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Book Discussion: Dead in the Water

A Discussion between Co-author Matthew Campbell and Moderator Steve Okun


In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was drifting through the Gulf of Aden when pirates attacked and set her ablaze. However, when David Mockett, a surveyor working for Lloyd’s of London, inspected the vessel, he was left with more questions than answers – but Mockett would never answer them. Soon after his inspection, David Mockett was murdered. Dead in the Water is a shocking expose of the inner workings of international shipping, told by two award-winning Bloomberg investigative journalists.

Join co-author Matthew Campbell and moderator Steven Okun as they discuss how the co-authors unraveled one of the most remarkable financial scandals in decades, and discuss its lessons for the global supply chains that we all depend upon.

Purchase this book and get it autographed by Matthew Campbell at this fireside chat.


Thursday, February 2, 2023
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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About Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell is an award-winning reporter and editor for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and the co-author of Dead in the Water: Murder and Fraud in the World’s Most Secretive Industry – selected as a Book of the Year by The Financial Times, The Economist, and The Sunday Times.

Matthew has reported from more than 25 countries, writing investigative stories on topics including South Africa’s biggest-ever political scandal and the mysterious murder of pharmaceutical tycoon Barry Sherman. His work has been recognized with some of the most prestigious honors in journalism. He and co-author Kit Chellel won Gerald Loeb and Overseas Press Club awards for their coverage of Goldman Sachs’ business dealings with Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, and Matthew has also received National Press Club, SOPA, and SABEW awards for feature reporting. In 2022, he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for public interest reporting.

Born and raised in Canada, Matt was educated at Yale, where he graduated with a B.A. in political science, and at Oxford, where he received a Master of Philosophy in politics. He lives in Singapore with his family.

About Steve Okun
Steven Okun’s 30-year career in public affairs includes leadership positions in government, business, and industry associations. He is CEO of APAC Advisors, a Singapore-headquartered consultancy focused on ESG and stakeholder engagement.

Since 2017, he serves as a Senior Advisor to global geostrategic consultancy McLarty Associates, working with multinational clients across the region. As KKR’s first Director of Asia Public Affairs from 2011 to 2017, his responsibilities encompassed government affairs, communications, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability. From 2003 to 2010, he created and led Asia public affairs for global logistics firm UPS.

Steve serves as Chair of the AmChams of Asia Pacific, the umbrella organization of American Chambers of Commerce that promotes trade and investment between the region and the United States and previously served four terms as a Governor for AmCham Singapore, including being elected three times as Chair.

Awarded a Special Service Commendation in the Clinton Administration, Steven served as Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation from 1994 to 1999.


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