We patiently balance entrepreneurship
and philanthropy

About us

PROVIDA foundation, established in 2006, connects business experience and resources with passion, expertise and determination to tackle the most complex societal challenges. We are truly convinced that with the right kind of support anyone can follow their dreams and succeed.

While we are dreamers who believe in a better and more balanced world, we look for efficient solutions and are not afraid to choose brave and unusual approaches. Our love towards others, our society and environment is our main driving force. Passion, respect to others and cooperation helps us on this journey.

We fulfil our vision by developing and supporting projects which enrich the quality of life in a community. We apply entrepreneurial principles in the non-profit sector so that our projects have a long term and sustained positive impact.




Our journey

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Meet our team

Ladislav Kossár

Ladislav Kossár is the founder and CEO of PROVIDA. He leads the foundation’s strategy and its impact investments in sustainable social ventures. Ladislav graduated from law school at Comenius University. He also studied international law and capital markets at universities in Szeged, Utrecht and Harvard University. After briefly working at the United Nations in New York, he spent 4 years in the investment banking and asset management divisions of Deutsche Bank in London and Frankfurt. The past 10 years he focused on real estate finance and early-stage venture investments. He currently manages the wealth of a small family office, mentors young entrepreneurs and advises global non profits such as Nexus Youth Summit and Dalajlama Fellows. In his free time, Ladislav likes to play basketball, admire art and take photographs on his travels.

Lucia Kossárová

Lucia Kossárová is co-founder of PROVIDA and works as an expert in the field of impact and quality measurement of our projects focused on children and young people. She studied social science at University College Utrecht and international development at John Hopkins SAIS in the USA and Italy. She worked for the Council of Europe and the World Bank, and later as a consultant on issues of health and social development in various countries around the world. She currently lives in London, where she received her PhD from the London School of Economics. She also works as a senior researcher for an independent think-tank, Nuffield Trust, in the field of health and social development. In her free time Lucia loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

Andrej Vršanský

Is the CEO of the BUDDY program, which connects children from orphanages with volunteers with the aim to give them the chance for a decent life. He studied law at the Commenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. After a short practice at law ofice, he established an international consulting company focused on financing for-profit and non-for-profit projects, which he exited 10 years later. He worked as restructuring manager and strategic consultant. He loves to sing opera in his spare time.

Viliam Karas

Viliam Karas is the trustee of PROVIDA foundation. He has been focusing on supporting NGOs, on business and European law and representing clients for 14 years. He teaches European law at University of Trnava. He joined the Slovak bar association in 1999. Viliam has written various publications. He is currently the principal partner at Maple Fish, a law firm, which provides legal advisory services to Slovak and international clients. In his free time Viliam loves talking to his dad about the importance of bees to humanity.

Peter Mészáros

Peter Mészáros is the program director of “Flying Fish” and an expert on social entrepreneurship. He studied economics and political science in Slovakia and then finished his master’s degree in religious studies at The University of Chicago. He has been working in the non-profit sector for more than ten years. He leads 3lobit, a Slovak non-profit, which provides social services to handicapped individuals. He also supports the occupational integration of people with autism. Peter loves spending his free time in the beautiful nature of central Slovakia.

Mária Sarossyová

After studies at the Business Academy in Prešov, she became an accountant and consultant. In 2009 she established the NGO Faith-Love-Hope, through which she hadoriginally wanted to organize summer camps for disabled children. She established the first Svetielko centre in Prešov in May 2011 with the aim to improve the quality of life of her own children. In her spare time, she loves to read history books, especially about fencing adn she hopes she will be able to return to ride horses one day.

Jozef Bardík

Jozef Bardík, a strategy advisor of PROVIDA, focuses on entrepreneurship and investment with social impact. He graduated in strategic management from the Faculty of Management at Comenius University in Bratislava. He worked in private equity as well as in strategic consulting (McKinsey & Company, Deloitte Financial Advisory). He supports “Detstvo Deťom”, a non-profit day care centre working with Roma children in Slovakia and several other non-profits focused primarily on education. He is also an independent investor and consultant in the field of real estate and finance. In his free time Jozef loves travelling around Portugal and India.

Katarína Skybová

Katarína Skybová, marketing manager of “Flying Fish”, is responsible for marketing and communication. After studying pharmacy at Comenius University in Bratislava she worked in advertising and PR. Thereafter she joined Health Policy Institute, a think tank, as marketing and project manager for various health care projects. She is involved in the non-for profit sector since 2011. In her free time Katarina loves yoga and travelling around Italy.

Ladislav Kossár
FOUNDER & CEO
Ladislav Kossár FOUNDER & CEO
Lucia Kossárová
CO-FOUNDER
Lucia Kossárová CO-FOUNDER
Andrej Vršanský
BUDDY Program
Andrej Vršanský BUDDY Program
Viliam Karas
Trustee
Viliam Karas Trustee
Peter Mészáros
Flying Fish Program
Peter Mészáros Flying Fish Program
Mária Sarossyová
Svetielko Centre
Mária Sarossyová Svetielko Centre
Jozef Bardík
Strategic Expert
Jozef Bardík Strategic Expert
Katarína Skybová
Marketing
Katarína Skybová Marketing