Panthea Lee

Principal

Panthea, Reboot’s co-founder, leads our programmatic work. She oversees teams in applying ethnographic, design, and adaptive management approaches to deliver innovative policies and services that advance good governance and global development.

Panthea has directed programs in more than 30 countries at the local, state, national, and global levels; she brings extensive experience in low-resource, politically challenging, and conflict-affected environments.

Panthea is an expert in bringing together governments, civil society, and citizens to co-create and deliver programs that strengthen government transparency, civic participation, and public sector accountability, and in working with journalists to holistically strengthen independent media. Her work has informed both policy and practice at leading organizations such as USAID, Internews, and the MacArthur Foundation, within innovative public agencies around the world, and in the global open knowledge and open government movements.

Previously, Panthea was an early team member at UNICEF Innovation. She began her career as a journalist, and has also produced design competitions, film festivals, and cultural salons.

Named one of Fast Company’s “Most Generous Designers,” Panthea speaks and writes regularly on inclusive and responsible innovation, including in Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and at Columbia, Harvard, and New York Universities. She led a team that won a Core77 Service Design Award, and sits on the boards of AIGA Design for Democracy and Development Gateway.

Panthea is a graduate of McGill University, where she was a Canada Millennium Scholar and a Scarlet Key. She holds dual Taiwanese and Canadian citizenship, and is a long-time puppet aficionado.