RPCV Jason Spindler (Peru) killed in Kenyan hotel attack

Jason Spindler

Jason Spindler (Peru 2005), founder and managing director of I-DEV International, died in the attack on the DusitD2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities in the capital of Nairobi, his company said. Jason, who was also in the attack on 9/11 joined the Peace Corps after that and was a PCV in Peru. His company had an office at a space for entrepreneurs called Metta located in the hotel complex. Colleagues confirmed Spindler was having a meal when the attack happened. He was the only American killed in the Nairobi attack.

Photo: I-DEV International

“Spindler was working in the World Trade Center 17 years ago when planes hit the towers, an I-DEV spokesman said.

Spindler’s mother, Sarah Spindler, told NBC News on Tuesday night that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets.”

“We all miss him so much. And it’s so sad that such a bright young person is taken away by terrorism,” she told NBC News.

Spindler, a University of Texas business graduate who received a doctoral law degree at New York University, once served in the US Peace Corps in northern Peru, where he “led the growth of a $7 million locally owned agribusiness,” a biography on I-DEV’s website says.

He also was an investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, and had advised more than 100 small- or medium-sized businesses in emerging markets, his biography reads.

Spindler was the founder, CEO and managing director of I-DEV International, a strategy and investment advisory firm that attempts to grow businesses in emerging markets.

Spindler is warmly remembered by those who knew him at NYU, the university’s law school said Wednesday.

“His tragic death is a loss not only to his loved ones, but to the community of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of others through social enterprise,” the university’s statement reads.”

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  • I agree that this is incredibly sad (can’t believe he was also in 9/11…). My heart goes out to everyone affected by these attacks, especially the loved ones of those murdered and community members whose lives have been forever altered.

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