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Aafiya TPA’s General Manager, Mohammad Ali Zaidi: Unveils the Journey to Revolutionize Health Insurance in the Middle East

In this exclusive interview with The Worlds Times, Aafiya TPA’s General Manager shares insights into the company’s inception, mission, and leadership philosophy. Discover the strategies employed to simplify the healthcare journey, foster resilience, and achieve the vision of being the ‘First Choice TPA’ in the evolving health insurance landscape. Gain a glimpse into the core values shaping daily operations and leadership practices, along with essential advice for entrepreneurs navigating the business world.

Building Aafiya TPA

The Worlds Times: Explain your background and your company in detail.

Ali Zaidi replied, “Aafiya was established in 2013 with the goal of revolutionizing the health insurance sector in the Middle East and bridging the gaps between insurance companies, network providers, and policyholders. Staying true to our mission of ‘Simplifying the healthcare journey,’ Aafiya strives to provide solutions catering to the needs of our stakeholders. Some of the services that we offer are Risk Assesment, Network Management, Pre-authorization, Claims Management, Call center, DAHAB services, Healthcare Assistance, and more.

I’ve been working in this industry for two decades across the Middle East and India. With this experience, I have developed expertise in improving organizational performance, creating strong strategic initiatives, driving business growth and expanding to new territories.

As the General Manager in my current role, I have successfully built and led a skilled team of managers and associates, offering dedicated support to a portfolio of over 10 leading insurance companies in the UAE. Additionally, I have cultivated strong relationships with reinsurance companies, brokers and healthcare providers in the region, enhancing our ability to provide exceptional services to our clients.”

Interpreting Leadership at Aafiya TPA

The Worlds Times: Aafiya TPA places a strong emphasis on leadership. How do you interpret Warren G. Bennis’s quote, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality,” in the context of your role at Aafiya TPA?

Ali Zaidi replied, “In the context of my role at Aafiya TPA, I truly believe on the quote, ‘leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.’ By Warren G. Bennis.

As a leader, it is my responsibility to inspire and guide my team in bringing our vision of Being the First Choice TPA the health insurance sector and simplifying the healthcare journey into tangible, impactful results.

This involves setting clear goals and fostering collaboration that positively impacts our stakeholders and the healthcare industry. It’s not just about managing day-to-day operations but actively pursuing and achieving our vision. Our goal is to lead the industry by providing exceptional services and continuously working towards making our vision a thriving reality for all those we serve.”

Fostering Resilience and Growth

The Worlds Times: In your role as the General Manager of Aafiya TPA, how have you encouraged your team to be resilient and focused on the company’s growth and user experience improvement?

Ali Zaidi replied, “It all begins with self-motivation. Unless I embody resilience and a growth mindset, I cannot effectively lead my team. We prioritize team building initiatives, regular meetings, and one-on-one sessions to foster a positive outlook and resilience. These platforms allow us to address challenges and celebrate victories together.

Furthermore, we establish transparent organizational goals aligned with our growth strategy. We conduct frequent progress reviews, meetings, and feedback sessions to ensure that everyone is on track and aligned with our objectives.

When it comes to user experience, we highly value feedback from our stakeholders and actively listen to their needs. Through surveys and feedbacks, we gain valuable insights into user experience and challenges. This enables us to tailor our services to exceed expectations, ensuring a seamless and user-friendly experience. By consistently analyzing and iterating based on this feedback, we drive ongoing improvement and optimize our processes.”

Strategic Vision: Simplifying the Healthcare Journey

The Worlds Times: Aafiya TPA’s mission is to “simplify the healthcare journey.” How do you envision this mission being accomplished, and what role does leadership play in achieving it?

Ali Zaidi replied, “I believe that our mission to “simplify the healthcare journey” can be accomplished through a multi-layered approach that involves leveraging technology, prioritizing customer-centricity, and fostering effective leadership at all levels of the organization.

As the General Manager, I envision this mission being achieved through innovative strategies that streamline healthcare processes and eliminate unnecessary complexity. This includes leveraging technology such as our in-house claim management system, Reiaya, powered by AI, and the Aafiya Mobile App, which serves as a one-stop solution for all policy-related information.

Leadership plays a crucial role in achieving this mission by setting the vision, values, and strategies necessary to simplify the healthcare journey. Effective leadership fosters a culture of innovation, customer-centricity, and continuous improvement, empowering teams to prioritize exceptional service delivery at every touchpoint. By promoting a collaborative and forward-thinking environment, leadership ensures that the mission of simplifying the healthcare journey is ingrained in the organization’s DNA, driving ongoing improvement and innovation.”

Living the Values

The Worlds Times: Aafiya TPA’s values include trust, agility, passion, and receptiveness. Can you provide examples of how these values are incorporated into the company’s daily operations and leadership practices?

Ali Zaidi replied, “At Aafiya TPA, our organizational values—trust, agility, passion, and receptiveness—are deeply rooted in our daily operations and leadership approach, guiding our interactions and decision-making.

We prioritize building trust by maintaining open and transparent communication with our stakeholders, including our members, insurance companies, and healthcare providers. This includes proactively addressing concerns, providing accurate and reliable information, and following through on commitments. We understand the fast-paced nature of the healthcare industry and the importance of being agile in our operations. Aafiya TPA strives to adapt and respond quickly to changes in regulations, market dynamics, and client needs. We optimize our processes and systems to ensure efficient handling of claims, streamlined communication, and effective decision-making.

Our passion for simplifying the healthcare journey drives us to continuously improve our services and exceed client expectations. We are dedicated to delivering high-quality healthcare management services that prioritize the well-being and satisfaction of our clients

Aafiya TPA values receptiveness, embracing new ideas, and being receptive to the evolving needs of our stakeholders. We actively listen to feedback, suggestions, and concerns, using them as opportunities for growth and improvement. This receptiveness enables us to stay innovative and responsive in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

These values are ingrained in our company culture and are reflected in our interactions with clients, partners, and employees on a daily basis.”

Leading with Purpose: A Deep Dive into Aafiya

The Worlds Times: Aafiya TPA’s General Manager is a pivotal leadership role. Can you describe your leadership style and approach to inspiring and leading your team towards the company’s vision and mission?

Ali Zaidi replied, “As the General Manager of Aafiya TPA, I lead by fostering a collaborative and innovative work culture. I set clear goals and values, and I encourage open communication and idea-sharing. I empower my team to take ownership of their work and provide them with support and guidance. I prioritize mentorship and skill development to ensure that our team is well-equipped to achieve our company’s vision and mission.

Customer satisfaction and excellence are central to my leadership approach. I encourage innovation, adaptability, and a commitment to delivering exceptional services that exceed client expectations.

Ultimately, my goal is to nurture a high-performing & passionate team aligned with Aafiya TPA’s vision and mission, dedicated to simplifying the healthcare journey for our stakeholders.”

Navigating Healthcare’s Dynamic Terrain

The Worlds Times: In the healthcare industry, the landscape is ever-evolving. How do you ensure that Aafiya TPA remains well-equipped to adapt to these changes and challenges, and how does your leadership play a role in this adaptability?

Ali Zaidi replied, “I ensure that we remain well-equipped to adapt to changes and challenges in the healthcare industry by promoting continuous learning, innovation, and flexibility within our team. My leadership encourages a culture of ongoing learning and open-mindedness, while also fostering creativity and innovation to address emerging challenges. This approach allows us to stay agile and responsive to the evolving healthcare landscape, ensuring that Aafiya TPA remains well-prepared for the changes ahead. Monica”

Paving the Path to Excellence

The Worlds Times: Aafiya TPA’s vision is to be the “First Choice TPA in the Health Insurance Industry.” What strategies or actions do you believe are essential in realizing this vision, and how do you plan to lead in this direction?

Ali Zaidi replied, “Our strategic vision revolves around 4 key pillars aimed at enhancing the customer experience, integrating technology, building a robust network of healthcare providers, and upholding transparency and ethical standards.

Technology integration is central to our strategy, as we leverage cutting-edge healthcare digital solutions in our Mobile Application, Pharmacy Benefit Management Portal, and Pro Connect (Network Provider Portal) to streamline processes and enhance convenience. Additionally, our robust network of healthcare providers ensures that our members have access to quality healthcare services through a diverse range of options.

We uphold transparency and ethical standards to promote trust and confidence among our members and stakeholders. Furthermore, as an ADHICS certified TPA, we adhere to sector-level standards by the Department of Health, ensuring the privacy and security of healthcare information.”

Navigating Entrepreneurship

Lastly we asked, “What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?”

“My advice to other entrepreneurs is to stay focused on your vision, persist through challenges, and never stop learning. Embrace innovation and be open to new ideas, as they can lead to unexpected opportunities. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” So, keep moving forward, stay resilient, and remember that every setback is an opportunity for growth.” Ali Zaidi concluded

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