Alumna Kakenya Ntaiya Recognized as ‘Emerging Leader’ by Obama Foundation

Ntaiya in a black and white photo

Kakenya Ntaiya (EDUC ’11G) was selected to participate in the Obama Foundation’s Leaders: Africa 2019 program, an initiative to “support and develop the next generation of leaders.”

Ntaiya, a native of Kenya, has been applauded for her work of using her education to become a leading advocate for girls’ education and empowerment. With her PhD from Pitt’s School of Education, Ntaiya founded Kakenya’s Dream, a nonprofit organization that provides education, mentoring and health and leadership training for girls of her native community.

As part of the Leaders: Africa program, Ntaiya was one of 200 emerging leaders selected from 45 different countries to “explore new ways to take on the biggest challenges in their communities.” The program was held in Johannesburg from July 10-15.