Afsaneh Beschloss

Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss is an Iranian-American investment banker.

She has advised governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies on global public policy and financial policy as well as energy.

Background

Beschloss was born in Iran in the 1950's. Her father, Mohammad Mashayekhi, was a prominent education reformer and president of a national teacher training university during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Her father was initially barred from leaving the country following the overthrow of the shah during the 1979 revolution, but Beschloss’s family eventually made it to the United States of America in the 1980s, settling in the Washington, D.C., area.1)

She is married to Michael Beschloss, a presidential historian.

In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton invited the Beschlosses to attend a dinner for the British Prime Minister. Some years later, President George W. Bush also invited them to a White House dinner for Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.

Education

Beschloss receiver a BA with Honours in Economics from the University of Kent, and her MPhil (Honours) in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she also taught international trade and economic development.2)

Career

JP Morgan (1979-1981)

After studying in the United Kingdom, she began her career in the United States of America at JP Morgan Chase in Corporate Finance.3)

World Bank (1981-2001)

Motivated to contribute more meaningfully, she soon joined the World Bank. Here, Beschloss rose quickly through the ranks and developed direct and deep knowledge of the Global South. She began to focus on energy and infrastructure in the early 1980s. She spent time based in Senegal and then went on to establish the World Bank’s Natural Gas Group, investing in gas and power projects that aim to replace coal in emerging markets.4)

As an increasingly senior and successful investment leader, she became Director and Chief Investment Officer in 1997. She was responsible for the investment of the World Bank’s assets as well as external assets from the International Monetary Fund, central banks and sovereign funds. From 1999-2001, she served as Vice President and Treasurer on behalf of the Group.

Global Leaders for Tomorrow (1994)

Beschloss was a member of the 1994 class of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow.5)

The Carlyle Group (2001-2003)

Leveraging her experience in investment and asset management, Beschloss left the World Bank and joined The Carlyle Group in 2001. Here, she served as Managing Director & CEO of Carlyle Asset Management.6)

RockCreek (2003-present)

Beschloss is the founder and CEO of RockCreek, a global investment and advisory firm serving foundations, endowments, pension funds and other institutional investors. She created the firm through a management buyout, buying 60% of the business in 2003. Under Beschloss’ guidance, RockCreek manages approximately $14 billion and leverages a team with experience across relevant sectors to bring a deep understanding of global markets to investment decisions. She very recently bought back RockCreek Group from Wells Fargo Asset Management.7)

RockCreek's portfolio includes Apeel, BioAge, BYJU'S, ChargePoint, Devoted Health, Generate Capital, MasterClass, and Meituan.8)

PBS (2012-present)

Beschloss has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and chairman of the board for the PBS Foundation.9)

American Red Cross (2013-present)

Beschloss was elected to the Board of Governors of American Red Cross in 2013.10)

World Resources Institute (2013-present)

Beschloss is a member of the World Resources Institute Board of Global Directors.11)

Institute for Advanced Study (2015-present)

Beschloss was appointed as a trustee for the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in June 2015.12)

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2018-present)

Beschloss is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation alongside Anthony Fauci.13)

Center for Global Development (2018-present)

Beschloss is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Global Development.14)

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2018-present)

In February 2018, Beschloss was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.15)

National Geographic Society (2019-present)

In 2019, Beschloss joined the Board of Trustees for the National Geographic Society.16)

Georgetown University (2020-present)

Beschloss was appointed to the Georgetown University Board of Directors in October 2020.17)

Blum Center for Developing Economies (2020-present)

In April 2020, Beschloss was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley.18)

Bretton Woods Committee (2020-present)

Beschloss is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bretton Woods Committee, where she is also on the Global Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the Future of Finance Working Group.19)

Council on Foreign Relations (2020-present)

Beschloss is a member of the Board of Directors for the Council on Foreign Relations.20)

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (2021-present)

Beschloss is a board member for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.21)

The Rockefeller Foundation (2022-present)

In March 2022, Beschloss was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation.22)

Other Affiliations

Beschloss has written articles published by Chatham House, the Globe and Mail, and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies via Oxford University Press, among others.23) 24) 25)

Center for Development Economics

Beschloss is on the Visiting Committee for the Center for Development Economics at Williams College.26)

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Beschloss formerly served as a trustee to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.27)

Delivering Alpha Investor Summit

Beschloss is a member of the Advisory Board for CNBC's 2022 Delivering Alpha Investor Summit.28)

The sponsor for the event is Nuveen.

Ford Foundation

Beschloss formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation, where she chaired the Investment Committee and participated in the Sustainability Advisory Committee.29)

International Economic Forum of the Americas

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Beschloss has served as a member of the Finance Committee for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.32)

Shell

Beschloss worked at Shell International Group Planning in London, England.33)

University of Oxford

Beschloss has taught international trade and economic development at Oxford University.34)

Urban Institute

Beschloss is a former Trustee for the Urban Institute.35)

World Bank Live

Beschloss was a speaker at World Bank Live on April 13, 2019.36)

World Economic Forum

Beschloss is an agenda contributor and member of the World Economic Forum.37)

World Wide Web Foundation

Beschloss is former chair of the World Wide Web Foundation.38)

Politics

Beschloss is a big supporter of the Democratic party in the US, Barack Obama and liberal organizations. In 2008, she contributed $25,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee and $2,300 to Obama for America.39)

Awards and Recognition

Beschloss is the recipient of the 2020 Great Immigrant and Great American Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.40)

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Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss. (2020). Carnegie Corporation of New York. https://archive.ph/NkV55
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Afsaneh Beschloss. LinkedIn. Retrieved June 26, 2022, from https://www.linkedin.com/in/afsanehbeschloss/
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Ramiz, M. (2020, August 5). Afsaneh Beschloss guides investment in greener futures. Hayat Life. https://archive.ph/2gGNf
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Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss. (2019, April 13). World Bank Live. https://archive.ph/WS8s3
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Afsaneh Beschloss to Join The Carlyle Group: World Bank Executive to Head Firm’s New Asset Management Group. (2001, April 16). The Carlyle Group. https://archive.ph/q3Kdp
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Afsaneh Beschloss. (2021). RockCreek. https://archive.ph/i3T5p
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Portfolio. (2021). RockCreek. https://www.therockcreekgroup.com/portfolio/
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Bartheld, E. (2020, September 30). PBS Foundation Board of Directors Elects Afsaneh Beschloss as Chair. PBS. https://archive.ph/jpXfd
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American Red Cross. (2013, June 5). Red Cross Announces Four New Members of its Board of Governors. PRNewsWire. https://archive.ph/jQ97c
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Afsaneh M. Beschloss. (2022). World Resources Institute. https://archive.ph/AO6U3
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Altman, A. (2015, June 30). Institute for Advanced Study Appoints Three New Trustees - Press Release. Institute for Advanced Study. https://archive.ph/QwPl2
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Board of Trustees. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Retrieved June 26, 2022, from https://archive.ph/tY6Dq
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Afsaneh Beschloss. (2022). Center for Global Development | Ideas to Action. https://archive.ph/GtCQv
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute appoints six new members to Board of Trustees. (2018, February 21). Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Boston, MA. https://archive.ph/9qBtU
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Afsaneh Beschloss and Kevin J. Maroni Join National Geographic Society Board of Trustees. (2019, April 2). National Geographic Society Newsroom. https://archive.ph/yietP
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DC Resident Named to Georgetown University’s Board of Directors. (2020, October 16). Georgetown University. https://archive.ph/tZsbh
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Blum Center Welcomes New Board Members Michelle Nunn and Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss. (2020, April 9). Blum Center for Developing Economies. https://archive.ph/evqJK
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Afsaneh Beschloss. (2022). The Bretton Woods Committee. https://archive.ph/aX0iM
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Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss. (2022). Council on Foreign Relations. https://archive.ph/GIOYF
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Afsaneh Beschloss. (2020, January 27). Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. https://archive.ph/RcLQ2
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Chang, A. (2022, March 15). The Rockefeller Foundation announces Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss joins its Board of Trustees. The Rockefeller Foundation. https://archive.ph/FHVq4
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Beschloss, A. (2021, October 27). Can the G20 agree a global carbon price? Chatham House. https://archive.ph/NLUnv
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Beschloss, A. (2018, June 10). Business must take up the fight against inequality. The Globe and Mail. https://archive.ph/Klcg4
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The Economics of Natural Gas, Pricing, Planning & Policy. (2011). Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. https://www.oxfordenergy.org/shop/the-economics-of-natural-gas-pricing-planning-policy/
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Afsaneh Beschloss. (2018, June). Center for Development Economics at Williams College. https://web.archive.org/web/20200924205931/https://cde.williams.edu/files/2018/06/Afsaneh-Beschloss.pdf
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Delivering Alpha. CNBC Events. Retrieved June 28, 2022, from https://archive.ph/38CXe
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Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss. (2022). World Economic Forum. https://archive.ph/DUitA
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A new globalisation: Managing uncertainty (p. 11). (2018). International Economic Forum of the Americas. https://web.archive.org/web/20220626150357/https://forum-americas.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/programmeMontre%CC%81alang2018v5.pdf
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Rockefeller, S. C., & Heintz, S. B. (2002). 2002 Annual Report (p. 3). Rockefeller Brothers Fund. https://web.archive.org/web/20220626232655/https://www.rbf.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/2002-AR-web-optimized.pdf
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Afsaneh Beschloss. (2021). RFK Human Rights. https://archive.ph/bj9l2
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Afsaneh Beschloss - Agenda Contributor. (2022). World Economic Forum. https://archive.ph/9VoLJ
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World Wide Web Foundation Appoints Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss as New Chair. (2015, October 30). World Wide Web Foundation. https://archive.ph/5CuPU
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Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss - $12,300 in Political Contributions for 2008. (2022). Campaign Money. https://archive.ph/kUaKe
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