El Farouk Umar

Chief Information Security Officer

Farouk has over 25 years of Executive experience as an Information Technology professional providing strategic leadership in Global Financial Services, Public Sector Management, and Technology Business start-ups.

Farouk has recently served as Chief Information Officer at GCB Bank Limited where he led the Bank’s Technology Transformation from 2012 to 2020 and also served on The Boards of Volta River Authority and The VRA Property Company Limited. 

Farouk prior to relocating to Ghana in 2012, served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the United States Peace Corps in Washington DC, where he led and supported Technology platforms across 76 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. Farouk also held senior executive roles within the United States telecommunications space having worked for Nextel, Sprint-Nextel, ATT&T and other carriers.  

Farouk holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance and Investment) from the College of William & Mary Virginia, U.S.A., a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Ghana (Accounting), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice (Law) from John Jay College, New York, U.S.A.