Matthew C. Freedman
Matthew Freedman is a leading strategic advisor to corporate executives with over thirty years of global experience developing and implementing government affairs programs, corporate business and public sales strategies.
A defense, foreign policy and economic development expert, Mr. Freedman recently advised the Department of State as a Special Government Employee in the international security arena and in matters related to the United Nations. In 2007, he also provided foreign policy advice to the Department of the Navy senior leadership. In 2001 he served as Secretary of State Powell’s Transition Director for various agencies reporting to the Secretary and also served on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s Africa Advisory Board.
Mr. Freedman has worked with numerous US and multinational corporations around the world in key sectors including capital markets/finance, consumer products, defense/national security/homeland security, energy, information technology, international health, telecommunication and trade. He also has expertise in cross-cutting sectors including advocacy, branding, corporate image development, public-private partnerships and survey research. These companies range from Fortune 500 companies to small start up technology firms.
Mr. Freedman also serves as CEO of Indigo Telecom USA, a global Service Provider, providing satellite communication on behalf of Thuraya, Inmarsat and Iridium to the private sector, multilateral organizations and the public sector to remote places around the world. Clients range from numerous United Nations agencies to private sector subscribers in over 30 countries around the world.
In the past, he served as Chief of Party on numerous national and global efforts on behalf of the World Bank, the US Government and the private sector where he developed market entry strategies and managed in-country staffs spanning from Russia to the Philippines. He has also managed numerous international electoral efforts to promote the rule of law from South Africa to South Korea. A recognized international health expert, he advised the USG/Gates Foundation’s Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunization (GAVI), the World Health Organization’s Rollback Malaria Program and the US Government’s flagship international child health program, BASICS II.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Freedman served in the US Government in numerous capacities in the Office of the Secretary of State, the Agency for International Development, Office of Management and Budget and the National Security Council.
A native of New York, Mr. Freedman holds a Master’s Degree with Honors in International Affairs from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College. He has also studied at the University of York, England, and at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council for International Understanding as well as on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee of The Reform Institute. He currently holds a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
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