About Mara Group

Mara possesses in-depth knowledge and unrivalled expertise in Africa.

Mara is a young and dynamic pan-African investment group with operations in the following sectors: banking, real estate, infrastructure, and technology.

About Mara

Mara’s first company was founded by Ashish J. Thakkar in 1996. Ashish began his entrepreneurial career in business at the age of 15 by borrowing a small loan to set up an IT company in Uganda. Within a year, he transitioned from a high school student to a full time entrepreneur. Mara’s growth has been driven by selectively partnering with multinationals and individuals with subject expertise dedicated to expanding in Africa– thus combining global best practise with Mara’s local knowledge and operational expertise.

Mara has an African heritage dating back to the late 19th century. With roots in Uganda, Mara has expanded across the continent into a wide variety of sectors. Its legacy investments, however, are still very much a part of its DNA. These legacy businesses include: corrugated cardboard manufacturing through Riley Packaging and BPO services though Mara Ison and Ison BPO. These legacy businesses include: corrugated cardboard manufacturing through Riley Packaging and BPO and IT services though Mara Ison and Ison BPO.

Our Strategy

Mara is a young and dynamic diversified group of companies and a well recognised and respected brand in Africa. Characterised by professionalism, integrity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, Mara possesses in-depth knowledge and unrivalled expertise in Africa.

Our Vision

Mara’s vision is to become the most exciting African company operating globally. It aims to bring together innovation and superior performance to create a truly inspirational, trusted and internationally recognised brand that has a meaningful and lasting impact in Africa.

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" If you haven't invested in Africa in 2015,
you will kick yourself in a decade"

ASHISH J. THAKKAR

Ashish J. Thakkar is the Executive Chairman of Mara Sokoni, an African e-commerce platform with a focus on B2C marketplace for general merchandise. He is also the Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. Ashish has driven the growth of the Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Group now employs over 11,000 people across 25 African countries in sectors spanning technology, banking, real estate and infrastructure. Ashish serves as Chair of the United Nations Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Council and is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.