Steven R. Okun

Steven R. Okun

Founder & CEO

APAC Advisors


The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Steven Okun is a leader on corporate public affairs, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific.


APAC Advisors is a government relations, policy, and sustainability consultancy which empowers clients, ranging from global corporations to social enterprises and NGOs, to operate at the intersection of business, government, and media. APAC Advisors has a strategic partnership to expand and deepen the Asia Pacific regional presence of international strategic advisory firm McLarty Associates. In addition, the firm serves as the ASEAN Representative for EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets.


As KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011-2017, his responsibilities encompassed government affairs, communications, stakeholder engagement and sustainability, and supporting such efforts for its portfolio companies.


Steven led UPS Asia’s public affairs practice from 2003 until 2010.


He was elected three times each as Chairman of AmCham Singapore and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC).


Steven served in the Administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation. For his public service, he was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Special Service Commendation.


Often representing and advocating the views of the US business community, Steven is a periodic guest host on CNBC and frequently appears on Channel NewsAsia.


He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.