On August 1, AsianInvestor launched its fifth annual Institutional Excellence Awards programme, which seeks to identify and recognise the leading asset owners operating in the region. 

As in previous years, we are asking for institutional investors to self-nominate for these awards (please click here). We also ask fund managers, investment consultants, custodians and other advisers to offer third-party nominations for the most impressive asset owners, based upon their interactions (please click here).

This year we have added one new award, which seeks to identify the most impressive Overseas Institutional Investor in Asia. This award is targeted at asset owners headquartered outside the region, which actively invest into Asia Pacific markets.

Except for this new award, all categories are open to institutional investors across Asia Pacific, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, central banks and insurance companies – large or small. There are 18 awards this year, as follows: 


Central bank

Insurance company


Pension fund

Sovereign wealth fund

Overseas institutional investor into Asia (new)


Australia/New Zealand


Hong Kong


Southeast Asia

South Korea





Investment capabilities

Environmental, social and governance capabilities (ESG)

Individual contribution to institutional investment

We have weighted several areas of qualitative judgement. The aim is to understand and compare asset owners' tangible progress as investing entities, rather than picking winners based on arbitrary snapshots of fund performance.


There are several ways to apply and all submissions are treated in strict confidence. All institutions listed in AsianInvestor’s annual ranking of the top 300 asset owners will be invited to nominate themselves, and smaller institutions are encouraged to apply.

For self-nominations, please click this link to fill out the online self-nomination form, outlining why you think your organisation deserve recognition. Please make sure to go through the entire nomination process to the end, to ensure that it is submitted properly. You can include additional or supportive materials as well. 

As stated, we also welcome nominations from third parties, including fund managers, consultants, custodians and other organisations. Please click this link to submit your nomination outlining which institutional investors you think most deserve consideration for these awards. Please ensure you go through the whole nomination and submit it at the end, so that it is well received.

Alternatively, we can schedule an interview with self-nominees or third parties, by phone or in person. Please email [email protected] if you would prefer a direct interview.  


AsianInvestor will invite a panel of experienced industry participants to provide feedback on the information we have gathered through nominations and our own research. They will remain anonymous.

After the nomination process closes on September 7 our editorial team will shortlist asset owners and interview them. We will then announce the winners over the week starting Monday, October 8.

All winners will also be invited to our Institutional Excellence Awards Dinner, to be held in conjunction with our annual Southeast Asia Institutional Investment Forum, in early December in Singapore.

For sponsorship opportunities or to enquire about attendance, please contact AsianInvestor's business development director Tom Griffin on +852 2122 5262 or by email at [email protected]

Photos of the dinner will be available in our December 2018/January 2019 magazine edition, and will be published online at our website in January 2019. 

Best of luck!

This story has been updated to reflect the date of the Southeast Asia Institutional Investment Forum.