Ashish Thakkar Keynote panel
Founder of Mara Group Holdings
Ashish J. Thakkar is the Founder, Group Managing Director and Managing Partner at Mara Group Holdings Limited. Mr. Thakkar drives the business development and strategy of Mara. He 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 Limited. Mr. Thakkar started his career by setting up technology business and serves as an Advisor to Certain heads of state in the Sub Saharan African region. Mr. Thakkar is a serial entrepreneur and started his first business in 1996. In 2009, he founded the Mara Foundation. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Atlas Mara Limited since December 3, 2013. He is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa. He serves as a Director of Mara Group Holdings Limited. Mr. Thakkar has 18 years of experience in Africa across multiple sectors, including IT services, real estate, manufacturing, agriculture, and finance and extensive local knowledge of African business and geopolitical landscapes. 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.