Farouk Khailann, a world-renowned business leader and CEO of Premium Africa Holdings has been appointed to serve as a member of the prestigious jury for the Hult Prize US$1, 000, 000 Startup Challenge.

As a member of the selection committee, Farouk Khailann joins an elite group of executives, presidents, global leaders, government officials, non-profit leaders, and entrepreneurs who are collectively tasked with watching, scoring, and selecting winning startups. 

Other notable Hult Prize Judges include Bill Clinton (Former President of USA), Mohammed Yunus (Noble Peace Prize Winner), Paul Polman  (CEO Uniliver), Vicente Fox Quesada (55th President of Mexico), Knade Yumkella ( Former United Nations Under-Secretary – General) Hans Vestberg( CEO, Verzon) and Robert Skinner (Executive Director, United Nations office for Partnerships)

Every year, the most promising impact startups within the Hult Prize community pitch live in front of an audience of global influencers, international policy makers, investors and a distinguished world-class panel of judges. Regional winners from around the world will advance to the global Hult Prize Accelerator – recently selected as number 1 in the world for social impact.

The Hult Prize Foundation US$1,000,000 Global Startup Prize is awarded every year at the annual Awards Ceremony & Gala hosted to kick off UNGA in September.  President Bill Clinton anchors the Gala Reception which takes place overlooking the sweeping panoramic views of the East River at the global headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

The Hult Prize Foundation is the market leader in action-based learning, impact education, and large-scale job creation for youth. Founded in 2009 by impact pioneer, Ahmad Ashkar, the Hult Prize Foundation transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as leaders of change in the world around them. 

With a network of 3,000 university chapters and international headquarters located on five continents, the organization has been a global force supporting youth everywhere who seek to build their capacities in the world of entrepreneurship and to connect to the world of business.

Through a flagship one-million-dollar global entrepreneurship prize, the Hult Prize Foundation has helped launch thousands of startups that actively solve UN SDGs and create new jobs across 121 countries. In partnership with the United Nations Office of Partnerships, EF Education First, and the Hult International Business School, the Hult Prize has brought impact-focused programs and events to millions of people, creating a pathway for youth everywhere to take action to build a better world.

These Hult Prize Impact Summits have a history of being life-changing experiences for attendees and bring together a community of people with an outlook of changing the world through business.

Events are open to college and university students, industry professionals, academic leaders, and non-profit / government executives. Planned programming includes professional networking mixers, social events, inspirational keynote speeches, workshops, and the headline activity of the summit – the regional final demo day of the million-dollar Hult Prize Challenge.

More than 200 short-listed entrepreneurs will be pitching startups that solve this year’s UN-issued food challenge.  At stake for one lucky team is a golden ticket invitation to attend the award-winning Hult Prize Accelerator program getting them one step closer to winning US$1,000,000 in startup capital.