Former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State
Stape Roy joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2001. He became Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2008. Prior to this position, he was the managing director of Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, since 2001 when he retired from the Foreign Service after a career spanning 45 years with the U.S. Department of State. He has spent much of his career in East Asia, where his assignments included Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Singapore, and Jakarta. He is a three time ambassador, acting as the top U.S. envoy in Singapore (1984-1986), the People’s Republic of China (1991-1995), and Indonesia (1996-1999). In 1996 he was promoted to the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Roy’s final post with the State Department was as assistant secretary for Intelligence and Research. He is a director of Conoco Phillips and Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold and chairman of the United States Asia Pacific Council.