Brian is an internet executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in e-commerce and digital media in Greater China, SE Asia, India, the US and Europe. He presently serves as vice president of Alibaba Group’s Global Initiatives, where his present scope of work focuses on developing capacity building programs for governments and entrepreneurs to demonstrate how e-commerce can promote inclusive development in emerging markets. During his fifteen year tenure with the firm, Brian spearheaded Alibaba.com’s global expansion as head of its international business operations, served as the Special Assistant to the Chairman for international affairs, and established and served as the Executive Director of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (AGLA). Brian originally joined the company as its 52nd employee.
In previous roles, Brian has held executive positions at the McGraw-Hill Companies and served as the Special Assistant to Mayor Willie L. Brown of San Francisco. He is also Founder and Chairman of the digital media platform RADII (www.radiichina.com), an initiative dedicated to bridging understanding between China and the world. Brian has been an advisor to various governments on their digital transformation strategies and has been featured as a speaker at international conferences including The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, the B20 Summit, UNCTAD E-commerce Week, and was an advisor on CNBC’s TV series “Pop-up Start-up” and a technical consultant for the HBO television series “Silicon Valley”.
Brian is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the Johns Hopkins (SAIS)-Nanjing Center, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Swarthmore College Council on Presidential Initiatives, served as a member of the Wharton School Alumni Executive Board, and is a director of the 1990 Institute. Brian was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a China Fellow with the Aspen Institute.