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Ashish J. Thakkar

Founder, Mara Group

Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation. 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. Chairman, United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurship Council. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum in recognition of success and leadership in driving social and economic change in Africa. Member, Global Agenda Council on Africa, World Economic Forum. Author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.