Our Story

Backed by a strong African heritage, Mara Group is a young and dynamic group with an objective to change the African narrative.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Infrastructure in Africa

2016
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GE, Mara Group and Atlas Merchant Capital joint venture to invest in infrastructure projects in Africa.​

Wins the Award

2015

Jagdish Thakkar wins the Princeton Award.

The Lion Awakes

2015
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The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle is published

Appointed as Chair

2015
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Ashish J. Thakkar is appointed as Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council

Wins Business Award

2015
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Mara wins the Financial Times’ Boldness in Business Award in recognition of its achievements in developing markets

Mara Delta

2015
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Mara announces strategic partnership with Delta Africa and Pivotal to form Mara Delta – a JSE listed real estate fund. ​

Appointed to the Board

2014

Ashish J. Thakkar is appointed to the Board of ‘The Africa Center’, a creative space on New York’s Fifth Avenue

Wins the Award

2014
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Ashish J. Thakkar wins the MTV Base Leadership Award

Awarded Entrepreneur

2014

Ashish J. Thakkar is awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Entrepreneurship Forum [Award was returned]

Adopted as a case

2014

Mara Group is adopted as a case study at Harvard Business School

Joins Dell’s Global Advisory Board

2013

Ashish J. Thakkar joins Dell’s Global Advisory Board

Appointed a Young Global Leader

2012

Ashish J. Thakkar is appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

Invited to sit on the World Economic Forum’s

2012

Ashish J. Thakkar is invited to sit on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa

Achieved Award

2012

Jagdish Thakkar is awarded a Pearl of Africa Lifetime Achievement Award

Award

2012

Riley Packaging and Kensington Africa receive a Uganda Responsible Investment award (URI)

Mara is recognised

2010

Mara is recognised as a Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum

Fastest Growing Company

2009

Raps Uganda (now Mara Ison) is recognised by KPMG as one of Uganda’s Top 100 fastest growing medium sized companies