Concordia | The Americas


Concordia | The Americas

What: Concordia | The Americas is a high-level summit that will bring together nearly 100 world leaders from across the public, private and non-profit sectors to address the pressing political and economic issues affecting the Americas, including energy, trade, and governance.

Who: The summit will be held by Concordia, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization, in partnership with Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Miami Dade College (MDC), and Univision. Speakers include:

  • José María Aznar, Former President of the Government of Spain
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera, Former President of Uruguay
  • Guillermo Lasso, Founder, Creating Opportunities Party (CREO), Republic of Ecuador
  • Sebastián Piñera, Former President, Republic of Chile
  • Peter MacKay, Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Canada
  • Alejandro Ordónez, Inspector General, Republic of Colombia

A full list of speakers is available here.

**Interview opportunities with speakers and Concordia’s leadership will be available**

When: Thursday, May 12 (9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.) & Friday, May 13 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Where: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Room 3210

For more information, please contact Leni Kinzli, Concordia Communications Manager at 917-242-8707 or



More: After a decade of general stability, dramatic change is once again sweeping the Americas region. Elections over the last year in Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, and Canada have removed long-time ruling parties from power and pose new challenges for newly-elected leaders. In Brazil, Dilma Roussef faces impeachment amidst the country’s deep economic and political turmoil. The renewed diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba have far-reaching implications for the future of the island, both economically and politically. Meanwhile, in the United States, all eyes are on the 2016 presidential election, which has brought with it a host of surprises. Concordia | The Americas will bring together world leaders from across the public, private and non-profit sectors to discuss how to best respond to the changing dynamics of the region, with the goal of identifying and deploying solutions to ensure a more prosperous and sustainable future.


Concordia enables public-private partnerships to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. It is a platform for leaders who are passionate about public-private partnerships (P3s). Through convening, research, and issue-based campaigns, Concordia raises the visibility of P3s and demonstrates how they can be used to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Nicholas M. Logothetis and Matthew A. Swift founded Concordia in 2011.


Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach center offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information please visit


Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.


Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council’s membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.


About Univision News

Univision’s award-winning News division is committed to informing the country’s fastest growing segment across all media platforms, including TV, Radio, and Interactive. Hispanics count on the latest and most relevant content that impacts the community through: “Noticiero Univision,” the Network’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscast; Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto” (To The Point); newsmagazine shows “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) and “Primer Impacto” (First Impact); as well as morning news segments on “Despierta América” (Wake Up America). Univision has strengthened its news team and expanded its news operations by adding Investigative and Documentary Units.


MDC Media-only contacts: Juan C. Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611,; Hessy Fernandez, director of media relations, 305-237-3949,; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, or Allison Horton, 305-237-3359,