May 19, 2020

FIFA anti-corruption team investigates SA matches

African Business Review
fifa
FIFA anti-corruption
SAFA
Bizclik Editor
2 min
FIFA anti-corruption team investigates SA matches

FIFA’s anti-corruption team has headed to South Africa to investigate alleged match-fixing.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) said that the team, led by Chris Eaton, FIFA's Head of Security, arrived on Thursday as part of its efforts to crack down on match fixing.

 

Eaton is investigating claims that over 300 matches on three continents were influenced by match-fixers, spending an expected four days in

South Africa.

 

SAFA said that FIFA would have full access to its records on four pre-2010 World Cup warm-up games that have faced strong allegations of match-fixing.

 

"We are doing all we can to help FIFA resolve the issue regarding the Bafana games and to do all in our power to wipe out corrupt practices in football in South Africa, if there is any," said SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani.

 

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 "Anyone who has not already been contacted but who believes that they have material evidence to offer are invited to urgently contact my office," added SAFA Chief Executive Robin Petersen. 

 

The Sunday Times newspaper in South Africa has reported claims that matches involving Thailand, Bulgaria, Guatemala and Colombia may have been fixed by Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal.

 

Perumal reportedly arranged the friendlies for South Africa on the condition that he could appoint the match officials. At the time Bafana Bafana were seeking matches to prepare for the 2010 World Cup.

 

Perumal is currently serving a two-year jail term in Finland for fixing matches in the European country.

 

South Africa’s record 5-0 win over Guatemala included several dubious penalties, with referees from Niger, Togo and Kenya officiating the four warm-up games, arousing suspicion because South Africa normally use match officials from countries in the region.

 

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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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