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Agnes Dasewicz

Director, Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise, USAID

Agnes Dasewicz, serves as Acting Director of the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) of the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). Drawing on USAID’s presence and resources in developing countries, PCM works with investors and other U.S. government agencies, to catalyze greater investment in support of key development objectives. As part of this work, Ms. Dasewicz developed and led the implementation of the private sector outreach strategy under Power Africa, securing over $20 billion of investment commitments from U.S. and African financiers and corporations towards energy transactions on the continent. Ms. Dasewicz has 20 years of experience in the field of investing in developing and transitioning economies, including in infrastructure, SMEs, and social enterprises.

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). Prior to joining USAID, Agnes Dasewicz was a founding team member 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. She holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.