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

Thesis draft submitted!

My first complete draft of my thesis has been submitted. Many pages and many, many words. I’ve been working for 20 hours straight so I think it’s sleepy time. *yay* Image of my face and my thesis. Yes I have a man bun. No I don’t care that you don’t like it <3 Blog: 351/365. Click here to read about my #365of25 journeySong of the day: Major Happy – Fred V & Graffi P.s. thank you to everyone for getting me this far <3

Pause. Look up

I often get overwhelmed when I’m working. I have a sudden realisation about the volume of work that needs to be covered. Or I can’t get through the complexity of something, which throws me off course. My normal approach used to be to double down. To force myself through. To sit in my chair and […]

Leverage your position, change the world

I remember getting to Grade 8 and feeling like a tiny ant compared to the staff and older students. I remember getting to my first year of university and feeling very small and insignificant compared to the lecturers and senior students. And I know that since finishing my undergrad I’ve felt like a tiny speck […]

Tie the habit to the addiction

The process of building habits fascinates me, which may be because I struggle to form good habits and break bad ones. I even got a book on the topic, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, which I would highly recommend. I’ve also written about things that help me form habits. These include announcing your […]

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 […]