Thomson Foundation supports Promasidor Nigeria in 2014 Quill Awards
Thomson Foundation is to support a leading African food company in its plans to encourage Nigerian newspaper journalists to provide quality coverage of issues surrounding millennium development goals.
The overall winner will be sponsored to take part in the foundation’s summer convergence course in London, where participants from several countries will have master classes in journalism skills and be taught the latest multimedia production techniques. The five-week course concludes with work experience at a British national news organisation.
Keith Richards, Promasidor Nigeria’s Managing Director, said: “We are keen to encourage accurate and transparent journalism, particularly in relation to improving nutrition, education and children’s welfare.”
Keith is a former columnist for BusinessDay, Nigeria’s main business newspaper, and is a member of the paper’s advisory panel.
This is the second year the Quill Awards have been staged. Thomson Foundation Chief Executive, Nigel Baker said: “We are delighted to help Promasidor encourage quality reporting and are discussing other ways we can work together to support journalism as a means to improving governance in Nigeria and across Africa.”
Entries for this year’s Quill Awards close on March 31. The seven categories are: Best report on nutrition; Best corporate social responsibility (CSR) and industry report; Education reporter of the year;Best photo story of the year; Best report on children; Future writer of the year (aimed at would-be journalists); Brand advocate of the year.
The winners will be picked by a panel of leading Nigerian journalists and figures in public life.
Promasidor Nigeria Limited is part of the South Africa-based Promasidor group which has helped to improve nutrition by developing dairy products with a long shelf life and selling them in 33 countries across Africa.
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.