IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum & Awards

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sofitel Mumbai BKC, Mumbai, India

About the event

After a hugely successful inaugural year, The IR Magazine Forum & Awards is returning to Mumbai, India to stimulate discussion on the biggest issues facing public companies and the capital markets in India.

Meet and learn from over 100 CFOs, Investor Relations Officers and advisors from listed companies spanning multiple industries, from India and overseas at during a day of panel discussions, interactive debates and keynote talks. A networking drinks and a short awards ceremony which recognizes those leading the way in IR excellence will conclude the event, so don’t miss out and register your place today.




International and regional presenters spoke on the following topics in 2018.

  • 08:30 AM
    Registration, networking and refreshments

  • 09:15 AM
    Welcome to the forum: Opening remarks

    Anand Manu, co-founder, The Investor Relations Society of India

  • 09:30 AM
    Global trends and impact on IR in India: Macroeconomic and regulatory briefing

    • Developing trends: Regulatory changes, geopolitics, exchange rates, security issues, and more
    • What to expect in the next 12 months: How to effectively communicate factors driving your stock, and how this can limit portfolio risk for investors and reduce exposure to certain macroeconomic factors
    • Key drivers that cause investors to adjust portfolios or analysts to adjust earnings forecasts

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, journalist, IR Magazine
    Ritesh Kumar Singh, chief economist, Raymond Group
    Dharmakirti Joshi, chief economist, CRISIL

  • 10:00 AM
    Senior management’s view of the IR function: Changing perceptions

    • Where does IR fit into the wider company strategy? What makes for good IR?
    • How are IR efforts measured by the c-suite? What should the KPIs be for benchmarking success?
    • Getting management in smaller companies to better understand the importance of the IR function
    • Convincing the c-suite to invest time, money and resources on investor road shows and meeting
    • Using the help of management to cultivate trust and confidence of lenders, investors and shareholders

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, journalist, IR Magazine

    Arvind Bothra, head of investor relations, Lupin

    Anuj Sonpal, Founder and chief executive officer, Valorem Advisors

  • 10:30 AM
    Coffee break

  • 11:00 AM
    Crisis management and effective communication: Role of IR during uncertainty

    • What to do and what not to while addressing shareholder concerns
    • Monitoring the market and keeping senior management updated in real time
    • When to make market announcements? What are investors and analysts looking for?
    • Minimizing short-term impact and lowering risk of long-term damage
    • Building confidence and learnings to better manage future situations
    • Making social media work for you – taking the good with the bad

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, Journalist, IR Magazine
    Deepika Gupta Padhi, Head of investor relations, PNB housing
    Nimesh Kampani, Head of investor relations, Kotak mahindra bank
    Abhishek Nalwaya, Head of investor relations, Reliance capital

  • 12:00 PM
    Investor Intelligence: Q&A with the investors, panel with the buy side

    • What the buy-side likes (and what it doesn’t) What do fund managers find useful?
    • Attracting foreign investment: what resources and strategies are needed?
    • What impact will Mifid II have in India and globally?
    • Making the most of sell-side relationships for conferences and non-deal roadshows
    • How do economic and political changes from around the globe influence investors?
    • How the changing dynamics of paid research and corporate access will pan out

    Moderator: Ashwin Bajaj, Executive Director, Churchgate Partners
    Manyak Gulgulia, equity portfolio manager, South Indian Bank
    Frantz Moudoute, portfolio manager, Matchpoint investment management
    Girish Patil, senior equity trader, Birla Sun Life Asset Management
    Nilesh Shah, chief investment officer, Kotak Asset Management Company

  • 13:00 PM

  • 14:15 PM
    ESG and IR reporting best practices: How should IROs better integrate ESG activity?

    • Integrating ESG into established IR practice effectively – coping with the surge in investors’ interest
    • Building confidence and knowledge in the area to respond effectively to ESG-related questions
    • Applying standard IR disciplines to sustainability and corporate governance issues
    • Focussing on key issues that have the potential to impact long-term value creation for the business
    • Exploring cost-effective ways of communication including hosting an annual webcast around sustainability performance for analysts and investors

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, journalist, IR Magazine
    Rohan Chalsani, senior associate, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
    Nalin Kumar, chief investment officer, Srei Alternative Investment Managers
    Sriram Ramachandran, senior vice president of corporate finance, investor relations and special projects, Mahindra & Mahindra

  • 15:00 PM
    Investor relations best practice: Lessons from successful heads of IR

    • Increasing liquidity and broadening investor base: Effective targeting methodologies
    • Tips on managing NDRs and expectations of retail investors: What kind of events do investors prefer?
    • Analyst coverage: using brokers to successfully target appropriate investors
    • Doing more with limited resources: How can smaller companies effectively apply IR principles
    • Understanding how to identify and manage Unpublished Price Sensitive Information (UPSI)

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, journalist, IR Magazine
    Ajay Bagri, head of investor relations and forex, Tata Power Company
    Pritesh Vinay, vice president of corporate finance and group investor relations, JSW Steel

  • 16:00 PM
    Awards presentation ceremony and networking drinks reception

  • 18:00 PM
    Event concludes

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Awards-by-nomination categories

For the second year we are giving individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, to recognize their achievements and best practices for aspects of IR over the past 12 months. Entries will be scrutinized by a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members.  The winners will be announced live at the awards presentation and celebratory drinks reception, which will take place at the end of the forum on Friday, June 14

Please note the categories below are subject to change based on the final nomination results announced in 2019. 


We are now accepting entries! Click here to view the categories, form criteria and make a start on your entry. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 8.

If you have any queries that are not answered on the form, please contact [email protected].


Best engagement by an institutional investor

Best engagement by an institutional investor

This category recognizes investors that proactively seek to understand a company’s business model and regularly engage with IR and senior management.

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementarity between different reports.

Best investor meetings

Best investor meetings

Did you hold an investor day, site visit or other investor event that marked your company out from the crowd?

Best investor relations officer

Best investor relations officer

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector, whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community, and whose transparency, accessibility and responsiveness sets them apart.

Best investor relations team

Best investor relations team

Best performance by an IR team, which can include a CFO, CEO or other C-suite professional who contributes to the IR function of your company.

Best use of media and technology

Best use of media and technology

Are you a tech-savvy IRO always looking out for cutting-edge technological solutions for IR? Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program. Judges will be looking for evidence of heightened investor and analyst engagement via these channels.

Who can enter?

Investor relations officers and in-house investor relations teams at any publicly listed company domiciled in India can be entered. Entries can be submitted directly by an individual or company nominating themselves, or by a vendor/service provider on behalf of a nominee.

There are no restrictions on the number of categories a company or individual can be entered into. Multiple entries may also be submitted into the same category, but make clear who or what is being nominated.

How will my entry be judged?

The judging panel is made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members. Keep checking our website for updates. The judging process is made up of two simple phases:

Phase 1: Judges are sent all submissions for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the criteria. The judges scores will then be collated and averaged, which will form the initial short lists.

Phase 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and runners up, where applicable, in each category.

The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

We will inform short listed companies and individuals from late April by telephone and email.

For more information, please read the FAQ section on the nomination form or contact [email protected]

  • RPG Group

    Best investor meetings

  • Deepak Balwani, Minda Corporation

    Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

  • Sandeep Mahindroo, Infosys

    Best investor relations officer (large cap)

  • CEAT

    Best investor relations team (small to mid-cap)

  • Infosys

    Best investor relations team (large cap)

6 easy steps to submit your nomination!

Step 1: Click here to access our online entry form to begin your award nomination.

Step 2: Set the scene! Outline the reasons you or your team should be considered in the category along with a description of the relevant circumstances, objectives and time frames.

Step 3: Explain briefly the strategy you adopted and the activities you undertook.

Step 4: Result! Tell us why the outcome was a success, including details about the cost-effectiveness, impact on company, effect on share price and more.

Step 5: Add up to three supporting materials – there’s no word count on supporting materials but remember, it’s quality and relevance that matter, and we want to see anything that showcases excellence!

Step 6: Hit that submit button before 5pm GMT time on March 15 and enter the awards for free!


Sponsorship opportunities

Our events provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the Indian IR community. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with this leading event
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.

Past Event Attendees say

"The forum was very well organized. The quality of speakers was really good."

Mayur Maniyar, Godrej Properties

"Exceptional participation from corporates. I was able to network with fellow IR professionals across industries."

Sunil Gujjar, Mindtree

"Excellent platform to meet IR professionals of other companies and share experience and views."

Subhra Das, Infosys


Sofitel Mumbai BKC
C 57 Bandra Kurla Complex
Bandra East Maharashtra
400 051 Mumbai

IR Magazine has arranged preferential rates for delegates at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC and other nearby hotels. View the hotels and rates by clicking here

Book seats

The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for corporate IR professionals at publicly listed companies only. All others will have to book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate. Please note that the prices below are our early bird rates, which expire on Friday, May 10th, 2019. Any bookings made after this date, will be charged at the standard rate.

All members of the IR Society of India receive a 25% discount when booking their tickets. Please contact the society to obtain your discount code.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your booking, please contact Alice Kenning at [email protected] or on +44 20 8004 6214.

  • Corporate attendee rate


    ₹ 10,000

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  • Non-corporate rate


    ₹ 12,500

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