- 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

Tadataka Yamada

Venture Partner
Frazier Healthcare

Tadataka "Tachi" Yamada is Venture Partner of Frazier Healthcare. Before joining Frazier, he was Executive Vice-President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, and a Board Member of Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he was President of Global Health for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2006 to 2011, and prior to that he served as Chairman of R&D and a Board Member of GlaxoSmithKline. He was also Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the University of Michigan.

A scientist and scholar in gastroenterology, Dr. Yamada is the author of more than 150 original manuscripts on the subject and is the editor of The Textbook of Gastroenterology (now in its Fifth Edition). In recognition of his contributions to medicine and science, he has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (United States), the Academy of Medical Sciences (United Kingdom), and the National Academy of Medicine (Mexico). Dr. Yamada has received an honorary appointment as Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and has been conferred the degree of DSci honoris causa from the University of East Anglia, the University of Warwick, Washington College, and Loyola University Chicago. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the SmithKline and French Award for Distinguished Achievement in Gastrointestinal Physiology from the American Physiological Society and the Julius Friedenwald Medal from the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Yamada is a Fellow of the Imperial College of Medicine, a Master of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and former President of the Association of American Physicians and the American Gastroenterological Association.

In the public sector, Dr. Yamada has served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He currently serves as member for the Board of Directors of the Singapore Agency for Science Technology and Research, the Reagan-Udall Foundation, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative and is a member of the Council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Born in Tokyo, Dr. Yamada is a grandson of one of the first people of Japanese descent to be fully trained as an American physician. He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in history and obtained his MD from the New York University School of Medicine. After completing his internal medicine training at the Medical College of Virginia, he served as an investigator in the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and trained in gastroenterology at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he assumed his first faculty position.

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).