Mr Sam Taylor
Médecins Sans Frontières, Hong Kong
Sam Taylor is the Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Hong Kong, leading the regional team of around 90 staff in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan, as well as Manila, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
MSF initially worked in Hong Kong in the 1990s, providing health care in the camps of Vietnamese refugees, and has had an institutional presence here for 25 years. From small beginnings, it has grown to one of largest International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) in Hong Kong, and an important regional centre for MSF. The regional office provides significant human and financial resources to the life-saving, medical humanitarian operations of MSF in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Founded by doctors and journalists nearly 50 years ago, speaking out – either publically or privately – in order to improve the dire situations faced by our patients, has been part of MSF’s work since the organisation was established in France.
Sam came to Hong Kong after nearly two decades of experience working in the fields of journalism and humanitarian response. He joined MSF in 2009 after years as journalist for international news wires, magazines and radio stations in South East and South Asia.
Immediately before moving to his job in Hong Kong, Sam was the Director of MSF Ireland from August 2016 to March 2019. He also worked for MSF Japan as Director of Communications for around two years, the first non-Japanese holding this position in 21 years.
Sam has worked in many humanitarian emergency contexts with MSF including acting as the government liaison for MSF in the earthquake response in Nepal. He worked as a crisis communications coordinator in the 2015 Ebola response in West Africa as well as coordinating MSF’s communications work around the Syria crisis.
Prior to MSF, he headed the team of Agence France Presse (AFP) in Nepal and had 11years of experience as a journalist in various roles with different media outlets – from reporter to bureau chief.
As a journalist and a humanitarian, he sees that the need for speaking out and advocating for patients in today’s increasingly polarised world, as more important than ever.