Gilbert is responsible for developing projects in Greater China, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand 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 the MIT-China Forum. 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.