IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum & Awards
South East Asia

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Virtual event: Live │ Timings to be announced

About the forum & awards

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 150 senior IR professionals from across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – this internationally renowned event will look at the very best the IR community has 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 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 for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. We are now accepting nominations and more information can be found in the sections 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.


Awards by nomination

For our awards-by-nomination categories, individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members.

Open for nominations

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 awards. Access the entry form by clicking here and follow the steps.
The entry fee per category is US$15 and is non-refundable. The deadline for nominations is midnight (SGT) on Friday, August 13. 

If you have any queries about the entry process please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4989.

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.

View the entire list of 2020 nominees and winners

Best annual report

Best annual report

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 crisis management

Best crisis management

Have you recently dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation? How did your company respond to the Covid-19 pandemic? 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 materiality reporting

Best ESG materiality reporting

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 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 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 five years and has less than 10 years of professional experience.

The awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries 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.

What our virtual attendees say

"Smoothly run and well moderated with highly relevant and engaging topics."

Tune Protect Group

"Congratulations to the team for a very well-organised event"


"The event ran smoothly and was fantastic."


"As a first timer I found the forums during the event very insightful. A lot of knowledge was shared, inspiring."

Petronas Chemicals Group

"So very well organized, program scheduling was fast-paced but very insightful, plus the panel speakers were very engaging."

Aboitiz Equity Ventures


Awards by research

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 South East Asia 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.

View the entire list of 2020 nominees and winners

Best overall investor relations

Best overall investor relations

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 in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: 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.

May-August: 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]


Who attends our virtual events

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 their company.

Below is a sample of our past attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Corporate secretary and investor relations division head Adaro Energy VP of strategic planning and investor relations Indorama Ventures
CFO AEM Holdings Sustainable finance & ESG associate ING
Investor relations officer Air Asia VP, portfolio management and investor relations Intouch Holdings
Head of investor relations and compliance Ayala Land and AREIT CFO Keppel Pacific Oak US REIT
Head of investor relations B Grimm Power Head, investor relations & business development KLCCP Stapled Group
AVP, IR Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Head of investor relations Major Cineplex Group
Senior portfolio manager Bank of Singapore Head of investor relations and chief capital market strategist Manulife US REIT
VP of investor relations Berli Jucker VP of investor relations Minor International
Investor relations manager CapitaLand Group head of public relations Olam International
Head of investor relations Central Pattana Head of investor relations PETRONAS Dagangan
AVP, corporate finance, IR, treasury and M&A Century Pacific Group CFO Pilipinas Shell Petroleum
Chief sustainability officer City Developments Head of investor relations Prime US REIT
Investor relations specialist CK Power Public Company VP corporate finance & IR PTT Global Chemical Public Company
Head of investor relations CP ALL Investor relations officer PTTEP
COO & head of IR Cromwell EREIT Management CEO Sasseur Asset Management
Investor relations manager D&L Industries VP of investor relations Singtel
Head of investor relations Digi VP of investor relations SM Prime Holdings
VP of investor relations Frasers Centrepoint Trust CFO StarHub
CEO & executive director Geo Energy Resources Chief – corporate development & investor relations Tune Protect Group
Investor relations officer Global Power Synergy Public Company Director of finance, human capital, & risk management Wijaya Karya Beton


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Forum: Agenda

The 2021 agenda will be announced shortly. 

In the meantime, you can view what was discussed in 2020 below or by clicking here.

  • 08:30 AM
    Welcome to IR Magazine's South East Asia Forum and 1:1 networking

    Take some time to meet your fellow attendees and partake in a speed-dating-style video chat. You will automatically be matched with another attendee so it’s a great way of making new connections.

  • 08:50 AM
    Opening remarks from the chair

    Ben Ashwell editor, IR Magazine

  • 09:00 AM
    Big picture trends during the pandemic: What to focus on for IROs

    To start the day, this session considers the wider impact of the pandemic on companies and IROs. We will discuss how investor interest is shifting, how people can adapt, and how best to think about your company’s workforce going forward. 

    Carol Fong, head of investor relations and chief capital markets strategist, Manulife

  • 09:30 AM
    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?

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell editor, IR Magazine
    Mike Garcia, head of investor relations and compliance, Ayala Land and AREIT
    Panporn Sasananan, vice president, investor relations, PTT Public Company
    Ponpinit Upathamp, head of investor relations, Central Pattana
    Gregory Yap, vice president of investor relations, Sunpower

  • 10:30 AM
    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.

  • 10:45 AM
    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.

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
    Elena Arabadjieva, chief operating officer & head of investor relations, Cromwell EREIT Management
    Joshua Lee, senior portfolio manager, Bank of Singapore

    Giovanna Vera, assistant vice president, corporate finance, IR, treasury and M&A, Century Pacific Group

  • 11:45 AM
    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?

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
    Esther An, chief sustainability officer, City Developments
    Christine Lau, head of investor relations, Digi

    Natalia Rajewska, sustainable finance/ ESG associate, ING

  • 12:45 PM
    Closing remarks and 1:1 networking

  • 13:00 PM
    IR Magazine Awards South East Asia Ceremony

    Celebrate IR excellence with your peers and tune in for our virtual IR Awards ceremony

  • 14:30 PM
    End of event

Forum: Previous speakers

To inquire about speaking at the forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4818

Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The IR Magazine Forum & Awards – South East 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.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual forums – a far cry from a webinar – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their IR program to invest in, which service providers to engage and consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the IR community.

Not forgetting the unique buzz we create at our virtual awards, becoming a partner will enable you to:

  • Reach thousands of industry leaders through our multi-channel marketing campaign
  • Raise your organization’s profile with unrivalled brand exposure
  • Align yourself with those who excel in the industry
  • Put your brand in the spotlight and benefit from months of targeted, high profile publicity across multiple channels pre- and post-event.

We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience at the IR Magazine Forum & Awards – South East Asia. Get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78265 38072.

In the last 12 months, IR Magazine’s virtual events have attracted the highest, most diverse and senior attendees and experts in investor relations


Book your place

The super early bird rate expires on November 12, 2021.

After this date the price will increase to the early bird rate of US$95. The standard price booking price is US$145.

If you have any questions, please contact Chloë Rutter at [email protected] or +44 20 3002 0396.

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