Liesbet Peeters, founder and managing partner of Volta Capital, brings over fifteen years of impact investment advisory experience, working with family offices, institutional investors, foundations and development finance actors in building impact investment portfolios and fund structures, especially to promote access to finance to underserved communities and social sectors in emerging markets.
Liesbet is a recognized leader in financial structuring for impact, bringing together public and private stakeholders in tackling development challenges across healthcare, education, renewable energy. Most recently, Voltasuccessfully structured the pay-for-performance impact bond for eye surgeries in Cameroon, as well as an early childhood development bond in collaboration with mothers2mothers in South Africa. Liesbet and the team at Volta also designed and launched the Lending for Education in Africa Partnership (LEAP), an education to employment financing facility supporting youth in East Africa to access higher education programmes.
Liesbet has a long-standing track record of engaging with senior leadership across public sector, private sector and civil society across Sub Saharan Africa and globally. She has led numerous executive level workshops and training sessions –in impact investing, innovative finance design and structuring and commercial finance deal making, at places e.g, at Global Fund board; ICRC global donor gathering; multi-partisan convenings at DFID, DFAT, ADB, Global Impact Investing Network; Board of Trustees of a leading Kenyan pension fund; etc.
Prior to founding Volta Capital, she held positions as investment officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC; and CFO/Investor Relations manager at Capricorn Venture Partners in Belgium. Her prior experience also includes positions with Greenpark Capital, a London-based fund-of-funds; SG Cowen Securities in London, EASDAQ (EU technology stock market), and Incofin CVSO, a leading microfinance fund manager.
Liesbet sits on the board of a number of her clients’ investee companies as well as the board of Capricorn Venture Partners and Quest for Growth. She chairs the Investment Committee of ImpactAssets, a US based donor advised fund manager.
Liesbet holds a MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. She speaks English, French, Dutch, and is conversant in Spanish.