Afsaneh Beschloss, Founder & CEO
Afsaneh Beschloss is an economist and founder and CEO of RockCreek, one of the world’s largest women-owned investment firms. Previously, she was Managing Director and partner at the Carlyle Group. As the World Bank’s Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, she led the Bank’s investments, balance sheet management, ratings, borrowings, and innovations in financial products. Prior to this, she led the World Bank’s investments and policy work for renewable energy, power, and infrastructure, as well as pioneering investments in wind and solar energy. Previously, she worked in corporate finance at JP Morgan.
Afsaneh has advised governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies on financial policy and energy policy. She serves on the board of trustees of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller Foundation, where she chairs the Investment Committee, the Bretton Woods Committee, where she co-chairs the Future of Finance Working Group, Georgetown University, and chairs the PBS Foundation.
She was recognized by Carnegie Corporation in their “Great Immigrants, Great Americans 2020” list, received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award and the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award, and been listed among the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker. She is the co-author of The Economics of Natural Gas (Oxford University Press) and author of numerous journal articles on innovations in finance, energy economics, and renewable energy investing.
Afsaneh holds an MPhil (Honors) in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she taught international trade and economic development.