Panthea Lee


Panthea is Reboot’s lead designer, focused on the practical applications of ethnography and systems thinking in delivering effective international development and governance programs. She oversees all aspects of the program management process, including research, design, implementation, and evaluation.

Panthea has managed complex projects in over 20 countries, including sensitive political environments. In AfghanistanChinaNigeriaPakistan, and others, she has facilitated cross-cultural collaborations among diverse stakeholders, including government, civil society, donors, and the private sector. Her experience includes work in education, financial inclusion, government accountability, human trafficking, and public health.

Prior to co-founding Reboot, Panthea worked to leverage the use of technology in international development with UNICEF Innovation. She managed the development of a real-time data platform to support child rights advocacy in Iraq, as well as mobile learning tools in Suriname and Sudan. At UNICEF, she also helped launch Palestine’s first open-source software community. Earlier, Panthea worked as a journalist covering access to information, press freedom, and sustainable development.

Panthea writes and speaks regularly about her experiences around the world. She has presented at A Better World By Design, Microsoft’s Social Computing Symposium, and TEDxDumbo. She has lectured at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the School of Visual Arts, among others. Her work has been featured in The AtlanticMIT Innovations JournalTouchpoint: The Journal of Service DesignCore77TechPresident and Fast Company.

A graduate of McGill University, Panthea received the Scarlet Key award and was a Canada Millennium Scholar. She holds dual Taiwanese and Canadian citizenship, speaks Mandarin Chinese, and is a long-time puppet aficionado.