Rudolf Putz is Head of EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme and has more than 30 years of experience in financing trade with Eastern Europe & CIS countries. He started his professional career in 1983 as Deputy Head of the Commodity Trade Finance Department of Centro Internationale Handelsbank AG Vienna, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB). In 1993 Rudolf Putz joined HELM AG Hamburg as Head of Structured Trade Finance and from 1996 to 1997 he was Account Manager Structured Trade Finance in Bank Austria International Trade Services. In 1997 he became Director Trade Finance in Deutsche Handelsbank AG Berlin and since 2000 he has been developing EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme. Rudolf Putz holds a Doctor’s Degree from the Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration.