AsianInvestor today announces the third and final set of recipients of its fourth annual Institutional Excellence Awards, designed to recognise the region's leading asset owners in terms of their capabilities and investing prowess across Asia Pacific.

Today's set of awards reveal the winning organisations by country. Recipients in this category are recognised for excellence against their peers in their local market or region. Differences in institutional set-up and objectives can vary widely even within these geographic categories, and measuring progress can take a matter of months, a year, or several years.
 
Australia/New Zealand 
Sunsuper 
 
China
Ping An Life Insurance
 
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Jockey Club
 
Japan 
To be announced at the awards dinner
 
Southeast Asia
To be announced at the awards dinner
 
South Korea
Public Officials Benefit Association (Poba)
 
Taiwan
Bureau of Labor Funds (BLF)
 
This set of awards cnocludes our annual Institutional Excellence Awards process. Please see here for our winning asset owners by institutional category, and see here for the winning institutional investors by type of proficiency. 

To decide on the recipients of these awards, our editorial team requested direct input from an array of leading asset owners across the region. We then canvassed senior executives at fund management firms, consultancies, banks and other service providers for their expertise, to generate a shortlist of asset owners deserving of recognition. We then, where necessary, requested additional information from short-listed institutions, before making our final decisions. 
 
AsianInvestor would like to thank the many people throughout the region who helped us for their time and candour.

Asia Pacific is a region with highly diverse asset owners of varying sophistication, capabilities and objectives. These awards are not designed to merely to choose the most advanced investors in each institutional investor class, but to recognise asset owners that continue to push themselves to improve, or to maintain a standard of market excellence over long periods of time. 
 
In some cases the awards recognise asset owners that have made incremental improvements. In other cases they are meant to highlight trailblazing organisations at a regional or global level. Our focus particularly emphasised fund governance, the internal capabilities of the asset owner, and its ability to adapt to long-term changes in market return expectations. 

All award recipients will be invited to attend our Institutional Excellence Awards black-tie dinner on Wednesday, December 6 at the Ritz Carlton Millenia in Singapore. This will run in conjunction with the 9th Southeast Asia Institutional Investor Forum at the same venue.

Complete write-ups explaining our decisions and profiling these institutions will appear online in the coming weeks, and will be presented in the December/January print edition of AsianInvestor.

For details on attending our Institutional Excellence Awards dinner, please contact AsianInvestor's commercial director, Terry Rayner, at terry.rayner@haymarket.asia or +852 3175 1963.

For more information about the Southeast Asia Institutional Investment Forum, please contact AsianInvestor's senior conference producer, Minal Khilani, at minal.khilani@haymarket.asia or +65 6579 0103.