Newsmaker of the month

July sees RISKSA un­veil­ing the Newsmaker of the Month, where we de­cide which in­dus­try player stood out this month and why.

RISKSA Magazine - - CR - Frances Bai­ley In­ter­ests at a glance

and to en­cour­age peo­ple to make in­sur­ance their num­ber one ca­reer op­tion,” he says. “My fo­cus has been largely to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate ed­u­ca­tion plat­forms for dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the in­sur­ance mar­ket, from ju­nior to se­nior level. This has led not only to the cre­ation of the grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment pro­grammes, but also to higher level pro­grammes, in­clud­ing the IIG in­sight seminar, the IIG in­dus­try out­look and a CEO round­table.” He points out that these ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives only en­com­pass the struc­tural side of their evo­lu­tion, where his fo­cus also largely falls on re­vi­tal­is­ing their mem­bers’ col­lec­tive im­age. “In ad­di­tion to mas­ter­mind­ing key in­dus­try events such as our midwinter rave, the night golf char­ity auc­tion and nu­mer­ous net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, we are also al­ways en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate the glam­orous and fun side of in­sur­ance. And we do this by start­ing con­ver­sa­tions that talk pos­i­tively about the in­dus­try, and de­mys­tify what we do, thereby cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where we re­ally be­come a sexy ca­reer choice,” Naiker tells RISKSA. “The most ex­cit­ing net­work­ing and ed­u­ca­tional event of the year is, with­out a doubt, our IIG in­ter­na­tional trip which is the first of its kind in the South African in­sur­ance in­dus­try. Our fo­cal point, Lon­don, is the in­sur­ance Mecca of the world and Ger­many is a fi­nan­cial pow­er­house and a ma­jor player in the global rein­sur­ance mar­ket, mak­ing it an es­sen­tial lo­ca­tion on the itin­er­ary. Dur­ing our vis­its to Lloyd’s of Lon­don, Mu­nich Re, ACE, Al­lianz, Marsh and Gen Re we will be ex­pos­ing mid to se­nior level peo­ple to their Euro­pean con­tem­po­raries who will ex­plain their per­cep­tion, un­der­stand­ing and vi­sion. And in turn, we will pro­vide them with greater in­sight into the African story, through in­for­mal net­work­ing ses­sions.” When asked what his proud­est achieve­ment is, Naiker re­mains in­deli­bly hum­ble. “Ev­ery achieve­ment and fail­ure in life con­tains a valu­able vic­tory and les­son, in some way, shape or form, and at this stage of my ca­reer, I’m not in a po­si­tion to high­light one in par­tic­u­lar that I’m most proud of.” He is happy to share what he de­scribes as his ‘ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time with mem­o­ries that will last a life­time’ from when he was work­ing on the Euro­pean Con­tiki tours, how­ever. De­scrib­ing it as a re­sult of a ‘quar­ter-life’ cri­sis, it in­volved look­ing af­ter 51 peo­ple for up to three weeks at a time, and cater­ing to their ev­ery need: “of­ten very in­ter­est­ing and some­times very per­sonal.” “It taught me good skills es­pe­cially with re­gard to time man­age­ment and con­flict res­o­lu­tion,” he ad­mits. Another of Naiker’s proud mo­ments, which he en­joys talk­ing about, is be­com­ing a fa­ther for the first time, with the birth of his daugh­ter just a few short months ago (at the time of print). “Mila So­phie is quite the lit­tle leg­end, weigh­ing 2.9 kilo­grams and mea­sur­ing 49 cen­time­ters at birth. She has added a com­pletely new di­men­sion to our lives, and awak­ened a new part of me that I didn’t even know ex­isted. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence is just com­pletely phe­nom­e­nal!” • Stay­ing fit and ac­tive • Time with friends and fam­ily • Fine din­ing and a good glass of wine • Travel with a twist • Ed­u­ca­tion and trans­for­ma­tion

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