Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss

Founder and CEO, RockCreek

Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss is founder and CEO of the investment management firm RockCreek. She was previously a partner at the Carlyle Group, treasurer and chief investment officer of the World Bank, and worked at Shell and JPMorgan. She has advised governments and central banks on financial policy and led the World Bank’s energy policy and investments, including in natural gas, renewable energy and power to reduce carbon emissions. She also taught international trade and economic development at Oxford University and is the coauthor of The Economics of Natural Gas: Pricing, Planning and Policy. Ms. Beschloss is vice chair of the board of directors of PBS, a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a member of the board of directors of the World Resources Institute. She has received the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award, and has been listed among the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker. She holds an MPhil in economics from Oxford.