Modern Slavery and The Role of the Private Sector
Join the Faculty of Theology as we host human trafficking expert, Matthew Friedman.
About Matthew Friedman
Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 30 years’ experience. He is CEO of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong’s leading businesses which have joined forces to help end all forms of modern slavery. Mr. Friedman previously worked for USAID and the United Nations in over 30 countries. Mr. Friedman offers technical advice to numerous governments, churches and corporations working to eliminate all forms of modern slavery and is the author of twelve books. Between 2014 and 2017, Mr. Friedman and his wife Sylvia ran a Christian ministry out of Hong Kong entitled "852 Freedom Campaign" to raise awareness and help Christians apply their faith to addressing the issue of modern slavery. In March 2016, Mr. Friedman presented a talk at the Vatican among a group of global leaders. In 2017, Mr. Friedman won Asia’s prestigious “Communicator of the Year” Gold Award.
About The Mekong Club
The Mekong Club is one of the first not-for-profit organizations of its kind in Asia to use a ‘business-to-business’ approach to fight slavery. Bridging the gap between the public and private sectors, the Mekong Club helps companies of all sizes to understand the complexities of human trafficking and to reduce their vulnerability within their supply chains/business environment. Together with business partners, the Mekong Club is spearheading innovative and strategic projects to achieve a slave-free world.