Pascal Vinarnic founded the Demeter Foundation, which has supported at-risk youth programs, microfinance organizations based in developing countries, and venture philanthropy since 1994. He is also the founder and managing director of Ceres Finance, a turnaround specialist that acts on behalf of investors to public and private companies. Throughout most of his career, Pascal has worked in private equity. He has managed portfolios for companies like Great Spirit Venture, Bayview Recovery, Internet.com, Euro American Fund II, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Seventures-Natixis. Pascal also played a key role in establishing Bain Finance Services, a practice of the top management consulting firm Bain & Co. The branch offers specialized support services to financial investors.
Connection: Friend of the Network at Demeter Foundation, 11 years; Full Circle Fund Partner, 3 years
Number of SVP Global Conferences attended: 3
What do you love to do in your free time?
Running and listening to classical music – often doing both at the same time!
What is one little known fact about yourself?
In parallel of receiving an MBA, I was trained as a fashion designer and designed up to 14 collections of menswear and womenswear per season, principally in Japan. I did this from 1986 until 1994.
What are the social causes you’re passionate about?
“Changing our mindset” is the ultimate social goal for inclusion and “entrepreneurship” is one of the best tools to achieve it. If you are in contact with an entrepreneur who is an ex-convict or a mentally-handicapped youth, you’ll soon forget the past or the condition and focus on how successful entrepreneurship is as a social enabler.
Why did you decide to attend this year’s SVP Global Conference?
Learning and sharing about best — and worst — practices in the US and (increasingly) abroad. It is the best way to be more efficient with our social objectives.