May 19, 2020

Event preview: Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference & Exhibition

ZIMEC 2017
La Afrique Media
2 min
Event preview: Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference & Exhibition

The 7th Annual Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference & Exhibition (ZIMEC) supported and endorsed by the Government and the Chamber of Mines, Zambia, will take place once again in Lusaka, from the 22 – 23 June 2017.

Around 70% of Zambia’s earnings currently depend on copper mining while over 90% of electricity is generated via hydro.  Zambia’s economic sustainability in these challenges times, lies in diversifying from copper and hydropower, and attracting the necessary investments to strengthen the mining sector and increase electricity capacity through alternative renewable power sources

Under the theme of “Mining and Energy Development in Zambia – Increasing Economic Activities” and based on discussions and recommendations with industry players, the 7th edition of conference programme line-up will include the following topics:

  • Building enabling legal frameworks for sustainable mining and energy in Zambia
  • Power generation in Zambia – Hydro power vs alternative, renewable energy sources
  • Creating long-term sustainability of the mining sector
  • Financing energy and mining projects:  Opportunities and challenges
  • Inclusive best practices – Local content and local procurement
  • Large Power Users – Increasing productivity
  • Cross border projects and Infrastructure Development for increased economic development
  • Closing debate:  Where to from here?

 

ZIMEC 2017 is an opportunity for operators in the mining and energy sectors in Zambia, both established and new to understand the political environment, challenges and successes and investment opportunities by attending the conference sessions, as well as meeting the Zambia’s main political, economic and institutional decision makers.

Mining companies, government entities, investors and suppliers will exhibit at the ZIMEC 2017 exhibition that runs alongside the conference.  They will showcase their knowledge, services, and new technologies providing an opportunity for attendees to speak to the experts and learn more about the industry players.

For more information about the event please visit www.zimeczambia.com or for media accreditation and interviews contact [email protected].

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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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