Vera Budway-Strobach is Chief Diversity Officer in Erste Group Bank AG, in Vienna, Austria. By creating new, forward-thinking policies, she helps make the working environment at Erste more diverse, inclusive and engaging. From 2007 - 2013, she was Chief Diversity Officer in Erste’s subsidiary in the Czech Republic Česká spořitelna (Czech Savings Bank) where she built up Erste Group’s first comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion Program “Diversitas”.
Prior to joining Erste/Česká spořitelna, Ms. Budway-Strobach spent over 10 years serving as Senior Political Advisor on Balkan affairs to multilateral organizations in Vienna, Brussels and Geneva. She received Master’s Degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Georgetown University (Washington, DC).
In addition to her committed work for the Erste Group, Ms. Budway-Strobach is an active member of Rotary International Prague; and serves on the Administrative Board of the Česká spořitelna Foundation, as well as on the boards of directors of the British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic, Open Society Prague and the Institute for Stability and Development. She is also a founding member of the Austrian Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.