Sawa Nakagawa

Founder & Partner

I’m passionate about catalyzing impact.

Sawa has over 17 years of financial services experience across impact investing, general management, investment banking, and strategy. Throughout her career, she has worked across Africa, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and the U.S.

Previously Sawa served as Chief Executive Officer of EInvestments (Pty) Ltd, an impact investment company with a mission to attack poverty and create jobs in South Africa. E2 is an empowerment partner to Allan Gray (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s largest privately held investment management company.

Prior to E2, she worked for Barclays Africa Group’s Equity Investments and Special Projects team in Johannesburg. Before moving to South Africa, Sawa worked for the International Finance Corporation in the Health & Education Department where she invested in private hospitals, clinics, schools and universities in developing countries in a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. Sawa started her career in finance at UBS Investment Bank.

In addition, she has extensive experience as a board and committee member including Spartan SME Finance, National Empowerment Fund, and African Leadership Academy’s Young Entrepreneurs Fund.

Sawa holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She is a CFA Charterholder and an US-Japan Leadership Program (USLJP) delegate.