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Dr. Vanda Vitali is the former Director and CEO of the Auckland Museum in New Zealand and has the distinction of being the first woman appointed to this position in the museum’s history. She has also served as Vice President and Director of content Development at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Vanda Vitali’s earlier experience includes her position as Museological Advisor to the President at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Vanda Vitali received her Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry and Fine Art History from the University of Toronto in 1980, and remained at the university to complete her graduate and doctoral studies. She received her Master of Applied Science in 1982, with a focus on environmental stability of materials. Dr. Vanda Vitali's doctoral studies centered on materials science and multivariate statistic including provenance studies in archaeology, earning her Ph.D. in 1985. During her appointment at the Auckland War Memorial Museum from 2007 to 2010, Dr. Vanda Vitali worked to develop the museum into a prominent resource for social, scientific, and artistic learning. Dr. Vitali’s initiatives at the museum included implementing an extensive organizational restructuring effort. The exhibitions that Dr. Vanda Vitali introduced at Auckland Museum included the highly successful “Secrets Revealed”. Dr. Vitali also established a monthly program called “LATE at the Museum”, featuring special events on Thursday nights. The program, which includes discussions, performances, and presentations from individuals from a variety of fields, remains popular among audiences today.

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International Museum Institute

Director and CEO

Auckland Museum