“A New Kind of Business Retreat to Tackle Global Poverty”
POVERTY ALLEVIATION UN-CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 13-18, 2013
Elena Panaritis @
Economist, Social Entrepreneur, Policy Innovator
Founder & CEO of www.thoughtforaction.org
Participates in Opportunity Collaboration
Poverty Alleviation UN- Conference
October 13-18, 2013
Elena Panaritis is joining innovative, entrepreneurial, for-profit and non-profit organization executives and shares her experience and knowledge about economic justice and poverty alleviation. She is presenting her innovative method for change and facing poverty through tackling informality of property rights. In a period of increased poverty rates globally, Elena will have the chance to provide a diversity of innovative perspectives and policies for reducing poverty rates, child labour and informality by transforming the wealth base of the poor into that of a middle class. She had a track record of doing successful transformations with her method “Reality Check Analysis”.
In Peru, she succeeded in bringing over ten million Peruvians into the formal economy. She has inspired and influenced the transformation of crisis stricken economies.
Elena has been chosen, as a Cordes Fellow, to participate at Opportunity Collaboration.
What is a Cordes Fellow?
Fellows are catalytic leaders who by their actions and accomplishments evidence pragmatic vision, passionate tenacity, multi-sectoral thinking, adaptive leadership skills, non-ideological activism and a strong ethical grounding.
About Elena Panaritis
Elena Panaritis is an institutional economist, social entrepreneur, and policy innovator. Until recently she served as a special economics advisor to the Greek Prime Minister and as a Member of Parliament of Greece. In more than a decade as an economist at the World Bank, Elena spearheaded institutional/structural changes including property rights reform in Peru that received International Best Practice and Innovation awards (over 10Million are the beneficiaries). Elena’s reform methods have revolutionized and forever changed the way people and policymakers think about structural changes; and specifically about property rights and informality. As an institutional economist she pioneered social entrepreneurship, she is renowned for her success in transforming informal markets (by changing property rights) into vibrant, growing formal economic and social entities. Her book Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust (Palgrave Macmillan) recounts her experience and expands on her methodology- “Reality Check Analysis”, which is considered one of the best practical applications of institutional economics to property rights issues. Robert Litan, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute and Vice President for Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship calls her work “a real contribution.”
She is the founder of Panel Group, a triple-bottom-line business that focuses in distressed cities and markets with high level of informality. Panel Group also provides counsel to governments and private sector on how to apply structural reforms and changes to transform illiquid assets (property) and turn markets more efficient and productive. She has also founded Thought for Action, an educational foundation to create awareness about transforming informality and countries under solvency crisis like Greece. Elena Panaritis has taught economic development, housing finance and property markets reform courses at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD, and the Johns Hopkins University- School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
She blogs at: www.prosperityunbound.com/blog
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