Patmanathan (Pat) Pillai

Patmanathan (Pat) Pillai

Founder and CEO of LifeCo UnLtd (South Africa)

Pat Pillai is Founder/CEO of LifeCo UnLtd SA. He’s a teacher and social/impact entrepreneur (Ashoka Globalizer Fellow) & TV news anchor for 15 years. LifeCo, established in 1997, has benefited over 112 000 people in SA (5000 are Young Entrepreneurs; 124 are established Social/Impact Entrepreneurs). LifeCo UnLtd is a founder member of GSEN (50+ member nations www.gsen.global). LifeCo has an asset base of £6.5m and is wholly owned by a public benefit trust, which invests in individuals for enhanced enterprise and life performance. It has interests in Renewable Energy Projects, Green Architecture and Social Venture Capital. It tackles inequality and believes in growing social capital, with assets owned by the poorest and marginalized. It was voted among the top 10 most admired Social Enterprises in South Africa.