Erik Bethel

Erik Bethel

Formal First Name

The Honorable Erik Bethel is an accomplished global finance professional with over 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors. He is a General Partner at America's Frontier Fund, a nonprofit venture fund focused on building and scaling breakthrough deep-tech companies and platforms. He is also a Senior Advisor for the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Advisor at White Oak Global Advisors, a $10 billion private credit firm. In 2020, Bethel was the U.S. Ambassador Designate to the Republic of Panama. Prior to this, he was nominated by the President and confirmed unanimously by the Senate to represent the United States at the World Bank. Earlier in his career, he worked as an investment banker and private equity professional focused on emerging markets. Bethel serves on the boards of various organizations including Oxford Analytica, Largo Physical Vanadium, and Global SWF. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Chamber of Digital Commerce.

Professional Experience


  • An esteemed economic advisor, he has been involved in providing insights into economic and financial matters to policymakers.

  • He has been involved in analyzing economic situations in various countries, providing guidance on investment strategies, and assessing risks and opportunities in emerging market economies.




  • Bethel has contributed to discussions on economic and financial matters through media appearances and public speaking engagements.

  • His insights and commentary on global economic trends, market dynamics, and geopolitical influences may be considered highlights of his career.

  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.