Laura Kakon is Group Chief Growth and Strategy Officer at Honoris United Universities. Laura is in charge of identifying and steering Honoris’ long-term growth strategy and driving value creation across the network through differentiation, competitive advantage and innovation. With nearly 25 years of experience and great agility to lead international and multicultural projects, Laura is a seasoned and passionate leader with proven leadership experience in several key positions in the Education sector (with Laureate International Universities Group) and the business sector, including 11 years with the L'Oréal Group where she held several global management positions covering the USA, Europe and Asia – roles that catalyzed her expertise in brand building and customer acquisition and experience.
Laura is a graduate of the ESCP Business School, Université Paris Dauphine, and Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique where she recently obtained a certificate in Collective Intelligence.
There is a lack of focused discourse highlighting innovation in exceptional talent identification and development in Africa. There is an urgent need to harness/unlock the potential of Africa’s demographic dividend by way of its youthful population. This panel will seek to learn from a diverse set of entrepreneurs at the forefront of reimagining how we educate the world’s youngest population. We will explore how for- and non-profit models face incredible opportunities and challenges as they scale across borders on the continent.