What to expect at the Arab Aviation Summit
Top executives from the regional aviation and tourism sector will gather in Jordan next week to explore latest industry developments and future trends at the Arab Aviation Summit, the most prominent aviation event in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), to be held on December 5th at the Dead Sea, Jordan.
Taking place under the patronage of Her Excellency Lina Annab, Minister of Tourism and Antiques, Jordan, the Summit’s agenda this year will focus on the theme ‘Linking Cultures, Driving Economies’.
Amongst the line-up of aviation and tourism thought leaders participating in the event are H.E. Dr. Bandar Fahad Al Fehaid, President, Arab Tourism Organization of the Arab League, Mr. Abdel Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), H.E Aqel Biltaji, Mayor of Amman and Mr. Fouad Attar, Managing Director of Airbus Middle East amongst many others. Full agenda and speakers can be viewed on www.arabaviationsummit.com.
In addition, a number of prominent industry figures will join the summit to discuss trends that have influenced the sector, and propose ways for better collaboration to propel aviation and tourism towards greater and sustained growth. ‘The role of the private sector in developing Arab aviation and tourism’ is one such panel discussion geared towards tapping into contributions from private enterprises in a sector driven by public funding. Panel engagements at the day-long Summit will be moderated by Richard Dean, Co-host of The Business Breakfast show on Dubai Eye 103.8 FM radio.
In addition, conversations will revolve around the role of tourism in promoting culture and diversifying the economy of popular destinations, the need to review industry policies in the region and the future of aviation and tourism in the light of innovations in technology and social media.
"Airbus Middle East is on the front lines in helping sustain and drive the future growth of the regional aviation industry. Being part of the Arab Aviation Summit offers us an ideal platform to engage with industry peers, contribute to the ongoing conversation and create new thought leadership initiatives that promotes the growth of the industry as a whole,” said Fouad Attar, Managing Director of Airbus Middle East.
The event will also witness the inauguration of ‘Airbus Little Engineer’ Workshop – an award-winning initiative dedicated to nurturing young minds and enhancing public understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through interactive and tailored programs.
Hailed as the ‘voice of the industry’, Arab Aviation Summit is an industry initiative organized annually to shed light on trends, insights and opportunities driving the continuous growth and development of the Arab aviation and tourism industry.
Key findings and outcomes from the summit are compiled and 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 December 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.