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

A whole new world

The last time I wrote on this blog, the world was a little different. I was in Joburg with my partner and family. We were at the Gauteng champs, watching my little brother row and the Springboks win in Japan. There was plenty of social contact, freely available alcohol and space to travel around the […]

Create your own space

As children we are given vast amounts of our own space. We have break time between classes, we get school holidays and we get plenty of time to do physical activities. These are all just a part of our schooling system, but they still allow us to get our own space fairly regularly However, this […]

Thesis and Thank Yous

Last week I finally got my thesis results, which included some phenomenal feedback from highly regarded academics. And today I submitted my final thesis, with corrections, to the UCT library, which means that it’s officially a wrap for my MCom in Economic Development. I will be graduating in December 🙂 I wouldn’t have made it […]

And life goes on

In April 2016 I had a week where my life seemed to fall apart. So many bad things happened to me in quick succession that it was difficult to keep track of them all. I was overwhelmed and scared and anxious. I handled this by shutting out the world. I hid in my bed. I […]

Pitching perfect

Tomorrow I have one of the biggest pitches of my life. We’re asking a major corporate for some major funding so that we can have a major impact on South Africa. Today was exhausting, but we managed to: Complete and polish our slide deck Make our pitch perfect Buy me new clothes (for anyone that […]

The Last Mile

Two years ago I ran a marathon. A full marathon. And the most difficult part of the whole event was the last mile. There were hundreds of people cheering on the route. A friend waited at the last corner to shout my name. There were giant banners, cheerleaders, a brass band and race marshals all […]