Agnes Dasewicz was appointed CEO in November 2021, after serving as Co-CEO for one year and three years after joining the SEAF Board. She has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and impact investment. Prior to SEAF, Agnes served in the inaugural Fellowship cohort at the Rockefeller Foundation where she worked to scale up investment into underserved communities in the U.S. Before the Rockefeller Foundation, Agnes was as Director at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where 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.
Agnes started her work in finance in the 1990s when she was part of the initial team of SEAF. 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. She was also the co-founder of the Grassroots Business Fund, 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 the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.