We bring extensive experience as both
early stage investors and scale up executives.
Pascal is an active member of the Unitus Seed Fund investment committee, guiding the investment team both on initial investment decisions and on strategies to realize maximum financial return and social impact from the portfolio.
In 1994, Pascal set up Fondation Demeter to support incipient and innovative non-profits develop alternative business models helping them in reaching financial self-sufficiency. For about 10 years Demeter focused upon Microfinance in India, Africa and Latin America. Demeter is now focused upon economic tools for the reinsertion of At-Risk Youth (ranging for handicapped to ex-convicts). As an illustration, Demeter is involved with a social incubator developing programs related to the economic integration of handicapped in Latin America; and with the first dedicated investment fund in NY targeting ex-convicts to help them start their business when they are released from jail. In parallel Demeter was one of the earliest members of the European Venture Philanthropy Association to promote alternative business models in the social sector.
In parallel to Demeter, Pascal has been running a US-focused venture capital and private equity business for 20 years now. He previously spent 10 years as a partner in Bain Capital’s London/Paris offices where he was Bain’s interface for European business.
Padma Chandrasekaran is an angel investor passionate about investing in promising young startups. She has worked in senior and executive level positions for 18 years in the for-profit sector and for 8 years in the non-profit and research sectors in India and abroad. Padma’s private sector experience (1984-2003) saw her donning the hats of a developer, manager, executive officer and entrepreneur in the IT sector in India, US and the UK. She was a founding member of Sify Ltd and was part of the team that took it public on NASDAQ in 1999. She subsequently founded, ran and successfully sold off a web services software technology company.
Pradeep Singh founded Aditi Technologies in 1994 after nine years in various management positions at Microsoft, including General Manager of the Windows 95 mobile services group. He is also the founder of Talisma, a CRM software product company. Pradeep previously held engineering and marketing positions at Texas Instruments and McKinsey & Company.
Since founding Aditi, his focus has been on building world-class products and teams for software businesses worldwide. Among other honors, Pradeep has received IIT Delhi’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2006) and has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (Davos). He serves on the Board of Grameen Foundation.
Michael Free, PhD, OBE, serves as PATH’s senior advisor emeritus. In this role, he offers guidance to senior leadership on issues from research and development to technology transfer, licensing, marketing, quality assessment, and introduction. Previously, as PATH’s vice president and senior advisor for technologies, Dr. Free oversaw PATH’s technology development; was the global program leader for Technology Solutions; and directed the Technologies for Health Program (HealthTech), funded by the US Agency for International Development, and the Health Innovation Portfolio, funded by individual contributors and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Free was instrumental in PATH’s inception in 1977 and in establishing PATH’s biotechnology laboratory and product design and development facilities. He led more than 100 staff working on a range of health technology projects addressing the specific health care needs of resource-poor populations. Under Dr. Free’s leadership, PATH advanced more than 80 technologies, many of which are currently being manufactured, sold, and used in developing countries.