Jan Růžička - Banking and Finance

Chief External Affairs Officer at Home Credit

I am Chief External Affairs Officer of Home Credit Group, the world’s leading consumer finance provider. I lead Business Development, Corporate Affairs, PR and CSR teams in all our markets (US, China, SSE Asia, Russia & CIS, Central Europe) to drive revenue growth and to protect our brand license to operate.

For the past 15 years, I have been working at the intersection of business development, external and corporate affairs, and international relations within the highly regulated industries of finance, healthcare, and technology. At the start of my career, I had the honor of working at the Czech government, where I am proud to have championed the passing of comprehensive national healthcare reform as the top non-political Ministry of Health appointee. During my time in the government, I played an instrumental role in navigating the Czech Republic through several healthcare crises, as well as creating new public health programs related to vaccinations, mental health reform, and oncology screenings.

As a global-minded business executive, I learned to thrive in multi-cultural environments early on. This naturally led to my increasing international work in APAC, EMEA, and the US, and my eventual relocation from Prague to Beijing and then to Hong Kong. For the last four years, I have served on the executive team of Home Credit Group, first in China, then APAC and now globally. My work has included launching new joint products and partnerships with Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, WeBank, Ping An, and CUP.

A common thread throughout my career is a firm belief that all successful companies should give back to society. This has led to the launch of Home Credit’s global CSR program which has been responsible for countless high-impact projects, ranging from teaching first aid skills to Chinese citizens, to building schools in Vietnam.

 With two masters, one doctorate, and an MBA under my belt, I am, and always will be, in love with academia. As a way of giving back, I am also an active university lecturer and frequent public speaker where I focus on topics ranging from digital technology in finance to the applications of behavioral economics.

 I am looking forward to meeting you all

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