Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss

Chair

Afsaneh M. Beschloss is founder and CEO of Rock Creek, a leading global investment firm. Previously, she served as Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group and was President of Carlyle Asset Management. She served as Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank and worked at Shell International and J.P. Morgan. Ms. Beschloss has advised governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies around the world on global public policy and financial policy.

Ms. Beschloss has a long history of investing in energy, infrastructure, and impact/ESG. She led the World Bank’s energy investments and policy advisory work on oil, gas, renewable and clean energy and power projects to reduce carbon emissions and founded its natural gas investment and policy group.

Ms. Beschloss chairs the World Wide Web Foundation Board, and serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the American Red Cross, and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the PBS Foundation, where she chairs the investment committee. She also serves on the Visiting Committee at the Center for Development Economics at Williams College and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Investor Governors and the Council of Foreign Relations. Ms. Beschloss is a past Trustee of the Ford Foundation, where she chaired the Investment Committee.

She is a recipient of the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. She was also recognised 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 and finance.