Ellen Smeele is an Analyst at SET Ventures, she joined the company in 2021.

At SET Ventures Ellen is part of the investment team, responsible for finding new companies to invest in, industry reviews and deep dives and ESG, D&I and reporting.

Ellen has a background in finance and sustainability. Prior to SET, she worked at Green Giraffe, a project finance advisory firm in the renewable energy sector. At Green Giraffe Ellen predominantly worked on financing a portfolio of solar projects in the Netherlands, including investigating business cases for battery storage, and financial asset management. She has also been involved in European offshore wind and emerging market off-grid transactions. During and in between studies Ellen worked at several start- and scale-ups. After studying Sustainable Business, she moved to Rwanda to join a company that produces and sells mushrooms and mushroom-growing kits to make local food systems more sustainable and nutritious. In the UK and the Netherlands, she worked as an analyst in financial services, SaaS, and data.

Ellen has a MSc in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a MSc in Sustainable Business from the Rotterdam School of Management.