May 19, 2020

International Hydropower Association ranks Ethiopia as number for capacity

South Africa
kenya
Ethiopia
Hydropower
professo
2 min
International Hydropower Association ranks Ethiopia as number for capacity

For the second consecutive year, Ethiopia has the most hydropower capacity in Africa, according to the International Hydropower Association.

The institution’s annual report, dubbed the 2018 Hydropower Status Report, claims that Ethiopia has a total installed hydropower capacity of 3,822MW.

However, Ethiopia’s total capacity – including pumped storage – has dropped from 4,054MW to 3,822MW.

Also, for the second year in a row, the report has ranked South Africa in second position, Egypt in third, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in fourth.

The report found that South Africa had a capacity of 3,595MW in 2017, up from 3,583MW in the previous year’s report.

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Angola placed fifth, followed by Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Sudan. Whilst Mozambique and Nigeria held their positions for the third year in a row, Sudan fell from sixth to ninth.

 Kenya fell two places from 12th to 14th, with it’s total installed capacity only rising from 818MW to 824MW.

The report also highlights the continent’s access to power, noting that only approximately 30% of Africa has access to electricity.

“Despite its vast natural resources, access to electricity across Africa is limited and uneven, with only around 30 per cent of the population having access to electricity,” the report reads.

“While countries like Egypt have total electricity coverage, in countries like Chad and South Sudan less than nine per cent of the population has access.”

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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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