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Speakers to Discuss the Power of Public-Private Partnerships in Tackling Human Trafficking, Youth Unemployment, Global Food Security

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent to Keynote Opening Session

Appearances by Jon Huntsman, Jr., Chairman, Atlantic Council; Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; John Negroponte, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State & U.S. Director of National Intelligence; and more

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Concordia will host the 5th Annual Concordia Summit on October 1-2 in New York City. The conference will convene over 600 leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to discuss the power of public and private sector cooperation and, specifically, public-private partnerships in combatting social and economic issues. Announced today are initial Summit speakers, program partners and event sponsors.

The Concordia Summit serves as a global affairs forum, where thought leaders and innovators gather to examine the world’s most pressing challenges. The 2015 event will feature programming on combatting human trafficking, youth unemployment, global food security, and more. Through cross-sector panel discussions, interviews with prominent world leaders, and topic-specific breakout sessions, participants are able to learn from industry experts and explore solutions with potential partners.

The Concordia Summit will convene world dignitaries, eminent political figures, and renowned business executives. Notable participants of this year’s Summit include: Akhila Kosaraju M.D., Vice President, Global Development, SIGA Technologies; Aleksander Kwasniewski, Former President, Republic of Poland; Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership; Andres Pastrana Arango, Former President, Republic of Colombia; Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, & CEO, The Dow Chemical Company; Barry Eccleston, CEO, Airbus Americas; Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Carter Roberts, CEO, World Wildlife Fund; Cindy McCain, Advisor, The McCain Institute for International Leadership; Cyrus Vance, Jr., Manhattan District Attorney, New York State; Dannel P. Malloy, Governor, State of Connecticut; David C. Banks, President & CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation; Dean Obeidallah, Columnist, The Daily Beast; Denise Turner Roth, Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration; Dr. Bassem Youssef, Former Host, AlBernamag; Dr. Ian Bremmer, Founder & President, Eurasia Group; Dr. Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Dr. Nancy Okail, Executive Director, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar; Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Founder, Seed Global Health; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO , Cornerstone Capital; Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Affairs; Federico Hoyos, Congressman, Republic of Colombia; Felipe Calderon, Former President, United Mexican States; George M. Logothetis, Chairman & CEO, The Libra Group; George Mitchell, Former Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Senate; Greg Gunn, Entrepreneur in Residence, City Light Capital, Co-Founder, Wireless Generation; Guillermo Lasso, President, CREO, Ecuador; Hady Amr, Deputy Envoy for Middle East Peace, U.S. Department of State; Hanna Hopko, Member of Parliament, Ukraine; Harvey Rubin, M.D. PhD, Director of the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response, University of Pennsylvania; HRH Abdul-Aziz bin Talal, Chairman, GSP Group; HRH Turki AlFaisal, Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies; Hugh Evans, Co-Founder, Global Poverty Project; John P. Bilbrey, CEO, The Hershey Company; Jabulane Mabuza, Chairman, Telkom SA SOC Limited; Jeff Dykstra, CEO, Partners in Food Solutions; Jeremy Heimans, CEO, Purpose; John J. Hamre, President & CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies; John Negroponte, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State & U.S. Director of National Intelligence; Jon Huntsman, Jr., Chairman, Atlantic Council; Jorge Quiroga, Former President, Plurinational State of Bolivia; Jose Maria Aznar, Former President, Government of Spain; Joseph Vittoria, Former Chairman & CEO, AVIS; Julie Cordua, CEO, Thorn; Kendall Powell, CEO, General Mills; Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister, The Commonwealth of Australia; Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D., Director of Domestic Policy Studies, Public Policy Program, Stanford University; Mariia Ionova, Member of Parliament, Ukraine; Matthew Bieschke, Managing Partner, NEXA Capital Partners LLC; Michael Nyenhuis, CEO, AmeriCares; Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Mitchell Toomey, Director, Millennium Campaign, United Nations Development Programme; Muhtar Kent, Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; Nancy Brinker, Founder and Chair of Global Strategy, Susan G. Komen; Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress; Oliver Libby, Chair & Co-Founder, The Resolution Project; Paloma Valencia, Senator, Republic of Colombia; Paula J. Dobriansky, Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs & President’s Special Envoy to Northern Ireland; Petar Stoyanov, Former President, Bulgaria; Rachael Chong, Founder & CEO, Catchafire; Randy Newcomb, President & CEO, Humanity United; Roman Tesfaye, First Lady, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Rosa Akbari, Information & Communications Technology Advisor, International Rescue Committee; Ryan Paterson, Founder & CEO, Information Science Technology Research; Ryan Whalen, Director for Initiatives & Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation; Sebastian Pinera, Former President, Republic of Chile; Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder, The Malala Fund; Stephen B. Nix, Esq., Regional Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute; Tjada McKenna, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security; Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Former President, The Republic of Latvia; Victor Yushchenko, Former President, Ukraine; Will Warshauer, CEO, TechnoServe; William Bratton, Commissioner, New York Police Department; William R. Steiger, Ph.D., Interim Chief Executive Officer, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon; Willy Foote, CEO, Root Capital, and more.

For the first time, Concordia has partnered with leading global corporations, governments and non-profits to frame session topics and develop compelling programming and content. Through these partnerships, Concordia is bringing new voices to the conversation to ensure that the Concordia network receives high-quality programming from a diverse set of thought-leaders.


2015 Programming Partners:

100,000 Strong Foundation; Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Asia Society; The Institute for Business in Society, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; Foundation Amicus Europae; Humanity United; International Republican Institute; My Brother’s Keeper Alliance; Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon; Purpose; The Hershey Company; The McCain Institute for International Leadership; The Resolution Project; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office for Global Partnerships, World Wildlife Fund.


Key sessions at the 5th Annual Concordia Summit include:

Beyond Business – The Modern CEO: Keynoted by The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent, this session will explore how companies are increasingly incorporating corporate responsibility and in doing so are realizing both social and bottom-line benefits.

Employing the Future: The Imperative of Youth Employment in Creating Inclusive Economies: In partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation and introduced by Dr. Judith Rodin, this session will explore employer-driven approaches to ending the youth unemployment crisis and actionable plans for creating models of inclusive prosperity.

Democratic Governance in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities: In partnership with Americas Society/Council of the Americas and introduced by Ambassador John Negroponte, this session will discuss the risk of democratic progress in Latin American countries. Speakers include Andres Pastrana Arango, Former President of Colombia; Jorge Fernando Quiroga Ramirez, Former President, Plurinational State of Bolivia; and Ambassador Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, Presidential Candidate, Republic of Ecuador.

On the afternoon of Friday, October 2nd, the second Annual P3 Impact Award will be presented by the U.S. Department of State, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia to recognize and honor the leading public-private partnerships that are improving local communities and the world in impactful ways.


2015 Sponsors:

Libra Group (Founding Sponsor); LXM Group; Mizuho Securities USA; Uber; The Coca-Cola Company; among others.

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About Concordia

Concordia is a platform for leaders who are passionate about public-private partnerships (P3s). Through convening, research, and topic-focused campaigns, Concordia raises the visibility of P3s and demonstrates how they can be used to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Held in New York City, the Concordia Summit is an annual event that brings together the world’s most influential government, business, and nonprofit leaders to discuss urgent global issues. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Nicholas M. Logothetis and Matthew A. Swift.