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Mr. Ashish J. Thakkar

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Founder and Managing Director

Local Address: Uganda
Mara Group

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MD
  • MD of Uganda
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Web References
Invest Africa, 17 June 2014 [cached]
Ashish J Thakkar
President of Dubai Chapter
Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. He is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at the age of 15. Since starting out in 1996, Ashish J. Thakkar has built a conglomerate of IT, Real Estate and Manufacturing companies with operations in 19 African countries and 21 countries worldwide, employing over 8,000 people through its investments and operations.
MARA ISON, 9 June 2014 [cached]
Ashish J. Thakkar
Founder Mara Group & Mara Foundation
Ashish 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 multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Group now employs over 8,000 people across 19 African countries in sectors spanning IT services, manufacturing, real estate and agriculture.
Ashish 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.
Ashish is passionate about enabling, empowering and inspiring youngmale and female entrepreneurs. Consequently, in 2009, he founded the Mara Foundation to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship and venture philanthropy. Ashish is based in Dubai and Kampala, Uganda.
Abuja, Nigeria, 9 May 2014 - ..., 9 May 2014 [cached]
Abuja, Nigeria, 9 May 2014 - Young Africans need to step forward, engage with the politics of the continent and help to create the future they want, said Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group, United Arab Emirates.
Speaking at a World Economic Forum on Africa televised discussion on youth and employment, Thakkar said: "It is our time now.
On education, Thakkar, who dropped out of school at the age of 15 to start his first business to support his family, said the way formal schooling is currently structured is inefficient.
The American banker has partnered with ..., 17 Dec 2013 [cached]
The American banker has partnered with Ashish Thakkar, the 32-year old chief executive of Mara Group Holdings Ltd., a $1 billion conglomerate with business in 19 African countries, to form Atlas Mara.
The warrants entitle Messrs Diamond and Thakkar to one third of an ordinary share, exercisable in multiples of three warrants at $11.50 per ordinary share.
Mara Capital, 25 Nov 2012 [cached]
Ashish J. Thakkar Non-Executive Director
Ashish J. Thakkar is the Founder and Managing Director of the Mara Group, which brought together a number of companies enshrined under a single brand. He has taken the Group from its humble beginnings to a global firm, with a strong African focus present in over seventeen African countries employing over 4,000 people. He participated as a speaker and core team member at the African Leadership Retreat in July 2010 and has been appointed on the advisory panels to several heads of state in the sub-Saharan African region. In addition, the Mara Group is a member of The Commonwealth Business Council with Ashish as a core team member. He is also a Founder Astronaut in Virgin Galactic's first flight to space and will be representing East Africa, making him Africa's second Astronaut.
Ashish J. Thakkar Executive
Ashish J. Thakkar is the founder and managing director of the Mara Group, which comprises a number of companies. In 15 years he has taken the Group from humble beginnings to a global firm with a strong African focus, working in 17 African countries and employing over 4,000 people.
He was born in the UK and moved to Uganda when he was twelve. When he was 15, Ashish's entrepreneurial spirit propelled him to start selling computers to friends and his school in Kampala, and before long he had set up his first company, Raps.
Ashish is passionate about the growth and development of Africa and he focusses most of his energy on commercial and philanthropic initiatives across the continent. This focus has seen the Group receiving global recognition for its achievements. In 2010 Mara Group was identified by the World Economic Forum's Community of Global Growth Companies (GGC) as a dynamic high-growth company - they believe the Group has the potential to be a future industry leader and a driving force for economic and social change. Ashish was a speaker and core team member at the African Leadership Retreat, which took place in South Africa during the FIFA World Cup in July 2010, where over 40 African leaders met with the aim of developing a stronger vision for Africa 2020. He has been appointed on the advisory panels to several heads of state in the sub-Saharan African region, and is a core team member of the Commonwealth Business Council and COMESA, of which Mara Group is a member.
Ashish will also be representing East Africa on Virgin Galactic's first mission into space - making him Africa's second astronaut!
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