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2022 Concordia Annual Summit Report

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The world is facing a critical juncture, with the issues impacting us today more diverse and pressing than at any time in human history. Against this backdrop, the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit provided a powerful nonpartisan platform to come together to build our collective future. 

As we reflect on this year’s annual gathering, we’re placing three themes at the forefront of our approach as we move into 2023. First, inspired by remarks from a number of major speakers this year, the role of the private sector in combating misinformation and disinformation will evolve as a major focus area for Concordia. Second, we’ll prioritize proactive, collaborative ways to urgently address today’s mental health crisis, with a focus on breaking down stigma. Third, a fierce commitment to inclusivity remains integral to our approach. 

This year’s gathering marked the first entirely in-person Annual Summit since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst digital technology has offered so many solutions over the past few years, this year showed us that there is no replacement for the power of in-person connection, which is precisely why Concordia exists today. We came together in New York City this September to chart a course forward in a post-pandemic world and to build on a spirit of international cooperation. We are proud to say that, across many single degrees of separation, we put forward a tremendous number of ideas and inspiration toward achieving that goal. 

We welcomed U.S. First Lady Jill Biden, who shared a powerful message on the importance of connection, diplomacy, and humility. We heard from three of the most influential political figures of today, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. We hosted a 9-person panel (read about it in Quartz) on the need for a collaborative approach to balancing online safety, freedom of expression, and global accountability. These are just three of the many inspiring moments from this year’s Annual Summit. 

As always, thank you to our Programming Sponsors and Partners, Members, and Speakers, and of course our Leadership Council, Advisors, and Senior Advisors for their dedication, insight, and expertise. 

We hope you find our 2022 Annual Summit Report to be a useful, action-oriented resource to guide your work, conversations, and next steps. We look forward to working with you over the coming weeks and months as we build an impactful agenda for 2023.

MAS Signature Black e1635533242114 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportMatthew A. Swift

Co-Founder & CEO

NML Signature Black e1635533278508 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportNicholas  M. Logothetis

Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board

Programming Themes


ANN20 Icons SVG BLUE 03 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportIn addition to a profound global health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about an economic crisis of great magnitude from which it will take time to recover. This economic and social crisis exacerbated existing needs within society, such as those for greater financial inclusion among women and minorities and for strengthening small- and medium-sized enterprises, which represent close to 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment globally. How can we best navigate this global recession to avoid the continuing fall in GDP of different countries? How will emerging economies be impacted in the long term? And, how can opportunity zones create more socially-minded investors and generate wealth for diverse communities?


3Asset 1 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportDependency on technology has surged amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. A sudden change in how we connect with others highlighted the need for a tech-savvy economy and a digital transformation that meets social needs. It also called attention to a socioeconomic divide, which could threaten the ability to grow wealth in a digitized economy, in addition to a deepening gender divide, particularly in developing countries. What doubts remain about the role of technology in society, especially in terms of data privacy, closing social gaps with connectivity, and the need for a solid digital infrastructure in workforce development?


ANN20 Icons SVG BLUE 10 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportThe COVID-19 pandemic has shifted global dynamics, not only in terms of how we connect with others, but also in how we exchange and produce goods. Ongoing trade wars between nations and regions, supply chains, and the economic stability of the manufacturing sector are constantly evolving with the political and social landscape. The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine will put innovation in the manufacturing sector to the test and shine light on further applications and improvements that will ripple throughout industries. How will the global desire for connectivity and innovation in trade prompt the dynamic movement of supply chains? How can we tackle human rights issues across global supply chains? And, what new trends are on the horizon?


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water drop 1 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportAcross the globe, investors and companies are waking up to the real physical and regulatory risks—and potential opportunities—posed by a warming climate. Accelerating this shift in recognition is the coronavirus pandemic. With many of the root causes of climate change increasing the risk of pandemics, the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused individuals to become acutely aware of the intricate relationship between pandemics and planetary health, amplifying the importance of environmental sustainability in guaranteeing a healthy future. While increasingly acknowledged that those organizations that employ sustainable practices stand to be the most profitable in the long run, implementation of bold climate commitments is another story. Widespread adoption of climate-positive business practices will require an urgent need to adapt and to continue to innovate across all sectors in order to mitigate the environmental impacts already in motion, while at the same time ensuring that environment-related inequalities pertaining to race, gender, and socioeconomic status are addressed. What common misconceptions exist? And what challenges must be overcome to gain support?


sport white - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportStable, prosperous, and resilient communities are built through engaged and connected citizens who can actively participate in shaping their social, economic, and political future. In this digital era, access to education is key to ensuring young citizens—especially disempowered young women—are included and engaged in civic society, local and national economies, and global development strategies. Furthermore, cultural diplomacy is essential to bringing people together as well as sustaining and improving relations across different cultures. How can governments, NGOs, and businesses engage with a diverse set of youth leaders to develop solutions and promote sustainable impact?


ANN20 Icons SVG BLUE 07 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportThe pandemic has exposed weaknesses in public health systems around the world and deep health disparities along divides of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender. Both the palpable strain on physical health systems and structures, and the more subtle effects on social relations and mental health, must be considered in measuring the health impact of this time. Research on past epidemics reveals a wide range of psychosocial consequences at the individual and population level but also emphasizes the importance of psychological resilience in recovery. As we think about how to foster an equitable pandemic recovery, how do we design our public health systems, incentivize preparedness and prevention, and create partnerships in the service of a healthier, more resilient society?


state building white - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportThroughout the world, but especially in the U.S., the fragility of democracy has been a highly-discussed topic in recent months. From one of the most competitive elections in America’s history to the growing refugee crisis around the world, strengthening democracy and maintaining national security are top of mind for governments and citizens alike. A focus on redefining foreign policy and collaboration between countries, as well as a sense of domestic peace and security, will be high on governmental agendas throughout the world. How can political parties in divided countries come together to work towards a successful future? How can initiatives designed to situate women as key actors in preventing conflict, promoting peace, and countering violent extremism effect change? What role does technology like artificial intelligence play in navigating geopolitical risk and policymaking? And, how can sectors and multilateral organizations work together to strengthen democracy and national security in a time that seems so fraught with threat and conflict?


ANN20 Icons SVG BLUE 04 - 2022 Concordia Annual Summit ReportIntegral to truly sustainable global development and positive social impact is a need for fundamental human rights to be universally protected. Today, we’re increasingly witnessing a tension between the rapid economic and technological growth of the 21st century and the rising levels of socioeconomic inequality and public distrust around the world. Without freedom of expression, movement, public discourse, and the fair and free rule of law, global prosperity is untenable. How can cross-sector collaboration help resolve social tensions and advance racial and gender equality and equity around the world?

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