- 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

James R. Blackwell

President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company
Chevron Corporation

James R. Blackwell joined NBR’s Board of Directors in July 2009. He is President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company. In this capacity he is responsible for managing Chevron’s exploration and production activities in the Asia Pacific Region.

Mr. Blackwell began his career with Gulf Oil in 1980 and worked his way though a wide range of assignments of increasing responsibilities, both technical and supervisory. After the Gulf/Chevron merger in 1985 he became an Engineer for the company’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) department. He worked as an HSE Manager first for Chevron Nigeria Ltd. and later for Tengizchevroil (TCO), based in Kazakhstan. Mr. Blackwell was named General Manager of TCO Operations in 1996. In 2000 he returned to the United States and worked for ChevronTexaco Overseas Petroleum Inc, first as a General Manager and then as Vice President. In 2002, Mr. Blackwell was appointed President of ChevronTexaco Pipeline Company. From 2003 to 2007 he served as managing director of Chevron’s Southern Africa Strategic Business Unit based in Luanda, Angola. In January 2008, Mr. Blackwell assumed his present position.

A native of Mississippi, he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental engineering. He later earned a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Tulane University in 1984.

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).