IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum & Awards
South East Asia

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

SGX, Singapore

About the event

For over 28 years, IR Magazine have honored excellence in investor relations around the world. This year, we are back to hosting the event in Singapore at the SGX! The 2017 event attracted over 150 delegates from across Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines – this internationally renowned event looks at the very best the IR community has to offer.

OUR FORUM: The event starts with a forum where investors, analysts and heads of IR from small, mid and large cap companies come together to discuss key issues relating to investor relations, corporate governance, shareholder needs and the role of senior management in IR.

OUR AWARDS: The forum will then be followed by our prestigious awards ceremony. We will be presenting two types of awards categories – researched and self-nomination – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across South East Asia.

For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in South East Asia. In our self-nomination categories,

companies are given the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information on the categories, how to enter and how winners are chosen can be found below.

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Forum Agenda

Click on each session below to view details or click here to view as PDF.

  • 08:00 AM
    Registration and breakfast

  • 08:45 AM
    Welcome to the forum and awards

  • 09:00 AM
    Global trends, trade wars and Trump: Impact on investor sentiment and investor relations

    A look at the possible outcomes of factors that are shaping the face of global and regional capital markets over the next 12 months and how it affects your investor outreach.

    • The state of capital markets: IPO trends, trade wars, interest rate fluctuations and its impact on IR
    • How Mifid II has affected fund flows since implementation in Europe and how this affects your targeting
    • Navigating Trump’s America as an Asian IRO: Strategies and choices to reach US investors
    • Breaking down barriers to investment: Tapping into new pools of capital and finding new investors
  • 09:30 AM
    Lessons from successful heads of IR: Managing C-suite, next-gen targeting and benchmarking performance

    It’s 50 percent of your job: Learning how to manage your C-suite, demonstrate value and provide top-quality strategic guidance to your board.

    • What keeps your management up at night, and where does it see IR going?
    • When is it right to listen to the market, and when is it wrong?
    • How does management measure your performance, and how do you stand out against your competitors?
    • Back to basics: Unique approaches to shareholder analysis and finding the right portfolio managers
    • Creating memorable meetings: Hear examples of out-of-the-box site visits and lessons learned
  • 10:00 AM
    Refreshment break and networking

  • 10:30 AM
    Turning big data into actionable intelligence: Building the business case for increasing efficiency

    This session is about driving effectiveness where it matters the most. What do IROs need to know to achieve their top three IR objectives of targeting new investors, enhancing engagement with existing shareholders and increasing international share ownership?

    • With shrinking teams and increased time pressures, what do IROs need to focus on?
    • What day-to-day tasks can be automated to free up time for higher-value efforts?
    • Learning from the advances made on the buy side: How to use algorithms and quantitative analytics to measure peer performance and improve targeting
    • Future of IR: How far away are new strides in automation, artificial intelligence and technology for IR
  • 11:15 AM
    Changing investor perceptions: Q&A with international investors, buy-side and sell-side analysts

    Discover what keeps your most important audience up at night. Hear fund managers speak candidly about their pet peeves and most desirable IR traits. Clarify your equity story after hearing about the challenges the investment community see for businesses in the horizon.

    • What critical factors and risks do investors look for when making buy, sell or hold decisions?
    • What are the changes the investment community expect to see following Mifid II implementation?
    • Listen to real-life examples of innovative ways that companies have communicated their equity story
    • Going beyond the numbers: Hear examples of best-in-class financial reporting
    • Understand the process portfolio managers go through when a crisis occurs in one of their portfolio companies…. and how they want you to react
  • 11:45 AM
    Trends in IR communication: A unified approach to amplifying your message

    With increased expectations from investors to provide round-the-clock, accurate and clear messaging, IROs need to better understand how to make their digital toolkit work for them.

    • Latest trends in shareholder communications: What a multi-faceted, seamless IR campaign looks like
    • Understanding your investors and tailoring your digital tool kit to better address their needs
    • Setting up your campaign to measure effectiveness and provide feedback – what brings in most value?
    • How do you manage the financial press and how should you act if fake news hits your company?
    • Staying ‘on-demand’ on social media: Handling requests on WeChat, WhatsApp
  • 12:15 PM
    Investor-centric ESG reporting: New regulations, what attracts investors and what doesn’t

    As more mainstream investors integrate ESG into decision making, it is crucial for IROs to understand what investors want to hear… and what they don’t!

    • Understand your audience: What the key drivers and material ESG issues investors find truly add value
    • How investors use ESG metrics and what they expect in disclosure, engagement and performance
    • Learn how to communicate about your material ESG issues and how ESG links to value creation
    • Building confidence and knowledge in the area to respond effectively to ESG-related questions
    • Applying standard IR disciplines to sustainability and corporate governance issues
  • 13:00 PM
    Networking lunch and awards presentation

  • 14:30 PM
    Event concludes

The Awards
Researched categories

As opposed to our awards-by-nomination categories, our researched awards nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and investors, who cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in Greater China.

The categories below are based on the 2017 awards. Check back  for updates on the 2018 categories. Don't forget to scroll down to view the awards-by-nomination categories.

Click here to view the full list of 2017 winners and runners up

Best overall investor relations

Best overall investor relations

This category covers companies that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program.

Best investor relations officer

Best investor relations officer

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart.

Best IR by a senior management team

Best IR by a senior management team

Best corporate governance

Best corporate governance

Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR

Best in country

Best in country

  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

Best in sector

Best in sector

  • Consumer discretionary
  • Consumer staples
  • Energy
  • Financials
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Information technology
  • Materials
  • Real estate
  • Telecommunication services
  • Utilities

Our awards by research are different from most others and also from our awards by nomination: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.

April-July: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. Each survey respondent is asked to nominate and rank up to five companies in a host of different research categories, from best IRO to best reporting.

September- October: Results analysis & short lists announced
Analysis of the results begins once the survey stage of the research is complete. Points are allocated to each company depending on how frequently it is nominated. The companies with the highest point scores in each individual awards category make the short list for that award. The top company will go on to win the award. Best-in-country awards are determined by the highest aggregate scores across all research categories.

The IR Magazine awards team receives the results and contacts all short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short lists are then published to the entire IR community a month before the event.

December: Winners announced
This year’s winners will be announced live on stage at the awards ceremonies in Hong Kong and Singapore, attended by the leading lights of the Asian investor relations community.

January: Report published
Shortly afterwards, the Award-Winning IR – Asia 2018 report is published on our website. The report includes all the results and analysis, as well as verbatim comments from investors and analysts on their nominations.


  • Best overall investor relations

    Frasers Centrepoint Trust

  • Best investor relations officer (large cap)

    Rui Hua Chang, CapitaLand

  • Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

    Fung-Leng Chen, Frasers Centrepoint Trust

  • Best IR by a senior management team

    Frasers Centrepoint Trust

  • Best corporate governance


  • Most progress in IR

    PTT Global Chemical

  • Best in country: Indonesia

    Adaro Energy

  • Best in country: Malaysia

    IHH Healthcare

  • Best in country: Philippines

    Metro Pacific Investments Corporation

  • Best in country: Singapore

    Frasers Centrepoint Trust

  • Best in country: Thailand

    Berli Jucker

  • Best in sector: Consumer discretionary

    Minor International

  • Consumer staples

    Thai Union Group

  • Best in sector: Energy


  • Best in sector: Financials

    Metro Pacific Investments Corporation

  • Best in sector: Healthcare

    Bangkok Dusit Medical Services

  • Best in sector: Industrials

    Berli Jucker

  • Best in sector: Information technology

    Venture Corporation

  • Best in sector: Materials

    PTT Global Chemical

  • Real estate

    Frasers Centrepoint Trust

  • Best in sector: Telecommunication services

    Advanced Info Service

  • Best in sector: Utilities


The Awards
Awards-by-nomination categories

Our awards-by-nomination categories offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories.

Please note that the entry deadline for the category Best IR by an SGX Catalist company has been extended further until Friday, August 31.

The entry form is now closed for all other categories. Short listed companies and individuals will be notified by the end of September.


Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Have you recently dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation? Tell us about your ‘crisis ready’ plan, the strategy you implemented when the storm hit, and how the IR team’s actions successfully protected or restored shareholder value.

Best ESG communications

Best ESG communications

With investors increasingly integrating ESG criteria into their investment decisions, your firm has successfully ramped up its communications strategy about non-financial performance. Judges will be looking at how you tackle integrated thinking and reporting on the issues material to your business.

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 event

Best investor event

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome.

Best IR by an SGX Catalist company

Best IR by an SGX Catalist company

This award recognizes the efforts of Catalist companies in investor relations practice and is judged on their commitment to share insighgt on efforts to uphold good governance, communicate with and engage their shareholders.

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details. We’ll be looking at the IR team’s involvement in crafting/releasing the messaging for the financial markets and how it organized outreach and dialogue to gain approval from key shareholders.

Best IR website

Best IR website

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Best use of multimedia for IR

Best use of multimedia for IR

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.

Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than 5 years.

The awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched categories, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.

The judging process is made up of two simple phases:

PHASE 1: Judges are sent all submissions after the entry deadline for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the given criteria. This will form the initial shortlists.
PHASE 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss and review, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and high commendations, where applicable, in each category.

Richard Jones

Head of investor relations, corporate communications, sustainability and human resources Bangkok, Indorama

Garnet Roach

Senior reporter, IR Magazine

Professor Roy Ling

Managing director, RL Capital Management

Jeannie Ong

Chief strategic partnership officer, StarHub

Matthew Song Beng Tat

Senior vice president, SGX

Harold Woo

President, Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) (IRPAS)

  • Best annual report

    Ayala Corporation

  • Best ESG communications

    Joint winners: City Developments and Sime Darby

  • Best investor event

    Astro Malaysia Holdings

  • Best IR by an SGX Catalist company

    The Trendlines Group

  • Best IR during a corporate transaction

    SMRT Corporation

  • Best IR website

    CapitaLand Mall Trust

  • Best use of multimedia for IR

    PTT Exploration & Production

  • Rising star

    Bindu Menon, KLCCP Stapled Group

Who attends?

Over 150 attendees joined us in 2017, with the majority being heads of IR from across South East Asia who are being recognised for their fantastic contribution to IR. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. The 2017 attendees included:


Company Name Job Title Company Name Job Title
Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Assistant CFO PT United Tractors Tbk Investor relations
Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Assistant Manager PT Mitra Keluarga Karyasehat Tbk. Investor Relations
Thai Oil PCL. Assistant Manager – Investor Relations Major Cineplex Group Investor Relations
Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Assistant Vice President PTT Global Chemical Investor Relations Analyst
Perusahaan Gas Negara Assistant Vice President -IR Minor International IR and Strategic Planning Analyst
CapitaLand Mall Trust Assistant VP, Investor Relations Xurpas Investor Relations Manager
City Developments Assistant VP, Corporate Communications Thai Union Group Public Company Investor Relations Manager
Metro Pacific Investments AVP Investor Relations PT Adaro Energy Investor Relations Manager
Vallianz Holdings Limited CEO China Aviation Oil Singapore Investor Relations Manager
Trendlines Medical Singapore CEO Berli Jucker Investor Relations Manager
Frasers Centrepoint Trust CEO Ayala Corporation Investor Relations Specialist
Xurpas CFO Perusahaan Gas Negara IR Analyst
Mapletree Industrial CFO OUE Ltd IR Manager
iFAST Corp CFO IHH IR Manager
Bangkok Dusit Medical Services CFO Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust IR Manager
PETRONAS Gas Berhad Chief Financial Officer Far East Orchard IR Manager
Global Power Synergy Public Chief Financial Officer Metro Pacific Investments IR Manager
Ananda Development Public Chief Strategic Development Officer CapitaLand IR Manager
City Developments Chief Sustainability Officer Perusahaan Gas Negara IR Sr. Analyst
Manila Water Company Corporate Planning Head IHH IRO
SMRT Corporation Deputy Director, Finance Sembcorp Marine Manager
SMRT Corporation Deputy Director, Finance Sembcorp Marine Manager
PT Vale Indonesia Director of Finance and Control Thai Oil Manager – Investor Relations
iFAST Corp Director, Corporate Communications SingTel Manager – Investor Relations
KT Corp Director, IR SingTel Manager – Investor Relations
Global Power Synergy Public Division Manager – Investor Relations iFAST Corp Manager, Corporate Communications
Thai Oil PCL. Executive VP, Finance and Accounting City Developments Manager, Corporate Communications
Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Executive VP, Head of Corp Comms Division Net Link Trust Manager, Corp Comms and IR
CapitaLand Executive, Investor Relations Venture Corporation Manager, Corportation Communications
PTT Finance officer, IR Department PTTEP Officer, Investor Relations Support
Vallianz Holdings Financial Controller OLAM President & Global Head – Treasury & IR
Bank of Ayudhya Public Company First Assistant Vice President CapitaLand Mall Trust Senior Executive
OLAM General Manager Capitaland Commercial Trust Senior Executive
Olam International General Manager IR CapitaLand Senior Executive, Investor Relations
SMRT Corporation Group CFO KLCCP Stapled Group Senior Exec, IR & Business Development
iFAST Corp Group Finance Manager CapitaLand Commercial Trust Senior Exec, IR & Community Engagement
PT Adaro Energy Head of Corporate Secretary and IR Division Ananda Development Public Company Senior Investor Relations Manager
Westports Malaysia Head of Investor Relations Spackman Entertainment Group Senior Manager & Head-IR
Sime Darby Berhad Head of Investor Relations Venture Corporation Senior Manager, Corp Comms
PETRONAS Dagangan Bhd Head of Investor Relations StarHub Senior Manager, CSR
Manila Water Company Head of Investor Relations City Developments Senior Manager, EHS
Keppel Capital Head of Investor Relations SMRT Corporation Senior Manager, Finance
Erajaya Swasembada Head of Investor Relations Malaysia Airports Holdings Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Major Cineplex Group Head of Investor Relations. KT Corp Senior Manager, IR
PT Vale Indonesia Tbk Head of Treasury and Investor Relations City Developments Senior Manager, Sustainability
Frasers Centrepoint Head, Group Communications StarHub Senior VP,  Corporate Communications & IR
Ayala Land Head, IR and Compliance Indorama Ventures Public Co Strategy, Finance and IR, Group CEO office
Sembcorp Marine Head, Investor Relations Berli Jucker Vice President of Investor Relations
Ayala Corporation Head, Investor Relations PTTEP VP, Capital and Investor Relations
CapitaLand Head, Investor Relations SingTel Vice President, Group Investor Relations
KLCCP Stapled Group Head, IR & Business Development Indorama Ventures Public Co VP, IR and Corporate Communications
Capitaland Commercial Trust Head, Investor Relations & Communications PTT Global Chemical Vice President: Corporate Finance and IR
City Developments Head, Investor Relations & Communications Mapletree Industrial VP, Investor Relations
Frasers Centrepoint Trust Head, Investor Relations & Research PTT VP, IR
Global Power Synergy Public Investor Relation Officer


Singapore Exchange
2 Shenton Way, #02-02 SGX Centre 1
Singapore 068804


Would you like to sponsor?

Our forum and awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the South East Asian region. As a sponsor, you will gain 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 showcase your expertise in the area, 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 the region’s leading forum and awards
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • The chance to entertain clients at the most respected event of the year
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise
  • An opportunity to educate an influential and affluent audience about your products and services

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

Book your seat

The passes below will provide you with full access to the forum, the awards ceremony and networking breaks. The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for IR professionals at publicly listed companies only. All others will have to book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate.

The prices shown below are our early bird rates, which expire on Friday November 2nd, 2018. All bookings made after this date will be charged at the standard rate.

If you require any assistance with your booking, please contact [email protected] or on +44 20 8004 5829.

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