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Ashish J. Thakkar

Chair of the Global Entrepreneurs Council

The United Nations Foundation Inc

HQ Phone:  (202) 887-9040

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The United Nations Foundation Inc

1750 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20006

United States

Company Description

The United Nations Foundationbuilds public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connec...more

Background Information

Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

PAGA


Deputy Director

British Council


Relationship Manager

HDFC Bank Ltd


Area Head- Super Premium Cards

HDFC Bank Ltd


Customer Service Executive

DCB Bank's Profit


Manager- Corporate Sales

Ichibaan Honda- GMS group


Managing Director

Sunset View Homes L.L.C


Customer Service Executive

DCB Bank Limited


Affiliations

Mara Foundation

Founder


Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited

Co-Founder


World Economic Forum

Member


Dell Inc.

Global Advisory Board


Common Market For Eastern And Southern Africa

Team Member


Commonwealth Business Council

Team Member


The Africa Center

Board Member


SDG Center for Africa

Board Member


African Development Bank

Advisor


Council of Dell Center for Entrepreneurs

Board Member


LSEEMF

Co-Founder


Young Global Leader

Member


Global Agenda Council on Africa

Member


Toyosi Akerele CEO Rise Network

Founder


Kensington Computer Products Group

Founder


IT company

Founder


RAPS UGANDA

Managing Director


Shikamano Africa

Founding Member


States

Advisor


East Africa

Representative


Twitter

Founder


Education

MD of Mara Group


Web References(194 Total References)


United Nations Foundation - Global Entrepreneurs Council

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Ashish J. Thakkar
Chairman Ashish J. Thakkar is the Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurs Council. Ashish founded his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. Since then, he has established and driven the growth of Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognised multi-sector investment group that exists today.


GC4Women.org | 2016 | January

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ASHISH J. THAKKAR
ASHISH J. THAKKAR, Executive Chairman of Mara Sokoni and Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. Ashish J. Thakkar is the Executive Chairman of Mara Sokoni, an African e-commerce platform with a focus on B2C marketplace for general merchandise. Ashish has driven the growth of the Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Group now employs over 11,000 people across 25 African countries in sectors spanning technology, banking, real estate and infrastructure. Ashish serves as Chair of the United Nations Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Council and is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa's Economic Miracle.


Beyond Expectations: Inside the Mara Group with Ashish Thakkar | The Continent Magazine

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Beyond Expectations: Inside the Mara Group with Ashish Thakkar
Beyond Expectations: Inside the Mara Group with Ashish Thakkar With one of Africa's fastest growing businesses, an office in the tallest building in the world, a new book, and a ticket to outer space, Ashish Thakkar is flying high. As I take the elevator to the 146th level of the Burj Khalifa to meet Ashish Thakkar, I have a clear picture in my mind of the man I will meet. Thakkar and Branson, after all, have many similarities. Branson dropped out of school at 16 and started a magazine; Thakkar left school to develop his computer business at the age of 15. By the age of 34 Branson owned Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Megastores; Thakkar at the same age is already running the Mara Group empire, which includes 11,000 employees working in banking, real estate, infrastructure, and technology, as well as Riley Packaging which Thakkar started earlier in his career. Branson is known for being a billionaire, while press often refer to Thakkar as "Africa's Youngest Billionaire" - a tag Forbes disputes and Thakkar himself shuns, saying he would much rather be known for the value he creates. Either way, Branson and Thakkar both have lots of money to burn. The two also maintain a connection in outer space: Branson is the first to launch commercial space flights with Virgin Galactic; Thakkar was the first African to purchase a ticket, and this year will be the second African in history to travel - literally - out of this world. My meeting with Thakkar, however, flips these assumptions over. In this instance, I am the one who dashes into the office, while Thakkar greets me calmly. I am babbling and bouncing, while he remains composed. Thakkar is soft-spoken, pensive, almost shy. I begin our interview with the understanding that Thakkar is a confident character, who was confident even as a child when he boldly made his first sale - a computer his father had given him as a gift. I ask him where this confidence comes from and anticipate a pep talk telling readers to "fake it until they make it" and that anyone can accomplish what he has. But instead of spewing out slogans, Thakkar waxes and wanes: "I have never looked at it as confidence per se," he says in a tone suggesting an older mind in a young man's body. "I think it is more about truly believing in something." "The difference between confidence and truly believing in something is that confidence can lead to arrogance," he adds. Humility is important to Thakkar, who warns against the ego game of business. "You get caught in that rat race and even if you win you are still a rat," he says thoughtfully. "I have seen that too many times, even in seasoned, older entrepreneurs." He insists that while ranking high in a market is desirable, it is by no means an end goal. "I have seen a lot of entrepreneurs and businesses which are all about knocking down the number one in a market and taking that position," he says. Thakkar is positive Atlas Mara will continue to grow, despite press reactions to the group's faltering share price, which has declined significantly over the past year. The group has recently begun buying back shares, pledging to spend up to US$10 million to raise their value. ashish-thakkar-11 Yet Thakkar insists Atlas Mara is on the right track: "We have always maintained a long-term strategy; we are building an institution," he says, pointing out that the group has booked three quarters of profits, reduced its non-performing loans, and increased its deposits. Thakkar also takes a balanced perspective on the global recession: "You have got to take into consideration what is going on around the world," he says. "However, on a practical note, when you think about Africa and IMF revising our growth projections, we still have real growth. That's the point that everyone misses." Surely this positive spirit must have its down days. I remind Thakkar of the double exodus his family experienced - first kicked out of Uganda by Idi Amin, followed by settlement in the UK where Thakkar was born, then a return to Africa, to Rwanda, where they found themselves in the middle of the genocide and once again had to flee, first to Burundi and then to Uganda as refugees. I remind Thakkar of the double exodus his family experienced - first kicked out of Uganda by Idi Amin, followed by settlement in the UK where Thakkar was born, then a return to Africa, to Rwanda, where they found themselves in the middle of the genocide and once again had to flee, first to Burundi and then to Uganda as refugees. Thakkar is aware that his journey through life and work has been unique. "There are plenty of people out there who also have that real ambition, but remember everyone has their own path," he says, noting that leaders such as him will always need a supporting team. True to form, Thakkar is rapidly pursuing his grandest venture yet. Mara Group is developing an online shopping platform supported by a social media platform, last-mile logistics, and a Mara-branded phone. When asked how the platform will compete with existing players, Thakkar insists Mara Sokoni is the first of a kind. In many ways, Thakkar has become a poster child for African development. Not only does his book focus on the subject, but he is a regular speaker at high profile global events. His CV includes Chair of the United Nation Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, Board Member of New York creative space The Africa Center, and Member of the Global Agenda Council on Africa for the World Economic Forum, which named Mara Group as a Global Growth Company in 2010. "We want to truly change people's lives, and how do we change lives by doing good and doing well at the same time," says Thakkar, describing the center of his business strategy. He says the growth of private and corporate philanthropy on the continent is encouraging. "I'm just hoping people become bolder in their initiatives and that foundations become bolder in their approach," he says. "We have a big task ahead of us. There is a lot to do." The meeting with Thakkar is over and he is back at his desk while I wait for a signed copy of his book. He is checking his phone, but remains so calm it is difficult to tell if he is at work. He is working indeed: "It is very busy with so many people in town," he tells me apologetically. Kagame is coming, and Thakkar has a lot to do. Ashish Thakkar Atlas Mara Burj Khalifa Beyond Expectations: Inside the Mara Group with Ashish Thakkar 10 Ways to Improve your Workforce Has the Mobile Revolution Peaked in Africa?


gc4women.org

ASHISH J. THAKKAR, Executive Chairman of Mara Sokoni and Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation.
Ashish J. Thakkar is the Executive Chairman of Mara Sokoni, an African e-commerce platform with a focus on B2C marketplace for general merchandise. Ashish has driven the growth of the Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Group now employs over 11,000 people across 25 African countries in sectors spanning technology, banking, real estate and infrastructure. Ashish serves as Chair of the United Nations Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Council and is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa's Economic Miracle.


aspire-africa.com

Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group & Mara Foundation. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank
Ashish J. Thakkar named Chair of the UN Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council


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