Investor Relations (IR) is the communication of market intelligence between a company and the investment community, by which the company and its investing stakeholders share information and describe the investment proposition of the company. IR is a critical part of corporate strategic management, having a direct impact on the company’s ability to present itself in within an environment of rapidly increasing information, and to compete for investment resources. Many IR practitioners are multidisciplinary professionals combining finance, communication, marketing and legal skills.

Sharon Ditchburn
Managing Director
Capital Advantage, UAE

Sharon Ditchburn is a Certified Practicing Accountant, Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia and ICSA (UK), and holds legal qualifications from Australia, as well as an MBA specialising in Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship and Strategy. She is one of the few individuals in the GCC certified by the IFC/World Bank to deliver their Director Development Programmes, and has been delivering Corporate Governance advisory and training programmes throughout the GCC since 2005.

Sharon has wide ranging experience at senior management level, including as a CFO and Company Secretary in Australia and the UAE. Since 2004, she has worked with a wide range of listed, private and government owned enterprises in the GCC, including financial institutions, stock exchanges, private industrial firms, government departments and family owned businesses. Sharon is also an Authorised Individual by the DFSA with various regulated entities, including investment banks, brokerages, trust companies and wealth managers.

Sharon is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (USA). She is a recipient of the Solvi Stenbro Prize in Ethics (QUT).