May 19, 2020

BBC to launch Africa Business TV Show

BBC
Africa
Business
TV
Bizclik Editor
2 min
BBC to launch Africa Business TV Show

BBC World News has announced that from Saturday, 5 October it will launch Africa Business Report, a new weekly flagship business TV programme.

Presented by South African Lerato Mbele and covering key business stories and trends from across Africa, it will broadcast weekly on Fridays and Saturdays on BBC World News.

Africa Business Report will be produced from the BBC‘s production centre in Johannesburg, and will utilise the expertise of BBC correspondents in 48 African countries.

Each week the programme will report from across Africa on the latest business and technology news, showcasing the latest trends across the continent, through a mixture of on the ground reports and high profile interviews. Africa Business Report launches on prime-time television across the continent.

Lerato Mbele joins Africa Business Report from BBC World Service breakfast radio programme, Newsday. In her new role she will report for BBC World News and BBC.com, in addition to reporting for BBC World Service.

Prior to joining the BBC, Lerato served as a senior business anchor for CNBC Africa when it launched in 2007. She hosted a variety of business focused programming and specials including presidential debates and the live CNBC Africa Debate at the World Economic Forum in Africa in 2009.

She began her career at South Africa’s state-owned broadcaster, SABC, and eventually served as an anchor for the channel’s daily news show News at 10 and also fronted the weekly show, The Ambassadors.

 

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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