- 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

R. Michael Gadbaw

Distinguished Senior Fellow
Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center

R. Michael Gadbaw has served on NBR's Board of Directors since 2006. He retired as Vice President and Senior Counsel for General Electric's International Law and Policy group in March 2008. Mr. Gadbaw joined GE in December 1990 and was part of GE's corporate staff, responsible for supporting the global operations of GE's businesses, particularly in the areas of public policy, transaction advocacy, global funding, and compliance.

Mr. Gadbaw was Chairman of GE's International Practice Group and was the internal champion for GE policies on improper payments and international trade controls. He also supported the Public Policy Committee of the GE Foundation.

Mr. Gadbaw is Chairman of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, Chairman of the US-Malaysia Business Committee of the US-ASEAN Business Council, and founding Chairman of the India Interest Group; a member of the boards of the European Institute, Partners for Democratic Change, and the World Affairs Council; a trustee of the U.S. Council for International Business; and a member and former Chairman of the U.S.-Egypt Presidents' Council.

Before coming to GE, Mr. Gadbaw was in private practice (1980–90), most recently as a partner of Dewey Ballantine, where he helped form that firm's international trade group. Mr. Gadbaw began his legal career in the general counsel's office of the U.S. Treasury Department and later served as Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. During this time he was directly involved in negotiating a number of major international agreements, including the Tokyo Round, the U.S.-Japan Semiconductor Agreement, and the agreement establishing the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Mr. Gadbaw completed his undergraduate work at Fordham University in 1969, earned a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, completed a year of graduate work at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, and received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Michigan in 1974.

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).