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Strategic Partnerships & Global Engagement

We live in a complex world–from global pandemics to geopolitical shocks, trade tensions to an increasingly changing nature of globalization, shaped by technological breakthroughs and innovation. Globally, society’s expectations of the role of business have profoundly changed.

Today, leaders must have not only a compass and a radar to navigate changing realities, but also a smart approach to mobilizing likeminded and often less traditional partners for action and collaboration. Public and private leaders cannot alone tackle the challenges we all face. The most successful and forward-looking organizations have built an ecosystem of innovative partners–progressive companies, multilateral agencies, NGOs, academic networks, disruptors and innovators.

APCO provides clients with expertise in global and cross-sectoral connectivity and ability to catalyze progress on impact-multiplying partnerships that help deliver on business and societal agendas.


Joining forces to multiply impact

Clients have an opportunity to tap into our unique network and expertise working with innovative organizations at the forefront of issues on the global agenda today, from climate action and net zero transitions to global health and future pandemic preparedness, digital inclusion, future of skills and jobs and much more.

By leveraging our deep connectivity with multilateral organizations, we help our clients translate policy and partnership agendas into opportunities for strategic engagement, and build long-term, mutually beneficial and trusted relationships.

Through this practice, we shape and bring to life multi-stakeholder collaborations that deliver on both business and societal value and help our clients accelerate their ESG ambitions and action towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Setting the agenda

Our team shapes our firm’s and clients’ engagements with key global agenda setting platforms and organizations–from the G20 to the UN General Assembly Week, COPs, World Economic Forum and many other multi-stakeholder processes and fora. Our senior team has an active participant role and a seat at the table, advising on negotiations, providing strategic counsel to delegation leaders, shaping and catalyzing private sector initiatives and advising on advocacy, strategic partnerships, thought leadership, media and communications strategies.

Aleksander Kwasniewski

Former president of Poland

Lars Petersson

Former president of IKEA U.S.

Anita B. McBride

Former assistant to President George W. Bush; former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush

Ido Aharoni

Global distinguished professor at NYU School of International Relations; member of Israel's foreign service since 1991

Beth Keck

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University; former senior director, women’s economic empowerment, Walmart

Charlene Wheeless

former principal vice president of global corporate affairs for Bechtel Corporation

Claudia Fritsche

Former Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United States and former Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United Nations

Point People

Jean de La Rochebrochard

Jean de La Rochebrochard

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships & Global Engagement
Gemma Kyle

Gemma Kyle

Senior Associate Director