Dr. Ana Pantelic is the Executive Director of MIT D-Lab, which works to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. A social impact leader originally from Serbia, Ana has worked at the confluence of systems change and social innovation in Latin America, East Africa, and the Balkans for more than a decade.
Prior to joining MIT, she was based in Uganda, working with UNICEF as the interim Chief of Social Policy and Social Policy Manager, where she was responsible for the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all stages of social policy programming and related advocacy, from strategic planning and formulation, to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. Advocating for greater fiscal allocations to the social sector, she worked with the government to launch the country’s first urban social protection program for adolescent girls. Prior to that, she was the Chief Strategy Officer ofFundación Capital, an international nonprofit social enterprise improving the financial lives of millions of families living in poverty, where she was responsible for spearheading impact and innovation processes globally and across the organization. There she founded LISTA, an award-winning digital solution proven to improve the financial health of nearly a million low-income people across a dozen countries.
Specializing in poverty reduction through the lens of finance, with expertise in technology and women's economic empowerment, Ana has experience strengthening national social protection systems in low-income economies, founding and scaling a successful tech start-up with proven social impact, and leading organizations as an intrapreneur and strategist. She has co-created evidence-based solutions that allow public and private actors to work in tandem to achieve social impact at scale. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Belgrade, as well as an MA in International Relations from the Pardee School of Global Studies and BS in Communication, both from Boston University.
Profiled in Original Magazin, a publication of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, 2019