For the past three decades, IR Magazine has honored excellence in investor relations around the world. For the first time, we will be holding this event in a virtual setting to ensure we continue recognizing and helping further IR best practice. Last year’s event in Singapore attracted over 130 senior IR professionals from across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – this internationally renowned event looks at the very best the IR community has to offer through our forum and awards. This year we expect to to attract an even larger audience given the flexibility of the virtual environment.
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 are 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 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 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. More information can be found below. For the first time, we will be hosting the prestigious awards ceremony virtually. View the highlights from our IR Magazine USA Awards 2020 for a taste of what to expect!
At the forum, we will discuss the top issues for IR teams as you look ahead to plan for 2021. Click on a session to view details or view agenda as PDF here.
Welcome to IR Magazine's South East Asia Forum
Opening remarks from the chair
Big picture trends: Looking ahead to 2021
To start the day, this session considers the wider trends of the market and the impact of the pandemic, both regionally and globally. We will discuss how investor interest in the region is shifting, the potential shape of the markets come 2021 and the implications for investor relations.
A shift in communication strategy: Increasing engagement in a virtual world
Digitalizing the IR offering has created a number of new practical challenges, and new technologies have entered the IRO’s daily remit at an accelerated rate. This session will give practical advice on the dos and don’ts for better virtual meetings, and discover creative ways to share your equity story digitally.
•How are IR teams successfully emulating in-person engagement during lockdown?
•What strategies are IR teams implementing to attract new international investors in a virtual world?
•Which digital tools can help IROs improve their online offering?
Meet the attendees!
Take some time to connect with another attendee via the networking feature where you will be matched at random with a fellow attendee for a 5-minute chat.
How to adapt your equity story and get buy-in for the long-term vision of your company
During times of market volatility, public companies need to communicate the impact of short-term challenges, and can benefit from reinforcing their long-term value proposition. This session will discuss how IROs across different sectors can successfully communicate with analysts and investors during difficult times.
•How can IR learn from peers across sectors to adapt their business and message to new norms?
•In what ways can IR react to the entrance of new investors?
•How to communicate your adaptability and short-term successes during times of change.
ESG: Shaping the company to be resilient and sustainable
As the pandemic has brought many social issues to light, companies and investors are increasingly considering the integration of ESG in companies. This session will discuss the evolving investor expectations on environmental, social and governance issues, and how companies in South East Asia can react to investor needs.
•How are investor attitudes toward ESG issues changing in South East Asia?
•How can companies integrate non-financial disclosures to improve ratings on social governance?
•What does the buy-side want to hear from investors with respect to ESG?
Closing remarks and 1:1 networking
IR Magazine Awards South East Asia Ceremony
Celebrate IR excellence with your peers and tune in for our virtual IR Awards ceremony
End of event
The IR Magazine Forum brings together award-winning IROs, leading investors and knowledgeable experts to share their experiences, vision and practical advice. This year's line-up will be announced shortly. Here are some of the experts who featured in 2019:
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 10th overall 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.
Vice president of investor relations
Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management
Mr. Fung Leng Chen serves as the Head of Investor Relations & Research at Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management Ltd., the manager of Frasers Centrepoint Trust. Mr. Chen is responsible for fCt’s investor relations function, he covers investor targeting, media and unitholder communication, as well as to provide market intelligence and research support to management. Mr. Chen leads the Frasers Centrepoint investor relations function, which covers investor targeting, media and Unitholder communication, as well as providing market intelligence and research support to management. He has more than five years of experience in investor relations. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours), both degrees from the National University of Singapore.
Asian equities investor
Sid Choraria is an Asian equities investor focused on dominant franchises in Asian markets in China, India, Japan and South East Asia with the philosophy to own wonderful businesses at wonderful prices.
He served as Portfolio Manager and Head of Asian Equities Research at Amiral Gestion in Singapore, a global investment firm founded in 2003. Previously, he worked as Portfolio Manager and Vice President at APS Asset Management, a $3bn Asian hedge fund. He has worked in Asia at Goldman Sachs technology, media & telecom investment banking in Hong Kong, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong.
In 2013, Sid piqued the attention of legendary Warren Buffett with a letter and investment thesis on a wide moat Japanese company, which elicited a rare response from Mr. Buffett on the quality of the business, encouraging Sid to keep his eyes open in Asia.
Sid has been a repeat winner of several global investment research awards, judged by over 70 global fund managers and allocators in the last 6 years at SumZero, Ira Sohn, FactSet and Value Investing Congress. In 2015, he was the recipient of the “Best Analyst Excellence” Award by SumZero from a pool of over 13,000 analysts and fund managers globally. In 2014, he won the “Best Global Short Award” from Factset.
His research has been cited in leading global media including CNBC, Bloomberg, Manual of Ideas, Forbes, Sydney Morning Herald, Business Insider, Alpha Ideas India and Value Spain. He has been invited to speak at leading universities and institutions including Harvard, Yale, NYU Stern, Columbia University, Government of Investment Corp (GIC), SMU and NUS.
Sid received his MBA from New York University in 2011 and was recipient of the Harvey Beker Scholarship. During his MBA, Sid worked at Bandera Partners LLC in New York under value investor, Jeff Gramm, Founder of Bandera Partners, Author of “Dear Chairman” and Adjunct Value Investing Professor of Columbia Business School.
Managing partner and portfolio manager
Talib Dohadwala is a Managing Partner and one of the founding partners of Integral Capital Pte. Ltd., and has a combined 25 years of investment experience. Prior to starting up Integral Capital in August 2011, he was a Senior Consultant with global investment consultancy Cambridge Associates for about 4 years. Prior to that, he spent his career in the Asian equity fund management industry. He began his investment career with Schroder Investment Management from 1994-1999. He subsequently worked with Allianz Asset Management as a Fund Manager from 1999 to 2001, and as Senior Portfolio Manager at First State Investments looking at Asia Pacific ex-Japan equities from 2001 to 2006. He graduated with a distinction in the Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto in 1992, and obtained the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter in 1998.
Head of investor relations
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.
Laurie Havelock is a journalist, writer and podcaster who has been working on financial titles for more than 5 years, dabbling with commercial property finance, responsible investment and investor relations as his main areas of focus. Outside of that he also writes about music, with a predilection for independent and emerging artists, has worked on a number of comedy projects, including a podcast he makes with musical comedian Paddy Gervers called Podshambles, and hosts a weekly show on Shoreditch Radio. Laurie has been published in the Independent, the Guardian and Q Magazine.
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.
Sales Director, APAC
Intrado Digital Media
Melanie Morfill is the Sales Director for APAC at Intrado Digital Media. Melanie has over 15 years of experience in servicing Investor Relations departments.
She joined this industry at Thomson Reuters (Paris) in 2004. She started at Intrado Digital Media (previously West) last year further to the acquisition of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions where she worked for 5 years. In her current role, Melanie brings the valuable combined perspective of Intrado Digital Media’ many Asian listed clients as well as the 10,000+ clients globally the Intrado Digital Media team assists on a daily basis.
Melanie was educated in France and holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Management in Troyes (France). She gained her Asia Pacific regional experience during her 11 years living in Sydney.
Solaya Na Songkhla
Senior vice president, investor relation
B.Grimm Power (BGRIM) is one of Thailand’s leader in utilities sector who has recently expanded business rapidly in Southeast Asia including the previous commercial operation of the largest solar farm in Southeast Asia, located in Vietnam. BGRIM’s share price has risen by approximately 100% year-to-date. Solaya was the sell-side analyst for 15 years at Maybank Kimeng Thailand and SCB Securities in Thailand, covering telecom, electronics and power sectors before moving to be head of IR at B.Grimm Power for the past 14 months.
Real estate & REITs analyst
Vijay Natarajan has over ten years of equity research experience covering mainly Singapore Real estate and REITs sector.
Managing director, chief economist Asia
Jeff is Continuum Economics’ Chief Economist of Asia. He manages a group of analysts based in Singapore, providing economic analysis on the region. Jeff is also the lead analyst on China and Singapore. He regularly presents to clients and appear at the media. Previously, Jeff was Head Investment Office, Asia for Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, where he was responsible Asian for market investment views. Prior to that, he spent more than 7 years with Standard Chartered Bank as an Asia and ASEAN Economist. Jeff graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Economics degree, and received a Masters’ in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics.
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.
Senior manager for investor relations
Pattarawan joined Asia Aviation 2014 as an investor relations manager. She strives to fairly convey the company’s strategy, performance, and outlook to the investment community, financial media, and all other stakeholders. As the head of investor relations, she increased sellside coverage from 21 to 30 brokers within 3 years. She also led a program to diversify the company’s stakeholder base. For instance, international shareholders increased by 8% within the first 12 months of instituting her program. In 2018, the company was recognized as having outstanding investor relations at the SET Awards
With her 9 years of IR experience, she was a speaker in the Topic of “Good Practices for Analyst Presentation” to IROs, arranged by Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in 2014. In addition, she wrote Investor Relations Handbook as Co-editor which was published by SET in 2012.
Prior to Asia Aviation, she had 4 years of experience in IR at the leading Oil and Gas conglomerate, PTT, and took part in merger and acquisition activities within PTT group as well as in the issuance of PTT’s USD Bond. She began her career at Ernst & Young Co. Ltd as a senior auditor, specializing in the financial services industry.
Pattarawan has a Master of Science (MSc) in Finance and Investment from the University of Durham and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Assumption University where she received the Rector’s certificate of Honors.
Head of investor relations, senior general manager
Ms. Jiraphan Thongtan is a management serving as Head of Investor Relations of CPALL Plc. She has been with CPALL for 5years. Prior to the current role, she served Central Retail Corporation Group in similar role for 14 years handling 2 listed companies simultaneously i.e. Robinson Plc. and COL Plc. She got BA in Finance from Thammasat University, and MSc in Finance from Chulalongkorn University together with MSc in Business Economics from NIDA.
Our long-standing awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who vote for the companies, IROs and senior management who provide them with the best IR service across South East Asia. View details in the tab below.
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-sector 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]
"As a first timer I found the forums during the event very insightful. A lot of knowledge was shared, inspiring."
"So very well organized, program scheduling was fast-paced but very insightful, plus the panel speakers were very engaging."
"IR Magazine provides an excellent venue for IROs to converge, learn from each other's experiences and best practices and recognize key players who pioneer initiatives to raise the standards of investor relations.
Our 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. Details in the tab below.
The 2020 nomination process is now closed and we are in the process of informing those who have been shortlisted. Should you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
The judging process is made up of three simple steps
The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. You can view last year’s winners here.
We are pleased to announce that the judges for this year are:
Managing director, RL Capital Management
Analyst - real estate & REIT
President, Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) (IRPAS)
In association with
About Singapore Exchange
Singapore Exchange is Asia’s leading and trusted market infrastructure, facilitating the exchange of capital and ideas to create value for people, businesses and economies. As a multi-asset exchange operating equity, fixed income and derivatives markets to the highest regulatory standards, SGX is a vertically integrated business that provides listing, trading, clearing, settlement, depository and data services.
With about 40% of listed companies and over 80% of listed bonds originating outside of Singapore as well as established linkages across the globe, SGX is Asia’s most international and connected exchange. Offering a full suite of derivatives products across Asian equity indices, commodities and currencies, SGX is the world’s most liquid international market for the benchmark equity indices of China, India, Japan and ASEAN.
As Asia’s pioneering central counterparty, SGX is globally recognised for its risk management and clearing capabilities, and is one of the first globally to adopt the Principles of Financial Market Infrastructure. In 2018, SGX was awarded Derivatives Exchange of the Year by Asia Risk and Asia-Pacific Derivatives Exchange of the Year by GlobalCapital for a fifth consecutive year.
Headquartered in AAA-rated Singapore, SGX has over 800 employees including offices in Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo.
For more information, please visit www.sgx.com.
Why partner with us?
The South East Asia Forum & Awards brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community. Our audience recognize the sudden change of pace cannot be navigated alone and are constantly looking for partners to help shape their shareholder engagement strategy and execute it. This event provides partners an opportunity to position yourself as a critical partner to the community.
The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – which is a far cry from a traditional webinar – afford our partners exceptional opportunities to entertain visitors and show-case their expertise.
Becoming a partner means you will:
– Have the opportunity to support attendees at an event where they are looking for solutions
– Position yourself as a thought-leader and share expertise with your potential clients
– Get virtual face-time with senior decision-makers from the IR community
– Increase brand awareness and gain credibility through association with this timely event
– Generate qualified and targeted leads from the analytics provided by our virtual platform
– Be part of the community by participating in virtual roundtable discussions, understanding their challenges and sharing expertise
– Gain new business opportunities through higher-brand presence among potential clients
– Participate in one on one video chats to build relationships with new and existing customers
– Launch new products and solutions at our virtual event in your expo booth
– Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise
All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.
To find out more about how we can help, contact Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.
The majority of our attendees are heads of IR from across South East Asia 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. Some of those who joined us in 2019 include:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Associate director and head of IR||Ayala Corporation||Investor relations manager||Adaro Energy|
|AVP||Century Pacific Food||Investor relations manager||Metro Pacific Investments|
|CEO||Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre||MD, chief economist Asia||Continuum Economics|
|CFO||PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad||Senior investor relations||Asia Aviation|
|Chief executive officer||Manulife US REIT||Senior vice president – head IR||B.Grimm Power Public Company|
|Chief sustainability office||City Developments||SVP, IR||United Overseas Bank|
|Investment manager||Chen Holdings Pte||Vice president director||Sarana Menara Nusantara|
|Director of institutional client coverage||SGX||Vice president, capital and IR department||PTT Exploration|
|Executive, IR||Wilmar International||Vice president, head of IR||Energy Absolute Public Company|
|Head of corporate finance & treasury||ABM Investama||Vice president, investor relations||CapitaLand|
|Head of corporate services||Smartkarma||Vice president, investor relations||Frasers Centrepoint Trust|
|Head of group investor relations||Frasers Property||VP -IR and corporate planning||Home Product Center|
|Head of IR, senior general manager||CP ALL||VP of investor relations||Minor International|
|Head of sustainability and communications||Thai AirAsia||VP, IR||IHH Healthcare Berhad|
Please note that this is our early-bird rate. Any bookings made after November 6, 2020 will be charged at our standard rate of US$145. To register, please fill in the form below and we’ll send through login instructions. If you require any assistance with your booking, please contact [email protected] or on +44 20 8004 4989.
Early bird deadline: November 6, 2020
Standard rate from November 7, 2020