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Glenn Lau-Kee

President

Glenn Lau-Kee was elected president of the US-Asia Institute in 2017. He is a former president of the 74,000 member New York State Bar Association. As the 117th president of NYSBA during 2014-2015, he was the first Asian-American to serve as President. Glenn is a member of the firm of Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC, located in Manhattan, New York.

Mr. Lau-Kee began his law practice in 1975 in the international law firm of Coudert Brothers as an associate in the Hong Kong and New York offices, concentrating on banking and project financing matters. He joined the firm of Kee & Lau-Kee as a partner in 1977. He concentrates his practice in real estate and business law. He was a member of the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline formed by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. He also served as the American Bar Association Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in Geneva.

He was a commissioner on the Commission on Human Rights of the City of New York from 1984-1990, serving as vice-chair of the Commission. He served on the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, First Department, from 2007-2010. He has served as vice-chair of the Board of the YMCA of Greater New York, and as a board member of the New York County Bar Association, the Fund for Modern Courts, the New York Bar Foundation, Legal Services for New York City, and the Queens Legal Services Corporation. He served as the president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York from 1997-1999, and was appointed by then Chief Judge Judith Kaye to serve on the Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice, and the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System.

Mr. Lau-Kee is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the New York City Partnership. He has been awarded the Dean’s Medal from Albany Law School, the Jane M. Bolin Leaders in Law Award from the Judicial Friends Association, and the Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYSBA. He is also the recipient of the Order of the Red Triangle from the YMCA of Greater New York, its highest honor.

He is a 1971 graduate of Yale University and a 1974 graduate of the Boston University School of Law.

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Mary Sue Bissell

Trustee, VP & Executive Director

Mary Sue Bissell came to the US-Asia Institute in 1979 and worked with co-founders Esther G. Kee and Joji Konoshima as Director of Programs and Publications from 1979-84. From 1987-90, she served as USAI’s Executive Director. While at the Institute, she sought to strengthen relations between the United States and Asia through organizing high-level conferences and policy dialogues, managing government-to-government exchange programs, and coordinating congressional staff trips to various Asian countries.

Ms. Bissell has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, conference planning, volunteer coordination, grant-writing, editing, strategic planning, marketing, education and fundraising. She edited conference proceedings from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th National Leadership Conferences, and a publication on U.S. immigration policy toward Asia. She also provided oversight to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange for 2.5 years. She has received numerous local, state and national awards and recognition for writing, public speaking and community service.

Ms. Bissell is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. She is married with two daughters.

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Robert Jordan

Senior Advisor, VP, International & Government Affairs

Robert F. Jordan started a 36-year diplomatic career with the U.S. Information Agency in 1956. He served as the Public Affairs Officer and director of the United States Information Service in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America with responsibility for all U.S. government press and cultural exchange programs.

Mr. Jordan was president of the Fulbright Commission in several countries and was also president of the Government of Ireland’s scholarship board. While on a Washington tour he was assigned to USIA’s inspection corps and conducted policy and public diplomacy inspections of American embassies in some 40 countries worldwide.

Mr. Jordan is the recipient of several meritorious and superior honor awards and performance pay awards from USIA, the Department of Defense and the Department of State. He also received the Order of Merit from the Government of Portugal. He was frequently selected to organize press facilities for the White House Press Corps for overseas visits of U.S. presidents. Following retirement in 1992 he was called back by both USIA and the Department of State to conduct policy inspections of some 20 embassies worldwide. From 1995 to 2001, he worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency handling the Spanish-speaking media on disasters around the country.

Mr. Jordan served overseas in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 and then attended the University of Massachusetts, graduating in 1951. He also attended Boston College Graduate School and the University of Mexico in Mexico City.

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Joycelyn Su

Program Director

Joycelyn Su was a program assistant with the US-Asia Institute in Spring 2015 before she took the position as Program Director in May 2016.

Prior to joining USAI, she was a researcher with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based bipartisan think tank. She has also held various other research and program management internships with institutions like the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and New York University in Shanghai.

While at UNC, she served as Deputy Director of Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit, the premier Southern undergraduate conference in US-China relations. In Fall 2015, Joycelyn appeared in China Hands Magazine as one of “25 Under 25: Rising Stars in US-China Relations.”

Joycelyn received a B.A. in Economics and Global Studies with Highest Distinction and Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Singapore native, spent over a decade in China, and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

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Kaoruko Kobayashi

Program Assistant

Kaoruko Kobayashi is from Japan and spent nearly half of her life overseas in the US, Bahrain and South Korea due to her father’s business. She received a B.A in Political Science from Keio University with a focus on East Asian relations. During her junior year at Keio, she studied abroad at Georgetown University. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in public policy at the University of Tokyo.

In the future, she hopes to contribute to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.

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Robert Byung Hoon Ryu

Program Assistant

Robert Byung Hoon Ryu is from Seoul, South Korea. He is pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Studies and a certificate in East Asian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Robert enjoying learning about the complexity of foreign relations in East Asia and he hopes to help establish multilateral cooperation in East Asia and between the United States and Asia in the future.

After he receives his diploma in December, 2017, he plans to pursue a law degree, focusing on either international law or trade.

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Kiralina Soare

Program Assistant

Kiralina Soare is a Political Science Major with minors in Chinese and Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is particularly interested in US-China relations and democracy building in the Asia Pacific region.

After receiving her diploma in 2019, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree or attend law school.