May 18, 2020

The most influential people in the Middle East

Israel
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Oil
Jess Shanahan
2 min
The most influential people in the Middle East

Influence is based on a number of factors and what one country sees as influential might not be the case in another. Business Insider has compiled a list of some of the most powerful people in the world and they range from country leaders, to business people, to pop stars.

The full list of the 50 most influential people in the world is based on four factors: economic power, command, newsworthiness, and impact. The final point is subjective and looks at how important these people are in their respective industries.

The Middle East’s most influential people are all in positions of governmental power and there’s a strong political link that’s gained them a place on this list.

Benjamin Netanyahu was listed at number 45, his political dominance in Israel despite various conflicts makes him a successful leader. He’s done a good job of boosting the economy, and bringing the country to the forefront of technological and medical advances. Despite strained relations with Washington, Netanyahu’s influence as a leader is quite clear.

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei is listed at number 32 and has been in power since 1989. This year he conditionally agreed to a landmark deal with six other global powers to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for other countries lifting economic sanctions. This is set to improve Iran’s relations with various powers as well as improve its economic growth.

Another influential Middle Eastern power, coming in at number 31 on the list, is King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud. Tensions might be high in Saudi Arabia amongst the royal family – with eight of 12 of the surviving sons of the founding monarch supporting a coup – but King Salman still wields incredible influence over the country and its oil reserves.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter and even with historically low prices, the country continues to ramp up production, drop prices and protect its global market share.

The full list was topped by US President Barack Obama, leader of the world’s biggest super power, with Chinese President Xi Jinping coming in at second.

See the list of the world’s most influential people here.

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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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