Andrea Pasinetti

Founder, Teach for China | China

For showing that a foreigner can found an influential Chinese NGO.

Launched in 2009 by Andrea Pasinetti, Teach for China has sent 600 American and Chinese college graduates to teach in underprivileged schools in southern China — no small feat considering the restrictions usually placed on NGOs with U.S. ties. Taking young graduates out of their respective ivory towers is a first step; the lessons that they provide, and receive, as a part of their experience may redound for decades after.