Women's Forum Global Meeting 2023


Kakenya Ntaiya

Kakenya's Dream

Founder and President


Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya is a world-renowned educator and advocate for girls' health and human rights. She has dedicated her life to creating lasting change across rural Africa. After escaping child marriage and surviving female genital mutilation, she became the first woman from her indigenous Maasai village in Kenya to attend university in the United States. In 2009, she founded a nonprofit organization, Kakenya’s Dream, to empower vulnerable girls through education, health and leadership programs. Dr. Ntaiya was featured in Bill Gates’ Heroes in the Field series and has been named a Top Ten CNN Hero, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.”