May 18, 2020

Dubai ruler launches global drive to combat poverty and unemployment

Sheikh Mohammed
human development
unemployment
Jess Shanahan
2 min
Dubai ruler launches global drive to combat poverty and unemployment

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum has launched a $272 million project that brings together 28 organisations to combat poverty and unemployment as well as tackle education issues. The programme will coordinate 1400 human development projects in 116 countries around the world.

As he launched the new foundations, Sheikh Mohammed said: “The world today is facing great challenges on all levels; in terrorism, wars and mass immigration and the only solution lies in human development which can be achieved by educating people and helping them build their future.”

The Dubai Media Office issued the list of objectives and goals which the foundation is aiming to achieve by 2025:

- Print and distribute 10 million books

- Provide educational support for 20 million children

- Invest AED1.5 billion in education and knowledge projects

- Provide 500 million books to students for reading

- 30 million people to be treated for blindness and eye diseases

- Two million households to be provided with support

- AED2 billion to be invested in the establishment of research centres and hospitals

- AED500 million to be invested in water research in the region

- 5,000 innovators to be supported and incubated across the region

- AED5.5 billion to be invested in innovation and creating incubators

- 500,000 new job opportunities to be created

- 50,000 young entrepreneurs to be trained and supported

- One million participants to take part in awards and forums to help empower communities

- AED150 million to be awarded to encourage creatives, intellectuals and journalists

- 25,000 books to be translated into Arabic

- AED600 million to be invested to promote a culture of tolerance

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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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