Candy Smith started her career as a project manager at ABSA/Barclays, one of the big four South African financial services institutions. At ABSA, Candy project managed volunteering campaigns, grant funding programs, conferences and events within the Employee Volunteer Program (EVP) portfolio.
She later joined IREX as the Southern Africa Regional Program Coordinator and later Senior Program Coordinator for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship, a program initiated in 2015 by the former US President Barack Obama.
Among other responsibilities, at IREX, Candy managed the relationship between Mandela Washington Fellows and partners through grant funding, mentorships, high level internships and other opportunities. During this time, she honed her skills in project management, events and conference planning, team coordination and management, communication, data analysis and reporting and managing budgets.
- One of her greatest strengths is her ability to adapt to different environments and pay attention to detail, even while working under pressure. Candy holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits University) and is currently completing her Honours in applied psychology with the University of South Africa (UNISA).
- Her vision is to start a practice in Noordgesig, Soweto to provide psychosocial support to young people in the community in which she grew up.