Ambassador, United States Executive DirectorBoard of Directors
Asian Development Bank
Robert Orr was confirmed by the Senate as United States Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2010. From 2007-2010,he was Chairman of the Board of the Panasonic Foundation and concurrently Vice Chair of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, a member of the Board of Trustees of J.F. Obirin University, and a member of the Board of the East-West Center Foundation.Prior to this, Ambassador Orr was President of Boeing Japan and held positions as VicePresident and Director of European Affairs for Motorola in Brussels, and Vice President of Government Relations for Motorola in Japan.Ambassador Orr has also spent many years in academia, and was a professor of PoliticalScience at Temple University
in Japan. His book, The Emergence of Japan‟s Foreign Aid
Power, won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific. Ambassador Orr holds aB.A. in History, cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, an M.A. in Government fromGeorgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tokyo University.