Award-winning Inspirational and Motivational Keynote Speaker

30 years of delivering powerful speeches that change lives.

Speaking History in Numbers




Keynote Speeches


Corporations Reached


People Reached

Keynote Speeches

  • How to Develop Leadership that makes an Impact
  • Modern Slavery: What you Need to Know
  • Storytelling: The Art of Inspirational Public Speaking
  • Matt has done 80 online presentations since January 2020
  • All speeches are available as 20-90 minute sessions that can be tailored to your business needs. They can be a traditional speech or an interactive session.

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Additional Speaking Samples available upon request.

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Inspiring People to Reach their Full Potential


Matt offers a range of corporate speeches on human rights, ESG, modern slavery, COVID-19 and supply chains, and the power of volunteerism.


Matt’s presentations will inspire you and your organization to reach your goals and full potential. These talks change mindsets and lives.


Matt provides tailored trainings related to topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), humanitarian development, and leadership.


Matt is the author of 12 books ranging from action novels, non-fiction accounts of his human rights work, to a book that outlines his unique philosophy of “time.”


Each year, Matt is cited an average of 40 times in the news media (e.g. CNN, Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, the Financial Times, the Economist, and more).


Matt won the prestigious 2017 Gold Standard Award for Asia Communicator of the Year — “Because of Matthew’s absolute commitment to the issue and his tireless drive to reach as many people as he can, he is Communicator of the Year.” Matt was an executive producer and advisor on four award-winning films, one of which was nominated for an Emmy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Excellent Speech”

“Engaging, informative, concise, and everything a good talk should be!”  


Rating: 5 out of 5.


“Great presentation and a refreshing change.” 

Fleishman Hillard

Rating: 5 out of 5.


“Thanks again for another informative and inspirational presentation today.” 


Storytelling: The Art of Inspirational Public Speaking
A new book by Matthew S. FriedmanLINK HERE

About Matt Friedman

Matt Friedman is a leading, internationally renowned global expert on modern slavery and human trafficking. An award-winning public speaker, author, filmmaker, and philanthropist, Matthew regularly advises heads of governments and intelligence agencies. As the founder and CEO of The Mekong Club, Matthew is considered the leading catalyst of the anti-slavery movement in Asia’s business sector by captains of industry.

He has managed and directed tens of millions of dollars to major humanitarian portfolios impacting millions of people for the U.S. State Department (USAID), and the United Nations. His work over the last 30 years of pioneering and managing international anti-human trafficking and public health programs in over 40 countries has given him access to many influential networks in different countries throughout the world.

Matt has given speeches in more than 30 countries. Here is a sample of keynote speeches offered to clients: ACCAMS; American Express; Asia Society; BNY Mellon; Crimestoppers International; CSR Denmark; Dicks Sporting Goods; Geographical Society; HSBC Bank; Intercontinental Hotel; Justice Conference; KPMG; Mandarin Oriental; McKinsey Institute; MGM Hotel; Reuters Antislavery Summit; Singapore Marketing Society; Standard Charter Bank; and United Nations Asia Pacific Regional Conference.

A sample of corporate headquarter presentations include: Amazon; Bank of America; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Cathay Pacific; Coca Cola; Columbia Sportswear; Crayola; Disney; Hallmark; Kathmandu; Kodak; Lane Bryant; Li and Fung; Limited Editions; Lululemon; Macquarie; Mandarin Oriental; Microsoft; Phillip Morris International; Thomson Reuters; Scotiabank; Swire Group; and the Vatican. 

Matt has presented to 167 schools (30,000 students); and 78 churches (15,000 people).

Public Speaking and Storytelling

COVID and the Rise of Online Speeches

Two months before COVID-19 struck China, my wife and I took a lovely vacation to Koh Samui, a small idyllic island getaway in Thailand. As we looked out at the sunset, I recall us talking about how the coming year was going to be the best one ever. There were so many exciting activities ahead…

Changing Mindsets: Sweatshop Challenge Simulation

By Matt Friedman One way to reach people is to include them as participants in a story. For the past ten years, I have given presentations on the subject of modern slavery to schools across Asia. While most students appear to understand the basic details and the importance of the issue, with so much school…

Overcoming My Greatest Fear

Fear of public speaking is a major reason why more people don’t participate. While there are many reasons for this fear, there is one predominant factor – we overestimate the risks of communicating our ideas in front of others, viewing the speaking experience itself as a threat to our credibility, self-esteem, and self-worth. In other…

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