Femke Groothuis

Femke Groothuis is Founder and President of The Ex’tax Project, a think-tank focused on the shift of taxation from labour to natural resource use and consumption. In cooperation with tax experts of Deloitte, EY, KPMG Meijburg and PwC, Groothuis has published the report New era. New plan. Fiscal reforms for an inclusive, circular economy. This study explains how a tax shift is crucial to facilitate economic growth based on human capital rather than natural resources. The study has, amongst others, led to an invitation to advise the Dutch government on the tax review. A blog on the Huffington Post was published in cooperation with the B Team.

The Ex’tax Project works with tax experts and global business leaders to create practical tools that enhance understanding of the dynamics of a tax shift. With the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Groothuis has developed a first impact analysis on sector and business Level.
Between 1999 and 2009 Femke Groothuis was Investment Manager at Ex’tent Green Venture Capital, a pioneering private fund for green and social investments. She has advised entrepreneurs on legal, financial and shareholders issues and business plans, in sectors ranging from retail and hospitality to biotech. Since the early 1990s, the founder of Ex’tent, Eckart Wintzen, advocated the tax shift from labour to resources use and pollution, in order to fundamentally change business incentives. He coined the term Value Extracted Tax, which was abbreviated to Ex’tax in more recent years. As Wavemaker, Groothuis is continuing the legacy of Eckart Wintzen.

Groothuis is a political scientist specialized in International Relations and Environment. She has lived, worked and studied in The Netherlands, Italy, Kenya, Vietnam, England and New Zealand.

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