Hugh L. Stephens

Principal, Trans-Pacific Connections (TPC Consulting)

Senior Advisor, Public Policy (Asia Pacific) Time Warner Inc.

Executive-in Residence, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada



Mr. Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, he is currently Senior Advisor (Public Policy) to Time Warner. Before returning to Canada in December 2009, he was located at the company’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong for nine years where he managed Time Warner’s public policy program in Asia Pacific as Senior Vice President. Mr. Stephens has extensive experience in dealing with media and IT industry issues (protection of intellectual property, improved market access, regulatory issues) in China, India, SE Asia, Korea/Japan and elsewhere in Asia.

Mr. Stephens has been an active leader in a number of regional business organizations. Until recently he served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the US National Center for APEC and is a past Executive Committee Board member of the US-Korea Business Council. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the US-ASIAN Business Council for a number of years. He is also a past Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Vice Chair of the Quality Brands Protection Committee, a coalition of more than 180 multinational companies engaged in strengthening IPR protection in China. He served two terms as a Governor of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia. He is currently on the Board of the Victoria chapter of the Canadian International Council.

In February 2012, Mr. Stephens was appointed to a new position as Executive-in-Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, in Vancouver. Executives in Residence are industry leaders with experience and knowledge on Asia who provide thought leadership through research, events and activities with the Foundation.

Prior to joining Time Warner in 2000, Mr. Stephens had a successful career in the Canadian Foreign Service. His last Ottawa assignment was as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He also served abroad as Canadian Representative in Taiwan (Head of Mission of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei), Counselor and Charge d’affaires of the Canadian Embassies in Seoul, Korea and Islamabad, Pakistan, among a number other overseas and headquarters assignments, including service at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and Mandarin language training in Hong Kong.

Mr. Stephens was educated at UBC (BA-Hons), University of Toronto (B.Ed) and Duke University (MA), and has a Certificate in Mandarin from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

SEE: Comparing Chinese and Indian Media Industries; Video Interview with Hugh Stephens