Matt Swift is the Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Concordia. The Concordia Annual Summit convenes the world’s most prominent business, government and nonprofit leaders to foster dialogue and enable effective partnerships for positive social impact. Concordia is built upon Matthew’s passion for entrepreneurship, co-operation and global affairs and is recognised as a global leader in cultivating global partnerships.
The Concordia Annual Summit is the largest non-partisan gathering alongside 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 was an intern at NewsCorp and its subsidiaries Fox News Channel, British Sky Broadcasting and the New York Post. During this time, Matthew co-developed an entrepreneurship education program, Entrepreneur 360, aimed at inner-city high school students in New York. Before this, Matthew was a development intern at the Business Roundtable and worked for Sen. John Warner of Virginia.
Matthew holds many board and advisory roles, with a focus on entrepreneurship, mentorship 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 organisation. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Advisory Council Member of the Millennium Leadership Program at the Atlantic Council. In addition, he is an Air Mobility Command Civic Leader with the United States Air Force, participating in community engagement programs and educational initiatives.
Matthew holds a BA from Georgetown University.
Ed Vaizey (Lord Vaizey of Didcot) is a member of the House of Lords, appointed in 2020, and sits on the Communications and Media Committee. He was the Member of Parliament for Wantage between 2005 and 2019. He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010 to 2016, and is the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016.
In his role as Digital Minister, Ed was responsible for the rollout of the successful rural broadband programme to more than 4 million homes, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy.
In the private sector, Ed is an executive-in-residence at LionTree, the leading global M&A advisory firm specialising in TMT with offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Paris.
At various times Ed has been named by the London Evening Standard as one of London’s 1000 most influential people; GQ as one of the UK’s 100 most influential people; the London Times as one of the 100 most influential people in film; and as one of the 100 most influential people in the video games industry.
Stephen Ball is the Chairman of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. He has served as Global Lead Partner, CEO and Board Member of global financial institutions, multinational companies and leading professional services firms. He practiced law in the UK and USA with Slaughter and May and Linklaters, before moving into investment banking in Asia-Pacific, the GCC and Europe.
Stephen has received the Freedom of the City of London. Euromoney ranked him in their guide to the world’s leading banking lawyers, and The Lawyer ranked him as one of its Hot 100 Lawyers in the UK, describing his strategy as “making legal history” as Global Managing Partner of an international law firm and Special Advisor to the Chairman – Asia Peace and Reconciliation Council.
Stephen represents his firm, Willkie at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, and he advises on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
He has 25 years’ global experience in leadership and advising on strategy, financial services, fintech, cyber, AI and risk for leading global banks, companies, PE firms, hedge funds and sovereign governments.
Stephen’s clients include Goldman Sachs, the Carlyle Group, CQS, Rothschild, Wikipedia, UBS, HSBC, the London Stock Exchange, MCM, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, SoftBank and the People’s Bank of China, as well as sovereign governments around the world.
He is the General Editor of the book Hedge Funds published by the European Lawyer, which received the Queen’s Award to Industry. He writes on M&A, ASEAN, high frequency trading, dark pools, HLTs and derivatives.
Stephen has served on the Board of Trustees of think tank Asia House, and is Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. He has served on the Board of Governors of the English National Ballet and Advisory Boards of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.
Traci is a leading digital strategist, visiting policy fellow at Oxford OII and an investor in global consumer brands and female entrepreneurs in technology.
She specialises in identifying and realising authentic partnerships between brands, causes, and celebrities. Notably, Traci defined the strategy for David Beckham’s digital and social media presence over the last decade which includes working with the MLS soccer franchise Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami. She has also worked extensively with talent including Lewis Hamilton & Neymar Jr.
Traci has built strong expertise in the commercial sector advising on global brand strategies for companies such as L’Oréal, Adidas, Skype and King and has formed global partnerships with Google, Meta, Tencent, and TikTok.
The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen
Kirstjen Nielsen has worked across the globe as a speaker, author and thought leader in addressing critical global security issues, including emerging threats, resilience, and cybersecurity for over two decades.
Ms. Nielsen’s breadth of experience stands uniquely at the crossroads of policy, strategy, and operations, enabling her to steward integrated initiatives in complex enterprise environments, preparing organizations to navigate ever-emerging cybersecurity threats, manage risk, and ensure resiliency. She is currently the founder of her second global advisory services firm, Lighthouse Strategies, and advises investors and technology companies on risk management, artificial intelligence, government mission requirements, new technology use cases across the public and private security spectrum, and the mitigation of potential threats or vulnerabilities posed by new technologies.
Ms. Nielsen most recently served as the sixth U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, where she oversaw 240,000 law enforcement, civilian and military employees and a $70 billion annual budget. During her tenure, Secretary Nielsen drove major organizational change at DHS to promote a posture of relentless resilience to protect the nation against evolving threats and better equip frontline defenders, including increasing consequences for malicious cyber actors, launching sophisticated efforts to block terrorists from infiltrating the US, successfully working with Congress to create the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and crafting new legislative authorities to protect civilians against weaponized drones and chemical/biological weapons. Previously, Ms. Nielsen held various positions in government, including White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff, DHS Chief of Staff, Senior Director on the Homeland Security Council and other senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of government.
Internationally recognized as a national security expert, Ms. Nielsen is active on a variety of advisory and policy boards, promoting government, non-profit, and private sector security collaboration. She is a member of the Board Advisors for the Global and National Security Institute at the University of South Florida and co-leads working groups on cyber and critical infrastructure security for the Homeland Security Experts Group. Ms. Nielsen also sits on the Advisory Boards of emerging tech companies focused on cybersecurity, digital identity, drug and biothreat detection, decentralized finance, and emergency communications. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.