Tana Lala-Pritchard is the Executive Director for Strategy, Innovation, and Communications at WorldFish. She is a dynamic transformational change leader who has spent the past 19 years developing and implementing strategies at corporate, business, and functional levels to advance the goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, working for a host of development agencies, think tanks, and international organizations across Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the Pacific.
She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK, and East Central University in the USA. Tana works at the intersection of science, policy, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy with actors across the public and private sectors to shape evidence-based investments, innovations, and policy on food security and nutrition, climate action, ocean governance, blue economy, gender equality, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
Before joining WorldFish, she led the implementation of global Communications, Engagement, and Knowledge Management for the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. She also worked with a team of senior peers to develop the new 2017-2022 organizational and research strategy for the International Centre of Agricultural Research on the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
In 2015, Tana’s strategy and advocacy work in support of the global Economics of Land Degradation initiative led to the adoption of specific evidence-based targets on Climate Action (SDG13) and Land Degradation Neutrality (SDG15.3) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly.
Often described as a powerhouse of strategic vision, creativity, and innovation, Tana is a passionate storyteller. She loves to combine data, emotion, cool design, and innovative technologies to create and communicate big transformational ideas that inspire and deliver socially and environmentally responsible innovations.
In 2020, she was the recipient of the prestigious fellowship on Strategy and Innovation by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, awarded to Exceptional Women Leaders. In addition, she received the 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award by the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society in the USA. The award recognizes past high-achieving university students— across all academic disciplines—who graduated in the top 10 percent in the USA and have used their academic excellence and scholarship to build a career of outstanding service and leadership for the greater good. She was the first international student alumna and youngest woman to receive this prestigious award.
Tana is passionate about pushing boundaries, breaking down silos, and challenging biases and limitations in current systems to find common ground and forge innovative solutions that work for all people and the future sustainability of our planet. A native of Albania, she speaks Albanian, English, Italian, French and intermediate Arabic.