Ashish J. Thakkar

Founder, Mara Group & Mara Foundation

Ashish J. Thakkar, often referred to as “Africa’s Youngest Billionaire”, is the Founder of Mara Group and the Mara Foundation. Ashish set up Mara Group after moving to West Africa from London at the age of 15 and transformed it into a Pan-African conglomerate. Now a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa, he 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. In 2012, Ashish was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of his success and leadership in driving social and economic change in Africa and in 2015, he was appointed Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.