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Ashish Thakkar

Founder and Managing Director Mara Group

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 Ashish Thakkar Biography

Ashish J. Thakkar is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at age 15. He is the founder of the Mara Group, which comprises numerous holding companies that operate in 26 countries. In 1996, Ashish borrowed $6,000 to start his first IT company whereby he bought and sold computers. Within a year, he transitioned from a high school student to a full time entrepreneur with immense potential, audacious dreams and extraordinary energetic drive. Since then, he has successfully and exponentially grown his companies and currently employs over 7,000 people worldwide.

With African familial roots dating back over a century, Ashish considers himself a native son of Africa with strong Indian roots, of British nationality and a resident of the UAE. He has an unyielding business focus and allegiance to fortifying the business economies on the continent. As such, his business presence in Africa is currently at 19 countries and is steadily growing. Ashish devotes much of his energy to commercial and philanthropic initiatives in Africa. The Mara Group has received global recognition for its achievements and contributions not only in Africa but also worldwide. In 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF) recognised the Mara Group as a dynamic high-growth company because of its potential to evolve into a future industry leader and a driving force for economic and social change. WEF has also named Ashish as a Young Global Leader as proof of his leadership, vision and business prowess. Ashish has been profiled by several publications and media outlets including Forbes, The Economist, MSN, CNBC, Africa Business Journal, Ventures Africa,San Jose Mercury, Reuters and the BBC.

The culmination of all his business achievements has been instituting Mara Foundation, the nonprofit social enterprise of the Mara Group which focuses on emerging African entrepreneurs. The Foundation works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities for young business owners via its Mara Launchpad incubation centres and Mara Launch Fund. The mission is to provide comprehensive support services including mentorship, funding, incubation centre workspace and business training to African entrepreneurs. Ashish believes that these support services will transform entrepreneurs’ business ideas into profitable and thriving business entities that will employ other Africans and contribute to the local and national economies. The Foundation currently operates in four African countries and recently launched an online web portal intended to reach millions of entrepreneurs globally.

Born in the United Kingdom, Ashish and his family moved back to Africa after surviving the historic Rwandan genocide and generational exile of African families. He grew up in the UK and Uganda and now lives in Dubai. Ashish enjoys sky diving, adventures and tennis, and regularly visits his spiritual leader Morari Bapu in India, whose philosophy of truth, love and compassion form the basis of Ashish's own life as a social entrepreneur and business leader. In the near future, Ashish will represent East Africa on Virgin Galactic's mission into space, thereby making him Africa’s second astronaut.

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Ashish Thakkar

Founder and Managing Director Mara Group

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Ashish Thakkar Biography

Ashish J. Thakkar is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at age 15. He is the founder of the Mara Group, which comprises numerous holding companies that operate in 26 countries. In 1996, Ashish borrowed $6,000 to start his first IT company whereby he bought and sold computers. Within a year, he transitioned from a high school student to a full time entrepreneur with immense potential, audacious dreams and extraordinary energetic drive. Since then, he has successfully and exponentially grown his companies and currently employs over 7,000 people worldwide.

With African familial roots dating back over a century, Ashish considers himself a native son of Africa with strong Indian roots, of British nationality and a resident of the UAE. He has an unyielding business focus and allegiance to fortifying the business economies on the continent. As such, his business presence in Africa is currently at 19 countries and is steadily growing. Ashish devotes much of his energy to commercial and philanthropic initiatives in Africa. The Mara Group has received global recognition for its achievements and contributions not only in Africa but also worldwide. In 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF) recognised the Mara Group as a dynamic high-growth company because of its potential to evolve into a future industry leader and a driving force for economic and social change. WEF has also named Ashish as a Young Global Leader as proof of his leadership, vision and business prowess. Ashish has been profiled by several publications and media outlets including Forbes, The Economist, MSN, CNBC, Africa Business Journal, Ventures Africa,San Jose Mercury, Reuters and the BBC.

The culmination of all his business achievements has been instituting Mara Foundation, the nonprofit social enterprise of the Mara Group which focuses on emerging African entrepreneurs. The Foundation works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities for young business owners via its Mara Launchpad incubation centres and Mara Launch Fund. The mission is to provide comprehensive support services including mentorship, funding, incubation centre workspace and business training to African entrepreneurs. Ashish believes that these support services will transform entrepreneurs’ business ideas into profitable and thriving business entities that will employ other Africans and contribute to the local and national economies. The Foundation currently operates in four African countries and recently launched an online web portal intended to reach millions of entrepreneurs globally.

Born in the United Kingdom, Ashish and his family moved back to Africa after surviving the historic Rwandan genocide and generational exile of African families. He grew up in the UK and Uganda and now lives in Dubai. Ashish enjoys sky diving, adventures and tennis, and regularly visits his spiritual leader Morari Bapu in India, whose philosophy of truth, love and compassion form the basis of Ashish's own life as a social entrepreneur and business leader. In the near future, Ashish will represent East Africa on Virgin Galactic's mission into space, thereby making him Africa’s second astronaut.

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  • How to book Ashish Thakkar?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ashish Thakkar for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ashish Thakkar, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ashish Thakkar or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ashish Thakkar?

    Booking fees for Ashish Thakkar, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ashish Thakkar, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ashish Thakkar?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ashish Thakkar for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ashish Thakkar for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ashish Thakkar or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ashish Thakkar or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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