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.
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