Africa’s youngest billionaire Ashish Thakkar to hold masterclass in Accra


Today’s inter-connected world of business is getting smaller and competitive. As a result, the competitive edge of a business sets it apart from its cohorts.

Businesses therefore need real life success stories to share their experiences in order to stimulate creative thinking, build engagement, forge internal linkages, encourage and foster innovation all aimed at helping local businesses and individuals glean the minds of business-endowed individuals on topics like Ghana and Africa beyond Aid, Aid to Trade and general business principles.

It is on this note that Africa’s youngest billionaire Ashish Thakkar will hold a masterclass in Accra for business leaders as part of the Legacy Series talk under the auspices of Millennium Excellence Foundation with the patronage of His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II.

The Master Class which is a lecture-style monthly series features successful business and corporate individuals giving their insights into various aspects of the world of business and how to build and operate a successful company.

It is to help propel local businesses to lead the way in business negotiations, establishing businesses in other countries, excelling in business, business confidence, and innovation in business that will spur economic growth.

Participants will be able to ask one on one questions and have answers on a myriad of issues affecting the business world.

This month’s Legacy Series which is on the theme: “Aid to Trade, Ghana and Africa Beyond Aid, and Sound Business Practises” will be held at the Movenpick Ambassador on May 14, 2018.

The Special Invited Guest is Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana with special guests being the CEO’s of notable corporations in Ghana.

The talk series will see the business mogul offer dynamic business insights to inspire employees and employers alike to crack the proverbial Business Ceiling.

Ashish J Thakkar is the founder of Mara Group, a global and African firm specialising in Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Technology, and Infrastructure now headquartered in Dubai.

His entrepreneurial prowess at this young age has propelled him to share the African Stage with President Paul Kagame, Olusegun Obasanjo, and business leaders like Mo Ibrahim and shared the international stage with President Bill Clinton, former first lady the late Barbara Bush, Michael Dell, Sean Penn to mention a few.

He has participated in the World Economic Forum, United Nations’ Global Accelerator, Office of Partnership and the United States-African summit with Bill Clinton.

He has established companies in 22 African Countries with over 15,000 employees.

Together with General Electric (GE) and Atlas Merchant, Mara Group formed a Venture Capital Partnership to invest in infrastructure in Africa. Mara Group also went into partnership with Delta Africa and formed Mara Delta Property Holdings.

He won a Princeton University award and is Chair of United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneur Council. He also won Entrepreneur of The Year at the World Entrepreneurship Council in 2014 and Mara Group was chosen as a case study at Harvard Business School the same year. In 2015, he won Financial Times of London’s “Boldness in Business Award.”

His unique set of business skills earned him Millennium Excellence Foundation’s Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize.

He has been called “Africa’s Youngest Billionaire.” Fortune Magazine put him on the list of

“Top 40 under 40”, Esquire Magazines’ “Middle East Man of The Year,” and Author of “The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Development.”

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