- 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

Tom Robertson

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation

Tom Robertson is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft’s Office Division and Business Solutions Division. These two Divisions produce a wide variety of products and services that provide world-leading productivity, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning solutions, currently generating approximately one third of Microsoft’s overall revenue. In this role, Tom manages an extended team within the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department that provides the full range of legal and corporate affairs support for these two Divisions. He is a member of senior leadership teams of these Divisions and the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department.

Tom has had a number of prior roles in his 14 years at Microsoft, including Associate General Counsel for the Office product group, General Manager for Microsoft’s Corporate Standards and Interoperability Group, head of Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs team for China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the lead for Microsoft’s intellectual property policy and enforcement work in Asia.

Before joining Microsoft, Tom was the Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in the Executive Office of the President, responsible for global intellectual property issues and general trade issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. and London, England, and clerked for the Hon. Albert V. Bryan, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Tom holds both engineering (computer science and electrical) and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

Tom has for years represented Microsoft on the Duke University Fuqua School of Business’ Innovation Working Group, and is a Fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Marcelle O’Connell, and their three daughters.

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).