Editor, Responsible Investment- Banking; Founder of Positive Impacts Investing and Finance

Karen Wendt

Karen Wendt, Founder of Responsible Investmentbanking Network, has started her career at the European Commission and holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool. She has more than 20 years of experience in investment and banking in various roles. She has worked in high-level roles in Project Finance, where she managed the transition from conventional energy to a green energy portfolio, in export finance and in strategic asset management. In 2002 she co-created The Equator Principles. The last years she introduced The Principles within two Top Tier Financial Institutions, where he has also been heading the Equator Principles Team. The Equator Principles are now the gold standard of environmental and social risk management in international finance. Karen Wendt has been a co-founder of the Equator Principles Financial Institutions Association (EPFIA) and a Member of the Steering Committee of this Association since its inception. She has undertaken research on investment banking culture, the role of alignment of interests and values, the impact of leadership and the role of Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) criteria in driving innovation.

She is editor of scientific books on the subject of responsible investment banking and positive impact investment and finance.