USB PhD alumnus Candice Booysen receives top leadership award Stellenbosch Business School Skip to main content
Dr Candice Booysen, who completed her PhD at USB, recently received a Top Pan African Award from CEO Global.

These awards, based on a rigorous judging process, honour excellence in the private and public sector, and help to dispel the notion that Africa has a scarcity of leadership talent.

Dr Booysen is an industrial psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She is also an executive member of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa and is currently the Human Resources Director of Interconnect Systems.

Her PhD research focused on, Antecedents to intention to quit among Generation Y information technology professionals in South Africa.

Over the years, she has served as a talent specialist and organisational development practitioner in organisations such as BCX, Deloitte, Aspen Pharmacare, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Media 24 and the University of the Western Cape. She is a dynamic leader who is passionate about the development of organisations, teams and individuals.

Various accolades and awards confirm her expertise. In 2016, she won the HR Rising Star Award from HR Future. She was also nominated as a finalist in the Standard Bank Woman of the Year Award as well as in the Institute of People Management’s HR Director of the Year Award. In 2017, she received an award at the 25th HRD World Congress in Mumbai, India, recognising her as one of the 100 most influential HR professionals globally.

She is the founder of a non-profit organisation called Releasing Eagles, which focuses on the mentorship and coaching of young people.

She lives to serve, inspire, develop and teach people, and to act as a change agent for people from her generation. Her motto is: “Do not let your circumstances dictate who you are. Introduce the world to the gifts, talents and magic inside of you.”


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