Ana Pantelic, PhD is an international development professional and social innovator with nearly a decade of experience working at the intersection of systems change, social innovation, and economic opportunity in multiple countries. She has experience advising national governments and key global stakeholders, founding and directing a successful innovation start-up with proven social impact, and leading organizations as an intrapreneur and strategist. Ana specializes in poverty reduction through the lens of finance, and has worked on hybrid solutions that connect the public, private, and civil society sectors (including social protection systems, digital financial services, and social entrepreneurs) to achieve social impact at scale.
Ana is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for Fundación Capital, an international social enterprise whose mission is to advance economic citizenship globally and at scale. A key member of the executive team, she guides the organization's growth and development to broaden its scale and scope, and increase impact. Heading up the US office, she leads the organizational strategy, manages global external relations, and spearheads impact initiatives and innovation processes.
She has proactively launched an organization-wide performance management and social impact measurement system to increase efficiency, positioned the organization globally through a set of prestigious awards, and continues to provide technical guidance and support on a variety of issues, including social protection, financial inclusion, and digital solutions, to increase the financial and productive inclusion of millions of low-income families.
She was previously based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she was Founder of the LISTA Initiative, a scalable digital solution proven to empower low-income families, helping them manage their scarce resources, increase their savings, and ultimately build assets to decrease vulnerability. LISTA has become Fundación Capital's flagship initiative, having reached 400,000 users across seven countries on three continents, and having been adopted into public policy by several national governments.
In addition to this work, Ana is also a Social Policy and Communication consultant for the Center for Rural Development and Applied Learning, founder of the Sustainable Habits for Sustainable Development project, and an affiliated researcher with the Center for Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development in her native Serbia. Prior to this, she worked on local economic development in Serbia through USAID's Municipal Economic Growth Activity and as a fellow through the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in Spain, among other engagements.
Ana is frequently invited to lecture at conferences and universities on topics ranging from sustainable development to financial inclusion, has been featured on television and in the media, and has participated in two TEDx events. A published author, amateur photographer, and enthusiastic traveler, she is fluent in three languages, and seeks to leverage her personal, professional and academic interests in order to positively contribute to the world, seeking well-being, equity, and social justice.
She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, a Master of Arts in International Relations (with distinction) from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication (magna cum laude) with a minor in Business Administration and Management, also from Boston University.