Patrick Vieljeux

Founder & CEO, living in Lisbon


About me

I started my career several years ago, in finance. In the hedge fund industry. Yes, I know …. I lived in different cities like London, New York, Zurich, Geneva … One evening in May 2012, I watched a documentary about doctors fighting the AIDS epidemic. This was my wake up call.

While my job was to sell hedge funds to wealthy investors, I saw doctors struggling to save lives and desperately looking for help to continue their mission. After spending a sleepless night thinking, I decided the next day to drop everything and quit my job to finally give my life the purpose I was seeking.


My purpose

I believe in a new, more collaborative economy. An economy at the service of people, not served by them. I also believe that we must all follow a purpose. The one I found is to be of service to others.

In fact, I found many years ago, when I was 5 and when the war on Biafra was raging. It was the time of the creation of Doctors Without Borders. At that time, I decided to become a doctor and, like those I saw on television, to help people who are dying of hunger.

This purpose, I forgot it, as it is often the case, when you get older. Since I didn’t become a doctor, I had to do otherwise using my skills to help NGOs and find them the necessary funds to ensure their mission. That’s how all started.


My Focus


People who inspire me

My Dad, my grand-grand dad, who was a good mayor (of La Rochelle) and a resistant, Wayne Dyer, who helped me discover my purpose, Gandhi for his wisdom, not to mention Lao Tzu and his amazing book, the Tao Te Ching.


My background

I am the father of two wonderful sons, one of them was born with a disability, but despite that, he is, without a doubt, the light I needed to change my life.

I hold a Master in International Finance from Paris Dauphine University and I live in Lisbon.



Some causes I love


The Re-food Movement presents new answers to the old challenges, local tools capable of repairing global damage and empowering citizens to change the world and improve their own communities.[more].




 Plantar uma Arvore:

The project started its adventure on the morning of November 23, 2009, in the Parque Florestal de Monsanto, in Lisbon, where it gathered family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances, with the aim of planting 1,000 trees, under the motto 1 Person 1 Tree. [more]



Smile for Hope: Spreading Hope One Smile at a Time, in the remote and forgotten parts of the world.

Their holistic health approach makes them focus mainly on an overall general well-being of their patients for an optimal chance of recovery. [more].



The Non Violence Project:

A non-profit organisation with a mission to inspire, motivate and engage people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully. For more than 25 years they have reached out to over 8 million people around the world with their educational programs to schools, sports clubs and companies. [more]



One Action:

OneAction is a non-profit association based in Geneva, Switzerland. Seeing in everyone the potential to bring about lasting change, OneAction aims to encourage the transition from intention to action, helping individuals and communities carry out various charitable projects. [more]