- 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

William M. Castell

The Wellcome Trust

William M. Castell has served on NBR's Board of Directors since 2006. Sir William is Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, one of the world's largest biomedical research charities. The mission of the trust is to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health. Assets of the trust are around £13 billion and annual expenditure is approaching £500 million. Prior to taking up this appointment Sir William was President and Chief Executive Office of GE Healthcare, the global medical diagnostics and biosciences business of the General Electric Company, of which he was also a Vice Chairman. Sir William remains a Director of the General Electric Company, he is a Non-executive Director of British Petroleum, and he serves as a trustee of London's Natural History Museum.

Before its acquisition by GE in April 2004, Sir William was Chief Executive of Amersham plc. During his tenure with Amersham, he successfully oversaw a major expansion of the business through organic growth and acquisitions, culminating in 1997 with the mergers of Amersham International with Pharmacia Biotech and Nycomed ASA. The resulting business, Amersham plc, was a world leader in in vivo medical diagnostics and life sciences research technologies.

Prior to joining Amersham, Sir William held various positions with the Wellcome Foundation. In 1986 he was appointed Commercial Director, Wellcome plc. Previous positions with Wellcome included head of newly formed Wellcome Biotechnology and head of Finance and Administration for Continental Europe, Africa, and Asia.

In June 2000 Sir William was knighted for his services to the life sciences industry. A strong proponent of business being active in society, Sir William participated in Business in the Community's work to revitalize areas blighted by unemployment and social exclusion. In 1998 he was appointed Chairman of the Prince's Trust by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and served in this role for five years. In January 2004, he received the honor Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for services to the royal family.

Sir William served as a member of the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council from 2001 to 2004, he is an Honorary Fellow at Green College, University of Oxford, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cardiff. In 2004 he received the honorary degree Doctor of Social Sciences from Brunel University and later the same year received Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2005 he received the honorary degree Doctor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford and in 2006 became an Honorary Fellow of King's College London.

Sir William received his BA in Business Studies from the City of London College. He and his wife, Renice, have two daughters and a son.

He joined the NBR Board of Directors in 2006.

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

Vice Chairman

George Davidson
Vice Chairman, Mergers and Acquisitions,

Board of Directors

Thomas W. Albrecht
Sidley Austin LLP

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

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

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.)

Mark Jones
Managing Director, Head of Wells Fargo Securities Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo Securities Asia Limited
Wells Fargo & Company

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.

Quentin W. Kuhrau
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

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

Regina Mayor
Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader of Energy and Natural Resources

Melody Meyer
Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Joseph M. (Joe) Naylor
Vice President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation

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

Jonathan Roberts
Founder & Partner
Ignition Partners

Tom Robertson
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation

Matt Salmon
Vice President of Government Affairs
Arizona State University

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


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).