Dr Petra Caruana Dingli – Chairperosn of the Metropolitan Cathedral Archives
Petra Caruana Dingli is senior lecturer at the Edward de Bono Institute for Creative Thinking and Innovation at the University of Malta, and also lectures within the Faculty of Arts. In 2021, she was appointed chairperson of the Metropolitan Cathedral Archive in Mdina.
She holds a doctorate in the field of literature from the University of Oxford. She has long-standing experience working within the non-governmental sector in cultural heritage, and is council member of the heritage NGO Din l-Art Ħelwa and editor of its magazine Vigilo. She is council member of the University’s academic staff association UMASA.
She has written widely on subjects related to cultural heritage and literature. Besides numerous articles, she is co-editor of Encounters with Valletta: A Baroque City Through the Ages published by the University of Malta in 2018. She is co-editor (as Petra Bianchi) of Encounters with Malta (2000), a history of Malta seen through the eyes of visitors to the island. She is also co-editor of Modernist Malta:the Architectural Legacy (2009) published by the Kamra tal-Periti.
Petra Caruana Dingli graduated B.A. in English, Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Malta. She then graduated B.A.(Hons) and M.A. at the University of Malta. She wrote her doctoral thesis on literature at the University of Oxford, UK, and graduated D.Phil. in 2000. She obtained an M.B.A. in business management from the Maastricht School of Management in 2003.
She was director for environment protection at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority from 2011-2013. She was formerly director and executive president of the environment and heritage NGO Din l-Art Ħelwa, and director of the British Council in Malta until 2011. Dr Caruana Dingli has been a member of the following boards and committees: Today Public Policy Institute (2008-2018); Civil Society Committee of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) (2013-2015); Committee of Guarantee (2008-2011); Valletta/Mdina/Cottonera Rehabilitation committee (2008-2011); Majjistral Nature and History Park Management Board (2007-2011); Council for Voluntary Organisations (2008-2010); St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity Management Board (2000-2008).