Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss

Chair

Afsaneh M. Beschloss is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Creek, a leading global investment and advisory firm, active in emerging markets, alternative 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 in working on global public policy, financial policy, and advising government and regulatory agencies, central banks and financial institutions.

Ms. Beschloss 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 policy and investments in traditional, as well as renewable and clean energy and power projects to reduce carbon emissions. She advised Eastern European governments on energy sector privatisation.  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.

She is also a member of the board of trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the PBS Foundation and the Urban Institute. She also chairs the Investment Committees of PBS and the 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 on 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 received the Investor Lifetime Achievement Award from Institutional Investors, the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award, and was recognised as one of the American Bankers Most Powerful Women.

Ms. Beschloss holds an MPhil (Honors) in Economics from Oxford University, 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.