Ashish J. Thakkar

Founder, Mara Group

Ashish J. Thakkar is the Founder of Mara Corporation and Mara Foundation also the Chief Executive Officer of Mara Phones. He is also the co-founder of Atlas Mara. 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 Corporation has a presence across 26 African countries in sectors spanning technology, banking, real estate, and infrastructure.

Ashish served as Chair of the United Nations Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Council.

He was appointed Chair of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group at the African Development Bank and is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.

Ashish truly believes that by 'doing good' you will 'do well'