Grace Matlhape

Grace Matlhape

Chief Executive Officer
SmartStart

Grace Matlhape is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SmartStart, a social franchise expanding access to quality early learning in South Africa. Before joining SmartStart, she was the CEO of loveLife, a large scale and comprehensive national HIV prevention and social and behaviour change organisation targeting young people.

She has extensive experience working in the social justice and development field in South Africa with particular interest in innovations for scaling up evidence- based programmes to maximise population level impact. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the strategic implementation of smart education and health programmes across sub-Saharan Africa.

She is a qualified social worker with experience spanning various aspects of psycho-social support and mental health. She also holds a Certificate in a Management Advancement Programme from the Wits Business School and a Masters in Business Management from the University of Johannesburg.