Event Details

The next in the AmChams of Asia Pacific (AAP) Virtual Door Knock series features Wendy Cutler and Dr. Deborah Elms, who will share their assessment of President Biden's trade policy. Topics covered will include digital trade, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, and the US approach to China.

Event Details:

  • Date and Time: 8.30-9.30 PM, May 15, 2024 (China Time)
  • Format: Online
  • Language: English
  • Contact: Mark Dreyer mdreyer@amchamchina.org; Jenny Yao jyao@amchamchina.org


  • This is a member-only event, and is off-the-record.
  • Approved registrants will be sent the webinar link one day before the event.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.


  • Wendy Cutler (VP & Managing Director of Asia Society Policy Institute)

    Wendy Cutler

    VP & Managing Director of Asia Society Policy Institute

    Wendy Cutler is Vice President at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the managing director of the Washington, D.C. office. In these roles, she focuses on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade, investment, and innovation, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she also served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. During her USTR career, she worked on a range of bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations and initiatives, including the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S.-China negotiations, and the WTO Financial Services negotiations. She has published a series of ASPI papers on the Asian trade landscape and serves as a regular media commentator on trade and investment developments in Asia and the world.

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  • Dr. Deborah Elms (Head at Trade Policy, Hinrich Foundation)

    Dr. Deborah Elms

    Head at Trade Policy, Hinrich Foundation

    Dr. Deborah Elms is Head of Trade Policy at the Hinrich Foundation in Singapore. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Executive Director and Founder of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She was also President of the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) and the Board Director of the Asian Trade Centre Foundation (ATCF). Dr. Elms serves on the board of the Trade and Investment Negotiation Adviser (TINA) at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP). She was on the International Advisory Council for APCO (2021-2023) and was a member of the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Trade and Investment Council for 2018-2020. Prior to founding ATC/ATCF and the ABTA, 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.

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  • Steven Okun (Chair at AAP Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates)

    Steven Okun

    Chair at AAP Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates

    Steven Okun, Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors and Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates, is a leader on corporate public affairs, ESG, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement. A 21-year resident of Singapore, he spent the first twelve years of his career in Washington, DC, including in the Administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation. As KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011-2017, he was one of the first people in the region working on ESG in private capital. From 2003-2010, he created and led Public Affair for UPS Asia. An in-demand speaker in the corporate and the financial services sector, Steve also appears frequently across global media, provides the weekly International News Review for MONEY FM (Singapore) and contributes commentary to Nikkei Asia, The Straits Times, The Business Times, Eco-Business and Asia Times.

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