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Sam Gong

Lecturer, Enterprise Risk Management

Sam Gong is a legal professional, enterprise risk management analyst, educator, and consultant. Throughout his career, Sam has consulted with Fortune 500 Corporations, Michelin-Star Restaurants, and Venture-Backed Startups.

Sam currently serves as a Lecturer in the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Program at Columbia University, teaching courses related to risk management and financial regulations to master students. Additionally, he is appointed as a researcher at The British University in Dubai (BUiD)’s Centre for Risk and Innovation where he works with scholars in the Middle East Region to develop mitigation strategies to combat climate change risks.

Sam brings to the classroom years of academic and professional experience in regulatory compliance, legal research, higher education, marketing consulting, and public relations. Before becoming a lecturer, he was an associate for several courses in the ERM program, including Traditional Risk Management Practices, External Stakeholder Requirements, Risk Regulations in Finance, and Capstone.

In the field of legal compliance, Sam served as the event planning team lead (compliance) at the University of Washington Seattle, where he ensured regulatory compliance for grand events and built data privacy protection and compliance review frameworks based on the Family Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Before this, Sam was the associate director of operations (compliance) and later director of marketing for Revibe Apparel—a clothing and accessories company based in the Washington State. At Revibe Apparel, Sam established the company’s compliance framework based on the U.S. Textile Regulations and Intellectual Property Laws and supervised the company’s social media strategies.

Prior to his career in legal compliance, Sam worked for more than five years in the marketing consulting and public relations industries. A tri-lingual intercultural communicator who can speak English, French, and Mandarin Chinese, he served as the marketing consultant and assistant program producer at, one of the largest online video platforms in China. Sam also worked at Chinese Radio Seattle Inc. as a senior radio host and program producer, managing four radio programs and leading the campus recruiting process.

Sam graduated as a Top-5 Student from Columbia University’s Enterprise Risk Management Program with a Master of Science degree. At Columbia, he also completed the Pedagogical Lab Training and earned a Certificate in Pedagogy. Before moving to New York, Sam obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Communication at the University of Washington Seattle. In 2019, as part of an academic exchange program, Sam studied at Peking University Law School in Beijing.

In the future, Sam will pursue a Juris Doctor Degree in Corporate Law at The University of Sydney Law School.

Sam Gong is a member of American Bar Association Business Law Section (ABA).


  • M.S., Enterprise Risk Management, Columbia University
  • B.A., Marketing Communication, University of Washington Seattle