Dr. Ana Pantelic is an international development professional and social entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience working at the confluence of systems change, social innovation, and economic opportunity. She has experience strengthening national social protection systems in developing and emerging economies, founding and scaling a successful tech start-up with proven social impact, and leading organizations as an intrapreneur and strategist.
As Social Policy Manager for UNICEF Uganda, she is 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.
Prior to this, she was Chief Strategy Officer of Fundación Capital, a 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. She is also Founder of LISTA, a digital initiative proven to build the financial capabilities of low-income and vulnerable people at scale, which has to date reached more than half a million people across 13 countries on four continents and been featured in books, articles, case studies, documentary films and taught in online courses.
Specializing in poverty reduction through the lens of finance, with expertise in technology and women's economic empowerment, she co-creates evidence-based solutions for public and private actors to work in tandem to achieve social impact at scale. She holds a PhD from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, an MA in International Relations and BS in Communication, both from Boston University. She has lived and worked on four continents, spoken at conferences in 21 countries, and is trilingual (fluent in English, Spanish and Serbian). She is currently based in Kampala, Uganda.
Published book on poverty reduction - Institute of International Politics and Economics in Serbia, 2017
TEDx Talk: Disruptive ideas change the world, at TEDxSemesterAtSea 2014