"Teachers transform lives in ways never imagined. I’m proud to support this Prize because of the critical role teachers play in our society."
Brian presently serves as a Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Alibaba Group. As the 52nd employee, he played a myriad of roles during the Alibaba.com’s development including Chief Web Producer, Senior Director of Strategic Business Development, VP of Global Sales, and VP of Supplier Development. During that time Brian established and managed numerous businesses units in China, India, US, SE Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
During his time away from Alibaba, he was an angel investor in ecommerce and digital media-related start-ups in Greater China region, and served as the CEO of one of his portfolio companies, alive.cn/alivenotdead.com, an online celebrity network for creative collaborations and endorsements through social media.
In addition, Brian held roles as an executive at the McGraw-Hill Companies, where he worked in the Higher-Education division to develop their online course program, as a management consultant, and as Special Assistant to Mayor Willie L. Brown of San Francisco.
Brian grew up in Palo Alto, CA, and earned his BA from Swarthmore College, a Master’s Certificate from The Hopkins(SAIS)-Nanjing Center, and an MBA from The Wharton School. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a member of the Wharton Executive Alumni Board, the Hong Kong Forum, AngelVest Group, and a board member of the 1990 Institute.