The Thakker family settled in Britain as Ugandan refugees in 1972 and in
Uganda as Rwandan refugees in 1994.
They returned to Rwanda and were again
forced to leave in 1994 due to Rwandan Genocide and settled in Kampala.
That’s when Thakkar started his business career as a teenager.
He founded the Mara Group and from trading moved into manufacturing, real
estate, finance, agriculture and IT services.
Later, he relocated his headquarters in Dubai with major offices in Kampala,
Lagos and other African cities.
Believing in a bright future for Africa, he has written a book, The Lion
Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.
Of course, he refers to the African lion as he thinks that the time of the
Chinese dragon and the Indian tiger is over.
In 2013, Thakkar announced a partnership with the former Barclays boss, Bob
Diamond, to launch Atlas Mara, a company that invests in commercial banking
institutions across Africa.
Bestowed with numerous leadership awards, Thakker, participated in the
"Global Accelerator" event in 2014 hosted by the United Nations Foundation and
the United Nations Office for Partnerships to discuss entrepreneurships in UN
objectives; and the US-Africa summit, hosted by the White House, alongside
former U.S. President Bill Clinton, in addition to the World Economic Forum in