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Steve Okun

Based in Singapore

  • Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors
  • Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates
  • Serves as Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Singapore
  • A sought-after expert on US politics and trade
  • A regular contributor to CNBC and Channel NewsAsia
  • Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors
  • Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates
  • Serves as Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Singapore
  • A sought-after expert on US politics and trade
  • A regular contributor to CNBC and Channel NewsAsia

Steve OKUN, The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Steven Okun is a leader in the business community across Asia Pacific on government relations and public policy, communications, sustainability and stakeholder engagement. He has lived and worked in Singapore since 2003.

A sought-after expert on US politics and trade, he speaks frequently to businesses, universities and at conferences across the region.

In addition to providing analysis on a regular basis for both CNBC and Channel NewsAsia, Steven has been a guest on ABC (Australia), the BBC, NHK (Japan), TRT World (Turkey) and Yahoo Finance (USA). He has also been published as a contributor in Singapore’s Business Times and Straits Times.

Awarded a Special Service Commendation, he served as Deputy General Counsel in the Clinton Administration at the Department of Transportation following serving as a staff attorney in the White House.

From 1988-2000, he worked on the primary and presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates, in addition to having worked at the Democratic National Conventions of 1988, 1996 and 2000.

He was elected three times each as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham Singapore) and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), and is in his 11th year as a governor of AmCham Singapore.

Steven was KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011-2017. Previously, he created and led Asia public affairs for global logistics firm UPS.

In addition to his own clients in the financial services sector, he serves as a Senior Advisor for geopolitical strategic consultancy McLarty Associates and as the ASEAN Representative for the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Steve Okun from McLarty Associates discusses how U.S. President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial will affect the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections.

On CNBC today, Speaker Steve Okun provided his analysis on why the impeachment trial won’t result in Trump’s removal from office, but that this does not mean it will necessarily not have consequences for the election. If witness are called (a large unknown right now) and Bolton testifies that the President abused the office for his own personal gain, that could move enough swing voters to impact the election.

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