Ana Pantelic

Executive Director, MIT D-Lab

Dr. Ana Pantelic is a social entrepreneur and international development professional with nearly fifteen years of experience in policy and practice, who has worked at the confluence of systems change, innovation, and economic opportunity. As the Executive Director of MIT D-Lab, she leads a team of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to develop and advance solutions to global poverty challenges. Prior to joining MIT, she was the interim Chief of Social Policy with UNICEF Uganda, where she launched the country’s first urban social protection program for adolescent girls. She is also the founder of LISTA, a digital solution proven to increase financial health, which has reached nearly a million people living in poverty across three continents. A prolific lecturer, published researcher and author, she is fluent in three languages and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Belgrade in her native Serbia, and received her MA and BS degrees from Boston University.