Princeton in Beijing: Past, Present, Future
Greg Gilligan (PiB '93)
Vice President and Managing Director of PGA TOUR China, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China
As a PiB alum and perennial guest lecturer at PiB summer sessions, Gregory Gilligan is one of the foremost authorities on business in China. Before the PGA TOUR and AmCham China, Mr. Gilligan served as Managing Director of consultancy APCO Worldwide in Beijing and, before that in two senior executive roles for nearly fourteen years at McDonald’s China. With these roles over a seventeen year China career, Mr. Gilligan has extensive experience here in general management and corporate relations leadership roles as well as a significant record of civic service. In his own words he is "proud of my PiB roots and dedicated to supporting PiB's continued excellence for many years to come."
Thank's to Mr. Gilligan's generosity, PiB will be able to increase funding for all financial aid applicants.
Neysun Mahboubi (PiB '95)
Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania; Visiting Lecturer of Public & International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Neysun's primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law. He is co-chair of the international committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, consults for The Asia Foundation on Chinese administrative procedure reform, and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he taught courses on administrative law and comparative law, and before that a Fellow of the China Law Center, and Tutor-in-Law, at Yale Law School. He also has served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division (Federal Programs Branch) of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk to Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. (Politics and East Asian Studies) from Princeton University.
Andrea Pasinetti (PiB '05 and '06)
Founder and CEO, Teach For China
Andrea Pasinetti is the founder and CEO of Teach For China, a nonprofit organization that recruits university graduates from China and the United States and trains them to serve as full-time teachers in under-resourced Chinese schools.
Pasinetti studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. As an undergraduate he pursued certificates in East Asian Studies and European Cultural Studies. Pasinetti founded Teach For China in 2008. That year, while conducting research for his senior thesis, Andrea traveled to seven provinces in China and visited more than 300 schools. Observing the challenges faced by students in low-income Chinese schools helped inspire Andrea to leave Princeton and found the China Education Initiative, which has since been renamed Teach For China.
Pasinetti was recognized in 2011 by China Newsweek Magazine as the most influential foreigner working in China. In the 2012-2013 school year, more than 300 Teach For China Fellows served in 85 schools in China's Yunnan and Guangdong provinces, reaching more than 45,000 students.
"I really had such a fantastic experience at PiB. The caliber of the students there was so high, and 周老师 and all his teachers always operated with so much generosity of spirit. I simply would not be in China today if it hadn't been for the exposure and language skills I gained as a student in Xinsonggongyu." - Andrea Pasinetti