For the past three decades, IR Magazine has honored excellence in investor relations around the world. We are pleased to be back in Singapore for 2020 to continue recognising and helping further IR best practice. Last year’s Singapore event 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.
OUR FORUM: 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.
OUR AWARDS: 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 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 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 on the categories and how the winners are chosen can be found in the below sections.
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Welcome to the forum and awards
Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine
Future of capital markets in South East Asia: Upcoming challenges and opportunities
In this session, we look at the possible outcomes of factors that are shaping the global economy, its impact on regional capital markets and how it affects your investor outreach. We’ll explore changes in regulation, market structures and general uncertainty in the geopolitical environment.
Jeff Ng, managing director, chief economist Asia, Continuum Economics
Remaining competitive by strengthening your ESG communications
As more mainstream investors integrate ESG into decision making, it is crucial for IROs to understand what investors want to hear, what they don’t and how to prepare senior management for 2020.
Esther An, chief sustainability officer, City Developments Limited
Natalia Rajewska, sustainable finance analyst, ING
Case study: What is the role of IR during a crisis? Preparing for the unexpected
With activism and cyber-attacks on the rise, it is increasingly important for IROs to understand what investors want to hear and what they don’t, how to keep senior management informed – all while ensuring the long-term value of the company isn’t compromised
Solaya Na Songkhla, senior vice president, investor relation, B.Grimm Power
Lunch break and networking
Straight from heads of IR: Doing more with less, investor targeting and measuring performance
Hear from successful IROs on how they demonstrate the value of IR, how they measure IR performance and the return on spend, how they work with the c-suite to execute successful investor meetings, keep up with demanding shareholders and attract new pools of investment.
Fung-Leng Chen, vice president of investor relations, Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management
Caroline Fong, head of IR, Manulife US Real Estate Management
Jiraphan Thongtan, head of investor relations, senior general manager, CPALL Public Company
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 to improve response times. We explore the role of artificial intelligence in IR, website best practice, WeChat and social media messaging.
Melanie Morfill, sales director for APAC, Intrado Digital Media
Pattarawan Sookplang, senior manager for investor relations, Asia Aviation
Changing investor perceptions in 2020: Q&A with the buy-side and sell side
Discover what keeps your most important audience up at night. Hear fund managers and analysts speak candidly about their pet peeves and most desirable IR traits. We’ll also discuss how the trend of large institutions taking corporate access in house is taking shape in Asia. Clarify your equity story for 2020 after hearing about the challenges the investment community see for businesses in the horizon.
Sid Choraria, Asian equities investor
Talib Dohadwala, managing partner and portfolio manager, Integral Capital
Joshua Lee, senior portfolio manager, Bank of Singapore
Vijay Natarajan, real estate & REITs analyst
Networking drinks and awards presentation
To inquire about speaking at the 2020 forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 5619
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.
In our awards-by-nomination categories, we offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our awards-by-research categories.
The 2020 nomination process will be open in May. Keep checking for more information.
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 the following stages:
Stage 1: Judges are allocated to categories and sent the entry packs, which contain a longlist of submissions to review and score.
Stage 2: Judges are asked to score each submission based on how well the entrant has addressed the category criteria and entry form requirements for each section. These scores are collated and averaged by the IR Magazine awards team and the top scoring entries will form our shortlist of nominees in each category.
Stage 3:Once the shortlists are determined, judges come together with renewed scrutiny to discuss and debate the winning entry. This final stage will determine the winners and high commendations (where applicable) in each category.
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Our 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.
The 2020 nomination process will be open in May. Keep checking for more information.
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 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-country awards are determined by the highest aggregate scores across all research categories.
The IR Magazine awards team receives the results and contacts all shortlisted 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 Singapore and Hong Kong, attended by the leading lights of the Asian investor relations community.
The majority of our attendees were 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. Some of those who joined us in 2019 include:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Assistant corporate communications manager||UOL Group||Investment manager||Chen Holdings Pte|
|Assistant general manager – investor relations||Thai Union Group||Investor relations||CapitaLand Retail China Trust|
|Assistant manager||Bangkok Dusit Medical Services||Investor relations analyst||Pilipinas Shell Petroleum|
|Assistant officer, investor relations||PTT Exploration & Production Company||Investor relations executive||Manulife US REIT|
|Associate director and head of investor relations||Ayala Corporation||Investor relations manager||Frasers Asset Management|
|AVP||Century Pacific Food||Investor relations manager||Metro Pacific Investments|
|Business manager||Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero)||Investor relations manager||Adaro Energy|
|CEO||Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre||Investor relations manager||CP ALL|
|CFO||PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad||Investor relations representative||Sunpower Group|
|Chief executive officer||Manulife US REIT||IR & strategic planning analyst||Minor International|
|Chief financial officer||Manulife US REIT||Manager, corporate communications||City Developments|
|Chief sustainability office||City Developments||Manager, investor relations||Petronas Chemicals|
|Corporate controller and IR manager||Pilipinas Shell Petroleum||Manager, IR||Sembcorp Marine|
|Corporate services||Smartkarma||Manager, sustainability||City Developments|
|Director||Sarana Menara Nusantara||Managing director, chief economist Asia||Continuum Economics|
|Director of institutional client coverage||SGX||Senior executive, IR||KLCCP Stapled Group|
|ER||Pilipinas Shell Petroleum||Senior investor relations||Asia Aviation|
|Executive VP, corporate finance||PTT||Senior manager, investor relations||Asia Aviation|
|Executive, IR||IHH Healthcare Berhad||Senior manager, sustainability||City Developments|
|Executive, IR||Wilmar International||Senior vice president – head IR||B.Grimm Power Public Company|
|General manager||Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero)||Supervisor, investor relation||Energy Absolute Public Company|
|Group general counsel||Jardine Cycle & Carriage||Sustainable finance analyst||ING|
|Head of corporate finance & treasury||ABM Investama||SVP, IR||United Overseas Bank|
|Head of corporate services||Smartkarma||Vice president director||Sarana Menara Nusantara|
|Head of group investor relations||Frasers Property||Vice president, capital & IR department||PTT Exploration and Production|
|Head of investor relations||SGX||Vice president, head of investor relation||Energy Absolute Public Company|
|Head of investor relations||Manulife US REIT||Vice president, investor relations||Frasers Centrepoint Trust|
|Head of IR, senior general manager||CP ALL||Vice president, investor relations||CapitaLand Mall Trust|
|Head of IR||United Overseas Bank||VP -IR and corporate planning||Home Product Center|
|Head of sustainability and communications||Thai AirAsia||VP of investor relations||Minor International|
|Head, investor relations||CapitaLand||VP, investor relations||CapitaLand|
|Head, investor relations||PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad||VP, IR||IHH Healthcare Berhad|
Our forum and awards provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the South East Asian region. As a partner, you will gain an 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.
Being a partner of the event will provide:
To find out more about the benefits of partnering and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.