Founder at Mara Group
Founder at Mara Group and Mara Foundation
Ashish J. Thakkar is the founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. Passionate about entrepreneurship, he started his first IT company back in 1996 at the age of 15. Since then, Thakkar has successfully driven the growth of Mara to become a globally recognized multisector conglomerate with operations in 26 countries and employing over 7,000 people worldwide.
The culmination of his business achievements has been instituting Mara Foundation, the social enterprise of Mara Group, which focuses on emerging African entrepreneurs with comprehensive support services, including mentorship, funding, incubation centre workspace and business training, to help transform entrepreneurs’ business ideas into profitable and thriving business entities.
Thakkar’s leadership in the field of African business was recognized when he was appointed as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa and serves as an advisor to several Heads of States in sub-Saharan Africa.