IR Professional Development Program

Professionalism at a higher level.

Develop and advance with the IRPAS endorsed IR Professional Development Program

The IR Professional Development Program (IRPDP) is a course specifically designed for professionals who are actively engaged with investors and deal with issues and concerns relevant to the investment community. It is developed in-line with the IRPAS ‘s objective to promote professionalism and skill development for those involved with investor relations. It is another education initiative by the Association for the industry.

This rigorous and challenging program is developed for both experienced IR practitioners who will be keeping up with industry changes on issues like governance taking place in the profession, and for new entrants to advance to a higher level of professionalism in IR. It also caters for IR practitioners in the region who have shown interest in upgrading their skills

The course provides a foundation in key principles necessary for effective investor relations. BUT the value to participants is the program’s case driven approach which provides in depth discussion on recent issues and application of theory. All participants are expected to read case studies ahead of lectures and are also expected to be comfortable with basic financial computations.

Who should attend the IR Professional Development Program?
It is suitable for anyone working in investor relations or related professions. IRPDP is intended for IROs at middle management level and above. CEO/CFO of small to mid-cap companies who oversees the IR function will benefit from attendance of this program.

Words from Industry Leaders

“This course is intended to raise the level of competency of IR practitioners. It is designed to ensure every participant will take away both theory and practical knowledge that will help in the them in their daily work. The curriculum interlaced with case studies will enhance the learning of effective communication with all the company’s stakeholder.”
Harold Woo,
CapitaLand, Senior Advisor Investor & Partner Relations

“This course is designed to help professionals engaged in investor relations activities, be it to communicate more actively with existing shareholders or engage new investors, to create a path to successful outcomes on an ongoing basis”
Mita Natarajan. Senior Vice President
SGX, Head of Services, Equities & Fixed Income

IR Professional Development Program

The three modules are:

  1. Strategic value of IR
  2. Finance Essentials
  3. Corporate governance and ethics

Module description

  1. Strategic Value of IR by Mr Harold Woo
    This module delves into the value of IR to the board, management, stake holders and investors. It will share best practices and how to implement these practices to gain investor’s confidence

  2. Finance Essentials by Mr Kevin Gin
    Introductory course on Finance Essentials for Investor Relations professionals. The course discusses the theory and provides a framework of applying financial concepts in investor relations. The use of a combination of cases and academic articles will provide an understanding of the concepts and issues involves in finance as applied in investor relations.

    Students should be prepared for a lot of reading ahead of the lectures. A strong interest in capital markets and investment would be an advantage.

    Course outline

    1. Principles of Accounting
    2. Principles of Corporate Finance
    3. An overview of Global Capital Markets
    4. Current trends of financial and IPO markets
    5. Financial analysis techniques
    6. Debt and equity financing in practise

  3. Corporate Governance and Ethics by Mr Kevin Gin
    Introductory course on Corporate Governance and Ethics as applied in Investor Relations. The course discusses the theory and provide a framework of applying corporate governance and ethics in investor relations. In addition, the use of a combination of cases and academic articles will provide an understanding and reinforcement of the concepts and issues involved in corporate governance and ethics in investor relations.

    An underlying theme of this course is the search for answers to the question on how the finance industry has gotten to where it is now? And why there is a general distrust amongst investors with corporates.

    Course outline

    1. Introduction: In perspective: Ethics & Corporate Governance
    2. Singapore Capital Markets
    3. Listing in Singapore
    4. Key Stakeholders in Corporate Governance
    5. Regulatory Environment
    6. Internal Control and Risk Management
    7. Disclosure of information
    8. Board matters
    9. Listed Company Enforcement
    10. Ethics
    11. Case Studies

Date : To be advised
Venue: To be advised
Duration: 4 days
Time: 9am to 5pm

Course Fee: $5,000 per participant (inclusive of Course Materials, Stationery, Lunch and 2 x Tea-Breaks)

To register: Post or email the registration forms to us.
600 North Bridge Road, #23-01 Parkview Square
Singapore 188778
+65 8100 6572

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Upon receipt of registration, any cancellation must be confirmed in writing, and will be subject to a 10% administrative charge. If notice of cancellation is received less than 10 working days before the course date, or if participant fails to show, participants will be invoiced for the full fee. However, substitutes will be allowed. IRPAS reserves the right to cancel/postpone the event or change the venue/date/time of the program in view of unforeseen circumstances.
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Funding Available – PIC Scheme
You may claim up to 60% of the course fee in cash pay-out or 400% tax deduction under the PIC Scheme.
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Program instructor: Kevin Gin
Kevin Gin

Kevin Gin (CFA), the Founder and Principal of Alpha Capital. He was the former COO for CITIC Securities, Head of Singapore and Regional Real Estate Research for Kleinwort Benson Securities Asia (now part of Credit Suisse) and Head of Greater China Property Research with Yuanta Securities (Hong Kong)

Kevin focuses on valuation anomalies and believes in detailed research and analysis and works with a group of likeminded professionals within his investment ecosystem that lead up to investment decisions. Kevin is a volunteer with CFAS – UIRC, an advisor to CFA Institute China India strategy team and was a Board Member of CFA Singapore and Secretary. Kevin has spoken for CFAI across the region (Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, HCMC, Hanoi) and has conducted lectures in Beijing Normal University, Zhongshan University-Lingnan College, National University of Singapore, HKUSpace and the Wealth Management Institute. Kevin is also a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore – Commercial Affairs Department Panel of Experts on Securities Offenses.

Program instructor: Harold Woo
Harold Woo

Mr Woo is Senior Advisor for Investor & Partner Relations in CapitaLand Limited, one of the largest property companies in Asia. He joined CapitaLand in 2003 and relinquished his position as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations in June 2015.

Prior to CapitaLand, he was Chief Executive Officer of a Singapore based company, specialising in Internet-based financial services and in mobile commerce consulting and enabling services. He has more than 19 years of stockbroking experience in institutional sales, securities trading and investment research. From 1990 – 1999, he was with Vickers Ballas & Co Pte Ltd, progressing from Director of Institutional Sales to Global Head of Institutional Sales. Prior to 1990, he was Associate Director at James Capel Far East Limited, an international stock broker. From 1981 to 1985, he was research manager at Ong & Co Pte Ltd.

Mr Woo garnered the Best IRO award in IR Magazine – South East Asia Awards in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 2012, he was named as one of 25 Best IROs of last 25 years by IR Magazine. In December 2015, Mr Woo was bestowed a Lifetime Achievement award by IR Magazine. Mr Woo is also the President of Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) (IRPAS) since 2012.

Mr Woo received his Master of Science in Management Science from Imperial College, University of London.

Mr Woo garnered the Best IRO award in IR Magazine – South East Asia Awards in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 2012, he was named as one of 25 Best IROs of last 25 years by IR Magazine