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Nicola Jowell

Adjunct Senior Lecturer/Convener, Mphil in Inclusive Innovation at UCT Graduate School of Business

Nicola Jowell is an adjunct Senior Lecture at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She convenes the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation, an interdisciplinary, research-based Masters degree that leads to the development of sustainable solutions for challenges in Africa.


Until February 2014, 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 people with disabilities. 

Nicola is currently pursuing a PhD with the University of Cape Town in the area of social innovation for economic development. 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.