SAM LIN is a member of the full-time MBA Class of 2016. Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, he worked as a risk analytics specialist with Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO), based in Irvine. Lin is both a licensed CPA and also a CFA charterholder. He is a Taiwanese American and speaks fluent Mandarin as well as beginner Cantonese and Japanese. When he came to UCLA Anderson he hoped to explore the possibility of returning to Asia for a career in investment management.

During his two years at UCLA Anderson, Lin was very involved with the CGM programming. In his first year, he was a mentee in CGM’s mentor program, and in his second year he served as the president of UCLA Anderson’s Greater China Business Association (GCBA), CGM’s partner in the annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference.

During the summer of his first year, he interned as a research associate with Green Street Advisors, where he performed deep-dive valuation of publicly traded real estate investment trusts and the impact of external management on REIT returns. Lin received his B.A. in business economics with a minor in accounting from UCLA and continued his interest in economics through the global management specialization. He enrolled in the “Global Macroeconomy” and “International Business Economics” courses and also completed “International Financial Markets” and “Understanding Asia-Pacific Economies.” Lin traveled to Hong Kong and Chile with the global immersion courses to learn about the economic environment and business opportunities in these two countries. It was while he was in Hong Kong that he realized his strong desire to work there and that his background would be highly valued in Asia.

While in Chile, he was offered a position with Invesco in Hong Kong and will be moving there with his wife. Lin also traveled to China and Singapore for his CGM supported international AMR project. His project was with the International Labor Organization, an agency under the United Nations tasked with improving working conditions throughout the world. His team worked with the Asia-Pacific regional office of the ILO to examine the impact of technology innovation on the labor force in the automotive industry. Lin was an active attendee of CGM-sponsored events.