Matthew C. Freedman

Matthew Freedman serves as CEO of Global Impact, Inc, providing both the public and private sectors global strategic advisory services and developing and implementing innovative technology solutions. He has forty years of experience leading development programs and projects overseas. He has also served as an Operating Partner at a NY-based private equity firm.

A national security and economic development expert, Matthew has advised fifteen USG agencies.  In 2001, he served as the White House Transition Director reporting to the Secretary of State for the Agency for International Development, Trade and Development Agency, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Later, he was appointed Deputy to the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, and Counselor, Bureau of Verification, Compliance and Implementation at the State Department. At the Defense Department he served as Senior Advisor, Department of the Navy, Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Army and Senior Advisor to the US Pacific Fleet Command.  He was also appointed to the Advisory Board for Africa of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Most recently, he served as Transition Coordinator for the United Nations World Food Programme.

Mr. Freedman has worked with numerous US and multinational corporations around the world in key sectors: consumer products, energy, information technology, cyber-security and telecommunication, global services, entertainment and media, capital markets/finance, trade, and defense/homeland security.

Mr. Freedman served as Chief of Party for global efforts on behalf of the World Bank, the USG, and the private sector.  He is also a recognized international health expert having advised the USG/Gates Foundation’s Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI), the World Health Organization’s Rollback Malaria Program, and the US Government’s flagship international child health program, BASICS II.

A native of New York, Mr. Freedman holds a Master’s Degree with Honors in International Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College.  In 2002 he received the Department of State’s “Superior Honor Award.” He also has studied at the University of York, England, and The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. He serves on several corporate and not for profit advisory boards and holds appropriate US Government security clearances.