King of Bahrain to receive C3 Lifetime Achievement Award
King Hamad bin Isa Khalifa, King of Bahrain, will receive the C3 Lifetime Achievement Award at the C3 US-Arab Business Summit on 26 and 27 September at the Union League Club in New York City.
Held in New York City and Riyadh each year, the C3 Summits are the fastest growing interdisciplinary global conferences for senior business and healthcare professionals in the US-Arab world, focusing on the most important aspects of US-Arab relations: community, collaboration, and commerce.
The King of Bahrain will receive his award from former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
Delivering the keynote for the Healthcare Summit will be Dr. Walid Fitaihi, Chairman and CEO of the International Healthcare Center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Other speakers include Tarek Kabil, Minister of Commerce and Foreign Trade for Egypt, Nawaf Althari, Head of Counter-Terrorism for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Talat Z. Hafiz, Secretary General, Saudi Banks, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The theme of the C3 US-Arab Business Summit is based on security solutions, job creation and healthcare transformation. A prominent group of 500 international business leaders and government officials, from 16 countries, will headline a two-day agenda, sharing their perspectives on issues that shape business planning, risk assessment, decision-making, and the conduct of commerce and finance between our two regions.
Read the August 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.