In the ninth grade, Astrid was introduced to human trafficking through a guest speaker at her school in Singapore. After moving to Japan, she felt that she needed an outlet in order to do something about the issue. Needless to say, IMPACT became that outlet. Using her love of singing, she paired up with one of her classmates to write an album that would educate and fundraise for anti-trafficking efforts. Currently, she continues to sell the album at school events, and she is starting an NHS initiative called the Anti-Slavery Society, where she hopes to expand her cause of action.
Born in Japan, Ma has lived in diverse regions of the world including Hawaii, Canada, New Zealand, Washington, and Tokyo. His current passion for horology started when he received his father’s timepiece upon graduating from middle school.
Since then, Ma has continued to accumulate a wealth of knowledge on the subject through self-study of texts and online resources. He has worked on watches with tools that he has made himself and has completed professional internships which included hands-on experiences with the mechanics of watchmaking.
With his recent acceptance to New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, he plans to study the business side of the watch industry. While studying, he plans to take advantage of being in New York City with its vibrant communities, such as the Horological Society of New York. He hopes to create his own timepieces with unprecedented complications in the near future.