Chairman, Mara Group & Mara Foundation
Jagdish is the Chairman of Mara Group and has overseen its exponential growth and expansion across Africa since the Group’s inception in 1996. Under his leadership, Mara has refined its focus on Africa’s key growth sectors and has honed in on the ingredients required for future success.
Having lived and worked in a number of markets throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Jagdish has a deep understanding of the investment opportunities that exist across the region. His insight into the local culture and business environment has proven invaluable in helping Mara achieve success both at home and abroad.
Jagdish is involved in extensive charity work aimed at uplifting African communities, such as coordinating blood drives for the Red Cross and providing support to the underpriveleged in the surrounding communities. A keen sportsman, he also runs his own cricket teams – ‘Maruti Cricket Club’ and ‘Kakooza 6′. In 2012, Jagdish was awarded a Pearl of Africa Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jagdish is based in Kampala, Uganda.
ASHISH J THAKKAR
Founder, Mara Group
Ashish is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. Since then, he has driven the growth of the company from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognised multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Group now has a presence across 25 African countries in sectors spanning technology, financial services, infrastructure and real estate. Ashish continues to drive the business development and strategy of Mara.
In 2012, Ashish 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. Ashish advises several heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa.
Ashish is passionate about enabling, empowering and inspiring young male and female entrepreneurs. Consequently, in 2009, he founded the Mara Foundation to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship and venture philanthropy.
In 2015, Ashish was appointed Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.
Ashish is based in Dubai and Kampala, Uganda.
Executive Director, Mara Group & Mara Foundation
Ahuti serves as an Executive Director of Mara Group, working across its technology and real estate ventures.
She has over 18-years of experience working in real estate in Dubai, Africa, India and the UK. She also was a Partner of SKAI Holdings Real Estate Brokerage, which achieved an annual turnover of AED 2 billion in 2013.
In addition to her real estate activities, Ahuti is a Director and Board Member of the Mara Foundation, a mentorship programme that operates across Africa.
Ahuti has been a key part of Mara’s leadership team since its inception and actively managing the Family Investment portfolio and also assessing new business opportunities. She also played a crucial role in setting up Mara’s head office in Dubai.
Ahuti is based in Dubai.