Event Details


AmChams of Asia Pacific (AAP) Washington DC Doorknock 2022


Join AMCHAM virtually on Friday, 5 August 2022 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am for our Members' Briefing. This edition will cover the recent AAP Washington D.C. Doorknock 2022 attended by AMCHAM's CEO Siobhan Das, Senior Executive, Government Relations & Committees, Elaine Wong, and delegates from 15 American Chambers of Commerce from the region.


AMCHAM was, for the first time, accompanied by member representatives of U.S. member companies who were able to provide direct insights for the officials to hear firsthand. Abdul Rahman Abu Haniffa, General Electric, David Mitchell of Boston Scientific, and Cash McCracken of Seagate Technology will share their impressions of the trip as well.


The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) was a key focus in many discussions, especially the challenges and opportunities that lie within the framework. The IPEF acts as a roadmap for the U.S to facilitate even greater economic connectivity within the region. In addition to the AAP program, AMCHAM also held direct meetings with representatives of the State Department, Department of Commerce, USTR, USTDA, CBP, and the NEC.


The 2022 U.S. Washington DC Doorknock was organized by the AmChams of Asia Pacific (AAP) and was led by Steve Okun, AAP Chair & Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates. It was the first in-person Doorknock since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The Doorknock is an annual event where the Chambers from AAP meet with the U.S. Government officials, Members of Congress and Senate, and other thought-leaders who help determine the future of U.S. policy towards the Asia Pacific region.


AmChams from the following countries were also represented: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam and included their members from global corporates, SMEs and AmCham leaders.


EVENT DETAILS

Date: Friday, 5 August 2022

Time: 8:30am - 10:00am

Platform: Microsoft Teams


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Please note that this program is off-the-record.
  • This members' briefing will be conducted virtually, but registration is required for all participants.


For all inquiries, please contact us at events@amcham.com.my.

Speakers

  • Siobhan Das (Chief Executive Officer at American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM))

    Siobhan Das

    Chief Executive Officer at American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)

    Siobhan Das, Chief Executive Officer, AmCham Malaysia, represents the voice of U.S. business in Malaysia; critical sectors including semiconductor, medical devices, energy, automotive, and aviation.

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  • Steve Okun (Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates)

    Steve 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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  • Abdul Rahman Abu Haniffa (Director Government Affairs & Policy of General Electric)

    Abdul Rahman Abu Haniffa

    Director Government Affairs & Policy of General Electric

    Abdul is presently Government Engagement Director, responsible for engaging across all levels of government, supporting all of GE’s businesses in Malaysia. Prior to his current role, Abdul was Director of Global Public Affairs for Intel in Malaysia, where he engaged with federal and local governments, multi-lateral organizations and trade organizations to influence public policies and programs in the areas of trade, investments, technology and labour.

    He started his career as a research engineer in the US and has since held technical, consulting and corporate affairs roles at United Engineers Malaysia, Accenture and Microsoft. He holds a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and a masters in International Business, both from the University of Toledo, Ohio. He is an active member of AMCHAM's Government Relations Committee

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  • Cash McCracken

    Cash McCracken

    Cash McCracken is Vice President of Global Government Affairs for Seagate Technology. Based in Washington, DC, he advises Seagate’s senior leadership on global public policy and geopolitical issues, and leads Seagate’s worldwide government affairs function and team. Previously, he held other Government Affairs roles at Seagate in Singapore and Malaysia; prior to Seagate, Cash served in the U.S. Foreign Service with experience working in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sudan, Somalia, and in Washington DC. Cash holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Brown University and a Master's degree in Comparative Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

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  • Dave Mitchell (Vice President, Global Customer Experience at Boston Scientific)

    Dave Mitchell

    Vice President, Global Customer Experience at Boston Scientific

    Dave Mitchell is Vice President of Operations for Boston Scientific’s Penang Operations. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the manufacturing facility in Penang.

    Dave joined Boston Scientific in 2002, and has held various international roles within Boston Scientific Operations, including assignments in the United States, Ireland, and Costa Rica.  He has been responsible for IT/factory automation, product technology transfers, plant scale-up, program management, and global operations strategy.

    Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Dave worked for the Ford Motor Company, where he spent 7 years in manufacturing, powertrain design, and vehicle strategy. Dave also worked at Accenture doing strategy consulting in the consumer products industry. Dave holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

    Dave relocated to Penang from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, along with his wife Kristine, his daughter Nicole, and his son Kyle.

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