Jan Schwier

Partner and Head of Africa Initiative

Jan Schwier is responsible for Bridgespan’s Africa Initiative and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He serves both the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors, focusing on organizations with a significant global footprint or a strong focus on Africa. Recent research includes: "When Urban Informal Settlement Communities Drive Their Own Change," and a research brief on the landscape of large-scale giving in Africa. In addition, he works extensively with leaders on issues around strategic clarity as well as results measurement and learning focused strategy and capacity building. He leads the measurement and learning area of expertise at Bridgespan.
Prior to joining Bridgespan, Jan was responsible for the Advisory Services portfolio of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in sub-Saharan Africa and oversaw IFC’s Fragile States program (CASA) for several years. Part of his responsibilities included the management and development of bilateral, multilateral, and philanthropic funding relationships as well as the oversight related to multi- and single-donor trust funds for advisory services in Africa. He has continued to engage on the topic of fragile states and refugees. Recent work explored private sector engagement with refugees and host communities.
Jan was also a partner at the Monitor Group in Johannesburg, where he focused on Inclusive Business and Agricultural Value Chain development. His client work contributed to the research and publication of the Promise and Progress report, which evaluated business models to address service needs of those living in extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
Earlier in his career, he was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group in China and Finland, focusing on Energy, Industrial Goods and Private Equity. He graduated from the American University in Paris with a BA in Business and French and from Georgetown University with an MBA.