Amala Balakrishner, a senior writer at The Edge Singapore, has been named “Most Promising Journalist of the Year” by the Securities Investors Association (Singapore).

The award is given by SIAS, as part of the Corporate Governance Week organized by SIAS.

Balakrishner received her award earlier today at an event graced by former President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is also the Chief Patron of SIAS.

This is the first time The Edge Singapore has taken part in the award.

In her award citation, SIAS notes that Balakrishner has proven to be a self-driven newshound with a knack for recognising the pertinent issues across different beats and producing insightful stories. 

“She is always ready to tread on the unbeaten path, showing the stamina and fortitude to navigate complex situations and go the extra mile for a story.”

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While The Edge Singapore started as a weekly print magazine, as the media landscape changes, the team has moved into telling the stories via various digital formats as well. 

For example, Balakrishner is a regular host of The Edge Singapore’s Brokers’ Digest webcast series, where guest speakers help viewers gain insights on the latest trends across major markets including US and China.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues including my editors Lee Pang Chuan, Goola Warden and Chan Chao Peh for their motivation, support and constant encouragement,” says Balakrishner.

As part of the Corporate Governance Week, various companies listed on the Singapore Exchange have been recognized one way or another.

Keppel Corp won in the big cap category of the Singapore Corporate Governance Award. Del Monte and Sing Investments & Finance won for mid cap and small cap respectively. Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust won for the REITs and business trusts category whereas Sats was named for the diversity category.

Avarga, whose main business is building materials distribution, has been named one of the two runner ups – the other being PropNex – in the small caps category of the Singapore Corporate Governance Award. In addition, Avarga has also been named a runner up in the Most Transparent Company Award within the “materials” industry category.

Avarga’s executive chairman is Tong Kooi Ong, who is also chairman of The Edge Media Group, the parent company of the publisher of The Edge Singapore. Ian Tong, CEO of Avarga, is also an executive director of The Edge Media Group.

For the Shareholder Communications Excellence Award, the winner among the big caps is Singapore Telecommunications; with SBS Transit and Qian Hu Corp picking up their respective wins for mid cap and small cap respectively. NetLink NBN Trust topped the REITs and business trusts category.

As for the Most Transparent Company Award, winners are named from their respective industry sectors.

For communications, StarHub; for consumer discretionary, Combine Will International Holdings; for consumer staples, Yeo Hiap Seng; for energy, Baker Technology; for financials, United Overseas Bank

For healthcare, Q & M Dental Group (Singapore); industrials, Sembcorp Industries; for materials, China Sunsine Chemical Holdings; for real estate, Tuan Sing Holdings; for technology, CSE Global.

Besides Balakrishner, other journalists named by SIAS at this year are:

Ben Paul, senior correspondent at The Business Times, has been named Financial Journalist of the Year.

Chew Boon Leong, senior business correspondent at Lianhe Zaobao, won Financial Story of the Year.

Rachel Adrienne Kelly, senior producer-presenter, MONEY FM 89.3 has been named Investor Education Journalist of the Year.

The Straits Times won for Media Excellence in Community Investor Education and last but not least, Chor Khieng Yuit, Journalist, Money Mind, at CNA picked up the Special Award.

Picture: SIAS. From left, David Gerald, founder, president and CEO of SIAS, Amala Balakrishner of The Edge Singapore and Ho Hern Shin, deputy managing director (financial supervision) at MAS.