Atul Kapoor Staff Writer For World Liberty TV
In the summer of 2011, friends and business partners Nick Logothetis and Matthew Swift had an idea for convening thought leaders in the midst of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to discuss the importance of partnerships in combating extremism.
Since then, Concordia has grown towards a belief that P3s are a fundamental tool to addressing many societal challenges. Concordia recognizes that cross-sector collaboration offers effective solutions.
BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT: Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to actively fostering, elevating, and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.
MISSION: Concordia is a member-based organization dedicated to actively fostering, elevating, and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact.
VISION: Concordia aims to create a global community where challenges are solved collaboratively and inclusively.
On Monday morning, we will officially open the 11th Concordia Annual Summit in a hybrid format at the Sheraton Times Square New York. After nearly two years of moving to a purely digital agenda, it is with immense excitement to bring together our community in person in a safe environment.
This year’s Annual Summit will of course feel different. The emergence of the Delta variant and ongoing travel restrictions mean that we’ll be missing many members of our community, who will be joining us digitally instead of in person. But, for those of us able to come together in person, I couldn’t be more excited about the power of the human-to-human encounter.
I am honored that we will be joined by world leaders, innovators, executives of some of the largest corporations in the world, and—yes—even students, activists, and those on the front lines. We’ll be joined by the Lego Group CEO Niels B. Christiansen, Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez, Merck’s Arpa Garay, CEO of Intel Pat Gelsinger, former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, UAE Minister of State for Government Development and the Future Ohood Al-Roumi, LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky, Mexican Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier, UN Secretary General António Guterres, former U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook, Vanity Fair Editor-In-Chief Radhika Jones, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, Palantir Co-Founder Joe Lonsdale, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry, former U.S.
State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, Columbia University’s Professor of Surgery, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Partner and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute General (Ret.) David Petraeus, Rolling Stone Editor-in-Chief Noah Shachtman, Florida Congressman Michael Waltz, Sesame Workshop President Sherrie Westin, among others.
Thank you to our 2021 Programming Partners: AARP; Americares ; Berggruen Institute; CARE; The Global Fund; MIT Solve; Organization of American States; Purdue University, Center for Tech Diplomacy; Taipei Cultural and Economic Office in New York.
The Policy Circle; U.S. International Development Finance Corporation; The Rwanda Development Board; The Rockefeller Foundation; U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society; and the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Partnerships.
Thank you to our 2021 Programming Sponsors: AT&T; ExxonMobil; Google; Hologic; Horizon Therapeutics; Libra Group; Merck; Rubicon; Salesforce; Uber; USANA; Veracity Worldwide; VISA; Walmart International.
I am extremely proud of the Concordia team. Through very challenging times, they have proven that we can indeed come back together in a safe way. There is nothing that can truly replicate the in-person experience, and I could not be more pleased with our commitment to doing so safely.
At the 2021 Annual Summit, Concordia, MIT Solve, and Horizon Therapeutics, a biotech leader in rare diseases, will announce the finalist of The Horizon Prize, a first-of-its-kind annual global innovation challenge focused on accelerating diagnosis and care for people with rare diseases.
Concordia is proud to welcome back MIT Solve to its community as a 2021 Annual Summit Lead Programming Partner. Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact.
“We’re thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with MIT Solve this year as we put the spotlight on an incredibly important issue: rare diseases,” said Concordia’s Co-Founder & CEO, Matthew Swift. “Through our collaboration with both MIT Solve and Horizon , we’ll be announcing the winner of The Horizon Prize on the Main Stage of the Annual Summit, driving a much-needed conversation on how we can advance diagnosis and treatment for those faced with rare disease.”
This year, The Horizon Prize challenged more than 138,000 visionaries, academics and inventors from 137 countries to answer, “How can technology help people with rare diseases get the right care faster and more accurately?” Narrowed down from more than 50 applications, five finalists have been identified and are being invited to pitch their solutions live to a panel of judges. Their pioneering solutions include:
Genomic data-driven hackathons for patients with rare diseases to solve diagnostic mysteries and find novel treatment options. Unified national patient data hub to synthesize information and accelerate clinical management and drug development for neuromuscular disease
AI to improve health outcomes for patients with rare diseases across Africa by optimizing decisions for lower-level care providers .Effective personalized rare disease therapies in an equitable manner to underrepresented communities
Genetic counselor algorithms against medical records to shorten the rare, genetic disease odyssey .The winner was be announced on the Main Stage of the 2021 Annual Summit on September 20. Which was David Jacobs , Chief Executive Officer of Think Genetic , I had a pleasure of meeting and speaking to Mr Jacobs and it seems what they are doing will help many people worldwide with their technology, wishing the whole team the best, you can go to learn more about Think Genetic by clicking here.
I have attended the Concordia Summit for the past three years, must say it is a wonderful conference bringing some of the best minds from all over the world putting them in one room to solve world’s problems and a lot of things and issues are being solved. To be a member or sponsor or potential speaker to Concordia website by clicking here.