The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Steve Okun is a leader on corporate public affairs, communications, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific. APAC Advisors empowers clients -- ranging from global corporations and financial service firms to social enterprises and NGOs -- to operate at the intersection of business, government, and media.
As KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011-2017, his responsibilities encompassed government affairs, communications, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability. In particular, he led KKR’s communications in Asia, from the positioning of the firm in terms of its investment philosophy to fund raise closings and portfolio investments. Previously, he created and led Asia public affairs for global logistics firm UPS.
He served in the Administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation, being at the Department from 1994 to 1999. For his public service, he was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Special Service Commendation.
He was elected three times each as Chairman of AmCham Singapore and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC).
He represents and advocates the views of the US business community in Asia, including as a periodic guest host on CNBC and often appears on Channel NewsAsia. A sought after expert on public affairs, he speaks frequently in the media, at universities, businesses and conferences across the region, as well as is the author of numerous articles.
He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.