Mr Harold Woo
Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) (“IRPAS”) since 2012
Harold Woo is ex-Senior Advisor for Investor & Partner Relations in CapitaLand Limited. He joined CapitaLand in 2003 and relinquished his position as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations in June 2015.
Post-retirement from CapitaLand in May 2017, he assumed a senior advisory role at WeR1 Consultants Pte Ltd, a boutique investor relations, corporate strategy and media communications company, from September 2017 till October 2018.
He took on a senior advisor contract with Sasseur Asset Management Pte Ltd from February 2019 till January 2020. Sasseur REIT was one of the top-performing S-Reits in 2019, with a total return of 53%.
He has almost 20 years of stockbroking experience in institutional sales, securities trading and investment research. From 1990 to 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 stockbroker. From 1981 to 1985, he was research manager at Ong & Co Pte Ltd.
Harold 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, he was bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award by IR Magazine. He is on the judging panels for IR Magazine Awards 2017, 2018 and 2019 – South East Asia and Greater China self-nomination categories.
He served as the Honorary Secretary of the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) (“SIAS”) from 2015 – 2017 and remains as a consultant. Harold is on the faculty for the Listed Entity Director Programme conducted by the Singapore Institute of Directors (“SID”).
He received his Master of Science in Management Science from Imperial College, University of London.
Directors (in alphabetical order by surname)
Ms Elaine Ang
As Head of Investor Relations at China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Limited, Ms Elaine Ang spearheads the investor relations function of the Group and assists the C-suite to create value for shareholders and enhance the Groups investment profile at international financial markets across multiple asset classes. Starting her career with the Singapore Exchange, she has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry and was involved in various corporate disciplines throughout her career including investor relations and corporate communications, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, foreign investments, credit ratings, corporate fundraising and initial public offerings both locally and at foreign exchanges. Prior to joining CAO in 2014, she held various positions with Raffles Education Corporation, PetroChina Singapore International Limited, ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited and StatsChippac Limited.
Ms Elaine Ang holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Royal Melbourne University of Technology, Australia specializing in Corporate Finance and International Marketing. She is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute, USA.
Mr Chen Fung Leng
Mr Chen is Vice President, Investor Relations at Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management (FCAM), the Manager of Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT). He is responsible for investor relations and unitholder communications as well as research support to the management team. He has more than 10 years of experience in investor relations, with the last seven years at Frasers Centrepoint Trust. Prior to joining FCAM, he held investor relations positions with FSL Trust Management and Ellipsiz Ltd. Mr Chen started his career as an R&D engineer in the semiconductor industry and held various positions with Texas Instruments Singapore, Micron Semiconductor Asia and UTAC.
Mr Chng Lay Chew
Chng Lay Chew joined Singapore Exchange Ltd in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer. He provided leadership in the Executive Management Committee as SGX chartered its strategic ambition to be Asia’s most international multi-asset exchange. Beyond the Finance function, he played a key role in SGX’s strategic investments, capital management, corporate services, corporate treasury and financing activities. He also managed key relationships with institutional investors. Chng retired from SGX on September 30 2020 after reaching retirement age.
Prior to SGX, he held leadership positions in JP Morgan and DBS Bank. At DBS, one of his roles was CFO of DBS Greater China based in Hong Kong, where he supported the integration and growth of the bank’s Hong Kong operations and its expansion into China and Taiwan. At JP Morgan, he held senior finance positions at the bank’s Singapore, Tokyo and New York offices.
He currently serves on the Board of AWWA, a social service agency and the Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore) Ltd. Previously, he was a director of the Energy Market Company Pte Ltd and the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corporation.
With over 35 years of experience in the financial industry, Chng has contributed to the development of the accounting profession locally in the areas of education and professional development. He was a Board Member of the Singapore Accountancy Commission, during which he chaired the Singapore CFO Institute Advisory Council. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the School of Accountancy at the Singapore Management University and is the President of the Singapore Division of CPA Australia.
Chng graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a Fellow member of CPA Australia.
Mr Jonathan Kuah
Mr Jonathan Kuah is responsible for corporate planning and strategic communication with stakeholders of Starhill Glolbal REIT.
He has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, including 10 years in the real estate industry. Prior to joining the Manager, he spent five years with CapitaLand Limited as Vice President of Investor Relations.
Mr Kuah also held corporate investment banking positions at HSBC and CrÃ‘Âdit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank as well as investment analyst positions at various brokerages. Mr Kuah sits on the Board of Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore).
Mr Kuah holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from California State University, Long Beach, USA.
Mr Basskaran Nair
Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Basskaran Nair, an Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy for over ten years, is currently Board member of Investor Relations Professional Association of Singapore (IRPAS), a Singapore Stock Exchange entity, and Chairman and Director of International Friendship Enterprise (a social and investment enterprise in Fukuoka, Japan). He has held several Board positions including Board Director, Certis Cisco Security Pte Ltd, a Temasek linked company, Board Director, Media Development Authority (MDA, now renamed IMDA), Communication Advisor to Real Estate Development of Singapore (REDAS) and a Council Member of the Singapore Kindness Movement. He also served for eight years as Chairman of MDAs Publication Consultative Panel. He was previously a member of the Singapore Government’s Feedback Supervisory Committee, a feedback panel on print and publication issues; President of the East-West Centre Alumni (Singapore), a USA think-tank organization; President of the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore, and committee member of the Asia-Pacific Communication and Marketing Council of the Conference Board, a prominent US business research organisation.
Basskaran first worked as a journalist, followed by more than 30 years managing the public campaigns programmes, shareholder communication, public affairs counsel and social and corporate marketing communications. Before his private sector engagements, he headed for eighteen years most of the Singapore Governments national social campaign projects covering a wide range of national issues such as population programmes, environmental, cleanliness, greening of Singapore, drug abuse, save water, emergency planning, and educational issues. Basskaran was conferred the Public Service Medal 2010 (PBM) by the President of the Republic of Singapore, for distinguished service to the nation. In 1997, the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS) nominated him Fellow of Institute of Public Relations. He was PR Professional of the Year 2004, while in 2008, IPRS accorded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also the first recipient of the Asian Communications Award in 1993 awarded by Newsweek magazine and the Asian Federation of Advertising Agencies (AFAA) for outstanding contributions to the field of communications. Besides a post-graduate course on a government scholarship to East-West Centre, a US think tank based in Hawaii, he has attended executive management courses including those organised by INSEAD.
After his public service stint, he headed the group corporate and marketing communications of DBS Bank, marketing financial products and services such as initial public offerings (IPOs) under corporate finance, unit trusts products under asset management, bonds and fixed income under treasury, and a wide range of retail products. He left DBS Bank to take a stake in a New York-based international investor relations and communications firm. As Equity Partner and CEO of the South East Asia arm of this international communications firm, he managed shareholder communication and an investor relation programmes for initial public offerings (IPOs) and for major merger and acquisition (M&A) deals. He was responsible for communication advisory for several high profile transactions: the merger of Pidemco Land-DBS Land to form CapitaLand, Raffles Holdings acquisition of the Swissotel chain of hotel properties, the merger of two Singapore insurance companies, and the mergers of several broking houses including DBS and Vickers to form DBS Vickers, now the stockbroking arm of DBS Bank. In 2001, he joined CapitaLand Group of companies as Senior Vice President for group communications, corporate social responsibility and corporate marketing with an international footprint in his communications outreach. In addition, he has had public speaking engagements on topics related to social and corporate marketing and advertising, investor relations and shareholder communications. He has been a keynote speaker at ASEAN Culture and Communication-related events, delivered a paper for the advertising industry, The Changing Communications Environment and Asias Advertising Industry, at the Asian Federation Advertising Conference 1984, in New Delhi, and spoke on disruptive socio-economic changes at the Asia Pacific Lottery Association in Seoul, South Korea in November 2015.
While managing his private sector responsibilities, he has been involved in curriculum development on communication-related subjects for tertiary institutions such as the undergraduate course on Internet Communication Studies for National University of Singapore, and a Masters Programme in Communication for Singapore Management University. After six years of teaching at the NUS Internet Communication Studies course, he developed an elective course on marketing public policies and managing public opinion and moved to teach at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Basskaran authored A Primer on Public Relations in Singapore (1986) and in the late 1990s a series of books on Social Media entitled From Main Street to Cyber Street: Changes in the Practice of Communications. The topics in the book cover Investor Relations, Marketing Communications, Community Relations, Media Relations, Government Relations, Employee Communications, and Issues Management. His latest Marketing Public Policies: Complexity, Hurts and Minefields were published in 2017 under Routledge Academic, a USA publisher.
Ms Jeannie Ong
Director, Investor Relations Professional Association Singapore (IRPAS)
Jeannie is currently a Director of IRPAS. She was a former management committee of Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) as well as a former council member of Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council (SGCC) and Business China Singapore, Publicity sub-committee.
Jeannie has over 20 years of experience in corporate, financial, marketing and community communications across different industries.
Jeannie was Chief Strategic Partnership Officer (CSPO) of StarHub from 8 July 2015 to Dec 2018. As CSPO, Jeannie led StarHub’s efforts in establishing and maintaining strong strategic relationships with government agencies, content partners, key strategic partners and other complementary companies. She was also responsible for building StarHub’s corporate reputation in the areas of Corporate Communications, Investor Relations (IR) and Corporate Sustainability. Jeannie’s role was also to help the company in generating sales leads and to bring in new revenue streams for the company.
Prior to this, Jeannie was Chief Marketing Officer of StarHub for three years. She first joined StarHub in 2001 as its Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, and helped bring the company public in 2004.
In IR, Jeannie was recognised as the Best IR Officer in Singapore by IR Magazine Awards South East Asia thrice consecutively in 2014, 2013 and 2012. She also made it to the IR Global Top 50 list in 2015 and 2014. She and her team also clinched the Best IR Award (Gold) at the Singapore Corporate Awards thrice consecutively in 2016, 2013 and 2010.
Jeannie was appointed by IR Magazine to be their Advisor in 2017, the only Asian in their panel of advisors.
Jeannie holds an honours degree from the University of London, where she majored in Economics and Marketing.
Mr Matthew Song
Matthew Song is currently a Senior Vice President and Head of Client Coverage (Equities) for the Singapore Exchange.
Matthew is responsible for managing corporate and institutional client relationship and market development with SGX's equity market stakeholders – corporates, financial institutions, securities brokerages, depository agents, custodian banks and trade representatives. Matthew has more than 15 years of investment banking experience across Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, leading corporate client coverage, origination and execution of capital financing and equity capital markets transactions for several major international banks in the region, as well as managing the energy & infrastructure asset management subsidiary of the Indonesian Sinar Mas Group.
Prior to SGX, Matthew served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Golden Infra Asset Management and Golden Infra Trust. Prior to his corporate role, Matthew Song was a senior investment banker and the Head of Equity Capital Markets, Investment Banking, South East Asia for HSBC. He built and led the HSBC ASEAN ECM platform to a top ten league table franchise consistently from 2010 to 2014 and was awarded the IFR Singapore Equity House of the Year in 2012. Prior to HSBC, Matthew was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for structuring and distribution of equities and funds across Asia Pacific. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Matthew was responsible for Equity Capital Markets, Southeast Asia at Deutsche Bank.
Matthew holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University College London.