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Pat Pillai

Founder & CEO, LifeCo UnLtd


Pat is a teacher and social entrepreneur. He has also been a TV news anchor and executive producer. He is the Founder and CEO of LifeCo UnLtd SA which has 60 institutional partners and, over 18 years, has benefitted 80 000 people nationally. LifeCo, itself a social enterprise, has an asset base of R110m and is wholly owned by a public benefit trust. All proceeds finance LifeCo’s mission of developing, funding and supporting 300 entrepreneurs by 2020. LifeCo was voted among the top 10 most trusted NGO’s in South Africa. Over 4000 students have undergone its entrepreneur and social engagement programmes. 108 young adult entrepreneurs are now actively trading - with turnovers ranging from R600k to R5m p.a. Pat is an Ashoka Globalizer Fellow.