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Biography: Pat Pillai

- By Wits University

Patmanathan (Pat) Pillai is a teacher, businessman, social entrepreneur and news anchor at eNews. 

He has previously held executive directorships in the media industry such as Primedia. Fifteen years ago he founded Life College Group, or LifeCo as it is known, a social business that offers champion mentality, character and self-leadership education to youth and adults. 

To generate revenue to fund its youth work, LifeCo offers direct training to institutional partners in civil, business and government sectors. It supports youth at schools and universities to improve student results and improve overall life performance. It offers programmes in schools as well as universities. 

In 2007 Pillai was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship for his work at LifeCo. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. He was also selected as an Ashoka Globalizer Fellow – a group of 35 Ashoka Fellows drawn from about 2 800 Fellows across 160 countries.

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