Farouk Khailann is an African Entrepreneur with a strong commitment to Africa’s economic growth. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Premium Africa Holdings, an Africa focused investment holding company with assets and projects in Ghana, Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone. The company operates in the areas of construction, agribusiness, financial technology, real estate, energy and investment consultancy.
In March 2019, Premium Africa Holdings established its presence in UAE as consultants to various individuals and organizations in facilitating trade and investment between UAE and Africa.
Farouk Khailann is a managing partner of American music star Akon for his Akon Lighting Africa project. . Farouk Khailann is also actively involved in the financial technology industry. He is a shareholder and Senior Vice President at Ezipay Africa, one of Africa's fastest growing fintechs and partner at Paygenie, a micro credit fintech in Ghana that works in partnership with Zenith Bank and Hollard insurance.
Farouk Khailann holds a number of international appointments. He is the Deputy Executive Director of Global Chamber of Business Leaders, Jury Member of US$1M Hult Prize Startup Challenge, Strategic Advisor to Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Faisal Al Qassimi in Dubai, Member of Global Investors Committee at World Angel Business Investment Forum, Africa Chapter President of Asia CEO Community, Senior Advisor of Unimeier University (Italy), Board Member of UK- Liberia Chamber of Commerce, and Vice Chairman of African Institute of Small Scale Mining.
Farouk Khailann currently works closely with the offices of five African presidents on various interventions geared towards the economic transformation of their respective countries.
Farouk Khailann is a recipient of various awards. He was awarded African Business Leader of the year at the 28th edition of World HRD Awards in India in 2020, named among other young enterprising Ghanaian entrepreneurs as Top 50 Young CEOs of 2020, decorated as a Pan African Business Icon of the year at the 2020 edition of Ghana Youth Excellence Awards, named by the West Africa Leadership Development Centre as one of the top ten emerging leaders in West Africa and adjudged the young entrepreneur of the year for 2019, awarded the Order of the Noble Hand of Honor by the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre in September 2019, alongside the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia and other global leaders. Farouk Khailann was also adjudged the best consultant for 2019 at the 40 under 40 awards, one of Ghana’s most competitive award schemes.
As Keynote/Guest speaker, Farouk Khailann has spoken at various events including Global Business Forum (Dubai), World Leader Summit (Budapest), Global Wealth Forum (Dubai), Meet the Farmers Conference, (Dubai), Global Summit of Sports (India) and West Africa Leadership Summit (Nigeria).
Farouk Khailann holds a bachelor's of Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and MBA in International business from Unimeier University, Italy.