Farouk Khailann
Farouk Khailann

The West African Leadership centre for development, a regional institute committed to capacity advancement of Africa leaders has name Farouk Khailann, and nine other Africans as the top ten emerging leaders in west Africa. The list was released in a special issue of Lead Magazine, a bi annual magazine dedicated to capturing the various endeavours of African leaders.

The list features various African personalities from diverse backgrounds including entrepreneurship, politics, and social work. Other African leaders who made the list include Dr Chaikou Ahmed Tidiane Balde (Guinea Conakry), Lovell Bai Bangura (Sierra Leone), Joana Gyan (Ghana), Alhaji Salamu Amadu (Ghana), Alioune Badara Diop (Senegal), Edak Nkpubre Chionuma (Nigeria), ALhagie Manka (Gambia), Abdulai Bary (Guinea Bissau) and Ibrahim Ton Cisse (Senegal)

Farouk Khailann and other leaders received various categories of awards at the 2019 edition of the West African Leadership Summit and Awards, which was held at the plush oriental hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria. He received the Young Entrepreneur of the year award and was also one of the key note speakers at the event.

Speaking on leadership, Farouk Khailann called on young African leaders to question the status quo and ensure they are unconventional in how the lead.

The highlight of his speech on leadership which drew resounding applause by all present at the event is when he underscored that Leadership must have a soul, he explained “ leadership is not so much about techniques and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiring oneself and others. Great leadership is about human experience, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and must consider the heart of others. It is an attitude not a routine.” He also called on leaders not to undermine the importance of corporate governance.

He emphasized that leaders must learn to submit themselves to processes and procedures adopted by the organizations they lead to ensure that they lead by example and remain accountable.

Farouk Khailann is a young and vibrant African Entrepreneur; he is passionate about Africa’s growth and is the chief executive officer of Premium Africa Holdings. Premium Africa Holdings is an Africa focused investment holding company with assets and projects in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The company operates in the areas of construction, ICT, Mining, Agribusiness and investment consultancy. Premium Africa Holdings opened a UAE office in March this year to augment its efforts in driving investments from UAE to Africa. Farouk Khailann currently works closely with offices of five African presidents on various interventions geared toward the economic transformation of their respective countries.

West African Leadership centre for development is focused on building capacity of African leaders in West Africa to be responsive, collaborative, representative, resilient and influential through knowledge sharing, learning, connecting and influencing. WALCD was established in 2007 and has its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.

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