APCAC and the Washington Doorknock



A key part of AmCham’s advocacy is its active participation in the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), which consists of 27 member AmChams in 20 economies. Together, APCAC AmChams represent the growing interests of over 50,000 executives and over 10,000 businesses in the region.  The APCAC membership manages trade volumes in excess of US$400 billion and direct investments (FDI) of over US$600 billion. Find out more by visiting www.apcac.org.


APCAC allows AmCham members throughout the region to band together in order to influence regulatory framework affecting American businesses in the Asia Pacific region. For questions or to share issues your company would like APCAC to speak out on, please contact dwatson@amcham.org.sg.




Jackson Cox

Jackson Cox,
Chief Executive Officer, Woodmont International

Jackson was elected Chairman of APCAC in March 2015. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia.




Immediate Past Chair


George Drysdale

George Drysdale
Chairman & CEO, Marsman Drysdale Group

George served as the Chair of APCAC from 2014-2015. He serves on the Board of Directors of AmCham Philippines.






APCAC Vice Chairs

  • Joseph Bauerschmidt, Singapore Country Managing Partner, DLA Piper Singapore
  • Penny Burtt, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Visa Worldwide Pte Ltd
  • Tom Clark, Executive Counsel, General Electric International
  • Jeff Hardee, Executive Director, Government & Corporate Affairs Asia-Pacific and Singapore Country Manager, Caterpillar Asia
  • David Katz, Deputy Head of Global Government Relations and Head of Asia Pacific Government Relations, PayPal Inc.
  • Marie Kissel, Global Government Affairs, VP, Abbott
  • Shiumei Lin, Vice President, Public Affairs, UPS Asia Pacific
  • Steve Okun, Director, Public Affairs – Asia Pacific, KKR
  • Catherine Simmons, Managing Director, Head, Asia Pacific Government Affairs, Citi


APCAC Regional Vice Chairs

  • Judy Benn, President, The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
  • Niels Marquardt, Chief Executive Officer, The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
  • Radika Obeysekere, Executive Director, The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka
  • Harley Seyedin, President, The American Chamber of Commerce in South China
  • Laura Younger, Executive Director, The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan


Adam Sitkoff (apcacsec@gmail.com)
c/o AmCham Hanoi
1 Le Thanh Tong Street
Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84.4.3934.2790
Fax: +84.4.3934.2787


APCAC Events


Annual APCAC Conference


Every year leaders of APCAC AmChams gather for networking and thought-provoking discussions as they review key issues in the Asia Pacific region, and meet leaders from the U.S. Government, regional institutions such as the APEC Secretariat, the Asian Development Bank, the ASEAN Secretariat, and top political leaders of the host country. The 2015 Spring Conference was hosted by AmCham Singapore and held at Marina Bay Sands on March 11-13.


To learn more about the 2015 APCAC Conference held by AmCham Singapore click here to access the conference website or here to view a recap.


APCAC Washington Doorknock


Every summer APCAC sends a delegation comprised of business leaders and AmCham staff members to Washington D.C. to meet with officials from the federal government in order to discuss policy issues affecting American businesses in Asia. The annual APCAC Washington Doorknock gives American Chamber representatives from across Asia-Pacific a chance to reinforce their connections in Washington and share regional knowledge. As the Obama administration continues to focus on supporting and promoting U.S. business in Asia, the insight that on-the-ground business leaders can share is more valuable than ever to administration and congressional officials.


To read more about the Washington Doorknock click here.


APCAC related reading


A copy of the 2017 APCAC Policy White Paper that was released during the June 2017 Doorknock can be found here.


Our issues distilled into a one-page summary can be found here.


OpEd published in The Hill that articulates APCAC’s core issues is here.