Virtual event: Live and available on replay
IR Magazine’s inaugural Asia Forum– 2021 is a virtual event designed for senior executives and IR professionals. It is a best practice event to enable participants to network, debate, and share strategies on the year ahead. Ongoing pandemic uncertainty and the move to in-person IR is resulting in questions related to IR communications, virtual strategies, and global investor targeting. This forum helps you understand the wider macroeconomic developments affecting your role, and how to identify and make the most out of upcoming opportunities.
AN INTERACTIVE, VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE
Due to current restrictions, the event will take place as a virtual experience using our bespoke, cutting-edge technology.
Our virtual event platform closely replicates attending in-person by facilitating interaction with speakers, one-to-one networking with fellow IR professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.
We’ll soon be announcing the expert line-up for the IR Forum – Asia. Until then, here are some of our previous speakers who have been involved in past events in the region. To inquire about speaking at the forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4818
Chief sustainability officer
Esther joined City Developments Limited (CDL) in 1995 to set up the Company’s Corporate Communications department and subsequently established the company’s CSR/Sustainability portfolio. A pioneer CSR practitioner for over 20 years and a committee member of the Global Compact Network Singapore, which is the local network of UN Global Compact, she is instrumental in building up the company’s leadership in Sustainability.
CDL is the first Singapore company to be included on 3 leading global sustainability listings, namely the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2002, the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World since 2010 and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2011.In the 2016 Global100 Listing, CDL is ranked 10thoverall and top amongst real estate companies globally. The company has also been ranked top Asian developer in the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking for three consecutive years since 2014.
It was also conferred the Business Leadership in Sustainability Award by the World Green Building Council and the top honours for the Sustainable Business Awards by Singapore Business Federation, amongst many other accolades. The first Singapore-listed company to publish a GRI-checked Sustainability Report in 2008, CDL has adopted the Integrated Reporting approach since 2015.
A signatory of the UN Caring for Climate initiative and a champion in green building and sustainability, Esther is a member of the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board and the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative Singapore Steering Committee.
Chief operating officer & head of investor relations
Cromwell EREIT Management
Ms Arabadjieva joined the Manager in September 2017 as the Head of Investor Relations and was
promoted to COO and Head of Investor Relations in September 2018. As COO, Ms Arabadjieva is responsible for sustainability, business continuity and general business operations. As Head of Investor Relations, Ms Arabadjieva is responsible for overall investor and stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications as well as continuous disclosure and transparent communications with the unitholders and the market.
Ms Arabadjieva is an experienced investor relations and communications professional with over 20
years of experience in Asia and held a number of senior marketing, sales and communications positions in Singapore. Prior to joining the Manager, Ms Arabadjieva was the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications of Cambridge Industrial Trust Management Limited (now known as ESR Funds Management (S) Limited). Prior to ESR-REIT, Ms Arabadjieva was the Director of Investor Relations of Genting Singapore PLC (listed on the SGX-ST).
Ms Arabadjieva holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil
Engineering and Geodesy (Bulgaria) and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD (France and Singapore).
Director of corporate communications and IR
Sa Sa International
Head of investor relations and chief capital market strategist
Manulife US REIT
Ms Caroline Fong is the Head of Investor Relations and part of the C-Suite for Manulife US REIT. She is responsible for investor relations, communication and helps to steer the strategy and capital markets requirements for the REIT.
Ms Fong has over 14 years of experience in investor relations, capital markets and research. Prior to joining MUST, Ms Fong was Associate Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance in Temasek Holdings and Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications in ESR-REIT. At ESR-REIT, Ms Fong was instrumental in profiling the REIT to be the best performing industrial REIT and second best performing SREIT in 2013.
In addition, Ms Fong was formerly Head of Investor Relations for CapitaLand Mall Asia, where she was responsible for creating the narrative for the company’s retail businesses in Singapore and four other countries. Early in her career, Ms Fong was Associate Director, Listings at the Singapore Exchange, where she advised companies on corporate governance and the regulatory framework for public-listed companies in Singapore.
Ms Fong holds a Masters in Finance and Investment from the University of Nottingham, UK and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Banking and Finance from the University of London, UK.
Head of investor relations and compliance
Mike Garcia is the head of Investor Relations and Compliance of Ayala Land since 2014. Just this year, he was appointed to concurrently head Investor Relations of AREIT, the first REIT company in the Philippines.
Mike has driven strategic improvements in the IR process which benefitted the analysts, investors, stakeholders, and regulators. He spearheaded new initiatives to increase the reach and information access for analysts and investors through various channels, and developed reporting mechanisms to bridge buy-side and sell-side analysts with Senior Management of Ayala Land, enabling them to have a senior management perspective.
Under his leadership, Ayala Land has been recognized in many prestigious awards, foreign and local, including the honor accorded by IR Magazine: Best IR in the Southeast Asia Real Estate Sector in 2016 and 2018; Best IR in the Philippines, Financial Reporting and IR website in 2018; and the Best Annual Report in the ASEAN Large Cap category in 2019. All these awards led to Ayala Land’s citation as one of the Global Top 50 Companies for Investor Relations and Global Top 5 in the Finance and Real Estate category in 2019, making it the only Philippine company to be in the exclusive lists.
In compliance, Mike introduced enhancements to proactively organize and streamline the company’s governance practices in all its communication channels which improved progressively the access for information and ease of use by rating agencies and peer reviewers. As a result, Ayala Land ranks top in the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard and in Top 50 publicly-listed companies in the ASEAN for Corporate Governance.
Prior to his career at Ayala Land, Mike was head of Investor Relations at Manila Water, Rockwell Land and Atlas Mining. He has an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management and attended the Executive Development Program at Columbia Business School.
Head of investor relations
Shirley has over 13 years’ experience in investor relations and corporate communications in energy, biotech and financial sectors. During her career, Shirley’s responsibilities have included ESG strategy, media relations, crisis management and financial analysis.
She currently serves as the Head of Investor Relations for ENN Energy, a leading large-cap clean energy distributor in China, which received several IR awards and top rankings in Institutional Investor’s survey. Prior to her career in investor relations, Shirley served as corporate communications specialist in a financial institution in Hong Kong. She has a BBA from HKUST.
Head of investor relations
Christine Lau is the Head of Investor Relations for Digi.Com Berhad, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Malaysia and overseeing the complete investor relations program. Prior to this, she was the Head of Investor Relations for Sime Darby Property Berhad for two years and have also served in various roles relating to Financial Analysis, Budgeting and Value Management for Sime Darby Group. Christine is a young and agile leader who specializes in integrated corporate reporting, financial analysis and communication, stakeholder management and crisis communication.
Senior portfolio manager
Bank of Singapore
Joshua Lee is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager with Bank of Singapore. He has more than a decade of multi-asset investment experience in both sell-side and buy-side roles.
Prior to joining Bank of Singapore, he worked as an equity research analyst for Deutsche Bank covering multiple sectors in Singapore and Malaysia. He was also a portfolio manager at Magenta Advisors and Blue Rice Investment Management, two hedge funds with a focus on fixed income investments.
Joshua holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree with a major in Law from Singapore Management University. He is also a CFA charterholder and Chartered Accountant of Singapore.
Senior director of investor relations
Florence Lip is the Senior Director of Investor Relations for Yum China Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: YUMC and HKEX: 9987). Florence joined the Company in March 2015. Prior to that, she was with AS Watson Group and McKinsey & Company. Florence holds an MBA from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor degree from Northwestern University.
Yum China operates over 10,000 restaurants in mainland China, including KFC, Pizza Hut and Little Sheep. The Company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Sustainable finance analyst
Natalia has joined the ING Sustainable Finance APAC team in 2019, where she is working on structuring sustainable finance products, enhanced by deep responsible investors knowledge. Prior to ING, Natalia was ESG Analyst at Aviva Investors, a global leader in responsible investment. At Aviva, she supported the investment team with ESG analysis and engaged with boards on pertinent ESG issues. Natalia has also worked at Corporate Citizenship, a sustainability consultancy and an impact investment foundation in Singapore.
Natalia holds a BBA from The Hague University and an MSc in Economic History from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Vice president of investor relations
Assistant vice president, corporate finance, IR, treasury and M&A
Century Pacific Group
Giovanna Vera is currently AVP-Investor Relations, Treasury and Corporate Finance for the Century Pacific Group. The Group includes listed companies Century Pacific Food (CNPF), which is the Philippines’ largest shelf-stable food company, and Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures (PIZZA), the country’s number 1 full-service restaurant operator.
Upon joining the Group in 2014, she established a comprehensive and effective investor relations program which has since won several awards internationally. This includes, most recently, the Philippines’ Best IR Team, Best IR Program, and Best IR Professional for 2020 c/o Institutional Investor.
In addition, she has played a leadership role in the Group’s major M&A and capital-raising initiatives, foremost of which are the acquisition and subsequent IPO of PIZZA, and the IPO and follow-on offering for CNPF.
Over the last few years, she has also been at the forefront of establishing an Environmental, Social, and Governance strategy for the two listed companies in the group – evolving from a simple reporting mechanism to investors, to an actual corporate roadmap towards becoming more responsible and sustainable businesses.
She graduated honourable mention from the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering. She has been a CFA Charterholder since 2015 and is currently taking her MBA from a joint program between Columbia Business School, London Business School, and University of Hong Kong.
Senior fund manager
AXA investment managers
Simon Weston is a Senior Fund Manager working for AXA Investment Managers based in Hong Kong. He has over 25 years’ experience working as an investment manager and buy-side analyst covering the Asian equity markets.
Simon started his career in London, working for Hill Samuel Asset Managers and then Old Mutual Asset Managers. In 2007 he moved to Singapore to join CLSA, where he was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Semeru CLSA Capital Partners, an investment management unit of the group. In 2015 he joined AXA Investment Managers.
Simon has considerable interest in the field of investor relations, and has spoken at many events on the subject, including those organised by the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Investor Relations magazine, and NIRI.
Simon has an MA from the University of Cambridge in the UK, is an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals (UK equivalent of the CFA) and holds the Certificate in Investor Relations from the UK Investor Relations Society.
Head of stewardship, Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Gabriel Wilson-Otto joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2019 as Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific. In this role, Gabriel represents and lead BNPP AM’s stewardship activities in Asia Pacific, including researching key corporate governance issues, undertaking direct and collaborative corporate engagement, and working with policymakers on key issues relating to sustainable finance and investment. BNPP AM has assets under management of EUR 421 billion and close to 900 staff in Asia Pacific located across 10 markets.
Gabriel joined from Goldman Sachs, Asia, where he was Executive Director, Head of GS SUSTAIN Asia. During his 12 years at Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for leading a team to identify long term investment opportunities in high quality companies, author research reports on key ESG issues, evaluate the performance of companies under a proprietary ESG scoring framework and focused on improving the performance of major corporations in the region by incorporating ESG factors into fundamental company valuations.
Gabriel holds a double Bachelor’s degree from The University of Melbourne, majoring in Commerce (Finance and Economics) and Information Systems and is a CFA charterholder.
Vice president, investor relations
Mr Gregory Yap is the VP of Investor Relations for Sunpower Group in Singapore. He previously held Regional Sector Head, Head of Research and Senior Analyst roles with Maybank Kim Eng. Asia Money ranked him among the top Singapore Small Cap analysts in 2014, and Starmine rated him Top Stock Picker and Earnings Estimator for the Infrastructure sector in 2012.
Our attendees are leading IR practitioners with an established track record and strategic IR role within their company.
Below is a sample of some of our past virtual attendees:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Assistant public relations manager||FECIL||Investor relations assistant manager||Canvest Environmental Protection Group Company|
|Assistant VP – corporate finance and strategy||PAX Global Technology||Investor relations director||China Resources Power Holdings Company|
|Associate director of IR||Budweiser APAC||Investor relations manager||CALC|
|CEO||Artemis Associates||Investor relations manager||China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co.|
|CEO||Kerry Logistics Network||IR & PR manager of IR department||China Resources Beer|
|Director||Andrews Partnership||IR director||China Medical System|
|Director of investor relations||China Telecom||IR director||Hon Hai Precision Industry Co|
|Director of IR and corporate communications||Xtep International Holdings||IR manager||Delta Electronics|
|Director of investor relations||China Unicom||IR manager||KMC (Kuei Meng) International|
|Executive director||Fosun International||IRO||China Resources Cement Holdings|
|General manager, investor relations||Pacific Basin Shipping||Manager, investor relations and corp comm||Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group|
|Head of corporate finance and investor relations||China Aoyuan Group||Managing director, head of investor relations||NagaCorp|
|Head of investor relations||FinVolution Group||Senior director, sustainability and communications||Kerry Properties|
|Head of investor relations||Zhenro Properties Group||Senior IR manager||Nissin Foods Company|
|Head of investor relations||BOC Aviation||Senior IR officer||China Communications Services|
|Head of investor relations||Anton Oilfield Services Group||Senior IR director||Yum China Holdings|
|Head of IR division||China LIfe Insurance Company||VP, investor relations||Lenovo|
|Investor relations and corporate finance manager||Sinic Holdings (Group)|
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The IR Magazine Forum – Asia brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community.
The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their IR practice. Through our unrivalled knowledge of the subject matter and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.
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The super early bird rate expires on May 28, 2021.
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