Lorenzo Bernasconi was Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation. His responsibilities included leading the Zero Gap portfolio, an effort initiated in 2015 to create the next generation of investment products with the potential to mobilize large-scale investment to address global challenges. Zero Gap includes a grant portfolio of nearly 50 projects across 28 countries, as well as a $60M catalytic capital investment fund managed by Rockefeller Foundation Impact Investment Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Foundation with the aim of mobilizing more than $1 billion in new investment to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Lorenzo has been featured in numerous publications including the Financial Times, Project Syndicate, and MarketWatch and is a frequent speaker at finance and industry events. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Boston Consulting Group, and the investment banking division of UBS.
Lorenzo holds dual Ecuadorian and Swiss citizenship. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics, a Ph.D. at Cambridge University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He sits on several boards including Spring Bank, a Bronx-based community bank, and Emergent, a nonprofit dedicated to tropical forest conservation through the mobilization of large-scale private finance.