- 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

Herbert J. Ellison

Professor Emeritus
University of Washington

Herbert J. Ellison has served on NBR's Board of Directors since 1993. He is Professor Emeritus of Russian History and International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the History Department at the University of Washington. He is also Founding Director of Eurasia Policy Studies at the National Bureau of Asian Research. Professor Ellison was also the Executive Producer of Yeltsin, a PBS documentary film sponsored in part by NBR.

A specialist on the history and politics of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as an expert on the international relations of East Asia, Professor Ellison received his BA and MA from the University of Washington and his PhD from the University of London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. In 1993 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant.

Professor Ellison has served as Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. He was also a trustee of the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, Vice President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and a member of the advisory committee of the Russian Research Center at Harvard University.

Professor Ellison was Chairman of the Board of Directors at the International Research and Exchanges Board, Washington, D.C., which manages educational and developmental exchanges with Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. He has also served as a consultant to the Department of State and to the foreign affairs committees of the U.S. Congress. An accomplished scholar and published author, he has lectured widely at universities and research institutes in the United States, Europe, and East Asia.

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).