We are happy to introduce you today to the new SE Asian Regional Director, working from the Regional Office in Thailand. Joe Hayes joins The Exodus Road team in a leadership capacity and comes to us with years of cross-cultural management experience. The fact that Joe grew up in Southeast Asia and speaks the language fluently gives him a unique cultural advantage as he works with team members and partners throughout the region.
A primary value we maintain as an organization is the equipping of nationals to effectively fight trafficking in their own communities, and employing a Regional Director like Joe who can bridge the cultural gap is a another step towards that goal. One of Joe’s primary roles is to build capacity and effectiveness for a growing team of national staff.
As you will undoubtedly ascertain from the following interview, Joe is very much interested in the well-being of humanity. We are so honored to welcome him to leadership in the field.
Take a moment to read through his honest answers to the following questions:
What brought you to The Exodus Road?
I have a heart and a burden for the people of Thailand. I am honored to be working closely alongside Matt Parker because of his drive and passion for the people. I feel as though I am among my people. I am one of them. I grew up here in Thailand around poor people and have spent a lot of time with the Khmer refugees. I have a great burden for the people, to see them freed.
So you grew up in Thailand. How do you think this influences your job?
I know I just said that I feel like the Thai people are my people. But at the same time I am a Caucasian man who was raised with North American influences. Even though I grew up thinking I was a Thai person, I am still very much my parents’ son. I can see that my background has prepared me for my management job now. If I can figure out how to motivate the Asian people to work hard to fight trafficking in their own countries and have success as professionals then I have done well.
Talk about what is challenging.
I am an ordinary person. I’m nobody. If I can help free modern day slaves through my management skills I am glad to help. There is pressure because the problem is so huge. What goes on is wicked and wrong.
Talk about what is driving you forward. What is your motivation?
It’s easy to get involved to help these kids. My drive stems from the needs of the people. I would rather be in the background helping humans. I am learning and building a team of Asians who are passionate and filled with positivity and action to help fight human trafficking. I am honored to be on the team. . . . It’s not about the numbers or the program for me. It’s about the humans. I think the 1 is as important as the 50,000.
Welcome to The Exodus Road team, Joe!