Agnes Dasewicz is Co-CEO and a member of the Board of Directors at the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), one of the leading global SME investment fund managers. She has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and impact investment. Prior to joining SEAF, Agnes led the launch of the Capital Access Lab at the Kauffman Foundation, a new initiative focused on supporting fund managers in the U.S. and served in the inaugural Fellowship cohort at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she worked to scale up investment into underserved communities in the U.S.
During her career, Agnes served as a Director at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she was behind some of the most significant accomplishments in development finance, including the launch of Power Africa and the establishment of the Office of Private Capital. 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 led the first partnership of the Agency with institutional investors to increase investment in infrastructure.
Ms. Dasewicz has been working in finance since the 1990s, as a program officer with SEAF, 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. Agnes has a BA in International Relations from George Washington University and an MBA from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Ms. Dasewicz serves on the Convergence Funding Committee for the Asia Natural Capital Design Funding Window.