Sustainability in Action

Elevate your organization's trajectory with Karen Wendt, a visionary leader renowned for her transformative impact in sustainability, finance, and change leadership. With a career spanning over 20 years in top-tier financial institutions, Karen's expertise extends far beyond conventional boundaries. Her ability to merge the realms of investment banking with social and green economy finance underscores her commitment to shaping a sustainable future. 

About Karen Wendt: Guiding Organizations Towards Sustainable Success

Karen Wendt is a transformative figure known for her exceptional leadership in banking, sustainability, innovation, and digital transformation. With over two decades of experience in top-tier financial institutions, Karen has pioneered strategies, co-created international standards, and overseen numerous transactions.

As the President of SwissFinTechLadies, she seamlessly blends her expertise in various domains to inspire and empower teams. Karen's motivational talks go beyond mere words, igniting action and fostering agility and resilience in organizations. Her profound understanding of investment, sustainability, and digital transformation equips teams with practical tools for success.

Beyond her speaking engagements, Karen is a published author and media presence, reflecting her deep knowledge and insights. In her role as CEO of Eccos Impact GmbH and editor of the Sustainable Finance Series, Karen is actively shaping the future by fostering positive change and supporting organizations in implementing sustainable practices.

With her track record as a change leader and international certifications, Karen Wendt is a trusted guide for organizations seeking direction, offering a transformative experience that equips teams to navigate the challenges of today's business world with resilience and emerge stronger on the other side.

Why you should book speaker Karen Wendt

International Leader:

Karen pioneered extra-financial risk management, co-creating global standards in top-tier financial institutions.

Change Catalyst:

Karen’s exceptional leadership transforms companies, implementing change with proven success.

Proven Expertise:

Benefit from Karen’s 20+ years in investment banking, guiding turnarounds and risk management.


Embark on a transformative journey with Karen Wendt's keynotes, where leadership meets sustainability, innovation, and digital transformation. With over two decades of expertise in top-tier financial institutions, Karen's insights inspire action, guiding organizations towards a sustainable and prosperous future. Experience thought-provoking talks that go beyond words, empowering teams with practical tools to navigate today's complex business landscape with resilience and agility.


Change Leadership: Rabbit holes or Elephants in the Room

Audience takeaways:

  • The most important thing in change leadership is not just urgency, it’s social identity.
  • Create yourself as the leader that is so attractive that others want to learn you, imitate you, create identity-based trust and you can do anything. I am sharing how to create purpose and solidarity for the mission.

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The Fifths Discipline: The art of Open Banking & Open Finance

Audience takeaways:

  • Platform Strategies, Customers Journeys Ecosystems creation.
  • Shows you how to navigate the business, market and policy disruption and create and craft your open banking and open
    finance strategy

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Change Management: EQ versus IQ: Translating Change into organizational commitment

Audience takeaways:

  • Lessons from C-Suite in Change Management.
  • What are the specialties in change management in digital companies and how to unblock situations

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ITW 3 Karen Wendt

This video is part of a series of interviews captured during Risk-!n 2023 at the Marriott in Zurich.

EBRD has invited Karen for a couples of events as a committed and inspiring speaker about topics stretching from Alternative Conflict Resolution, Risk Assessments and Management, Sustainability, Global Administrative Law, Reporting and introducing Theories of Change into investment and finance. Her speeches are dynamic, interesting and sometimes challenging the audience in a very sophisticated way. We are extremely grateful for the great collaboration and inspiration that Karen is able to instill.

Darius Prazek

Former Director EBRD, now Sustainabilty Advisor

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