Grace Matlhape is the CEO of SmartStart NPC, an early learning social franchise in South Africa. She is involved in and responsible for developing strategies and leading SmartStart’s strategic implementation across the country. Before joining SmartStart, she was the CEO of LoveLife, a large-scale, comprehensive national youth leadership development and risk reduction organisation in South Africa. She has extensive experience working in the social justice and development field in South Africa with particular interest in working with youth. Matlhape sits on several boards of commercial and non-profit organisations and is a fellow of the Leadership and Innovation Network for Collaboration in the children’s sector in South Africa.

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