Strategic Advisory Board
Richard B. Dasher, Ph.D. - Strategist in Global Academic Alliance &
US-Asia Technology Collaboration
At Stanford University, Dr. Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and has served concurrently as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. He holds Consulting Professor appointments at Stanford in the Departments of Electrical Engineering (technology management), Asian Languages (Japanese business), and at the Asia-Pacific Research Center for his work with the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
From 2004, Dr. Dasher became the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving a term on the Board of Directors of Tohoku University. He continues on the Management Council of Tohoku University and as Advisor to the Tohoku University president. Dr. Dasher is also active on review committees for government funding programs on innovation in Canada, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong. He maintains an active management consulting practice, through which he is an advisor to start-up companies and large firms in the U.S., Japan, and China. He frequently gives speeches and seminars throughout Japan and Asia, as well as in the U.S.
From 1990–93, Dr. Dasher was a board director of two Japanese companies in Tokyo, at which he developed new business in international licensing of media rights packages and other intellectual properties. From 1986–90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute advanced field schools in Japan and Korea, which provide full-time training to U.S. and select Commonwealth country diplomats assigned to those countries. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University and is co-author of the book Regularity in Semantic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He received the Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet and orchestra conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he served on the faculty from 1978-85.