- 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

Melody Meyer

Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Melody Meyer is President of Melody Meyer Energy LLC. Ms. Meyer recently retired after 37 years of distinguished service from Chevron to pursue new opportunities in the energy industry. She is the former President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company and was responsible for Chevron’s exploration and production in the Asia Pacific region. Chevron is one of the largest energy producers in the region with operations in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, and New Zealand, and with regional headquarters in Singapore.

Ms. Meyer has extensive leadership expertise in international and U.S. upstream operations, strategic and business planning, major capital project execution, capital allocation, and delivering superior financial results.

Ms. Meyer served on the Management Committee of Chevron for sixteen years with leadership responsibilities as Vice President U.S. MidContinent, Vice President Gulf of Mexico, President of Energy Technology, and President of Asia Pacific E&P. Internationally, she worked on major projects in West Africa and on new country start-ups in Tengiz Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea, and offshore China. She was the Operations Engineering Manager in Tengiz, Kazakhstan, and Production Operations Manager in Angola. She has extensive experience with global fiscal environments, diverse asset classes, and mega project execution, with successful start-up of the Australia Gorgon LNG and China Chuangdongbei gas projects.

Ms. Meyer graduated from Trinity University in 1979 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Science and attended the Dartmouth Tuck Executive Education program in 1997.

As a role model and advocate for women in the energy industry, Ms. Meyer took a lead role as Executive Sponsor of the Chevron Women’s Network and in formation of Women with Energy LLC. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Trinity University and on the Board of Directors of The National Bureau of Asian Research. Ms. Meyer was recognized as a 2009 Trinity Distinguished Alumni, with BioHouston Women in Science Award, and with the ASME Rhoades Petroleum Industry Leadership Award.

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).