- 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

Clark S. Kinlin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Corning Cable Systems
Corning Incorporated

Clark S. Kinlin has served on NBR's Board of Directors since 2000. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Corning Cable Systems at Corning Incorporated. In this role he is responsible for worldwide production, development and sales of optical fiber cable, hardware and equipment, as well as select copper products, including the broadband coaxial interconnect systems of Corning Gilbert.

Mr. Kinlin joined Corning in 1981, working in the Specialty Materials’ Sales and Marketing organization. He subsequently led several projects in Strategic Planning focused on Corning’s expanding interests in Japan and Asia. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Kinlin led the commercial entry of the telecommunications business into Japan and China as director, Latin America/Asia Pacific, ultimately leading the division’s North America Sales and Marketing team.

In 1995, Mr. Kinlin joined Corning Consumer Products, where he helped to execute the sale of the division to KKR and then accepted the position of senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, of the new company, World Kitchen Inc.

In 2000, he was named president, Corning International Corporation and was responsible for directing the company’s global export activities. His international experience led to his appointment as general manager for Greater China in 2003. In this role, he led the growth of Corning’s businesses in China and established a strong corporate operating platform. In April 2007, he was named chief operating officer, Corning Cable Systems, with responsibility for global sales and marketing, as well as global operations.

Mr. Kinlin, his wife Ann Marie, and their three children reside in Corning, New York.

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).