From MBA graduation ceremony to London conference headline speaker in two years

30 April 2014

From MBA graduation ceremony to London conference headline speaker in two years

Henley MBA graduate, Themba Baloyi, was rated as the best speaker among 12 others at the 2014 Insurance Telematics Summit.

Henley MBA graduate, Themba Baloyi, was rated as the best speaker among 12 others at the 2014 Insurance Telematics Summit held 26 March in London. The audience comprised CEOs, Directors, Partners and other business leaders from organisations including the likes of Zurich, Aviva, Swiss Re, Deloitte, Allianz, AIG, KPMG, Tesco and comparethemarket.com.

They came to hear about innovations and developments in the insurance market, to debate issues, challenges and strategies. What these mostly British, senior industry executives heard from Themba, a relatively young founding executive director from South Africa, was how he and his company, Discovery Insure, had made a significant difference in their market place. More than a few eyebrows were raised when they heard about the success of a programme that had been built using insights based on 32 months of data. A programme that has had an impact not just on individuals but on wider society, very much in line with the core values and beliefs of Henley Business School itself. 

In South Africa, motor vehicle accidents are the biggest cause of death among under 40 year olds. Themba’s team have used a powerful combination of technology, education and incentives to change behaviour, create better drivers, reduce claims and most important, to reduce fatalities.

Themba described the conference audience as somewhat challenging – a large group of well established, highly respected grey suits. Plus it was an early morning start, so he decided the best approach was to fully connect with the audience and not just to present his impressive facts and figures. He engaged with the delegates on a very personal level and invited them to consider their own driving. He moved away from the traditional, formal case study presentation and towards a conversational, interactive session – he got their attention by making it personal. Then he gained their respect by demonstrating the innovations and successes accomplished in a short time.

Themba praised his colleagues in South Africa, where he studied his MBA, and he thanked the Henley team in Johannesburg, which provided the support, guidance and flexibility for him to continue the pursuit achieving of his ambitious aims.