Joey grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. He completed an honours degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology in 2003 at the University of Cape Town. From 2003-2008 he worked as a consultant with the Treatment Action Campaign and the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union. Joey has been involved with youth movements and grassroots community organising from a young age and helped form Equal Education in 2008, where he headed the movement’s youth and campaigns departments.

Joey has been involved with youth movements and grassroots community organising from a young age and helped form Equal Education in 2008, where he headed the movement’s youth and campaigns departments.

Joey worked in London at Amnesty International’s Economic Social and Cultural Rights unit on the right to adequate housing as well as on sexual and reproductive rights. In 2015, he was part of a reference group developing an activist education programme that helped establish the Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education.