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EBRD appoints first Director of Gender and Economic Inclusion

EBRD appoints first Director of Gender and Economic Inclusion

 February 21, 2019

Barbara Rambousek ​​​has been appointed as the EBRD’s first Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion. These are two key policy areas for Sustainable Development that lie at the heart of EBRD's mandate.

A focus on inclusion and gender

In her new role, Barbara and her team will strengthen and grow the EBRD’s focus on inclusion and gender across its investments and policy engagements in the currently 38 economies where the Bank invests.

Barbara, an Austrian-national, started working at the EBRD in 2012. She developed the EBRD's approach to economic inclusion from a small pilot to a portfolio that now forms part of over 10 percent of the Bank’s yearly project volume. She is the lead author of the EBRD's Economic Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2020. Thanks to her leadership the EBRD is now bringing together its gender and inclusion agendas.

After graduating from the University of Vienna and postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Cass Business School, Barbara has 20 years experience in international development and urban regeneration in the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Asia and the UK.

Progressing sustainable growth

For the EBRD, advocating gender equality and economic inclusion is the key to good business management and the progression of sustainable growth in the countries where the Bank invests. The EBRD's approach is set out in its Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2016-2020 as well as its Economic Inclusion Strategy 2017-2022.

 “I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with my team, our clients and partners to enhance access to skills, jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for all. We will build on our distinctive private sector focused model and experience over the past years but also continue to innovate and learn in order to further deepen and strengthen our impact," says Barbara.

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