Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation and Communication

Tana Lala-Pritchard is the Executive Director for Strategy, Innovation and Communications at WorldFish, a non-profit research and innovation institution that creates, advances, and translates scientific research on aquatic food systems into scalable solutions with transformational impact on human well-being and the environment.
A graduate of the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science, she 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.
She is a dynamic transformational change leader, who has spent the past 18 years developing and implementing strategies at corporate, business and functional levels to advance the goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, while working for a host of development agencies, think tanks, and international organizations across Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the Pacific. In 2015, her 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 and creative ideation and innovation, Tana is a creative and passionate storyteller who loves to combine data, emotion, cool design, and innovative technologies to create and communicate big transformational ideas that inspire and deliver innovations that are socially and environmentally responsible.
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.  She is also the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award by the American Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence and scholarship in public service and leadership. 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