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Edward Grefenstette
President, CEO & Chief Investment Officer at The Dietrich Foundation


Edward J. Grefenstette serves as President/CIO of The Dietrich Foundation, a ~$1 billion charitable foundation formed following the passing of William S. Dietrich II in October 2011.  The Foundation primarily supports higher education institutions and other civic and charitable organizations in Western Pennsylvania. 

Ed previously served as Treasurer/CIO of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Prior to CMU, he co-founded a small-cap private equity fund, following seven years in investment banking and law.  He earned his AB in Economics and JD from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance/Strategy from CMU.  He currently serves as a trustee, director and/or investment committee member of CMU, the University of Pittsburgh (IC chair), the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), The Hillman Company, and The Hillman Family Foundations (IC Chair), as well as an advisory board member of Commonfund Capital.

Agenda Sessions

  • Venture capital in a new era: where to invest going forward?

  • Live Q&A with panel

  • LP allocation to Asia-Pacific: dialling up, or trimming down, or staying the same?