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Sean Gilbert is the Managing Director of the MIT-China Program, MIT-Singapore Program, and the pilot MIT-Australia & New Zealand Program.
Gilbert is responsible for developing projects in Greater China and Singapore with MIT students, faculty, and institutional partners. Key programs include the MIT China Educational Technology Initiative (CETI); the MIT Greater China Fund for Innovation; and Singapore Leadership & Development Initiative (LEAD). Gilbert also manages the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science / MISTI partnership: EECS International/MISTI.
Prior to arriving at MIT in 2000, Gilbert worked in Taipei for EcoTrends International Co., Ltd, importing environmental technologies and products for Taiwan construction sites (1997-2000); and for Honolulu-based Kaimana Pacific Corporation, supervising Taiwanese-owned Hawaii hotels and automotive and data processing joint ventures in Jinan, Shandong Province (1993-1997). Gilbert has also worked in New York as a reinsurance broker at Guy Carpenter & Company, placing East Asian and European facultative business (1984-1986).
Gilbert holds a Master of Arts in Chinese Studies from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies & Chinese from New York University.