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Afsaneh Beschloss

Founder & CEO, The Rock Creek Group

Afsaneh M. Beschloss is Founder and CEO of Rock Creek. The firm is a leading global investment and advisory firm, active in emerging markets, alternatives, private equity and impact investing. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group. Prior to that, she was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank. Ms. Beschloss has a long history working on global public policy and financial policy advising governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies. She was also responsible for the investment of the World Bank’s assets and external assets from the IMF, central banks, and sovereign funds, as well as for the World Bank’s borrowings and ratings, financial technical assistance, and reserve advisory and management program.

Ms. Beschloss was a leader in the World Bank’s work on energy and the environment, and founded the World Bank’s Natural Gas Group, a public private group which invested in gas and power projects aimed to replace coal in emerging markets. She led the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Group where she was responsible for energy policy and investing in oil, gas, renewable energy and power projects to reduce carbon emissions. She advised Eastern European governments on energy sector privatization. Ms. Beschloss also worked at Shell International Group Planning in London. Prior to the World Bank, she was with
J.P. Morgan in New York and London in the Corporate Finance Group.

She is a member of the board of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the PBS Foundation, Urban Institute, and World Wide Web Foundation, where she is the Board Chair. She is also the Chair of the Investment Committee at PBS and Urban Institute. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross and the Chair of the Global Advisory Council for the World Resources Institute, as well as the Visiting Committee at the Center for Development Economics at Williams College. Ms. Beschloss is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Investor Governors and the Council of Foreign Relations. She is a past Trustee of the Ford Foundation, where she chaired the Investment Committee. She is a recipient of the 100 Women in Hedge Fund Leadership, Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award, and was recognized as one of the American Bankers Most Powerful Women in Banking.

Ms. Beschloss holds an MPhil (Honors) in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she taught international trade and economic development. She is the co‐author of The Economics of Natural Gas (Oxford) and author of numerous journal articles on energy policy.