The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Investment

Dr. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre, Steven R. Okun, Director for Public Affairs Asia Pacific, KKR, and Feroz Taherbhai, Global Trade Advisor, HP Inc

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : May 04, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $25.00

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Stymied by the dense underbrush of rules on joint venture partnerships, equity limits, performance requirements, and other investment restrictions?  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers a breath of fresh air for potential investors.  When this landmark agreement enters into force, firms will be able to invest across the 12 member countries with very few restrictions and significantly better protections. 

Find out how the TPP will change the investment landscape from our expert panel that includes:

About the Speakers:

Deborah Elms
Founder and Executive Director
Asian Trade Centre

Deborah ELMS is Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy. Previously, she was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests are negotiations and decision making, and her current research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and global value chains. She has provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Dr. Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University.

Steven Okun
Director for Public Affairs Asia Pacific

Steve Okun joined global investment firm KKR as its first Director of Public Affairs in Asia in 2011. In that role, he is responsible in the region for the firm’s government affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement, sustainability initiatives and philanthropic efforts, for which he focuses on impact investing. He has been in Singapore since 2003 when he came as Vice President of Public Affairs for UPS Asia Pacific.

From 1994-1999, he served in the Administration of President Bill Clinton, where he was Deputy General Counsel and Aviation Advisor to the Secretary at the US Department of Transportation.

Steve served on AmCham’s Board of Governors from 2006-2012, and served as its Chairman from 2008-2011.  In addition, he served as the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) from 2011-2014.  In both roles, Steve promoted the U.S. business community’s interests across the region and with the US government, such as in leading both associations’ successful joint effort to enact legislation providing the APEC Business Travel Card for U.S. citizens.

Steve often represents the US business community in Asia Pacific to the public and has appeared numerous times on the BBC, CNBC and Channel NewsAsia, and often gives guest lectures at universities and business schools around the region on topics such as public affairs, responsible investing and the US government.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Feroz Taherbhai
Global Trade Advisor
HP Inc

Feroz Taherbhai is currently Global Trade Advisor at HP Inc. and manages multilateral and Asia-Pacific trade advocacy matters.

Previously, he served as a negotiator and policy officer with Singapore Customs and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (2010-2014).

During his time in the Singapore Government, Feroz was involved in major trade deals, such as the: Trans-Pacific Partnership, EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, and WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. He also managed Singapore’s trade laws, and assisted companies facing market access barriers.

Feroz studied Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


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