Maurice Tchenio

President and Founder

Maurice Tchenio


A graduate of HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, a Paris-based International Business School) and Harvard Business School, Maurice Tchenio was one of the pioneers in Private Equity by creating Apax Partners in 1972, alongside Alan Patricof and Ronald Cohen. Maurice Tchenio is the founder of Apax Partners in France, a leading player in this sector, and Altamir, a listed Private Equity company.

He was a driving force in the creation of the first French Private Equity Investment Fund (Fonds Commun de Placement à Risque) and the French Private Equity Association (Association Française des Investisseurs en Capital).

With 40 years of experience in Private Equity at the head of Apax Partners, I wanted my know-how to benefit the wider public interest and so created the AlphaOmega Foundation in 2010. The Foundation has a public benefit status and is unique as it promotes the concept of Venture Philanthropy in France. AlphaOmega's mission is to help disadvantaged children and young people to gain access to financial independence through education and employment. The Foundation supports charities that pursue these objectives, in France, by providing both financial support and management support.

The problems of precarity that young people face are enormous and growing. The situation has reached a level of such severity that public authorities cannot manage to resolve these problems alone. It is up to the civil society, which has substantial financial resources and all the necessary expertise (legal, accounting, strategic ...), to commit itself and support charities and social entrepreneurs that desperately need help to reach their critical size and increase their impact. But to enable civil society to serve charities effectively, a catalyst and intermediary role is essential. This is the purpose of Venture Philanthropy.
AlphaOmega's first five years have proven this approach is consistent with the everyday needs of the charities we support. My dream is to create a true Venture Philanthropy industry in France, and I hope that this new approach to solidarity will quickly inspire other vocations.



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Our co-founders

Our co-founders are concerned about the plight of disadvantaged young people and want to take action to make a difference.

  • Beyond making a donation, they become real investors, but with a social return rather than a financial one.

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Board of Directors

  • The Board of Directors is made up of people from various sectors, all with charity-based or philanthropic commitments. The Board of Directors meets in the presence of a Government Commissioner, Patrick Audebert.




    Isabelle Tracq-Sengeissen,  
    Chartered Accountant, is the Auditor for the Foundation.

Legal Secretariat


    Eric Delattre,
    a lawyer at the Paris bar, is the legal secretary of the Foundation.