Joy Olivier is one of the co-founders of IkamvaYouth and has been involved in all aspects of the organisation from the outset as a volunteer in 2003. She began working full-time for IkamvaYouth in 2010.
Previously, in addition to her role as Director of IkamvaYouth, she worked with TEACH South Africa in the Western Cape and as a researcher at the University of the Western Cape, the Human Sciences Research Council and bridges.org. She has freelanced as a researcher, project manager, open educational resource developer, writer and editor in a range of projects with civil society, government and higher education partners. All her work is focused on redressing inequality and injustice in South Africa through promoting equal access to quality education and opportunities.
Olivier is an Ashoka fellow and has won a number of other national, regional and international awards for her work with IkamvaYouth. She has an honors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education and Information and Communications Technology from the University of Cape Town.