Women's Forum Global Meeting 2023


Laura Kakon

Honoris United Universities

Chief Growth & Strategy Officer


Laura Kakon is the CGSO of Honoris United Universities, the first and largest pan-African private higher education group. She is in charge of identifying and steering Honoris’ long-term growth strategy and driving value throughout the student's journey by differentiating, digitizing, and innovating. She is passionate about women’s leadership and entrepreneurship and promotes increasing girls’ education across Africa. She has advocated for greater access to STEM, maker spaces, coding as a second language, and 21st-century skills. Under her leadership, Honoris was recognized as a New Champion by the WEF and was awarded the New Champions Award for Excellence in Adaptive Capacity. Honoris's social impact has made it a crucial element of social infrastructure in Africa, transforming the lives of over 1,000,000 people across the continent. She is the official Knowledge Partner of the Women In Africa Initiative (WIA) currently training 20,000 women entrepreneurs, and named Top 10 finalist for Africa Education Medal 2023, a recognition of individuals who have demonstrated impact, leadership, and advocacy in education. She is a graduate of the ESCP Business School, Université Paris Dauphine.