Ms. Anamaria Magri Pantea

About the Speaker
  • Profession
    Founder and Managing Consultant
  • Company
    Ascend Consulting

Anamaria is an economist with specialisation in finance and an MBA alumni of the Edinburgh
Business School, UK. She has 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, business development,
innovation and access to finance support, accumulated in Romania, Malta, Hungary and across
Europe in general, including with/in various EU and UN organisations.
Anamaria has been working with the European Commission as staff of the European Institute of
Innovation and Technology, as Malta National Contact Point and Management Committee
representative for the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme for SMEs, as
well as independent expert, evaluator and reviewer on a number of EU and governmental support
programmes focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and SMEs (e.g. in Malta, Cyprus, Ireland, UK,
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Georgia). In this context, she has been involved in various EU
programmes and projects focused on R&I support, entrepreneurship education & coaching, clusters
and social economy development, pre-empting companies’ distress, support to second starters, etc.
She also provides consultancy on innovation dissemination and exploitation strategy, business
development, market research and international scaleup to various companies and organisations
across Europe. She does this both on an independent basis and as selected expert service provider
in the context of a number of EU-level and Malta specific business support initiatives. For example,
the EU’s Common Exploitation Booster and Horizon Results Booster initiatives, the BlueInvest
Investment Readiness scheme and NEPTUNE Blue-Growth accelerator, Malta’s ERDF SME
Consultancy Scheme, Business Advisory schemes of Malta Enterprise, and the RDI
Commercialisation Voucher Programme of Malta Council for Science and Technology.
Working for the Malta Investment Management Co. Ltd., the consulting arm of the Ministry for
Economy, she was also involved in the structuring of the first ERDF funded JEREMIE financial
instruments for Maltese SMEs. Moreover, as a Board member of the Malta Venture Capital Fund,
she contributed to improved access to equity finance for SMEs. Today, Anamaria is herself a
business angel investor part of a number of European networks, e.g. Rising Tide Europe, Global
Enabler, etc.