Webinar Series Dissecting the US Election and the new world order
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 10:00am to 11:00am (Singapore/Hong Kong time)
The upcoming US presidential election will be one of the most-watched of all time, coming on in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, rising unemployment rates, an incumbent President being investigated for potential fraud and an on-going trade war with China.
The pandemic has changed the very nature of this presidential election campaign, bringing to the fore issues such as public health, economic and social challenges, prompting the US voters to reconsider what traits it wants in its leaders. This edition of the Credit Suisse Supertrends Webinar series examined the implications of this landmark US election on US-China relations, as well as its impact on Asia and financial markets.
CNBC Anchor Amanda Drury spoke with Mr. Steve Okun, Former Deputy General Counsel in the Clinton Administration at the Department of Transportation, Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Senior Advisor for geostrategic consultancy McLarty Associates and renowned expert on US politics and trade who shared his unique insights and analysis of the much-anticipated US presidential election.
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About the speakers
Former Deputy General Counsel in the Clinton Administration at the Department of Transportation, Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Senior Advisor for geostrategic consultancy McLarty Associates and renowned expert on US politics and trade
The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Mr. 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, Mr. Okun has been a guest on ABC (Australia), the BBC, NHK (Japan), TRT World (Turkey) and Yahoo Finance (USA).
He contributes commentary on a regular basis on the US government, politics and elections for Singapore's The Straits Times, often with his co-author Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
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.
In his 12th year as a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham Singapore), he previously served three terms as its Chair.
Mr. Okun 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.
Ms. Amanda "Mandy" Drury has had a 22-year career working at the pinnacle of global business. She has worked extensively with leading television networks CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NBC, MSNBC and Australia's Channel 7.
Ms. Drury has interviewed political and business heavyweights such as Rupert Murdoch, President Donald Trump, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Jamie Dimon as well as Australian politicians such as Paul Keating, John Hewson, Wayne Swan and Joe Hockey. She also co-anchored CNBC's "The Call" with current Director of the US National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, in New York.
Working extensively in the Asia-Pacific arena, she has also interviewed and worked with Prime Ministers, CEOs, central bankers and finance ministers in that region. Ms. Drury has also had the pleasure of interviewing personalities from the celebrity world, such as Kylie Minogue, Curtis Stone, Mike Tyson, and the Sharks from Shark Tank in the US.
In addition, Ms. Drury is a sought-after moderator on the world stage. She has moderated conferences for organizations such as Credit Suisse, Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Standard Chartered Bank and LinkedIn, as well as for non-profits such as the United Nations on topics ranging from women's issues, microfinance and climate change. She has also moderated events in emerging industries like New Frontier Data's Global Cannabis Town Hall.
Ms. Drury is a seasoned MC for events such as Rotary International conventions, Advance Global Australian Awards, Platts Global Energy Awards, and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. She also enjoys being able to contribute her time for charity, volunteering for Rotary, the Wayside Chapel, and emceeing fundraising events for pet rescue shelters, cancer prevention, autism, St Andrew's Cathedral Choir and local schools.
She is an alum of Melbourne University and has worked in New York, Tokyo, London, Singapore and currently lives in Sydney with her husband and two boys.