RockCreek is a leading global investment firm that applies cutting-edge technology and innovation to investments. Our clients are foundations, endowments, universities and pension funds that trust us to meet the financial needs of the retirees, students and communities they serve.
In 2002, RockCreek founder and CEO Afsaneh Beschloss set out to build a different kind of investment-management firm: One that nurtures a dynamic, diverse team with a global perspective to generate innovative solutions for institutional investors.
Today, RockCreek manages approximately $14 billion and leverages an experienced and innovative team with roots in leading investment, non-profit, academic, and technology firms to bring a deep understanding of global markets to investment decisions.
Our data-driven technology and innovative culture allow us to capitalize on trends that are reshaping the investment landscape.
“We put doing well for our investors above all else. Meeting our clients' objectives involves more than figures on a balance sheet. It also determines the financial health of families and communities around the world.”— Afsaneh Beschloss, Chief Executive Officer
Culture and Values
Global Perspective, Local Knowledge
RockCreek brings a global perspective to investment decisions, bolstered by a deep understanding of local markets, companies, and economies.
Building Durable Partnerships
At RockCreek, we believe that durable partnerships with clients – based on mutual respect, transparency, and a common mission – build the strongest foundation for superior performance.
Expertise Meets Agility
RockCreek offers deep expertise, sophisticated technology, and customized approaches to investments. We are nimble enough to adapt to shifting market conditions, with a goal to avoid looming risks and exploit emerging opportunities.
Founder & CEO
Afsaneh Beschloss is the founder and CEO of RockCreek, a leading global investment firm that applies technology and innovation to investments and a leader in emerging markets investing. RockCreek has investments in payment systems in Africa for financial inclusion, as well as in technology, health and EdTech in Asia and Latin America. RockCreek is among the most diverse investment firms and out if its $14 billion in assets, over $1.4 billion is invested in women-led and diverse firms. The Advisory Board of RockCreek includes former Federal Reserve Chairman Dr. Alan Greenspan and economists Jessica Einhorn and Liaquat Ahamed.
Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group and President of Carlyle Asset Management. Before then, she was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank, where she worked closely with the Bank’s Board and managed the Bank’s balance sheet, worked on innovations to its capital structure, as well as advised central banks and treasury departments of G-7, G-20, and developing countries. She participated in BIS meetings and led work on pension and financial reform. Ms. Beschloss has advised governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies on global public policy and financial policy.
She helped to move the Bank and its clients into new entrepreneurial areas and created the natural gas group with top experts from gas companies from Japan, Europe, and the US. She led the World Bank's energy investments and policy work. She founded its natural gas investment group to generate power in many emerging markets. She started working on China’s energy sector with CNOOC after China joined the Bank, advised the Indian Secretary Energy and Finance on energy pricing in India, initiated the Bank’s Advisory work with Gazprom after Russia joined the Bank, and led the Bank’s work on energy privatization in Eastern Europe.
Ms. Beschloss is on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the World Resources Institute, the American Red Cross, and is the Vice-Chair of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). She is 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, as well as Colonial Williamsburg, Urban Institute, and a member of the investment committee of Rockefeller Brothers, United Nations, and the Smithsonian Institution.
She is a recipient of the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. She was recognized as one of American Banker's 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 has published widely, having co-authored The Economics of Natural Gas and authored numerous journal articles on energy and finance. She is often asked to speak at high-level panels and keynotes at the World Economic Forum (including most recently a panel with Christine Lagarde and Bono on Closing the Financing Gap for SDGs in January 2019), HBS, Milken Institute, IMF-World Bank Annual meetings, WSJ, Fortune, and the New York Times, which published a profile of Ms. Beschloss’ leadership of the World Bank.
Alifia Doriwala. Ms. Doriwala is a Managing Director at RockCreek. Prior to her tenure with RockCreek, Ms. Doriwala was an Equity Arbitrage trader for the proprietary trading desk at Wolverine Trading, L.P., where she was responsible for analyzing, modeling, and trading equity spreads resulting from corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and share classes. Before Wolverine Trading, she was an Investment Banking Analyst in Merrill Lynch’s Financial Sponsor Group, where she assessed the suitability of potential targets for private equity portfolio companies. Ms. Doriwala graduated from Georgetown University magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and English and has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Alberto Fassinotti. Mr. Fassinotti is a Managing Director at RockCreek. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fassinotti was at Darby Overseas Investments, an emerging markets private equity firm, where he participated in the development of a new global emerging markets fund focused on infrastructure investments. Mr. Fassinotti also worked at J.P. Morgan's alternative investments group and at Goldman Sachs’ investment management division. Mr. Fassinotti holds an AB in Economics from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude, and a Master's in Foreign Service with a concentration in Commerce and Finance from Georgetown University.
Senior Managing Director
Sudhir Krishnamurthi, DBA. Dr. Krishnamurthi is Senior Managing Director of RockCreek Group. Before joining RockCreek, Dr. Krishnamurthi was Director of the World Bank’s Investment Management Department, where he was responsible for managing investment assets, including $12 billion of pension assets in equities, fixed-income securities and alternative assets. Dr. Krishnamurthi also served as the Director of Corporate Finance at the World Bank, where he managed $27 billion of equity. Dr. Krishnamurthi received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a degree in Business from the Indian Institute of Management. He holds a doctorate from Harvard Business School.
Kenneth LaPlace. Mr. LaPlace is a Managing Director at RockCreek. Before joining RockCreek, Mr. LaPlace was at Cambridge Associates, where he oversaw the development of marketable alternative asset manager coverage within the firm’s investment manager database group. He also contributed to various research reports on alternative investment managers. Mr. LaPlace received his BS in Finance from Virginia Tech University in 1996. He holds an MBA from The George Washington University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Senior Managing Director
Kenneth G. Lay. Mr. Lay is Senior Managing Director of RockCreek. Previously, Mr. Lay served as Treasurer of The World Bank, where he and his colleagues managed more than $100 billion in investments. Mr. Lay also served as a country director in Latin America and Southeastern Europe, and headed the World Bank’s financial sector practice, where he helped develop the “financial sector assessment program.” This program is now the cornerstone of international efforts to monitor and improve the health of countries’ banking and capital markets. Mr. Lay holds a BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from the George Washington University, and the CFA designation. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Maryam Mashayekhi. Ms. Mashayekhi is a Managing Director at RockCreek, where she leads Client Services. Before joining RockCreek, Ms. Mashayekhi was a Principal at Woodland Partners. Ms. Mashayekhi graduated from Bedford College, University of London, with a BA in Economics, and did post-graduate studies in Economics at Georgetown University.
Chief Compliance Officer & Managing Director
Sherri Rossoff. Ms. Rossoff is a Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at RockCreek. Before joining RockCreek, Ms. Rossoff was senior counsel at the World Bank’s legal finance group, where she focused on pension investments and asset management, particularly hedge funds and alternative investments. She also acted as counsel to the Pension Finance Committee for the World Bank's pension plans and provided legal technical assistance to various central banks on investment management issues. Prior to that, she was an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb focusing on securities and financial transactions. Ms. Rossoff earned her law degree from New York University School of Law. She received her BA in Economics and Political Science summa cum laude from Queens College, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the New York State Bar.
Antonio Sierra. Mr. Sierra is a Managing Director at RockCreek. Prior to joining RockCreek, Mr. Sierra worked at the World Bank, where he was responsible for managing treasury operations for alternatives, including hedge fund, private equity, and real-estate portfolios of the World Bank’s pension and benefits. He also worked in the finance and accounting groups at the World Bank. Mr. Sierra holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a BS in Civil Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of the Philippines.
Ronald van der Wouden
Ronald J.P. van der Wouden. Mr. van der Wouden is a Managing Director at RockCreek. Prior to his tenure at RockCreek, Mr. van der Wouden held positions at the World Bank, including as Co-Head of Risk Management at the World Bank Treasury, where he was responsible for risk management. Mr. van der Wouden also worked to develop innovative asset liability management and strategic asset allocation strategies as part of the World Bank’s Investment Management Department. Mr. Van der Wouden received a MS degree in Econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Advisory Board Member
Liaquat Ahamed is the author of critically acclaimed best-seller Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, about the lead up to the Great Depression of 1929-1932. The book won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History, the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Gold Medal for 2010 and the 2009 Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of the Year Award.
Mr. Ahamed has been a professional investment manager for twenty-five years. He has worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and the New York-based partnership of Fischer Francis Trees and Watts, where he served as chief executive. He is currently an adviser to The Rock Creek Group, is a director of Aspen Insurance Co. and is on the board of trustees of the Brookings Institution, the New America Foundation and the Journal of Philosophy.
He holds a B.A. in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University and an M.A. in economics from Harvard.
Advisory Board Member
In addition to serving as chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, Alan Greenspan led President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisors as chair from 1974 to 1977. He received a B.S. (summa cum laude), M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University and honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Leuven and Edinburgh universities. He has also received numerous awards, including the Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur from France, Knight Commander of the British Empire and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award.
Advisory Board Member
After ten years of service, Jessica Einhorn stepped down as dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, on June 30, 2012. Dr. Einhorn, the first SAIS graduate to serve as dean, is known internationally for her knowledge of global capital markets, public finance and portfolio risk management. As of July 2012, she is resident at The Rock Creek Group in Washington, DC, where she is a longstanding member of the Rock Creek Group Advisory Board.
In August 1999, Dr. Einhorn concluded her career of nearly 20 years of service with the World Bank. In the wake of the Asian financial crisis, from 1998 to 1999, she spent a year as a visiting fellow at the International Monetary Fund. From 1996 to 1998, she was managing director of the World Bank, where she was in charge of the financial management of the World Bank and its activities in resource mobilization from the public and private sectors. She assumed this position after serving as the vice president and treasurer of the bank, a position she held since 1992.
Currently, she serves as a director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a former trustee of the German Marshall Fund and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and former director of the Center for Global Development and Council on Foreign Relations. In the private sector, she is director of Time Warner and of BlackRock. She is former chair of the global advisory board of J.E. Robert Cos. and former director of Pitney Bowes.
Dr. Einhorn, a native of New York City, resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Robert Einhorn.
Advisory Board Member
A widely experienced, international economist, Dame DeAnne has held a variety of positions in the public and private sectors. She currently chairs the Council of University College London (UCL) and is a non-executive director of ICE Benchmark Administration (UK) and Jones Lang LaSalle (US). She also serves on the advisory boards of Temasek (Singapore), the China Investment Corporation, Chatham House (UK) and RockCreek.
From 2003 to 2012, Dame DeAnne was Chairman of Chatham House, the London-based home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. From 1997 to 2001, she was a founder member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and she subsequently served on its Court. Prior to joining the MPC, she held a number of positions in the private sector including Chief Economist at British Airways and Shell. She has been senior economic advisor at the World Bank and a consultant to the IMF and UNCTAD.
Dame DeAnne is a dual US/UK citizen. She holds a BSc from lowa State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California and was awarded the DCMG in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2013.
Advisory Board Member
André F. Perold is a founder, managing partner, and CIO of HighVista Strategies, a Boston-based endowment management firm. HighVista employs an approach based on broad diversification and risk management across global asset classes and alternative investments. Perold is also George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School, where he had a distinguished career over more than three decades before assuming his current role at HighVista in 2011.
Perold is the author and coauthor of numerous articles, cases, and two books, all relating to investment management and the capital markets. At HBS, he developed core courses in those areas. Perold received numerous awards for teaching excellence, and he was voted the School’s most outstanding professor in a Business Week student survey. He also served in senior roles at HBS, including as a Senior Associate Dean and chair of the Finance unit.
In addition to his work at Harvard and HighVista, Perold has served as a director, trustee and advisory board member of a variety of not-for-profit and other organizations. He is presently a director of The Vanguard Group and Rand Merchant Bank, an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Partners Healthcare System. He also serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Advisory Council of the Financial Analysts Journal.
Perold received his Bachelor's degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.
Advisory Board Member
Laura D. Tyson is Interim Dean and Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She chairs the Blum Center for Developing Economies Board of Trustees.
From 2002-2006, she served as Dean of London Business School and from 1998-2001 she served as Dean of the Berkeley-Haas. Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996).
In addition to serving on Rock Creek’s advisory board, she is a member of the Board of Directors of AT&T, CBRE Group Inc. and Silver Spring Networks. Tyson is board member of the non-profit Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
She is the co-author of Leave No One Behind, a report for the United Nation’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
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