Event Details

AMCHAM cordially invites you to join us at our next Members' Briefing on Wednesday, 5 May 2021 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Please note the timing may extend to 5:30pm to accommodate further discussion/questions.

Members are encouraged to join us for this briefing as AMCHAM will deliver the welcome remarks and provide a brief update. Following this, we will hear from Steve Okun, Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates, who will provide an update on President Biden's First 100 Days in Office.

We will also hear from Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Newbill from the U.S. Embassy, who will share updates from the recent Climate Change Summit.

This will be a hybrid session. Physical seats are limited and on a "first come first served" basis. Please select the appropriate ticket when registering.


Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Platform: MS Teams Meeting


This is a Member Only event. Please note only members who have registered will receive access to the scheduled session. Please check your registered email address for further instructions after registering.


  • Please note that this program is off-the-record.
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  • Michael Newbill (Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur)

    Michael Newbill

    Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

    Michael Newbill assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in July 2020. He is a career member of the Foreign Service.

    Most recently, Mr. Newbill served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. From 2015 to 2017, he served as Deputy Director for Mainland Southeast Asia in the bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, covering Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Prior to this, Mr. Newbill was the Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Newbill served as Director, then Senior Director, for South Asian Affairs, on the National Security Council in the White House, handling all political, economic, and military issues for India and other South Asian countries. Mr. Newbill also served as the Political and Economic Affairs Chief in Mumbai, India (2007-2010), the Economic Officer on the India Desk (2005-2007), as an Economic Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, with responsibility for multilateral and bilateral trade, intellectual property rights, biotechnology, and other economic issues (2003-2005), and Vice Consul in Manila, Philippines (2000-2002).

    Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Newbill ran a project on Regional Security and Confidence-Building in South Asia for the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington-based research institution.

    Mr. Newbill received his B.A. in History and English Literature from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1994 and a M.A. in South Asian History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1997. In 1994-95, Mr. Newbill was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at Jawarharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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  • Steven Okun (Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates)

    Steven Okun

    Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates

    The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Mr. Okun is widely considered a leader on corporate public affairs, sustainability and stakeholder engagement in the Asia Pacific region. He also serves as the ASEAN representative for the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA). 

    Living and working in Singapore since 2003, Mr. Okun created and led Asia Pacific public affairs for both global investment firm KKR and global logistics firm UPS, as well as being a leader of multiple business chambers and industry associations, including having been elected three times each as Chairman of both the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC). He remains on the boards of both. 

    As KKR’s first Director of Asia Pacific Public Affairs, Mr. Okun’s responsibilities encompassed government affairs, communications, stakeholder engagement and environmental and social responsibility issues for KKR, as well as in supporting those efforts for its portfolio companies across the region.
    In particular, his responsibilities included working on Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) initiatives. Also, he created and led KKR’s impact investing pro bono program, a model for strategic philanthropic engagement for which KKR was awarded the Gold Standard Award for Corporate Citizenship by PublicAffairsAsia.

    Mr. Okun led UPS Asia’s public affairs matters on aviation, competition and trade from 2003 until 2010, and before that worked in UPS’ Washington, DC office. He was instrumental in UPS Airlines obtaining it first-ever authority to operate in China in 2001.
    Mr. Okun 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 represents and advocates the views of the US business community in Asia, including as a periodic guest host on CNBC. 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. Mr. Okun received his BA from the University of Virginia and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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