Ana Lita, Ph.D., is the executive and founding director of the Global Bioethics Initiative, an international not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York, and is the former director of the Appignani Bioethics Center. Dr. Lita sits on the Ethics Committee of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, the NGO HIV/AIDS Committee as well as the Genetics Policy Institute. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics from September 2009 to June 2010.
The author of numerous conference presentations, in addition to scholarly and popular publications, Dr. Lita is an active voice in public and academic discourse. Her teaching and writings have focused on ethics, especially in health care, medicine, and business. She has received a Soros Foundation Fellowship and a National Association Fellowship for International Scholars and was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 1995. She served as a junior researcher at the Institute for Educational Sciences in Bucharest, Romania from 1991-1995, where she was responsible for a joint research project on Adult Education with UNESCO and the Institute for Education in Hamburg, Germany. She held a tenure track position (2001-2004) as an assistant professor of philosophy at Lincoln University, Missouri.
Dr. Lita earned her B.A. in history of western philosophy from the University of Bucharest, Romania and an M.A. in sociology focused on political culture from the Central European University in Prague. She received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University specializing in applied ethics and social philosophy. She is fluent in English, Romanian, French, and Italian.