Nicola Jowell

TITLE: Senior Lecturer

QUALIFICATIONS: Masters degree in Economics (WITS), Honours Degree in Economics (UCT), BA degree in Value & Policy Studies (Stellenbosch)

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Inclusive Innovation, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Macro Economics, Micro Economics, Development Economics



Nicola Jowell is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business.

Previously, Nicola worked for SABMiller plc, a global beer and soft drinks company. She ran the SAB Foundation, whose mandate is to invest in innovation, and economic and entrepreneurial development in South Africa, with a priority focus on leveraging innovation for economic development and to benefit women and youth in the rural areas, as well as persons with disabilities. Set up in 2011, the SAB Foundation currently has an investment portfolio of over 200 small and medium businesses. Their strategic programmes include the Tholoana Enterprise Fund (a small-scale seed-capital grant programme, to assist micro and small enterprises that provide income generation and employment), the SAB Foundation Growth Fund (which provides capital investment into medium-size, high potential enterprises, at a catalytic stage in their growth cycle) and the SAB Foundation Social Innovation Award (a challenge prize for sustainable social innovation that simultaneously addresses a challenge faced by women, the youth, persons with disabilities and persons in rural areas, and contributes to economic development in South Africa). 

Nicola began working for SABMiller plc at the London head office in 2002 in the Corporate Strategy & Planning team, as the Corporate Planning & Strategy Executive. After returning to South Africa in 2004, she worked in various departments within the South African Breweries Ltd, including organisational development, sales and distribution, and corporate affairs. Prior to joining SABMiller plc, she worked for INSEAD University (France) and the EU on a joint academic-corporate project on sustainable development, developing a toolkit for industry for product service systems across the European Union. 

She also worked as a strategy consultant for A.T. Kearney, working on process re-engineering and strategic sourcing for large clients. Prior to that she worked for Merrill Lynch (London) and Northern Trust (London). Nicola is currently pursuing a PhD with the University of Cape Town in the area of inclusive innovation. She has completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education programme on Innovation for Economic Development. She holds a Masters degree (Economics) from WITS, an Honours Degree (Economics) from the University of Cape Town, and B.A. (Value & Policy Studies) from the University of Stellenbosch.




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