Middle East Man of the Year – Ashish J. Thakkar

Middle East Man of the Year - Ashish J Thakkar
26 Jan

Lessons from an entrepreneur: Ashish J. Thakkar

How our ‘ Middle East Man of the Year ‘ earned his stripes

Ashish J. Thakkar runs The Mara Group, a pan-African business Services Company headquartered in Dubai, which operates in technology, financial services, manufacturing and plenty more. Thakkar has created a sprawling empire that, through its investments, operates in 25 countries across Africa and employs over 11,000 people. He’s also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and the chairman of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. He has also authored a book, The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.

It’s little wonder, then, that Thakkar was named Esquire’s Middle East Man of the Year in 2016. Below, our editor-in-chief, Jeremy Lawrence, gives some further insight into why he was chosen for the award.