Jeffrey Smith

Founding Director, Vanguard Africa and the Vanguard Africa Foundation


Jeffrey Smith is the Founding Director of Vanguard Africa and the Vanguard Africa Foundation. He is also the co-creator and host of the affiliated podcast, The Resistance Bureau. Mr. Smith has over a decade of experience in human rights advocacy, pro-democracy and research work on Africa, including at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Freedom House, National Endowment for Democracy, Institute for Democratic Alternatives in South Africa, and UNESCO. Mr. Smith has planned and conducted human rights and civil society assessment missions to several African countries and has published extensively on US-Africa policy and human rights issues for major international publications.