuse is challenging global prevention, detection and prosecution effort. Current solutions rely heavily on analytics and humans, leaving significant potential to shift to deep tech-based tools. WISE will host a Roundtable discussion chaired by Yalda Aoukar, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Bracket Capital and Chairperson at Bracket Foundation, in which participants will be able to: discuss how Artificial Intelligence can be well-suited to the challenges of this global problem; learn about solutions that are in pilot stage but show enormous potential; and collectively build a road-map to increase awareness and advocate for AI as a solution for child protection.

*Impact Investment in Colombia

Host: Herencia Colombia
Timing: Tuesday, September 24th (4:00 pm – 5:15 pm)

Moderator: David McCauley, Senior Vice President – Global Partnerships and Multilateral Engagement, WWF US

*Currently at capacity 

Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world. This megadiversity must be tended to in order to conserve all this wealth of natural capital wealth, which has been endangered by different factors in recent years. Whether it be the tragic recent fires raging in the Amazon in Brazil and Bolivia, it is now more pertinent than ever to contribute to conservation objectives that are precisely committed to preserving Colombia’s natural capital forever. Herencia Colombia, otherwise known as HeCo, has developed a program to conserve Colombia’s most important natural heritage through an innovative Project Finance for Permanence approach (PFP). This roundtable conversation seeks to highlight key aspects of this innovative financing project, hear from international donors and impact investors as to best practices and major bottlenecks, and discuss sustainable development opportunities key territories of Colombia.