For the past three decades, IR Magazine has honored excellence in investor relations around the world. For 2021, we will continue to recognize and help further IR best practice in a virtual setting. We expect to attract over over 150 senior IR professionals – this internationally renowned event looked at the very best the IR community had to offer through our forum and awards.
The event kicks off 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.
Using the latest cutting edge technology available, our virtual event platform closely replicates being there in person with the chance to interact with speakers and have one-to-one networking in-between panel talks. A far cry from a traditional webinar format, the event features live chat with attendees as you watch sessions together and access to resource libraries to help publicly listed companies better respond to investor and analyst expectations. The forum sessions will be followed by our awards ceremony.
We present two types of awards categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR in Greater China. 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 the region.
In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to submit a written entry, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. The nomination form will be open for entries in May. In the meantime, you can register your interest to nominate by clicking here. More information about both types of categories can be found below.
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.
The 2021 agenda will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, you can view what was discussed in 2020 below or by clicking here.
Virtual platform opens and networking begins
Welcome to the forum and awards
Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
Big picture trends: What is the future of capital markets and investor sentiment going into 2021?
A short and sharp economic briefing will set the scene for the day’s discussions. In this session, we look at the upcoming challenges and opportunities for publicly listed companies in Greater China going into 2021. We look at the impact of the pandemic on investor sentiment, fund flows, the global economy, and how it affects your investor outreach. Take stock of where we are right now, where we could be heading and what it means for investor relations.
Michelle Lam, economist, SGCIB
ESG best practices: Taking an integrated approach to investor expectations in the current climate
What is the impact of Covid-19 on ESG? As investors increasingly integrate ESG into decision making, it is crucial for IROs to understand what the investment community want to hear, what they don’t and how to prepare senior management to deliver short, value-adding, comprehensive responses to ESG-related demands in 2021. Identify the gaps between what investors are looking for and what your company is communicating – and strengthen your ESG communications.
Philippe Healey, VP & head of corporate advisory, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hendrik Rosenthal, director of group sustainability, CLP Group
Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
Targeting in a virtual world: How to better connect with investors during a pandemic?
Discuss how IR teams can better access new pools of investment in a new normal. We will explore how the pandemic has changed the investor outreach landscape – what special IR activities are being organized during the pandemic, how to adapt your IR campaign, guidance and marketing strategies to engage investors and communicate long-term value, how to run virtual meetings effectively and much more.
Jenny Huang, managing director, Asia and Pacific, Euroland IR
Shirley Kwok, head of investor relations, ENN Energy
Florence Lip, senior director of investor relations, Yum China
Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
Q&A with the buy side: How are investor and analyst expectations evolving in 2021?
As the pandemic settles in, capital markets become more global, ESG focused and active money continues to flow into passive funds, we ask portfolio managers and analysts how these trends impact them, and how that changes their expectations of investor relations teams. We’ll discuss what investors want to see in terms of virtual engagement, ESG reporting, short and long-term business impact of Covid-19, virtual meeting do’s and don’ts and direct corporate access requests vs. sell-side analysts.
Simon Weston, senior fund manager, AXA Investment Managers
Gabriel Wilson-Otto, head of stewardship, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
The evolving role of IR during a pandemic: What are the latest trends and best practices?
In this session, award-winning heads of IR will discuss key aspects of an IRO’s role and how it has evolved in the last 12 months. We discuss strategies to maintain investor confidence, how to demonstrate the value of IR, how to measure and benchmark IR performance, how to prioritize senior management’s time with investor meetings, how to manage IR budgets, make the most of the digital tools available and so on.
Ming Chan, director of corporate communications and IR, Sa Sa International
Timothy Ross, head of investor relations, BOC Aviation
Vincent Tse, general manager of IR, China Resources Beer
Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
IR Magazine Greater China Awards ceremony
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Director of corporate communications and IR
Sa Sa International
Vice president and head of corporate advisory
Philippe Healey is the H+K Greater China head of Corporate Advisory & Strategic Communications. He is currently responsible for devising and implementing strategies for clients across the Corporate Advisory department portfolio.
Philippe has extensive crisis and government & public affairs experience and knowledge managing complex bilateral and multilateral issues as well as advising companies on operating in China and globally. Some of the companies he has advised include, JD.com, Finnair, Red Bull, Coca-Cola, NCR, CES.
In addition to his client work, Philippe facilitates training seminars designed to help senior managers and communications teams better understand the risks and opportunities presented by today’s increasingly complex and digitally-driven communications landscape. He has been invited to present to senior management teams and Boards of Directors.
Prior to joining H+K, Philippe was a Senior Project Manager at a China based European consultancy for 5 years. During this time Philippe implemented and lead a number of European Commission funded projects.
Managing director, Asia and Pacific
Jenny graduated with Master degree in Business Administration from Gothenburg University, Sweden. She joined the Swedish Trade Council in 1997 and engaged in different scales of commercial projects and government cooperation between China and Sweden. In 1999, she founded the company Datacom in Sweden and Beijing and launched Ericsson’s two-way mobile data system and GPRS modules to Chinese telecom operators and enterprises. She was well recognized as an earlier pioneer in introducing two-way telecommunications in Greater China.
Since she joined Euroland in year 2011 in Dubai, she has been further developed Euroland’s presence in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia & Pacific and she has been keen to introduce the Best Practice IR solutions using innovative technologies.
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.
Michelle covers China and Taiwan and is based in Hong Kong. She started her career at BNP Paribas London where she worked with a team of European economists and helped analyse European macroeconomic issues. Before joining SG, she was a Senior Economist at TS Lombard, an independent research company, and where she focused on a number of Asian economies including China and Taiwan. Michelle holds an M. Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University.
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.
Director of group sustainability
Hendrik Rosenthal is Director – Group Sustainability of the CLP Group and is responsible for the Group’s sustainability-related strategy, reporting and communications. He supports the senior management in sustainability and climate change-related risk management and advises on sustainability matters of the Group’s power business in the Asia-Pacific region.
With 20 years of experience in environmental management across the public, private and NGO sectors, Hendrik previously led research and consulting projects in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He began his career in natural resource management and environmental policy, through various positions at Canadian government agencies in environment and development. After moving to Hong Kong in 2008, Hendrik promoted sustainability practices via private sector projects and through policy engagement for industry associations. Prior to joining CLP, he was a senior manager of applied sustainability in Singapore working for a multinational company.
Head of investor relations
General manager of IR
China Resources Beer
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.
View our awards best practice guide for insights from our past winners and partnersAccess the guide
Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who give their opinions on which companies provide them with the best IR service in the Greater China region. Every year we invite any publicly listed company to submit their list of buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers, so that they have the opportunity to vote via our survey.
Please click on the tabs below to view the research timeline. If you have any questions on this process or wish to access our data sharing agreement, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For any further queries about the research, please contact [email protected].
Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final research results. Some categories may be split by market cap size.
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.
May-July: Online survey
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 30 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-region 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 at our virtual awards ceremony, attended by the leading lights of the Asian investor relations community.
January: Report published
After the event the Investor Perception Study – Asia report will be made available to professional subscribers to IR Magazine. This report will profile the top ranked companies and reveal information on how they conduct their IR activities and why investors voted for them.
For more information around the investor survey, please contact [email protected]
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For our awards-by-nomination categories, 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 team members.
The nomination form will be open for entries in May. In the meantime, you can register your interest to nominate by clicking here.
Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final number of submissions received. Some categories may be split by market cap size.
The awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, 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 team members.
The judging process consists of three simple phases:
Phase one: Once the entry deadline has passed, the IR Magazine editorial team reviews all submissions and produces the short list
Phase two: The short-listed entries are shared with an independent judging panel made up of industry experts. The judges review each short-listed entry and select their top two picks per category
Phase three: The judges come together to discuss, debate and select the final list of winners who will go on to win an award
The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.
The majority of our attendees are heads of IR from across Greater China who are being recognized 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.
Below is a sample of our past attendees:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Associate director of IR||Budweiser APAC||Investor relations manager||China Tianlun Gas|
|AVP – corporate finance and strategy||PAX Global Technology||Investor relations manager||Delta Electronics|
|CEO||Artemis Associates||Investor relations manager||Kerry Logistics Network|
|Deputy general manager of Hong Kong office/general manager of capital markets and corporate communications||Sinic Holdings (Group)||Investor relations manager||Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group|
|Director of corporate communications and IR||Sa Sa International||Investor relations manager||VPower Group|
|Director of group sustainability||CLP Group||IR director||China Medical System|
|Director of investor relations||China Telecom||IR director||ENN Energy|
|Director of investor relations and corporate communications||Xtep International Holdings||IR director||Topsports International Holdings|
|Director, investor relations||China Unicom||IRO||BizLink Holding|
|General manager, investor relations||Pacific Basin Shipping||IRO||China Resources Cement Holdings|
|Global head of sustainability research||BNP Paribas Asset Management||Manager, investor relations and corporate communications||Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group|
|Group managing director, capital markets and investor relations||ESR Funds Management||Managing director, head of investor relations||NagaCorp|
|Head of corporate finance and investor relations||China Aoyuan Group||Senior director of investor relations||Suncity Group Holdings|
|Head of investor relations||Anton Oilfield Services Group||Senior director of investor relations||Yum China|
|Head of investor relations||BOC Aviation||Senior director of sustainability and communications||Kerry Properties|
|Head of investor relations||China Life Insurance Company||Senior IR & PR manager of IR department||China Resources Beer|
|Head of investor relations||Zhenro Properties Group||Senior IR manager||Nissin Foods Company|
|Investor relations and corporate finance executive||Far East Consortium International||Senior manager of capital markets & investor relations||CIFI Holdings (Group)|
|Investor relations director||Jiumaojiu International Holdings||Senior manager, group investor relations||ESR Cayman|
|Investor relations manager||China Reinsurance (Group) Company||VP of investor relations||Lenovo Group|
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