Sylvia Yu Friedman is an award-winning filmmaker, Penguin author, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropy consultant. She is the author of three books, A Long Road to Justice: Stories from the Frontlines in Asia (Penguin); Silenced No More: Voices of Comfort Women, the only journalistic account of historical Japanese military sex slavery during WWII, and Heart and Soul: The Life Story of Pastor Augustus Chao. A former TV anchor and advisor to philanthropists, Sylvia was among the Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders List in 2017 by Assent Compliance. She won the prestigious 2013 International Human Rights Press Award for her 3-part documentary series on human trafficking in China, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Since 2005, Sylvia has managed and directed millions of dollars to major humanitarian portfolios impacting at least more than one million people. She is producing a feature film inspired by her book, A Long Road to Justice.
Dr. Houyuan Luo was born and raised in mainland China. He came to Canada to complete his doctoral degree at the University of Alberta as an international student in 2014. He is a Registered Counselling/Clinical Psychologist in Ontario, Canada. He is a Certified Therapist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by the Canadian Association of CBT. He is also the Chair of the Counselling Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the President-elect of the Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists–International (ACHPPI). He is doing private practice in Toronto, Canada. He speaks English and Mandarin. He is passionate about leadership, multiple perspectives, thoughts and ideas, and interacting with people.