Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 30 years of experience as an activist, program designer, evaluator, and manager. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private sector business people who have joined forces to fight human trafficking in Asia, which he also co-founded.
From 2006 to 2012, Friedman was the Regional Project Manager of the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that links the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Prior to this (1991-2006), Friedman worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal. During this period, he designed and managed both country and regional human trafficking programs, helped to establish a counter- trafficking regional training center, and participated in resource mobilization and production of two award-winning international films about sex trafficking in Nepal and India.
Friedman is also a technical advisor to numerous governments working to stop slavery. He is frequently cited in the news media on issues related to human trafficking and slavery in Southeast Asia (CNN, TVB, BBC, NYT, IHT, etc) and invited to speak at major conferences around the world. He is the author of twelve books, on subjects ranging from human trafficking to the ancient art of Bangladesh metal casting.
Be the Hero Campaign
2 January, 2020 • 50 people in the audience
Stop Slavery Summit 2018
28 August, 2018 • 50 people in the audience
The Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan
15 December, 2017 • 50 people in the audience
9 July, 2015 • 50 people in the audience