An entrepreneurial business strategist and fundraising expert, Femke Smeets brings over 15 years of experience in innovative healthcare financing and delivery projects as well as blended finance and public-private partnerships for development. Since early 2020, Femke co-leads an impact investment advisory and management venture, called Total Impact Capital (TIC) Europe. As partner at TIC EU, Femke leads the healthcare advisory and thought leadership projects. In this position, she is currently advising several companies and organizations, including Philips, the Health Finance Coalition, and AMREF amongst other, on developing, fundraising, and building supportive local ecosystems for high-impact partnership projects and ventures. She has moreover set up a catalytic debt fund for emerging local investments funds in Africa.
Femke has experience in healthcare investing, health insurance, digital health, healthcare PPPs, NCD service and finance models and capacity building of healthcare entrepreneurs. In her previous position as head of Business Development for the PharmAccess Group, she headed a team responsible for raising EUR 20 million a year in grant funding for innovative health finance projects. At the Medical Credit Fund, she set up the Capacity Building Facility in partnership with African business schools. Prior to this, Femke worked as health investment consultant, and as policy advisor for the Dutch Ministries of Economic and Foreign Affairs. Femke holds degrees in Business Administration (BSc) and Political Science (MSc) and finished an executive INSEAD leadership/business program in 2018. She is also a board member of FRES, an energy social business that advances rural electrification in vulnerable settings, such as Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea-Bissau.