Afsaneh M. Beschloss is Founder, President and CEO of The Rock Creek Group, a global investment and advisory firm. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at Carlyle Group. Prior to that, she was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank, where she was responsible for the investment of the World Bank’s assets, including pension fund, as well as external assets from the IMF, central banks and sovereign funds. She also was responsible for the World Bank’s borrowings and ratings. Ms. Beschloss has advised central banks, finance ministries, sovereign funds, private financial institutions and regulatory agencies.
Ms. Beschloss founded the World Bank’s Natural Gas Group, which invested in gas and power projects that 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 that reduced carbon emissions. Additionally, 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. She is currently a Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the American Red Cross, the Urban Institute and the World Resources Institute, where she is co-Chair of the Global Advisory Council. She is a past Trustee of the Ford Foundation, where she chaired the Investment Committee. She has received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award, was recognized as one of American Bankers Most Powerful Women in Banking and was a recipient of the 100 Women in Hedge Fund Leadership Award.
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.