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Ashish Thakkar

Entrepreneur, Refugee, Philanthropist, Founder & Group CEO at Mara Group

Entrepreneur, Refugee, Philanthropist, Founder & Group CEO at Mara Group

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Ashish Thakkar Biography

Ashish is a celebrated entrepreneur who started his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. Since then, Thakkar and his family have driven the growth of the company from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Corporation now has a presence across 26 African countries in sectors spanning technology, manufacturing, real estate and financial services.

Thakkar is passionate about enabling, empowering and inspiring young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs. In 2009, he launched the Mara Foundation to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship, Mara Mentor is a free online global platform that connects emerging entrepreneurs with business leaders and industry experts. Mara Foundation is led by the family to ensure a strong follow-through of the family's vision to create a self-sustaining Africa through entrepreneurship.

In 2012, Thakkar was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in recognition of his success and leadership in driving social and economic change in Africa. Thakkar advises several heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship.

In 2015, Thakkar was appointed Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.

In 2016 Thakkar was awarded Esquire Middle East Man of the Year.

In 2017, Thakkar was appointed Chair of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group at the African Development Bank.

In 2019, Thakkar was named African Leadership Person of the Year for Employment Generation.

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

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 05/27/2024.

Ashish Thakkar Videos

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Ashish Thakkar is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ashish Thakkar for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Ashish Thakkar generally travels from United Arab Emirates and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Paul Polman, Dr. Michael Time, Shiza Shahid, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Jorge Mas. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ashish Thakkar for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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