Ambassador Orr, an old friend of our university who taught politics at TUJ, will discuss the role of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the world’s largest regional development bank.
Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Robert Orr is the United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). From 2007-2010 he was Chairman of the Board of the Panasonic Foundation and between 2002 and 2007, he was President of Boeing Japan. He held this position during the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 35% of which is made in Japan. Prior to joining Boeing, Dr. Orr was Vice President and Director of European Affairs for Motorola based in Brussels. As Motorala’s Vice President of Government Relations in Japan he successfully led the negotiations that opened up the cellular phone market in Japan.
In addition to the corporate world, Ambassador Orr also has spent many years in academia and the United States Government. Between 1985 and 1993 he was a professor of Political Science at Temple University in Japan with two years off to run the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies and the Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation at the Stanford Japan Center in Kyoto. His book The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power published by Columbia University Press won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.
The Ambassador’s career began in 1976 when he served for two years as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Paul G. Rogers (D-FL). Between 1978 and 1981 he served on the House Foreign Affairs Asia Subcommittee staff seconded from the Select Committee on Narcotics. In 1981 he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator of Asia in the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Ambassador Orr holds a B.A. in History, cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tokyo University.