Peter Surek

Chief Executive Officer, Erste Social Finance Holding

Peter Surek is a retail and social banker with 20 years of experience in different CEE markets. He started his career in Tatra banka in Slovakia from the bottom, going through almost all the positions in the retail branch network. Within Raiffeisen Bank International he was managing multiple projects in Austria, Albania and Croatia and in 2009-2011 co-founded its new direct bank, heading products and business development. In 2011 he joined Erste Group and after getting to know the social background of Erste, he decided to leave his retail career for developing social banking in the CEE countries. Since May 2013 he leads the new created unit Social Banking Development and holds the CEO position in Erste Social Finance Holding. Within the last years he has consistently implemented social banking in all Erste core markets, building thus an Europe-wide unique platform for financial inclusion. Additionally he chairs the Supervisory Board of BCR Social Finance, a microfinance institution in Romania and since 2018 is the member of European Microfinance Network Board of Directors.