Mock US Presidential Debates 2016



6.50pm: Audience to be seated at Tembusu College Multi-purpose Hall

7.00pm: Professor Tommy Koh, Rector of Tembusu College, will introduce the forum and speakers. (A coin toss will determine the order of the speaker)

7.15pm: Speaker 1

7.30pm: Speaker 2

7.45pm: 5 minutes rebuttal by each speaker

7.55pm: Panel of Experts will pose their questions    

8.10pm: Question & Answer session with students

8.30pm: Closing remarks by both speakers

8.45pm: Audience will vote and the results will be announced once the votes are in

9.00pm: End of forum


Biography of Speakers:

Mr Steven R. Okun served in the Administration of Bill Clinton from 1994-1999. He was involved in each of the Presidential campaigns from 1988-2000, including work with the media, advance and Get Out the Vote. Residing in Singapore since 2003, he now serves as a guest commentator and analyst on US business, government and politics for the BBC, CNBC and Channel News Asia. In addition, he often provides guest lectures on the same at universities throughout Asia Pacific.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied Campaigns and Elections under Professor Larry Sabato, and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Ms Tina C. Datta, Chairman of the Republican Overseas Singapore.



The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.