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Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO

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New York, NY, USA

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Matthew’s Biography

Matthew Swift is the CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder of Concordia. The Concordia Annual Summit convenes the world’s foremost business, government and non-profit leaders to engage in important dialogue and enable effective partnerships for positive social impact. Concordia is built upon Matthew's passion for entrepreneurship, cooperation and global affairs and is recognized as a global leader in cultivating global partnerships.

The Concordia Annual Summit is the next largest non-partisan gathering after the UN General Assembly. Matthew has successfully brought together some of the most respected leaders in government and business to join forces on Concordia’s Leadership Council. In its role at the forefront of the world's latest developments, Concordia has hosted numerous international and regional summits in Miami, Bogotá, Athens, Madrid and London.

Prior to founding Concordia, Matthew interned at NewsCorp and its subsidiaries British Sky Broadcasting, the New York Post and Fox News Channel. In that period, Matthew co-developed Entrepreneur 360, an entrepreneurship education program...
Matthew Swift is the CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder of Concordia. The Concordia Annual Summit convenes the world’s foremost business, government and non-profit leaders to engage in important dialogue and enable effective partnerships for positive social impact. Concordia is built upon Matthew's passion for entrepreneurship, cooperation and global affairs and is recognized as a global leader in cultivating global partnerships.

The Concordia Annual Summit is the next largest non-partisan gathering after the UN General Assembly. Matthew has successfully brought together some of the most respected leaders in government and business to join forces on Concordia’s Leadership Council. In its role at the forefront of the world's latest developments, Concordia has hosted numerous international and regional summits in Miami, Bogotá, Athens, Madrid and London.

Prior to founding Concordia, Matthew interned at NewsCorp and its subsidiaries British Sky Broadcasting, the New York Post and Fox News Channel. In that period, Matthew co-developed Entrepreneur 360, an entrepreneurship education program targeting New York inner-city high school students. Before being hired at NewsCorp, Matthew worked under Senator of Virginia, John Warner, and spent time at Business Roundtable as a development intern. Matthew’s advisory and board roles focus on mentorship, entrepreneurship and counter extremism. He is a Senior Advisor at software company Rubicon and SAS, an analytics firm, and serves on the board of the Seleni Institute, a health services organization. He serves as an Advisory Council Member on the Atlantic Council Millennium Leadership Program, and as Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. Matthew also participates in educational initiatives and community engagement programs on behalf of the United States Air Force as an Air Mobility Command Civic Leader.

At Georgetown University, Matthew was an awarded a BA.
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Matthew’s Newsfeed

Concordia
2021 Annual Summit Report

Concordia's extensive Summit Report shared some of the summit's highlights, including 80 Main Stage sessions, Strategic Dialogues and roundtables, and outlined some of its key themes, including Technology & Digital Transformation and Democracy, Security & Geopolitical Risk.

PRovoke Media
Home Country as Stakeholder: Navigating the Collision of Business & Geopolitics

Matthew Swift joined a panel of experts for a discussion hosted by Weber Shandwick at the PRovokeGlobal PR Summit. Panel members shared their ideas on the reputational risks today’s leaders face at the intersection of business and geopolitics.

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Matthew’s Background

Concordia
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Sep 2010 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Concordia is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is committed to fostering, sustaining and elevating positive social impact partnerships across sectors.
News Corp
Intern | Director of Entrepreneur 360
Jan 2008 - Apr 2010
New York, NY, USA
News Corp is a global multimedia company dedicated to the creation and distribution of informative content to audiences around the world.
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Matthew’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Atlantic Council
Council Member of Millennium Leadership Program
Washington, DC, USA
The Atlantic Council serves as a platform to discuss global challenges and deliberate on how to navigate the geopolitical shifts that impact the world we live in.
United States Air Force
Air Mobility Command Civic Leader
Washington, DC, USA
The United States Air Force is one of the eight US uniformed services and represents the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces.
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Previous Board Positions

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C51
Co-Founder & Board Member
Washington, DC, USA
C51 was a political action committee that advocates for fiscal conservatism, greater energy independence and strengthened security of the United States.

Current Advisory Roles

Rubicon Technologies
Senior Advisor
Atlanta, GA, USA
Rubicon is a software company based in Atlanta that provides smart waste and recycling solutions to companies and governments across the world.
SAS
Senior Advisor
Cary, NC, USA
SAS is a leading data and analytics company. Its focus is to make it easier for more people to access and use effective analytics, while also reducing the time it takes to go from data to insight and to encourage new discoveries that propel innovation and progress.
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Previous Advisory Roles

United States Department of State
Advisory Committee on Public-Private Partnerships (SAP3)
Washington, DC, USA
The United States Department of State is a federal executive department that oversees U.S. foreign policy and international relations. The department is headed by the Secretary of State, a member of the Cabinet that is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
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Pickens Plan
Chair of Young Professionals
2005 - 2007
Dallas, TX, USA
The Pickens Plan was introduced by American businessman T. Boone Pickens in July 2008 and is an energy policy proposal that aims to make the US less dependent on imported oil and reduce their expenditure on it.
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Media

Meet the Founders of the Annual Concordia Summit
Interview
2019
New York, NY, USA
Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis, Co-founders of Concordia, joined Foreign Press Association correspondent Jeff Oppenheim at the 2019 Concordia Summit to discuss the founding of Concordia and its mission, its new regional initiatives and recent partnerships, and what it sees will be Concordia's role as global trends continue to shift.
Millennium Fellowship Webinar Series: Matthew Swift
Interview
Nov 2019
Matthew Swift, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Concordia, joined members of the Millennium Fellowship to discuss his work at Concordia, focusing on creating partnerships, advancing SDGs, and scaling social impact.
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Interviews

Matthew Swift on the 2021 Concordia Summit
Sep 2021
New York, NY, USA
Matthew Swift, Concordia Summit CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder, joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the featured speakers, roundtables and panels, and his expectations for the 2021 Concordia Annual Summit.
Concordia's Matt Swift on Convening for Collaborative Change
Jul 2021
Matt Swift joins the A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation podcast to share his insights into a range a topics, from innovation in public affairs, to the Concordia Annual Summit and how to form and strengthen public/private relationships in the modern world.
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Publications

"What Are We Doing Wrong? A New Era for Convening & Collaboration"
Author
Feb 2021
In this piece for the Concordia Summit blog, Matthew Swift looks back on the challenges people from all over the world faced in 2020 with a focus on how people convene in the midst of the Covid pandemic. He charts a path forward, one upon which we can connect with those we might disagree and reach a point of constructive collaboration to meet and overcome the world's most pressing challenges.
Why Conversations Matter
Author
Sep 2020
In this article, Matthew discusses the necessity of healthy dialogue, listening to each other, and avoiding the traps of absolutes. He mentions how he founded Concordia due to a strong belief in genuine conversation, the power of partnership and collaboration for impact - all ideas that can improve civil discourse.
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Memberships

Council on Foreign Relations
Term Member
Jan 2013 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is one of the leading global think tanks, with a focus on international relations and foreign policy. It is an independent, non-partisan organization and publisher with a membership consisting of over seventy full-time and adjunct fellows.
National Press Club
Past Member
Washington, DC, USA
The National Press Club is a professional organization for journalists and communications professionals in Washington, D.C.

Awards & Endorsements

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Red Alert Politics
30 Under 30
2013
Washington, DC, USA
Matthew was recognized for the impactful work he does through Concordia and was nominated as one of 30 Under 30 by Red Alert Politics.

Speaking Engagements

Home Country as Stakeholder: Navigating the Collision of Business & Geopolitics
Panel member
Oct 2021
Matthew Swift joined a panel of experts for a discussion hosted by Weber Shandwick at the PRovokeGlobal PR Summit. Panel members shared their ideas on the reputational risks today’s leaders face at the intersection of business and geopolitics.
Economic Recovery and Combating Disinformation
Moderator
May 2021
Matthew Swift, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Concordia, hosted a panel that explored the economic and political impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on the UK and US. The panel addressed the government’s role in facing recovery’s major threats, particularly the difficulties in containing the anti-vaccine movement. On the panel of experts were two former Members of the UK and US Cabinets.
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Press Releases

Concordia Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Matthew Swift, Appointed as a Senior Advisor to Rubicon
Jul 2020
“I’m honored to be appointed as a Senior Advisor to Rubicon,” said Matthew Swift, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Concordia. Rubicon develops cutting-edge technology to drive environmental innovation and transparency in the recycling and waste industry through data-driven solutions.

Matthew’s Education

Georgetown University
BA
2006 - 2010

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