Jordan to host Arab Aviation Summit
Jordan will host the sixth Arab Aviation Summit, taking place in December this year.
Launched in 2011, the annual event is held in collaboration with aviation and tourism leaders, government entities and media organsiations.
Set to be held under the patronage of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Lina Annab, the 2016 event will take place at the Dead Sea, with the theme ‘Linking Cultures, Driving Economies’ highlighting how the aviation and tourism sectors contribute to the greater economic development of the region.
Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of Jordan Tourism Board said: “We remain committed to actively promoting Jordan as a world-class travel destination. Hosting the prestigious Arab Aviation Summit 2016 will only strengthen our efforts in further showcasing the country’s attractive and wide-ranging tourism offerings. A highly recognized aviation forum that gathers top industry players and media organizations, the summit will serve to forge new partnerships with key stakeholders, while cementing the role of the aviation and tourism sectors in generating economic growth across the Arab world.”
Fouad Attar, Managing Director of Airbus Middle East, added: “We are proud of our strong partnership with Air Arabia and our continued association with the Arab Aviation Summit since its inception. The 6th edition of the Summit will bring in-depth analysis and insights to a captive audience from across the Arab region, and as the forum’s strategic partner we look forward to discussing Airbus’ latest market forecast, innovations and opportunities that await the industry.”
Key findings and outcomes from the event are developed into a white paper report, which is later presented to regulators and decision makers from both public and private sectors, and followed up by a course of action.
Read the July 2016 issue of Business Review Middle East magazine
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
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.