After several years of solid industry experience in New York, Samantha has returned to Hong Kong, where she was born. At IWBI, Samantha supervises the overall business development and the greater adoption of the WELL Building Standard™ and WELL Community Standard™ in the Asia Pacific region.
Samantha joined IWBI with a body of experience from her background of scientific research, particularly her expertise in public health. Previously, Samantha was a research and development manager of the Delos Labs team at Delos, IWBI’s parent organization. She assisted in the evaluation of technologies and building materials for safety and efficacy, and helped impart an understanding of science to others by translating scientific research into a language that can be understood by a wide range of audiences. Additionally, she was involved in the development of operations for the Well Living Lab in China.
Samantha specializes in environmental science and organizational policy, as well as toxicology. She obtained her Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Policy from Columbia University, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College, New York.
Growing up in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, I have always been a keen observer of how the environment can negatively impact human health, which led me to study biology and psychology. My mother is an architect so I also have a good understanding of the built environment. So, when I had the opportunity to combine my experiences studying the way in which buildings can impact and potentially improve our mental and physical health, I knew I had to dive right in.
I believe that wellness is an active pursuit, on the part of individuals and organisations, to improve and optimize our existence, and hopefully that of future generations, here on earth. Everyone approaches wellness differently, and I enjoy finding out the variety of approaches that people take; what is most important to them and why; and what works. I try to incorporate what I have learned into my own life, such as having a water filter on my tap, having more than 50% of my diet consist of vegetables, and spending time with friends and family. Most importantly, I try to keep up-to-date with the latest scientific literature on these topics, with a particular penchant for articles on circadian rhythms.
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