May 19, 2020

COVID-19: UAE turns resort into medical facility for seychelles

covid-19
Pandemic
Medical Facility
Leah Netabai
2 min
COVID-19: UAE turns resort into medical facility for seychelles

As the cases of COVID-19 increases to 8,736 in Africa (as of April 5 at 5:00PM), the UAE turns its Seychelles resort into an additional facility to combat the virus.

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will transform its Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort into a facility to accommodate health personnel and support frontline service members in the region.

The facility which has 124 rooms, one large conference room and a multiple breakaway rooms, will be made available to the Seychelles government, to be used by the Department of Health during the scarcity of resources for frontliners.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed advocates on the importance of scaling up international response efforts to contain the impact of COVID-19 at the humanitarian, health and economic levels. He also stresses the importance of bilateral and multilateral efforts needing to be taken around the world in order to contain the impact of the pandemic.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is extremely focused on the task at hand in order to assist the Seychelles in combating the COVID-19 pandemic to stop it from further affecting the country, demonstrating the strong bond of the long-lasting friendship between Seychelles and the UAE.

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Current African Union Member States’ (51) COVID-19 statistics:

Total: 8,736 cases, 399 deaths and 747 recoveries 

Central Africa: 766 cases, 32 deaths and 28 recoveries

Eastern Africa: 762 cases, 15 deaths and 27 recoveries 

Northern Africa: 3,959 cases, 290 deaths and 408 recoveries

Southern Africa: 1,684 cases, 14 deaths and 53 recoveries

Western Africa: 1,565 cases, 48 deaths and 231 recoveries

For more information on business topics in Africa, please take a look at the latest edition of Business Chief EMEA.

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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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