May 19, 2020

First Nigerian Halal certification agency to be established

Nigeria
Abuja
halal
Halal Research Council
Fran Roberts
2 min
First Nigerian Halal certification agency to be established

For the establishment of the first Halal certification agency in Nigeria, Halal Research Council will provide technical expertise, capacity building, training, systems and other resources that will promote and expand the Halal Industry in the country.

Muhammad Zubair Mughal, CEO of Halal Research Council has signed an agreement in Abuja, Nigeria.

As per the agreement, the establishment of the company requires a period of three months including the entire certification procedures, audit system, standard operating procedures (SOPs), manuals, different forms, Halal testing labs, business plans and training, as well as co-ordination with international institutions.

Halal Research Council will be a shareholder of this institution as well.

About 50% of Nigeria’s population of 200mn are practising Muslims and the lack of a Halal certification agency within the countries concerns many when it comes to their food.

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Zubair said, “It is an honour for Halal Research Council to provide its services for the establishment of the first Halal certification agency in Nigeria that will result in an availability of Halal Products in the country.

“The establishment of the Halal Industry will increase the exports of the country. This will gain expansion in Halal tourism as well as attain foreign direct investment from the Muslim World.

“Nigeria has a very strong agricultural Industry and vast resources of manpower that can further expand the Halal Industry.”

Halal Research Council, a Pakistan-based institution that has been providing research, training and awareness services on the topic of Halal, is partnering with the Jaiz Foundation to establish the first Halal certification agency in Nigeria.

Adamu Babangida Ibrahim, Director General/CEO of the Jaiz Foundation said, “The need for the establishment of a Halal certification agency in Nigeria has been felt for a long while and it is a pleasure for us to start this new journey in co-ordination with Halal Research Council.”

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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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