May 19, 2020

Imperial supports Sanparks honorary rangers

conservation
donation
Southern Africa
Kruger National Park
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Imperial supports Sanparks honorary rangers

With an unacceptably high number of white and black rhinos poached each year in Southern Africa, Imperial Retail Logistics has pledged to fight to save this ‘dying breed’ in a practical way.  

 A member company of Imperial Logistics, IRL has pledged its support to SANParks’ Rangers, particularly as they work on the frontline of combating rhino poaching in South Africa.

The company’s latest act of support is the donation of 500 food hampers to the Kruger National Park Honorary Rangers and their families.

 “This donation is a token of appreciation to the Honorary Rangers and SANParks for the critical role they play in nature conservation for coming generations,” said Friedel Spies, Commercial Director from Imperial Retail Logistics.

 “During our team’s visit to the Kruger Park in August last year, we got to grips with the massive effort that is needed to protect the Rhino population,” explained Spies.

“We decided to contribute by donating food hampers to the families of those who work so passionately and as volunteers in this field.”

 The past year was a difficult one for the rangers who battle poaching on the front line, bearing the brunt of the onslaught of heavily armed and highly skilled rhino poachers, he added, noting that 99 percent of the field rangers are from previously disadvantaged individuals.

 “As Imperial we are proud to be associated with this important initiative and salute all the individuals who are making a difference in the conservation and the protection for the Rhino population in South Africa.

“We thank all our customers and suppliers who helped make this venture possible,” concluded Spies. 

 The hampers valued at R620,000 were funded in conjunction with customers and suppliers of Imperial Retail Logistics and includes AMKA Products, Branded Solutions, Caraway Foods, Cerebos Salt Products, Colgate Palmville, Costas Candles, Energizer Schick, Famous Brands, Ferrero Ithemba, Foodcorp, Future Life, General Mills, Lil- Lets, Mars Consumer Products, Miami Canners, Mondelez South Africa, Montagu Foods, Nampak Tissue, Natela South Africa, Packo, Pioneer Foods, Pouyoukas Foods, Supermax, Tiger Consumer Brands, Tongaat Hulett Sugar, Val Grand Products, Wings Group, Goscor, Chep,Turnkey Interiors, Carl Mining Contracts, Improvon Properties, LSC Group and Snippets.

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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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