Speaker From

South Africa


Cape Town

State | County | Province

Western Cape

Speaker Bio

Candice Mama is one of Vogue Magazine’s top 33 most inspiring women in the world alongside: Nicole Kidman, Michelle Obama, Malala

She was named in the Top 20 African Women by the African Union and United Nations celebrating women who have contributed in building peace in Africa presented by UN Secretary General António Guterres and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg

Her story was the base of acclaimed documentary It’s A Pleasure to Meet You featuring her and Siyah Mgoduka which was Showcased at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

In 2017 Candice was presented with the Human Beacon of Dignity Award in New York (Colombia University) presented by Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Evelin Lindner for her contribution in the field of forgiveness and reconciliation

The Dalai Lama heard her story being shared by Professor Pumla Goboda Madikizela at the Mind and Life Institute

Her work in forgiveness, reconciliation and trauma began after her story of forgiving apartheid assassin and her father’s murderer, Eugene De Kock, made international news.

As a 3 x Published Author (Contributor to SHE by the UN, Peace-Building for British Council and her own book Forgiveness Redefined)
Multi-award winning speaker
International Podcaster (listeners on 6 continents)
Tedx speaker
Mentor for two international organizations and Executive Board member on 2 international organizations and founding member of one.
She was chosen to lead the UN backed initiative Women Power in South Africa (making her the youngest member to hold the position)

Candice Mama

Candice is making her mark in the humanitarian field all before the age of thirty

Having learnt how to not only overcome immense loss but emerge on the other side greater, Candice Mama knows how to cultivate inner strength, master the art of forgiveness and thrive through adversity

Author and Vogue’s most inspiring woman, Candice shares her powerful story of coming face to face with her father’s killer and what that taught her about personal power, the liberating power of forgiveness and how to achieve great things through challenging circumstance

Whether it is learning the art of forgiveness, self-leadership, diversity and inclusion or resilience. Candice’s keynotes are both engaging and masterful. She has been a speaker for top tier organisations and universities such as New York University, Colombia University,University of Washington, University of Wollongong, Chas Everitt, British Council, Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Peace and Beyond Conference to name a few. She has shared stages with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Homi Bhabha , Lord Alderdice and honored Bill Clinton

Candice’s talks range from redefining forgiveness, self-leadership, diversity inclusion, women’s empowerment and crafting inner resilience. Having been recognised as Vogue’s most inspiring woman and Top twenty African women by the United Nations she is a highly sought after international speaker.

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  • Judge Albie Sachs
    02/09/2022 at 9:32 am

    “Candice has made me proud to be a South African today, we have done some things right” Judge Albie Sachs, Activist, Former Judge on The Constitutional High Court of South Africa

  • Colm Mcgivern
    02/09/2022 at 9:32 am

    “Candice is a remarkable young woman who enchants anyone who comes into contact with her. Whilst also being a gripping storyteller” Colm Mcgivern, CEO British Council

  • Anemari Jansen
    02/09/2022 at 9:32 am

    “Candice is not only making a difference but, a valuable and inspiring contribution to our country. She is a shining example of a compassionate human being who exudes a wisdom.” Anemari Jansen, Author of Eugene De Kock: Assassin for The State

  • Mandy Wiener
    02/09/2022 at 9:32 am

    “Candice Mama is remarkably impressive. She presented well, with immense self-confidence and composure and displayed a maturity and insight well beyond her years. “ Mandy Wiener, Journalist Marie Claire Magazine, Author

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