Ashish J. Thakkar

CEO of Mara Group

Mr. Ashish J. Thakkar is the Founder, Group Managing Director and Managing Partner of Mara Group Holdings Limited. Mr. Thakkar drives the business development and strategy of Mara. Mr. Thakkar is the Founder Astronaut in Virgin Galactic’s first flight to space. Mr. Thakkar serves as an Executive of Mara Africa Opportunities. He is a Co-Founder of Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited. Mr. Thakkar started his career by setting up technology business and serves on the advisory panels ... to several heads of state in the Sub Saharan African region. In 2009, he founded the Mara Foundation. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Atlas Mara Limited (a/k/a, Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited) since December 3, 2013. He is a serial entrepreneur and started his first business in 1996. He advises several heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa. He serves as a Director of Mara Group Holdings Limited. Since 2012, he was 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.

It is important to remember that the so-called “New Africa” is made up of 54 countries in five regions. Africa is not a single monolithic whole. The only safe generalisation is that Africa is planning, managing and starting to finance its own destiny.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

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