Our Team

 
 

Ho Meng Kit - chairman

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Mr Ho is the Chief Executive Officer of SBF, the Apex Business Chamber of Singapore with membership of more than 25,800 top companies. 

Prior to joining SBF in 2011, Mr Ho held a variety of senior policy and executive positions in Singapore Government including four years as Principal Private Secretary to then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew; as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He was also Chief Executive of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority, Land Transport Authority and Managing Director of the Economic Development Board.  Mr Ho currently serves on Singapore’s APEC Business Advisory Council and several Singapore public sector Advisory Councils and Boards.  He is a Board Member of the SBF Foundation.  Mr Ho is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.  
 

 

deborah elms - vicechaiR

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Dr Deborah Elms is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA), Co-Chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), and also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy.

Previously, Dr Elms 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.

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. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

 

Steven okun - president of executive committee

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Steven Okun is the Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors. Steven is a leader on corporate public affairs, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific, having lived and worked in Asia for the past fifteen years.

Steven's expertise encompasses business, government, environmental, social and governance issues, media and NGOs. He has been in the center of some of the region's most impactful public and private sector policies, debates and events, including helping lead the business community's call for the US to enter the TPP negotiations, and then for the TPP-11 to come into effect post-US withdrawal.

Prior to joining ABTA, Steven used to work at KKR as Director of Asia Public Affairs and UPS Asia's public affairs.

He was elected three terms each as Chairman of AmCham Singapore and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), and served on the Council of the Singapore Business Federation and of the Australian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association Limited (AVCAL).

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.

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

 

Raymon krishnan - secretary general

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Raymon Krishnan is the Director of Corporate Advisory at the Asian Trade Centre. Raymon is in charge of supply chain diagnosis, supply chain strategy and network design. Raymon has had over twenty years of experience in the Logistics industry as an end user and service provider. Currently, he is also the President of The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society. Raymon’s experience covers the full Logistics spectrum, from raw material procurement to physical distribution and eventually Customer Service and care, with a strong grounding in Quality and Six Sigma. His last commercial role was as Global Commercial Director for APL Logistics. Prior to this role, he was responsible for Asia Pacific Logistics & Trade Compliance for W R Grace Inc. Raymon holds a degree in Logistics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Master of International Business from the University of Wollongong. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Australian Logistics Academy, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and was an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wollongong. He has also been the Programme Director for the University of Wales, Masters in Supply Chain Management offered in Singapore.

 

Brett Stephenson - Director - Greater China

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Brett Stephenson is the Director - Greater China with the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) based in Hong Kong. Brett also is the Editor of The Assay, a mining investment publication focusing on investment and relevant topics in the mining sector. Prior to joining The Assay and ABTA, Brett worked at the American Chamber of Commerce in China, as a government affairs and energy coordinator, developing policy reports that were used by Chinese and US government officials and reported on by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and other media outlets. Prior to his time in China, Brett worked for the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, and other roles in government relations and communications in Canada’s oil and gas sector. Brett also provides advice to Canadian politicians on Canada-Asia trade issues and political campaigns on an ongoing basis, and is the Co-Chair for the Policy and Government Relations Committe with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Brett holds an M.A. in international relations and a thesis in energy geopolitics from Renmin University of China, an international program certificate from University of Ulsan (Korea), and a bachelors degree from the University of Lethbridge (Canada). He speaks and reads intermediate Chinese, Spanish, French, and has beginner level Korean.

 

JOHNSON LIM KIOW HO - ABTA COMMERCIAL REPRESENTATIVE IN INDONESIA

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Trained as an accountant by a top international accounting firm, KPMG Peat Marwick in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Johnson Lim had worked with several international accounting firms for a total of 9 years in Malaysia.  

In 1990, Johnson moved to Indonesia & started in senior financial position and worked his way towards senior management positions in several foreign-owned, pubic-listed multi-nationals companies for almost 30 years, ranging from manufacturing to trading and import-export businesses.

Johnson’s Indonesian experiences provided him with a good understanding of local business ethics & work culture, familarity of banking, corporate legal, statutory & tax regulations. He has a better assessment of financial & business risks, cross-culture exposure, network of local business & expat communities, knowledgeable in certain import regulations & comprehension of Indonesian laws, rules & regulations. 

During these 30 years, Johnson covered a good geographical spread, having worked & stayed in Jakarta (12 years), Surabaya (2nd largest city; 12 years) & South Kalimantan (6 years), which provided him a deeper understanding of the diversed multi-ethnics societies within Indonesia.

 

Minh Hue Nguyen - Under Secretary

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Minh Hue Nguyen is currently working at the Asian Trade Centre as a Trade Policy Analyst. Her areas of focus include AEC, RCEP, TPP, GVC and digital trade at ATC. Minh Hue obtained her Bachelor Degree in Economics from Nanyang Technological University - Singapore. Minh Hue is fluent in English and Vietnamese.

Minh Hue Nguyen is currently working at the Asian Trade Centre as a Trade Policy Analyst. Her areas of focus include AEC, RCEP, TPP, GVC and digital trade at ATC. Minh Hue obtained her Bachelor Degree in Economics from Nanyang Technological University - Singapore. Minh Hue is fluent in English and Vietnamese.