- NBR - The National Bureau of Asian Research


NBR’s operations are governed by the Board of Directors, a nationally prominent group of leaders with long-term interests in the Asia-Pacific region. The Counselor is NBR's most senior advisory position, counseling the Board of Directors and President and providing guidance to NBR programs. NBR’s research agenda is developed in consultation with the Board of Advisors, which consists of experts from research centers, universities, and corporations.

Board of Directors Counselors Board of Advisors

Thomas E. Fisher

Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, Unocal Corporation (Ret.)

Thomas E. Fisher served on NBR's Board of Directors from September 1999 to October 2004 and became Honorary Director in April 2005. He was Senior Vice President of Commercial Affairs for the Unocal Corporation prior to his retirement in 2004. His responsibilities included commercial counseling and services for Unocal's oil, gas, and electric activities worldwide.

During his 34 years with Unocal, Mr. Fisher held various positions in operations, commerce, and management, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Fisher played an important role in establishing one of Asia’s first natural gas industries in Thailand. His work contributed to the expansion of natural gas and electric industries throughout southern Asia.

In 1987 he was appointed Vice President of U.S. Natural Gas and was subsequently made responsible for natural gas sales, transportation administration, and regulatory affairs for all of North America and later worldwide.

In 1994 Mr. Fisher became Corporate Vice President, a position that gave him responsibility for marketing Unocal’s worldwide gas, oil, and NGL resources. Two years later he was entrusted with the development of electric power projects, acquisitions and divestitures, strategic planning, and significant commercial negotiations.

Currently a member of the President’s Endowed Scholarship Foundation of Texas A&M University, Mr. Fisher is a former Director of the Natural Gas Council and he served on the Board of Advisors of the Gas Research Institute. He is a registered professional engineer.

Mr. Fisher graduated from Texas A&M University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Charles W. Brady Board Room

Board of Directors


Charles W. Brady
Chairman Emeritus
Invesco, Ltd

Chairman Emeritus

George F. Russell, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus
Russell Investments

Vice Chairman and Treasurer

John V. Rindlaub
President, Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo & Company

Board of Directors

Admiral Dennis C. Blair
U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Lawrence W. Clarkson
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company (Ret.)

William (Bill) M. Colton
Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning
ExxonMobil Corporation

George Davidson
Vice Chairman, Mergers and Acquisitions,

Norman D. Dicks
Senior Policy Advisor
Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Richard J. Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Thomas E. Fisher
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, Unocal Corporation (Ret.)

R. Michael Gadbaw
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Joachim Kempin
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, Microsoft Corporation (Ret.)

Clark S. Kinlin
Honorary Member of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer, Corning Cable Systems
Corning Incorporated

Ryo Kubota
Chairman, President, and CEO
Acucela Inc.

Maria Livanos Cattaui
Former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce

Melody Meyer
Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Pamela S. Passman
President and CEO
Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe)

C. Michael Petters
President and Chief Executive Officer
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Kenneth B. Pyle
Professor; Founding President
University of Washington; The National Bureau of Asian Research

Tom Robertson
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation

Gordon M. Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Exact Staff, Inc.

Scott Stoll
Ernst & Young LLP

David K.Y. Tang
Managing Partner, Asia
K&L Gates LLP

Tadataka Yamada
Venture Partner
Frazier Healthcare


Please visit the page Remembering Herbert J. Ellison (October 3, 1929–October 9, 2012) to learn about longtime former board member Herbert J. Ellison, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, who played an instrumental role in the founding of NBR in 1989.

Please visit the page In Honor of General John M. Shalikashvili (June 27, 1936–July 23, 2011) to learn about longtime former board member John M. Shalikashvili, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Retired).