At Second Squared our mission is to accelerate the process of CEOs-in-Waiting to buy the companies they want to run.


  • Value the talented entrepreneur as the primary driver of value, not the ”deal”
  • Assist talented entrepreneurs to develop themselves, their search fund and search process
  • Connect talented entrepreneurs to searcher-friendly consultants, advisors and investors that they will need to complete their transaction;
  • Assist the talented entrepreneur with ongoing personal and professional development to be successful as the CEO
  • Connect them to the mentors and advisors that they may require in their operational phase


Our People

We enable searchers to find faster, invest wiser, and transition businesses into the next generation of leaders. We do this by having the conditions and environment for Searchers and Search Funds in Australia to thrive.

We partner with talented entrepreneurs who have the desire, energy, skills, character and experience to be great leaders of small to medium businesses and enable them to find a business that they can run and own and create value for themselves, their investors, and Australia as a whole.

Lui Pangiarella

Lui is an experienced facilitator, executive coach and company director with a focus on organisational performance, strategy, culture and leadership development.

He has over 20 years’ experience in mergers, acquisitions and integrations, project management and finance firstly within the Wesfarmers Group of companies and later as a consultant. Lui’s experience spans industries including hardware retail, transport and logistics, fertiliser and chemicals manufacturing and distribution, heavy construction, professional services and insurance.

Lui graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

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Ak Sabbagh

Ak is an experienced business owner and founder, board advisor, director, corporate and business coach. He plays a pivotal role in enabling leaders across a diverse range of sectors realise their growth objectives, transition their businesses to the next phase of development and achieve challenging commercial objectives.

His experience has led him to be invited as a keynote speaker on a variety of specialist topics including leadership and employee engagement, brand positioning, product and channel development, the role of the CEO, and growing the value of assets.

He is the founding President of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (Asia Pacific Region), established in July 2018.

His less recent history includes over two decades of working in business growth and development with corporations like IBM Australia, Ernst & Young, PMP Ltd, and a number of mid-tier businesses in the IT&T industry.

He is a graduate of Canberra University and of the AICD Company Directors Course.

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