Rowan Spazzoli

Strategist. Lecturer. Consultant

About Me

A brief background

Hi, I'm Rowan!

Welcome! Below you'll find a brief description of my work and a link to my CV. My social pages and contact details are listed after that. At the bottom of the page you'll find my recent blog posts. On my birthday I committed to blogging every day for a year, and I've called this #365of25. Feel free to subscribe below for my daily blog.

What do I do?
My work spans a number of areas, including social entrepreneurship, development economics, strategy, community safety, management studies and finance. At the core of these interests lies my main motivation: to explore pressing problems and develop solutions in order to positively impact society.

At the moment I'm completing Masters in Economic Development while lecturing in Applied Management and Strategy at the University of Cape Town. Beyond this, I work as an associate consultant at Nova Economics, where I have undertaken economic impact assessments on behalf of Monitor Deloitte.

I'm a co-founder of AllSafe, a research startup launched with two partners. AllSafe aims to improve community policing outcomes and reduce crime in South Africa. Our team recently placed in the Top 6 at the Oxford Global Challenge, a competition hosted by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School.

I have a Bachelor of Business Science in Management Studies, majoring in Finance, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting, with a minor in Economics, both from the University of Cape Town.

Curriculum Vitae
If you'd like to find out a little more, you can access my CV here

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Things that I'm good at.



Musings and thoughts

The Follow Through

Over the past few days I’ve hit a bit a slow patch with work. Nothing too serious, but it feels like I’m wading through thick mud. So I took some time off this afternoon to walk to the promenade and reflect. On my walk I realized that one of my key weaknesses was starting to […]

Friday Shoutout: Mo Malele

“My brilliance is best unfiltered, so take me as I am or don’t take me at all” – Mo Malele Today’s Friday shoutout goes to Mo Malele, one of the main people that motivated me to pursue my own path. Mo is one of the most exhilarating, creative and inspiring people I have ever had […]

Taming the Boggart

Have you ever had a fear or anxiety that can’t be explained? Something that materializes out of nowhere. It’s a dark shadow, and seems to adapt itself in to whatever might scare you the most. And it washes over you with a flood of anxiety at the least ideal moment. These are the types of […]

The Special Day

“What are you going to be doing on your special day?” This came up a few times today. Friends and family asking what exciting things I had planned for my birthday.  And to be honest, I hadn’t thought about it all that much. I’ve planned a dinner at the end of the week, but for […]

Birthday Eve

The evening before my birthday has always been special. It’s my dad’s birthday, meaning that it was a two day celebration in the family. It’s guy fawkes day, which meant that, just like new years eve, my birthday is ushered in with fireworks. And it’s a day of reflection about the year that has passed. […]

It’s within you

I’ve always struggled with letting go of things. I cried for a few days when leaving my university residence in 2012. I was really upset when my mom sold her car. And throwing away things that hold memories is always really difficult for me. Today I tried to alter this experience, with some advice from […]