Sylvia Yu Friedman

Film producer, award-winning journalist, international speaker & writer

Matt Friedman

About Matthew Friedman

Matthew Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator, and frontline responder. He is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia. Mr. Friedman was previously Regional Project Manager at the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that linked the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Prior to this, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Nepal where he designed and managed country and regional human trafficking programs. Mr. Friedman also offers regular technical advice to numerous governments and corporations working to eliminate slavery and is the author of twelve books.



Where Were You?: A Profile of Modern Slavery Book By Matthew S. Friedman

Matthew Friedman speaking at the Asia Society:

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【プログラム「人身売買・人身取引対策の現状と課題」を開催】[English text follows Japanese]
12月14日アメリカンセンターJAPANにて、The Mekong Club CEOマット・フリードマン氏を招いて、人身売買、人身取引問題における現状と課題を考察しました。この問題にある背景と変化する情勢、政策の枠組み、ビジネスとの繋がりと影響や、過去の経験から学んだ具体的な対策の提言などについても話し合いました。モデレーターはNPO法人 移住者と連帯する全国ネットワーク(移住連)代表理事・鳥井一平氏が務めました。当講演会の様子はこちらのビデオアーカイブにてご覧いただけます。
On December 14, The Mekong Club CEO Mr. Matt Friedman provided comprehensive update on the topic of international human trafficking. He explored the changing human trafficking paradigm; the relationship between human trafficking and modern slavery; a comprehensive summary of Asian trends and patterns; an update on emerging legislation; a detailed description of the relationship between human trafficking and business risk; and a description of tangible, practical tools and approaches used by corporations throughout Asia to help identify and address this potential problem.


Matthew (“Matt”) Friedman is the CEO of The Mekong Club and an international expert on human trafficking with more than 25 years of experience. Former United Nations and US State Department, Matt has written 12 books on topics ranging from human trafficking to antiques.

December 1, 2017

Congrats to my husband @Matthew Friedman who won the ‘Communicator of the Year Award’ from Public Affairs Asia!  I got teary-eyed after Matt received the award.

I’m so proud of him. Matt has helped pioneer the movement against human trafficking in Hong Kong and in Asia, especially the corporate response to this global crime.  

And he helps people reach their fullest potential along the way! Many have begun to volunteer in the fight against human trafficking, thanks to Matt and his amazing team. 

The road to justice is long and it’s not easy, and not everyone will support or understand the urgency of helping those who suffer. Yet it’s so very worth it.  

Thank you Matt and the incredible team at The Mekong Club: Silvia Mera, Paul Ling, Zoe Fortune, Mark Devadason, Phil Marshall, Helen Ford, Stefan Lotz and David Hall-Jones & the board for standing for what’s right — to help those who have no voice.

Public Affairs Asia Awards celebrates the accomplishments of corporations in Asia and includes the top PR companies in the world like FleishmanHillard, Edelman etc.

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