- 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

Thomas W. Albrecht

Sidley Austin LLP

Thomas Albrecht is the managing partner for the Asia Pacific region and has been based in Sidley’s Hong Kong office for the past eight years. Tom has also been a member of the firm’s Management Committee and its Executive Committee for 17 and 21 years respectively. Tom’s practice includes the representation of multinational corporations, investment banks, commercial banks, investment funds, insurance companies and other participants in the financial services industry in a wide variety of corporate and financing transactions including secured financings, structured finance transactions, alternative risk financing mechanisms, corporate restructurings and workouts, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions.

Tom has been recognized as a leading lawyer by several publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal, PLC Which Lawyer and The Best Lawyers in America. Chambers USA recently described Tom as “a fantastic lawyer who immediately thinks about how new developments will affect clients.”

Tom was based in the U.S. for most of his 30+ year career, but has been involved in cross-border financing and other international corporate transactions for over 25 years, beginning in 1986 when he represented a major Japanese automobile manufacturer in establishing its U.S. based financing subsidiary. A few years later, he represented several large financial institutions when they established their commercial paper conduit supported businesses in Europe. In the 1990s, he worked extensively on several Japan-originated transactions, as well as on a Southeast Asia-based monoline insurance program. More recently, Tom has also been involved in several debt and corporate workouts and restructurings, corporate inbound (into Asia) investment transactions, advice on outbound (to the U.S.) investments and operations, the use of ring-fencing techniques in connection with global corporate structures, the restructuring of joint ventures and distressed asset purchases.

Because of his broad leveraged finance and structured finance background, Tom has assisted clients in multiple industry sectors, including real estate, telecommunications, financial institutions, technology, transportation, metals, consumer products, and oil and gas.

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).