Steven Okun President of Executive Committee at Asia Business Trade Association Steven Okun President of Executive Committee at Asia Business Trade Association
Steven Okun is the Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors. Steven is a leader on corporate public affairs, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific, having lived and worked in Asia for the past fifteen years.
Steven's expertise encompasses business, government, environmental, social and governance issues, media and NGOs. He has been in the center of some of the region's most impactful public and private sector policies, debates and events, including helping lead the business community's call for the US to enter the TPP negotiations, and then for the TPP-11 to come into effect post-US withdrawal. Prior to joining ABTA, Steven used to work at KKR as Director of Asia Public Affairs and UPS Asia's public affairs. He was elected three terms each as Chairman of AmCham Singapore and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), and served on the Council of the Singapore Business Federation and of the Australian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association Limited (AVCAL). Steven served in the Administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation. For his public service, he was awarded the Secretary's Award for Special Service Commendation. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Stephen Olson Research Fellow at Hinrich Foundation Stephen Olson Research Fellow at Hinrich Foundation
Stephen Olson is a Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation. Over the course of his 25-year international career, Stephen has lived and worked in Asia, the Middle East, and the United States, holding senior executive positions in the private sector, international organizations, government, and academia.
He began his career in Washington DC as an international trade negotiator, and served on the US negotiating team for the NAFTA negotiations. He subsequently became President of the Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Economic Council, and Vice Chairman of Cairo-based ARTOC Group for Investment and Development. Currently, he is also a Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has a Masters Degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and has a B.A. from the State University of New York. Catherine Simmons Head of Government Affairs Asia Pacific at Citi, Hong Kong Catherine Simmons Head of Government Affairs Asia Pacific at Citi, Hong Kong
Catherine Simmons works with senior management to engage with key policymakers on issues impacting the firm and its clients and leads a team of government affairs representatives in the Asia Pacific.
Catherine plays an active role in industry associations including as a Board Member of the US National Centre for APEC and the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and as a member of the US ASEAN Business Council, the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers, the Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. Before joining Citi Catherine set up and led Regulatory Industry and Government Affairs Asia Pacific for State Street Bank and Trust. Catherine was also a Diplomat in China, a Research Fellow at Keio University, Japan and a policy advisor in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Catherine has spoken at leading regional events and has been quoted in the regional and international media. Catherine has also written several industry thought leadership pieces which have been published. Catherine speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese. Deborah Biber Director of Pacific Basin Economic Council Deborah Biber Director of Pacific Basin Economic Council
PBEC, founded in 1967, is a membership organisation of CEOs and Business Leaders with a footprint that includes the 21 economies of APEC. PBEC remains the independent voice of sustainable business and trade in Asia Pacific. Ms Deborah Biber was previously the Chief Executive of AustCham HK & Macau; and was previously a Board Member. She was a key player in the formation of the AustCham Greater China initiative and the development of Australian Business Asia, a group of business organisations across Asia. She was the Chairman of the Judging Panel in the 2016 and 2018 AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards. After leaving the Chamber, she was the Country Manager HK for the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) MBA Program as part of her portfolio of activities. Ms Biber has enjoyed a stellar career in all forms of the communications business – Integrated Marketing, Public Affairs, Media Relations and Digital Communications both in Hong Kong, across Asia, the UK and Europe and Australia. Ms Biber holds a number of Director and Advisory roles including Chairman of the Entrepreneurs Club HK; the Advisory Council of the HK ASEAN Foundation; Founder Board Member of the HK Chapter of the Australian Rugby Foundation and a Task Force Member (Digital Economy) of the UN ESCAP Sustainable Business Network. Ms Biber sits on the Digital Economy Task Force of the B20. She was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific Sustainable Business Network and is committed to SDG#17.