Rockefeller Foundation Fellow
Agnes Dasewicz has more than 20 years of experience in private equity and impact investment. Most recently, as Director at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), she was behind some of the most significant accomplishments in development finance recently, including the launch of Power Africa and the establishment of the Office of Private Capital at USAID. As part of this work, she secured over $20 billion of investment commitments from U.S. and African financiers towards energy investment on the continent, and initiated and led the first partnership of the Agency with institutional investors to increase investment in infrastructure. Ms. Dasewicz started her work in finance in the 1990s, when she was part of the founding team of the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF), now one of the leading global SME investment funds. Subsequently she worked as an investment officer for one of the first private equity funds in Eastern Europe, AIG’s New Europe Fund, and as a manager at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). She was also the co-founder of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), a $60 million impact investing fund that provides sustainable economic opportunities to millions of people at the base of the economic pyramid. Currently, as part of the inaugural Fellowship cohort at the Rockefeller Foundation, Agnes is working to scale up investment into underserved communities in the U.S.