Honoris United Universities, a pan-African network of private higher education institutions backed by buyout house Actis, has announced new additions to its senior leadership team as it expands across the continent.

The former chief marketing officer at Honoris, Laura Kakon, was promoted to chief growth and strategy officer, while Luis Ramirez-Alonso is moving from interim to permanent chief human resource officer and Pepe Peran is joining the company as chief business development officer, effective 1 September. 

Ramirez-Alonso worked at Laureate International Universities in various leadership positions, most recently as vice-president of human resources, prior to joining Honoris.

Peran has also spent over a decade in the higher education sector, focusing on profitable growth, acquisitions and digital transformation, Honoris said in a statement.

The network of universities serves 45,000 students at 60 campuses and learning centres, and via online learning, across 10 African countries. The network includes 11 institutions, including universities, specialised schools, technical and vocational institutes and pure-online platforms. It offers more than 280 degrees, according to its website.

Earlier this summer, the network announced it was expanding into West Africa with the acquisition of Nile University Nigeria.

Honoris was established three years ago and has been backed by private equity firm Actis since 2017. The buyout house previously invested in African universities and post-secondary education groups.

Date published: 10 September 2020

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