Stacey Brewer, SPARK’s Co-Founder and CEO is a true innovator who has actively disrupted the norm. Dedicated to making a difference and solving South Africa’s education challenges, Stacey launched the SPARK school network in 2012 and has been intricately involved in its evolution and growth ever since.
She completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, Ergonomics and Organisational Psychology from Rhodes University and also obtained an MBA in Entrepreneurship cum laude from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). At GIBS, Stacey channelled her passion for education into her thesis, which focused on a sustainable financial model for low-fee private schools in South Africa. This research served as the foundation for the establishment of SPARK Schools.
Her core beliefs include partnering with and investing in the highest calibre of people who buy into the company vision. Driven by purpose, Stacey believes that success is not purely about financial reward, but rather about making a real, sustainable impact. As such, she strives to improve the state and esteem of education in South Africa in an effort to shape society; she and her team work to better serve their learners and develop their teachers.
Stacey is an Endeavor Entrepreneur (the leading supporter of high-impact entrepreneurs around the world). She has been recognised and awarded a myriad of accolades including Elle Boss 2015, and Mail and Guardian Top 200 South Africans in 2014. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow 2015; Barack Obama’s flagship fellowship.