July 2022



IR Insights from HKEX
The future of investor relations
Markets and the investing landscape are increasingly complex and that means the role of investor relations has become more important than ever. Investors and institutions expect corporates to have dedicated investor relations professionals to help them understand the corporate story – strategy, financials and operations. And these investor relations professionals must be skilled in telling credible and compelling stories that can be heard through the noise. Exchanges are strongly positioned to help as the future of markets evolves – by offering innovative solutions and tech-driven platforms linking issuers and investors, and connecting capital with ideas and opportunities.

Cutting through a complex world
We live in a world made ever-more complex by technology, regulation and shifting cultural and socio-economic patterns - fast, deep and constant change.

The global pandemic lingers on, there is ongoing geopolitical friction and black swan events continue to impact both the way we live, and sentiment across society and markets.

At the same time, disruptive new technologies and changing consumer behavior are transforming the world in front of our eyes.

For example, pandemic-related restrictions have cut back the business trips and company visits that were part of all our pre-pandemic working lives. In the field of Investor Relations, this has changed the IR toolbox.  

Strong, tech-savvy and proactive IR is now no longer just “good to have” – it is a must have in a changing world.

To build shareholder support and confidence, a company must provide timely and relevant insight to guide expectations and to ensure its strategy is understood and supported: a company must be able to tell a credible, compelling story that can be clearly heard through the noise.

Exchanges have a key role to play
That’s where exchanges have a key role to play in helping investor relations professionals, strengthening connectivity between issuers and investors.

Exchanges have a wealth of connections with the increasingly large global universe of publicly listed companies. At the end of Q1 2022, a total of 58,200 companies were listed on exchanges around the world, according to the World Federation of Exchanges, following a strong year for fundraising in 2021 when a record 3,022 companies listed and raised USD601.2 billion, according to Ernst and Young.

Exchanges can play a huge role in linking established and new issuers and investors with data and insight. ESG, in particular, is one area where HKEX has made great strides in recent years.

Aside from setting clear a framework and guidance for ESG disclosure in our capacity as a regulator, in our capacity as a market operator we launched he Sustainable and Green Exchange (STAGE) in December 2020, Asia’s first multi-asset sustainable investment product platform, to act as a central hub for data and information on sustainable and green financial products.

And we have gone further this year with our new repository, “Board Diversity & Inclusion in Focus,” a data platform providing insight into issuers’ board of directors, by age, gender and years of tenure that aims to help investors and other stakeholders stay informed of a business’ policy and approach to good governance and board diversity, as well as facilitating assessment of a company’s diversity performance against peers.

IR Connect: using innovation to connect issuers and investors
IR Connect is our latest innovation to empower investor relations professionals and connect issuers and investors.

Launching on July 7, IR Connect is an investor relations technology platform, developed in collaboration with S&P Global, that provides access to a wide range of listed issuer corporate information, ranging from market data to shareholder analysis and from ratings reports to earnings performance.
IR Connect offers an accessible, professional and cost-effective one-stop portal for Hong Kong-listed issuers, especially for small and medium sized companies, helping issuers to build connectivity, improve outreach and grow visibility within the investment community.

With IR Connect’s extensive resources, we believe the platform can help chart the future of investor relations, facilitate best-in-class investor relations practices among Hong Kong-listed companies, help investor relations professionals work smarter in an increasingly complex world, grow Hong Kong as an international financial centre and connect capital with opportunities as we build our vision of the Marketplace of the Future.

To learn more about IR Connect, join our Corporate Access Event on July 7 by registering here, check out the IR Connect site here, download our detailed IR Connect factsheet here and for further enquiries contact us at HKEXissuerservices@hkex.com.hk.
HKIRA Members' Activity - Friday Evening Hiking to the Peak

It has been a long time since IR buddies met together last time. Despite the heavy rainstorms these days, we were so lucky to do hiking on Friday evening with nice weather. Our group started the journey from Three Pacific Place at Admiralty. We passed by the high-rise residential buildings along Bowen Road, Magazine Gap Road and Garden Road in Mid-Levels. There were lots of evening joggers and some of them were with their dogs too! We enjoyed the night scene with a myriad twinkling lights of the city from The Peak. More importantly, we treasured the face-to-face interaction with the buddies during the whole journey. 




Special Membership Privileges
Offered by HKIRA Partners

Not only are HKIRA members able to join HKIRA professional seminars and social networking events at a discounted members rate and exclusively access event presentation materials and industry information, but also privileged to enjoy special deals offered by HKIRA Partners.

HKIRA members can enjoy a three-month free trial for EQS IR COCKPIT with investor data, CRM, mailing and newswire modules.
HKIRA listed company members can enjoy a complimentary offer, to participate in the Biannual "Scaling New Heights Asia Investment Forum 2022" hosted by Financial PR. Please contact conference@financialpr.hk for more details.

HKIRA members can enjoy a complimentary messaging clinic on a first-come-first-served basis, a three-hour interactive session with the member company’s C-suite and IRO, to discuss compelling storytelling for better preparation of the mid-year announcement, as well as to define the company’s story in the wake of COVID-19
Futu I&E to set up an Enterprise Account for HKIRA listed corporate members as a complimentary offer, providing a platform to do live streaming to 1500+ users HKIRA members can enjoy a special discount on Futu I&E IR services, assisting listed company to increase its retail investors base HKIRA members can enjoy a special discount on Futu I&E ESOP solutions

HKIRA members can enjoy a free online roadshow service from Gelonghui.
HKIRA members can enjoy a special discount and one-month free trial on S&P’s flagship IR digital platform, BD Corporate – digital tool built for IR for ownership monitoring, investor profiles, IR CRM and Event Management.

HKIRA members can enjoy a 5% Newcomer Discount on irasia.com’s IR subscription services.
HKIRA members will enjoy a special discount for both Investor Relations and Share Registry services in Hong Kong.
Benefits to HKIRA Members will be updated soon
HKIRA members can enjoy a 50% discount for the Boardfolio service.
HKRA member can enjoy a free trial from Visible Alpha
HKIRA listed company members can enjoy a free online institutional investor and analyst docking service through audio and video live broadcast, and enjoy a list of information after the meeting to facilitate investor relationship management in the future.
HKIRA Members can enjoy up to 10% special discount plus free design services for compliance works, as well as to receive our selective financial reports on regular and free basis – Just reach out to us @ sales@edico.com.hk for details.



Essex Bio-Technology Limited
Precision Tsugami (China) Corporation Limited
China Risun Group Limited
Tam Jai International Co., Limited
Yonghe Medical Group Co., Ltd.
Tianjin Port Development Holdings Limited
GCL Technology Holdings Limited
*Arranged in sequence of stock code.




Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR) with IR Society of UK


Revision Class
Date: 5 November 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Venue: online via Zoom

Date: 14 November 2022 (Monday)

Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

11/F, China United Plaza,
1008 Tai Nan West Street,
Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Find out for more details.

Executive Certificate in Investor Relations

The program covers a range of practical tools, applications and research to provide a solid foundation of investor relations. Topics include capital markets, corporate governance, regulations, corporate finance, communications and investor relations practices. The next intake will be held in 2022. Find out more here.

NIRI IRC Program On Demand Now!

NIRI's Certification Program - Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) – USA
Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is pleased to continue our collaboration with NIRI – National Investor Relations Institute to bring the Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) Certification Program to IR practitioners in Hong Kong and Mainland China. 

NIRI has announce that from March 1, 2022, they will go live with the IRC exam on demand and online with live remote proctoring. Approved candidates can sit for the exam at the time of their choosing and in their preferred location as long they meet the security and system requirements.

NIRI has also added some tools for the convenience of the test takers including an on-screen notepad, an on-screen calculator, and an optional 10-minute break.
Attendees who pass the examination and meet all the necessary requirements by NIRI, will receive a certification welcome package from NIRI to confirm their success. IRC designation can be used to denote certificate on the corporate collaterals of the successfully completed attendees.
The course is now open for registration, for details please visit here !










Executive Committee

  • Dr. Eva Chan (Chairman)
  • Mr. Randy Hung (Vice-Chairman)
  • Ms. Winnie Fan (Treasurer)
  • Mr. Aldous Chiu
  • Ms. Lisa Lai
  • Mr. Eric Yau
  • Ms. Venus Zhao
  • Ms. Ambrose Lee


Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is a professional non-profit association comprising IR practitioners and corporate executives responsible for communications between corporate management and the investment community. Established in 2008, HKIRA advocates the setting of international standards in IR education, promotes best IR practices and strives to meet the professional development needs of those interested in pursuing the investor relations profession. HKIRA is dedicated to advancing the practice of IR as well as the professional competency and status of our members. To date, HKIRA has about 1000 members and most of them are working for companies primarily listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. HKIRA's membership profile covers a wide spectrum of professions from IR, finance, accounting, company secretarial to corporate investment roles. It consists of executives at various stages of their career, including the top executives from the IR professional and also the C-level management of listed companies.

Advisory Board

Prof. Louis Cheng (Chairman), Dr S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance, Director of Research Institute for Business, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Mr. Osbert Kho, CEO, irasia.com Limited
Dr. George Lam, BBS Chairman, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited
Dr. Guy Look, CFO and Executive Director, Sa Sa International Holdings Limited
Mr. Andrew Weir, Regional Senior Partner, Hong Kong,  KPMG
Dr. Kelvin Wong, JP Executive Director & Deputy Managing Director , COSCO Shipping Ports Ltd

Chairman of Sub-Committee

Education Dr. Eva Chan
Event Ms. Venus Zhao
Marketing & Communications Ms. Winnie Fan
Membership Ms. Lisa Lai
Professional Development Mr. Randy Hung

Program Leaders

HKIRA Partnership 
Mr. Aldous Chiu
IR Pledge Program Mr. Ambrose Lee

IR Panel Member List
Mr. Aldous Chiu New World Development Company Limited
Mr. Johnson Choi Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Ms. Luna Fong Shui On Land Limited
Ms. Lisa Lai China Telecom Corporation Limited
Ms. Feon Lee AIA Group Limited
Ms. Amy Luk Champion REIT
Ms. Anna Luk Emperor Group
Ms. Danita On Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited
Mr. Mark Phin HSBC Holdings plc
Ms. Sophie Huang BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited
Ms. Christy Lam New World Development Company Limited
Mr. Patrick Lau Sino Land Company Limited
Mr. Angus Guthrie CLP Holdings Limited
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