Mar Candela was born and educated in Valencia, Spain.
She holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Information Science, and has several years of professional experience in media and communications, both as a journalist and as a press officer.
She worked as a freelance for different magazines, writing and broadcasting the news on several radio stations in Spain, Greece and France and on a local TV station in Spain. As well, she worked as a press officer for the Valencia regional government communications department and did public relations on a municipal political campaign.
Mar first arrived in Brussels in 2007 with a Leonardo Grant to work at the ITUC in the Campaigns and Communications Department, where she had her first contact with global unionism.
She is specially interested in gender equity and Latin American issues.