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Immigrant Talent and America’s Contest with China

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free for members; $15 for guests

In a March 2018 letter to U.S. Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber (’83) expressed deep concern over visa restrictions on talented foreigners. He noted “More than half of our recent Nobel Prize winners were born outside the United States… If we are to remain a world leader in research, innovation and education, universities must be able to recruit the most qualified professors, students and researchers from around the world.” Howard Morgan of First Round Capital and Ignatius Chithelen, author of Passage from India to America, will discuss the impact of visa restrictions on skilled workers looking to come to America. This discussion will be moderated by Shefali Raina, an executive coach.

Howard Morgan, Co-Founder of First Round Capital, is a leading investor in early-stage companies in America. Founded in 2005, First Round has invested in over 300 startups, including multi-billion dollar companies such as Uber and Warby Parker. Morgan received his PhD from Cornell University and BS from City College of the City University of New York.

Ignatius Chithelen is the author of Passage from India to America: Billionaire Engineers, Extremist Politics and Advantage to Canada & China. He is manager of Banyan Tree Capital and adviser to Silley Circuits, a business network, both in New York. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Chithelen has an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, an MPhil from the Centre for Development Studies, India and an MA and BA from Bombay University.

Shefali Raina is a certified professional coach and a neuroscience expert. She has spent 20 years on Wall Street and in consulting at Lehman Brothers, Anderson and Deloitte.


May 13
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm