IRPAS Newsletter: August 2016

President’s Address

Greetings, members and friends.

As we move towards the last quarter of the year, I am pleased to present you with our newsletter for 2016 to keep you up-to-date on recent news and happenings within the Association and the IR community.

Review of 1st half 2016

The 1st half of the year was eventful, with several initiatives spearheaded by IRPAS being carried out successfully. These included the International Certificate in Investor Relations (ICIR) examinations, Institutional Investor’s Lens Series and our Mid-Year Get-Together 2016.

We are already looking forward to hosting another exciting series of networking events and professional development courses for our members in the coming months before year end.

Results of International Certificate in Investor Relations 2016

We are delighted to announce that this year’s International Certificate in Investor Relations recorded an outstanding set of results from the participating candidates. In addition to candidates based in Singapore, we also had successful candidates from Indonesia and Vietnam.

On behalf of IRPAS, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to those who have successfully passed this year’s examination. We wish them all the best in advancing their careers.

1 Nur Amira Sadiran
2 Emilie Rapley Mills
3 Maximilian Richard Duclos Hains
4 Au Chee Meng Jackson
5 Tan Sze Ern Lynette
6 Adwin Low Jia Ying
7 Liang Hui Hui
8 Simone Utermarck
9 Lee Lit Hun
10 Unice Liu
11 Tran Chi Son
12 Syahrial Mukhtar
13 Aditya Wira Santika
14 Joyce Koh
15 Tara Wong

Our second ICIR examination for the year will be held on 19th November 2016.

Registration is now open and you can find more information at:

All in all, I am pleased to note that IRPAS is continuing to make headway in championing best practices, professionalism and integrity amongst IR stakeholders in Singapore. We intend to work closely with relevant parties to bring to our members, more events and initiatives that are of value and benefits.

We will continue to keep our members and stakeholders updated through our website

Thank you for your continuing support.

Yours sincerely,

Harold Woo

Institutional Investor’s Lens Series

IRPAS had our first Institutional Investor’s Lens Series with Kenneth Tang of Nikko Asset Management.

This is a collaboration between IRPAS and SGX aimed at enabling investor relations practitioners to better understand the mind-set of institutional investors through a series of dialogues, talks and presentations with experts in this segment.

The inaugural session was very well received as our members found it insightful and valued the opportunity to gain insights into the thought process of institutional investors such as Kenneth Tang.

We have already line up two more Institutional Investor’s Lens Series for 2nd September and 4th November featuring Kirsty Mactaggart and Charmian Long from Fidelity International and Lim Jit Soon from GIC respectively.

Do look out for the email invitation. As the Series is meant to be an intimate affair, seats will be limited.

(Fr L-R, Jenny Chiam – SVP Head of Institutions and Corporates, SGX, Kenneth Tang – Nikko Asset Management, Harold Woo – President, IRPAS)

In The Spirit of Sustainability

We recently had our Mid-Year Get-Together and were really delighted with the turnout at the event. This was held at the Hospitality Pavilion at the beautiful and lush Garden by the Bays during the Singapore Garden Festival.

Our Get-Together was also attended by Mr Tan Boon Gin, Chief Regulatory Officer, SGX, Mr Ng Kin Yee, Senior Vice President, Market Data & Connectivity, SGX and Ms Chaoni Huang, Head of Business Development – Asia,Trucost who shared their views and perspective on Sustainability Reporting, Sustainability Indices & Methodology and ESG Reporting.

It was a memorable evening where we had the opportunity to network and make new connections and benefitted from the expertise and views of our speakers.

(Fr L-R,
Mr Harold Woo, President, IRPAS
Mr Tan Boon Gin, Chief Regulatory Officer, SGX
Mr Ng Kin Yee, Senior Vice President, Market Data & Connectivity, SGX
Ms Chaoni Huang, Head of Business Development – Asia, Trucost)


On 14 July 2016, IRPAS received a group of delegates from Korea Stock Exchange (KRX) and leading Korean companies. They paid a visit to IRPAS with the intention of exchanging ideas and practices between both countries.

The visit was a pleasant and useful occasion to exchange ideas and form new connections. In addition, Bank of New York Mellon which hosted the meeting at their office also shared their knowledge and expertise on ADRs with the delegates.


Exploring Cross-Border Collaboration

IRPAS was invited to contribute an article to the Malaysian Investor Relations Association (MIRA) Supplement in conjunction with the MIRA 2016 IR Awards. The article carried the by line of IRPAS’s President, Harold Woo and provided insights into IR practices in Singapore.

IRPAS President and Secretariat were also invited to the MIRA 2016 IR Awards that took place on 21st July 2016 in Kuala Lumpur.

At the event, the IRPAS team connected with the Chairman of MIRA and friendly discussions were held with the aim of promoting closer ties and possible partnership between the two Associations.

The Strategic Value of Investor Relations

Mr Meng Fanqiu, CEO of China Aviation Oil shared his views and thoughts on the role of IR and the benefits of having a rigorous IR programme over a lunchtime session on 16 August 2016.

The event was well attended by members of IRPAS and invited members of China Enterprises Association (Singapore) where Mr Meng holds the position of President. During the informative presentation, Mr Meng shared insights into China Aviation Oil’s award winning IR programme and how IR is viewed as a critical C-suite responsibility to preserve shareholders’ assets and enhance shareholders’ value.

The presentation ended with an engaging Q&A session with both Mr Meng and Harold Woo, President, IRPAS chairing the session. It was followed by a networking session over lunch.

The webcast of the presentation can be viewed here.

(Mr Meng Fanqiu sharing his knowledge and experience to the audience)

(Fr L-R, Elaine Ang – Head, Investor Relations, China Aviation Oil, Meng Fanqiu – CEO, China Aviation Oil, Harold Woo – President, IRPAS)

IR Professional Development Program

IRPAS has launched our own curriculum 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 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 to IR practitioners in the region who have shown interest in upgrading their skills.

We are open for enrolment and I would implore our members to join this course. More details can be obtained from

Enhancing IRPAS website

IRPAS is offering advertising opportunities for relevant companies and brands on its official website. As an association, we serve a group of professionals in a niche market. Our website also engages members of the PMEB (Professionals, Managers, Executives & Business-persons) community.

In addition, our recruitment section in the website is also opened to our members to post suitable vacancies within their organisation.

For both advertising opportunity and recruitment section, please contact the Secretariat at for more details.

Upcoming Events

Moving forward, we have a number of events in the pipeline. In September we will be partnering with IPREO for the IPREO Wisdom Summit and a forum by Black Sun entitled “A journey in corporate reporting: from sustainability to integrated”. This is in addition to the Investor’s Lens Series stated above. Please keep an eye out for our emails and website on these initiatives and other upcoming events.