London event aims to woo top diaspora professionals back to Africa
Homecoming Revolution Africa will be hosting over 26 top companies at its London Expo this weekend in an attempt to woo top diaspora professionals home.
Angel Jones, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Homecoming Revolution said: “We’re seeing a demand for African professionals across all sectors: Financial Services, Management & Strategic Consulting, FMCG, ITC, Engineering & Construction, Healthcare, Education and Sales & Marketing.
“What makes the Homecoming Revolution platform unique is that employers are engaging candidates in an inspirational environment that includes motivating case studies, top speakers, workshops, relocation services, immigration advice, property and schools too.”
Homecoming Revolution has partnered with many professional diaspora networks to tap into the top African talent that’s interested in returning. And there’s a significant pool of professionals who are very interested in engaging.
Clarissa Azkoul from the International Organisation for Migration, “I’ve noticed a change in the attitude of African diaspora in the UK, they are all aware of what’s going on back home and they want to be a part of it.”
In fact, the brain drain in South Africa has reversed, with 359 000 professionals returning in the past five years. This is the vision for other African countries.
The speaker list line-up includes high profile Africans who have returned home themselves. These include Dr Mabouba Diagne from Barclays, Aly-Khan Satchu of Rich Management, Akinwale Ojomo from Diaspora Innovation Institute, Isaac Fokuo of the African Leadership Network, Yusuf Abramjee co-founder of LeadSA, Professor Nick Binedell from GIBS, Betty Enyonam Kumahor from ThoughtWorks, Samuel Mensah from KISUA and Mizinga Melu, voted African Businesswoman of the Year.
However, Jones claims that the decision to return home is an emotional onc.
“We’ve found that successful returnees move home firstly to be closer to friends and family, second for a sense of belonging and purpose and only third for career.
“So if you find yourself haggling over your pay package as the deciding factor on if you’ll move home or not – then you simply aren’t ready to return and you should stay where you are”.
The Expo is the same format on both days – Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, at Olympia Conference Centre. Book tickets here: http://homecomingrevolution.com/attendees/
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.