Ashish J Thakkar becomes first African to chair the United Nation’s Entrepreneurship Foundation

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02 Jul

Ashish J Thakkar becomes first African to chair the United Nation’s Entrepreneurship Foundation

The United Nations Foundation has announced that Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, will serve as first African to chair the United Nation Entrepreneurship Foundation .

As the first African entrepreneur to lead the GEC, Thakkar will bring a unique, global perspective to the Council’s mission to work with entrepreneurs to help the UN Foundation support the work of the UN. The announcement was made during a day of commemorations during which Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon marked the 70thanniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco.

Thakkar founded his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. Since then, he has led the growth of Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to a globally recognized multi-sector investment and operating group.

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