- 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

David K.Y. Tang

Managing Partner, Asia
K&L Gates LLP

David K.Y. Tang has served on NBR's Board of Directors since 1999. He is the Managing Partner, Asia at K&L Gates LLP. His law practice specializes in domestic and international business transactions, emphasizing those in the Asia-Pacific region. Such transactions include the structuring of joint ventures, direct foreign investment, cross-border equipment and trade financing, acquisitions, real estate investments, and distribution channels.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1975, graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Tang then attended the Hague Academy of International Law in 1976, received a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University in 1979, and achieved a Certificate with Honors from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law in 1979.

In addition to his background in international business, including his service as Chairman of the Washington Council on International Trade, Mr. Tang also participates in many non-governmental organizations that address international policy issues. He serves as Co-Chair of the Western Regional American Assembly on U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-first Century, Governor of the National Center for APEC, and is an executive committee member on the Washington State China Relations Council. He is also a board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Mr. Tang is also active in the greater Seattle community. He is a trustee of both the Pacific Science Center and the Seattle Art Museum.

His professional endeavors are as varied and substantial as his community involvement. Mr. Tang has instructed at the University of Washington School of Law, and has held several prominent positions in the International Law and Real Property Law sections of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

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).