Founder and Director, SEED
Faraz Khan is a UK-based Pakistani social entrepreneur, investor, published author and public speaker. He is regarded as a leading authority on social entrepreneurship and believes in bringing a positive change in the society with forward-thinking business models that allow him to fulfil a personal commitment to improve the lives of people in the UK, Pakistan and beyond. He is passionate about bridging gaps between continents and nations through entrepreneurship, business and trade.
Over a period of 12 years he has taken many entrepreneurial initiatives, transforming most into a success story, and champions the idea of inspiring and mentoring the young generation to be the change agent itself. He has won acclaim for his novel ventures that aim at making a difference at a massive scale. He, with his partners has created eight leading businesses globally, based on his core belief that anything is possible with will, determination and good intent. He is the author of â€˜Pukh Theoryâ€™, Pakistanâ€™s first business parable.
Faraz has been appointed as a member of Catalyst UKTI, and sits on the Advisory Board of All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship (APPGE) and is member of Atlantic Council US, advising governments on bringing entrepreneurs together. He has also been nominated by the Asia Society to represent Pakistan in Young Leaders Conference in Delhi and Future Leader of the Year by Power 100, a selection that signifies and collates the 100 most promising personalities who will shape the future of Pakistan. He is also been appointed judge at the Sirius Programme, a global Graduate Entrepreneur Programme by UKTI, and is a Board Member at SEALA (South East Asia Leadership Academy), a sister concern of SIBF (Society of international business Fellows), a US based think tank. Gizelle Communication, a SEED company, was nominated an Arabia500 finalist and was also declared the top 100 fastest growing company in Pakistan twice by AllWorld Network. Faraz is regularly invited as a speaker at universities, professional organisations and worldwide marketing forums, and is a member of Euclid, ACVEO, Institute of Directors (IOD), Cambridge International Arts, and an Executive Council Member of British Alumni Association.
An MBA Marketing graduate from the University of Lincoln, Faraz truly believes that one must never cease to learn and grow, and education is acquired through formal as well as unassuming means. Hence, his four years at Common Purpose, combined with a multitude of first-hand experiences of the entrepreneurial world, groomed him into a true leader and social engineer, who continued to evolve reform and create.