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I want to keep developing the ecosystem for entrepreneurs

Özge Özen Zink takes over the responsibility for SEBs entrepreneurial collaborations. “In my new role, I hope to make an impact in areas that I am passionate about, such as entrepreneurship, inclusion and diversity. In addition, I love doing business”, Özge says.

Leading up to the new role

Özge Özen Zink began working at SEB in 2000 as a customer service advisor while also studying at Lindköpings university. She later wrote an essay for the bank and SEB Trygg Liv with the title ”Bank & Insurance”, which took a deep dive into customer experience and Bancassurance.

Özge has gathered experience from several different perspectives and areas, leading up to the position she has today. After a year as a trainee at a competing bank, she later went on to work with large and institutional companies, credit analysis, interest rates, currency trading and questions regarding equality and diversity. Ten years later, in 2018, Özge was back at SEB, but this time in Private Banking.

– I missed the bank, macroeconomics and business! So, in connection with the launch of the concept Private Banking for Entrepreneurs Core, PBE, I returned to SEB.

Two years later Özge became a business manager for PBE, which primarily aims towards founders and partners in companies experiencing strong growth. At this time, the desire to make a difference in questions concerning inclusion and diversity grew stronger, which Özge describes as a natural progression.

– Being different is good, and it is by thinking about and acting based on diversity and inclusion can we reach our full potential - both in private and business matters, Özge says.

What interested you in this new role?

– SEB together with Belgin Alalinli, among others, have done an amazing job with creating Entreprenörstrappan, and all the fantastic collaborations tied to it. I want to keep developing the ecosystem for entrepreneurs and also integrate business into these collaborations.

– Many are passionate about entrepreneurship, so at SEB we need to coordinate the investments being done towards entrepreneurs to an even bigger extent than today. This needs to happen both between internal divisions in the bank as well as externally. That way we can keep building, and also challenge, the ecosystem that the Wallenberg sphere is part of, and at the same time become a stronger competitor for future generations, Özge says.