Ashish J. Thakkar
- Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation, United Arab Emirates
Serial entrepreneur who founded his first business, Mara, in 1996 at the age of 15 with a US$ 5,000 loan; since then, has driven the growth of the company from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today; continues to drive the business development and strategy. Advises several heads of state in sub-Saharan Africa. Member, Global Agenda Council on Africa, and 2012, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, for success and leadership in driving social and economic change in Africa. Passionate about enabling, empowering and inspiring young male and female entrepreneurs. 2009, founded the Mara Foundation to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship and venture philanthropy.