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Vera Spender Koubek


Vera was a management consultant and a programme leader for 15 years. She has a track record of delivering multi-million-pound international programmes focused on business transformation and technology-driven change in Financial Services, in the UK, EU and Russia.

The financial crisis in 2008 made Vera interested in complex systems and she has subsequently broadened her qualification to work as a sustainability consultant and adviser. For the last eight years, Vera has been co-operating with higher education and further education institutions, developing and leading courses on topics in business, finance, and transformation for sustainability. Vera is a founder and a trustee of a children’s charity.


Sustainability in business, project and change management, strategic transformation projects and programmes, wealth management, retail banking.


Walnut Courses Ltd, Educator, Consultant, CEO: 2012 – present

London Institute of Banking and Finance, Head of Sustainability: 2016–18

Czech British Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board Member, Director of Commercial Relations: 2010–14

Barclays, Senior Manager: 2007–10

Finantix, Senior Project and Programme Manager: 2002–07

Accenture, Senior Consultant: 1998–2002


MSc, Environment and Sustainability, University of London: 2017

MBA, European School of Economics, London, Florence: 2012

MSc, Computational Mathematics, Charles University, Prague: 1997

Professional qualifications

Certificate in Environmental Management – Practitioner, IEMA

Agile Project Management Practitioner, APMG – International

Change Management Practitioner, APMG – International

M_o_R (Management of Risk) Practitioner, APMG – International

PRINCE2 Practitioner, APM Group

High-Impact Presentations, Dale Carnegie Training


Walnut Courses Ltd Working with HE and FE institutions, including:

  • London Graduate School: 2019 – present
  • London Institute of Banking and Finance: 2015 – present
  • BPP University: 2012 – present
  • Pearson College London: 2018–20

English (bilingual proficiency), Russian (A’level), Spanish (basic), Czech/Slovak (native).


Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Czech British Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)

Non-Executive Directors Association (NEDA)

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