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ESG Services at RBI

Regardless of who we are, where we live, and what we do, we have a moral obligation to each other, to future generations, and to other species to protect our planet. Our present choices and actions have huge long-term impacts on future generations.

The actions of the financial industry also have an impact on the environment, and at the same time sustainability issues dramatically affect institutions, businesses, investors and customers.

At RBI, we provide ESG Services to guide institutions and provide solutions to drive sustainable innovation across their business and help them gain a competitive edge.

How RBI can help

We as the RBI ESG Competence Team want to support your institution’s implementation of ESG related topics and ensure long-term value creation. We want to share our sustainability experience and spread the knowledge concentrated in our bank with potential customers, helping them make their business more resilient, agile and sustainable.

Our ESG experts will support your institution in ensuring Environmental, Social and Governance standards meet stakeholder expectations and ensure long-term value creation.

Our Focus is on providing services to other Financial Institutions, especially those located in the CEE region.

RBI’s ESG service is based on five integral pillars (focus on customer, project, product, regulation and strategy) and will help you put sustainability into practice.

Sustainable Finance Services

Contact the Team

  • Vera Economou

    ESG Group Competence Center Lead

ESG Group Competence Center Lead, Coordinator of Sustainable Finance Team and Corporate ESG Experts in CEE

Vera Economou is leading ESG Group Competence Center and coordinates corporate ESG experts across Network Banks at RBI. She has responsibility to manage green and social loan portfolios that support RBI Green and Social Bond issuance and to coordinate a cross-national team of sustainable finance experts in CEE region. She gained international experience in Hong Kong as international business consultant (4 years) and joined RBI in 2011.

Ms. Economou received her master’s degree in quantitative Assets and Risk Management from FH des BFI Wien and her MBA Finance from WU Executive Academy with international residency at Harvard University in Boston. In addition, she is CESGA certified ESG analyst from EFFAS. She is an author of research article on Responsible Global Leadership.

Senior Expert Sustainable Finance Manager

Katsiaryna Souvandjiev began her career at Raiffeisen Bank International AG in risk management in 2014, changed to Sustainable Finance in 2020 and is currently a Senior Sustainable Finance Manager. Ms. Souvandjiev is responsible for the development and rollout of the group-wide ESG definitions through RBI Group ESG Rulebook policy, analysis of the corporate ESG loan exposure and integration of the EU Taxonomy regulation into the Corporate Banking area. As the expert on EU Taxonomy regulation, Ms. Souvandjiev is presently the main business analyst behind structuring of the group wide EU Taxonomy assessment tool as one of the further steps towards simplification, automatization of the business transactions’ evaluation process.

Ms. Souvandjiev received a Financial Risk Manager GARP certification and a Master degree at Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is a CESGA certified ESG analyst and CESFi certified Expert in Sustainable Finance, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

  • Katsiaryna Souvandjiev

    Senior Expert Sustainable Finance Manager

  • Maria Mamaev

    Sustainable Finance Product Manager

Sustainable Finance Product Manager

Maria Mamaev is supporting the ESG Group Competence Center at RBI, as well as the corporate ESG experts across the Network Banks. She gained her initial experience in investment banking, where she worked in asset-based finance with corporate clients for four years, structuring transactions with focus on trade receivables and large volume factoring. She joined RBI in 2018.

Ms. Mamaev received her master’s degree in Banking, Finance and Compliance from the Lauder Business School in Vienna.

Sustainable Finance Product Manager

Sara Tabar is supporting the ESG Group Competence Center at RBI, as well as the corporate ESG experts across the Network Banks. She joined RBI in 2020 in Sustainable Finance Team and gathered her initial experience as a student support in ESG Advisory and ESG Competence Center Teams.

Ms. Tabar received her professional MBA in Marketing and Sales from WU Executive Academy. She is now a PhD student in International Business with a research focus on social sustainability.

  • Sara Tabar

    Sustainable Finance Product Manager