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Ashish J. Thakkar
Founder, Mara Group & Mara Foundation
is a serial entrepreneur who founded his
first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan.
Since then, he
has driven the growth of the company from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognised multisector investment group that exists today.
Through its investments, Mara Group
now employs over 8,000 people across 19 African countries in sectors spanning technology, manufacturing, real estate, financial services and agriculture.
continues to drive the business development and strategy of Mara
In 2012, Ashish
was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum
(WEF) in recognition of his
success and leadership in driving social and economic change in Africa.
Ashish advises several heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Africa.
is passionate about enabling, empowering and inspiring young male and female entrepreneurs.
Consequently, in 2009, he founded the Mara Foundation to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship and venture philanthropy.