IRPAS Newsletter: July 2014

President’s Address

Greetings, members and friends. As President of IRPAS, I am pleased to present you with our second official newsletter.

In this newsletter, we update our members with the latest news and happenings within the Association and the IR industry. We are delighted to inform that we have officially launched the much-anticipated 2014 International Certificate in Investor Relations (ICIR), which is open for registration until 15 August.

We Want to Hear From You

We hope that you have found our current activities beneficial to your role as an IRO, and we encourage members to give us feedback and suggestions on how IRPAS can better improve its offerings. After all, this is your organisation, your community. Please also feel free to volunteer yourself or anyone you know who would been keen to share experiences and insights with fellow IROs.

Review of May and June 2014

These were another busy couple of months at IRPAS with preparations for the launch of the CIR, as well as planning additional professional development courses to offer members.

We have continued to host networking events and were delighted to see so many of you at the M Hotel on 28 May 2014 where Mark Laudi, CEO of Hong Bao Media, shared useful tips and insights into managing investor and media communications effectively.

The event with NASDAQ OMX on 18 June 2014 was also a success. Kevin P. Langdon, Senior Director of Advisory Services at NASDAQ OMX, shared with the audience useful tools and tactics to benchmark their IR programmes and measure IR effectiveness, as well as observations on best practices in IR.

Event image - How Effective Is Your IR Programme

More recently we conducted another event with Orient Capital, where Vivek Aranha, CEO, Asia, at Orient Capital shared insights into the growth of Investor Relations in Asia and the changing expectations of IROs with regards to a strategic vs functional role. The presentation in video and the presentation slides can be accessed here.

Event image - Strategic Investor Relations in Asia

International Certificate in Investor Relations (ICIR) 2014

We are pleased to announce that registration has opened for latest international syllabus of the CIR, the professional IR accreditation programme jointly conducted with the UK IR Society. The exam will be held on 11th October, with an optional revision course on 13th  September, at the SGX Centre. Registration will close on 15th August so do sign up early if you or your friends are interested. If you would like more details please see the attached brochure, visit the IRPAS website or email

Professional Development Courses

We continue to partner with SGX Academy and service provider AB Maximus to provide members with discounted professional development courses.

In addition we are delighted to offer IRPAS members SIM member rates (up to 20% discount) on their professional development courses. A full list of courses on offer can be found on the website here.

Upcoming Events

29th August 2014 – “Leveraging LinkedIn to tell your professional and corporate stories” by Roger Pua, Director, Head of Corporate Communications, and Jeanne Lee, Sales Manager, Talent Solutions. They will share their thoughts on the basics of LinkedIn as well as how to brand yourself and build your professional online profile as an IRO; leveraging LinkedIn for career and business opportunities; and etiquette for connecting and socializing. We will send out more information and details for how to register in due course.

4th November 2014 – “Year End Event with Mrs MoneyPenny”

For our year-end event, IRPAS has arranged for Heather McGregor, Managing Director of Taylor Bennett, the communications executive search specialists, to present to members on The Investor Relations Market and Career Development in Investor Relations.  Heather is better known as “Mrs Moneypenny”, columnist for the Financial Times, TV presenter, an entrepreneur and author of a series of books.  In her early career she worked in financial PR and investor relations, and so is well equipped to talk on the subject of career development. More details will be made available closer to date.

Sponsored Articles from Partners

We are pleased to bring to you each month four specially curated articles kindly sponsored by IR Magazine (, the leading publication for IR professionals covering all areas of investor relations from a global perspective.

Spread the Joy Now!

As IRPAS was founded with IROs in mind, I would like to urge members to actively participate in all upcoming activities, and to also help spread the word about IRPAS to your peers who are not members of IRPAS yet.

FREE IR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IF YOU REFER 3 FRIENDS. We are pleased to offer members a free one-year IR Magazine standard subscription worth US$475 per annum if you successfully refer three* corporates/individuals to sign up as IRPAS members.  *Referrals need to be unique entities i.e. different organisations/individuals.

All IRPAS members also get to enjoy 47% off one-year IR Magazine standard subscription at a special discounted rate of US$250 per annum (usual price US$475). Please contact the IRPAS Secretariat to find out more.

In Conclusion

Do visit our website regularly for more updates and information. I am delighted to be able to reach out to our fellow members through these updates and hope that you will find them useful. Till next time and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,
Harold Woo
14th July 2014