Description of Bioethics ExpertiseDirector, Appignani Bioethics Center, New York
Ana Lita, Ph.D., earned her B.A. in history of western philosophy from the University of Bucharest, Romania and her 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, USA, in applied ethics and social philosophy.
The author of numerous conference presentations, scholarly and popular publications, her teaching and writings have focused on ethics, especially in health care, medicine, and business. She is recipient of 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 also 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. Most recently, she held a tenure track position (2001-2004) as an assistant professor of philosophy at Lincoln University, Missouri.
Since 2005 she is the founder director of the Appignani Bioethics Center located in NYC. As director of the center, Dr. Lita serves as a key representative of the AHA (American Humanist Association ) to the Social and Economic Council of the UN, attending regular briefings and interfacing with other NGOs, country delegates, and diplomatic missions. She sits on the UN NGO Health Committee, the UN NGO HIV/AIDS Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Values Caucus, a consortium of non-governmental organizations at the UN, as well as the advisory board of the Genetics Policy Institute, a Miami-based think tank focusing on embryonic stem cell research.
She is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Bioethics from September 2009 till June 2010.